Sunday, May 31, 2015

Pet Portrait, Daily Painting, "A Face to Die For" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil

Years ago, I collected commissions for pet portraits.  Eventually, I tired of painting from what were usually very bad images and drifted in other directions.  Every once in a while, I will see a puppy or kitten that I want to this one.

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I couldn't resist that little face, or, the sunlight that was pouring in behind.

Sunday, May 24, 2015


Brandy is a sweetheart of a dog.  She lives with a friend of mine.  Carla and Brandy spend time visiting nursing homes and bringing a little joy into the lives of the residents they meet.  I know how important this is because my mother lived in a nursing home.  She always tells me when someone brings a dog in.  She is a dog lover from way back and it is amazing how a minute or two with a dog will brighten her day.  Thanks, Carla!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Daily Paintings, Small Oil Painting, Landscape Painting, "A Few Recent Sales"

I have been working long and hard in the studio, trying to complete a few projects before we head for the hills (better known as the Smoky Mountains) in June.

In spite of all my hard work, I don't have any paintings that are photographed and ready to post on the blog this morning.  Soooooo, I thought I would do something a little different, and show you what has been selling for me.

My prints

This guy is always popular as a giclee canvas print.

A collector in Canada, wanted a tropical memory in her home.  Or maybe a tropical daydream!

A sweet husband surprised his wife with this marsh painting.  She loves marshes.

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My client liked this canvas print so well, she is ordering one for her mother, too.  "King of the Flock" is one of my best selling prints.

"The Green Sea" is happily residing in Brooklyn.......

along with "Golden Marsh".  Thank you, Connor, for repeatedly supporting my art.

So that's it for today.  Goal for today....photograph paintings!

Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wildlife Painting, Daily Painting, Painting for Sale, "Fishing Egret", 6x8" Oil

I found this guy sitting under the causeway one morning, looking for lunch or maybe just passing time.

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It was a hot day and the sun was sparkling on the water.  I was on his shadow side, which gave him a glowing frame.  I painted the water with a palette knife.

Now for the deal of the day.....Purchase at the link above and you will be charged $98.95 and shipping. You must write 
ART SALE on the order to receive the discount.  As soon as I receive your payment, I will return a credit of $20.00 to your credit card or PayPal account.

This sale is only for readers of my blog, so if you don't write ART SALE on the order, I won't know you saw it here and you won't get a rebate.  This offer expires at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 22, 2015

Thanks for reading my blog today.

Monday, May 18, 2015


I sometimes think back to when I was raising a family, working in an office everyday, just rushing from one project to the next, trying to get everything done that needed to be done.
.trying to fit everything into the day, but instead of doing everything that needed to be done, I am doing everything I WANT to get done.

A large part of my life today is about art, and a large part of my art is about my friends, "Pieces of Eight".  We are eight women of a certain age, who found each other through our art.  We paint together every week at Ralph's Art Supply.

Our group blog

We do exhibitions together, we travel together, we paint together, and we never fail to support each other in good times and bad.

After a few hours painting and catching up with each other's week, we have lunch together.

We put the names of all the local eatery's in a bag and each week we draw a name and that is where we have lunch.  Why?  Have you ever tried to get 8 women to agree on anything?  Trust me, everyone has an opinion!

This was our luncheon view yesterday.....just in case we forget why we live in Florida!

These women are definitely a blessing in my life, and I just wanted to share it with you today.

Thanks for reading my blog.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Spring in the Mountains

We have just returned home from a few weeks in the mountains of western North Carolina.  Earlier this year, we sold our second home there and replaced it with a condo in Waynesville.  We have been working hard, getting moved into the condo, painting every wall in sight and making it feel like home.

One afternoon I grabbed my camera and ran outside to capture the beautiful spring day and this is what I found.

I inherited a garden in front of our new home, and everything was coming alive at once...

Fiddleheads were popping up

Dogwood was blooming everywhere I looked in both pink.....

and white blossoms.  Tulips, lilac and azalea were everywhere and the dats were filled with the music of songbirds.

A drive to WaterRock Knob, off the Blue Ridge Parkway, showed less color at the higher elevation, but still beautiful to see.

For an Ohio girl, who has spent most of the last 50 years in Florida, it seemed all my memories of spring were spread out before my eyes.  Don't get me wrong, I truly love living in Florida, but when spring or fall calls, I head to the mountains.

Stay tuned, to see these images interpreted in oil.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Dog Painting, Dog Portrait, "Puppy Love" by Carol Schiff, 14x18x1.5"

When my cousin, Susan, posted this image of her beloved pets, I contacted her immediately for permission to paint them.  She was thrilled and today's post is the result.

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Susan adores her pets and it is obvious they adore each other.  They are truly soul mates.

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I really enjoyed trying to convey the love of these magnificent specimen .

Thank you for viewing my art today.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Daily Paintings, Small Oil Paintings, Animal and Bird Paintings

I was looking at some of my images and was really surprised to see how many bird and animal paintings I have done.  I thought today would be a good day to post a few of my old time favorites.

Great Blue Heron
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Just Ducky
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It is always interesting and educational to review the painting journey that you have been on.  I like to line up older paintings, chronologically, which helps me to see the improvements I have made and the ones I would like to make in the future.  Always an interesting exercise.

Have a painterly day and thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


This is one of my favorite pastel paintings, done 5-6 years ago. I chased this bird all over the riverside, trying to get the perfect photo. Finally came up with this one! It's not easy being a wildlife artist!
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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Daily Painting, Oil, "The Gull", 6x8" SOLD

If you live close to the sea, these guys are a part of your everyday life.  This one looks a little serious, like he has a job to do and is going to get it done.

When my grandson was four, we went to the beach for a picnic.  When I casually mentioned to him that the sea gulls were after his sandwich, he gobbled it down.  Unfortunately, he didn't want to go to the beach for years afterwards.  The mere mention of the "beach" conjured up thoughts of a bird attack ala Alfred Hitchcock!  Bad Grandma!!

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