Saturday, November 16, 2019

Wildlife Painting, Daily Painting, "Two Black Ducks" by Carol Schff, 6x8" Oil SOLD

A client wanted a large commissioned piece of her family's pet ducks.  There were lots of ducks...and they all were black.

 I did this small study of two of the ducks....feeling my way around and trying to decide how to do the larger piece.

The client was happy with the study and I proceeded with the commissioned piece which is shown below.  The reference photo had dark ducks and dark background.  She also wanted to include two ducks that had gone to ducky heaven.  Below is the finished palette knife piece.

Hope your day is just ducky!

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Wildlife Painting, Alligator Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, 6x8" Original Art

These guys are not uncommon sights in Florida.  Sometimes you see them snoozing in the sun next to a road.  Golfer's here usually have a scary encounter to tell.

This was my third attempt to paint this fellow.  I had difficulty getting the drawing correct, as well as the color.  The image I worked from was not exciting. Eventually, I think I worked it out.

Go gators!

Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Carol Schiff

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Palette Knife Paintings, Small Oil Paintings, Daily Painting, Textured Art

A selection of my palette knife art, for those of you, who love texture.












Sunday, November 10, 2019

Sunset Painting, Heron Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, 6x8" Oil on Panel

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This painting was a real experiment for me.  I wanted to paint a sunset, wildlife and marsh, but could not find a reference image  that I liked.

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Then I remembered a workshop I took, many years ago from Fritz vanEeden.  Fritz is an artist of international acclaim.  Among his many talents is his ability to paint images that he pulled from his mind's eye.

I gave it a try!


I started with the direction of the sky and clouds and then laid in the  wetlands below.

I have to admit, I did use a photo reference for the heron.  I just could not visualize all those body parts!

All in all, I was happy the day's efforts, and hopefully, this technique will come in handy in the future.

Thanks for viewing my blog today.

Carol Schiff

Friday, November 8, 2019

Moon Painting, Sky Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 8x8x1.5"

Before we get to the art.......

This blog, along with many, many others, was recently the victim of, who did some sneaky things to my HTML files, causing viewers to be redirected to their site.  I was finally successful in disabling  I apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you, my readers.

It is not impossible for this to happen again, so I hope, if you have a problem at any time, you will inform me though a comment.  A BIG thank you to Carol B. for informing me of this problem.

Now, back to art!

The moon rises as night falls.

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This is not my usual painting.  This painting was commissioned by a client, who wanted to use it on his CD cover.  He had written and recorded songs and wanted the cover to represent specific lyrics.

I allowed him to dictate the exact scene he requested, which resulted in this painting.  The bad news is, he was not happy with the results.  The good news is, he had paid an non-refundable deposit.

Although my deposit, was not enough to cover the materials and labor I expended, I believe it was a profitable experience.  I learned a lot of dos and don'ts.  He ended up purchasing another painting.

We parted ways, but I believe we were both happy with the outcome.

Carol Schiff

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

MY Painting in the Joker Movie!, Small Oil Paintings, Daily Painting, Still Life Painting,

How lucky can I be?

One of my paintings was recently purchased for set design in a new movie!  The Warner Brothers movie, was filmed in Harlem, Manhattan and the Bronx., and stars Joaquin Phoenix and Robert De Niro.  The title is "Joker".

The painting is one I completed in a workshop a few years back.

I am thrilled, and only hope it doesn't end up on the cutting room floor.

The movie was recently released, and I must say, IT WAS A GIANT HIT!!


Carol Schiff

Monday, November 4, 2019

Painting Wildlife, Grey Squirrel Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, SOLD

Have you ever tried to photograph wildlife?  I have, and consider it an exercise in frustration.  Many blurred images later, my friend and photographer, Ted Fuhrer, offered me the use of his images.  Thanks so much, Ted.

This little guy looks very inquisitive and ready to bolt at the least movement.

  I enjoyed experimenting with painting his fur and directing the viewer's eye.  The animal is much the same color as the background in this scene.

 I put it in one of my black frames.  They seem to work perfectly for just about any painting.

Happy day to you!