Friday, February 20, 2015


I really enjoy doing these small seascapes. Fortunately, with the Atlantic nearby, I have a never ending source of new compositions. This one, I call impressionistic, bordering on abstract. What fun!

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

flower art, flower still life, mixed flower bouquet, small oil painting,

If you are fighting the snow and cold today, this small seascape painting might help you get through the day.

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It's a small  view of the ocean from east central Florida.  I love the repetitive action of the waves and could watch them roll into the beach for hours at a time.

It works well, just sitting on a shelf with a seashell or another reminder of your last trip to the tropics.

The scene extends around the sides of the canvas, so no framing is required.

I took a trip to Jetty Park at Pt. Canaveral the other day.

  That's where all the cruise ships dock and head out to the islands.  The weather was perfect, mid 70's, and I came home feeling like I had been on a little mini vacation.  Maybe this small seascape painting will help you to feel that way too.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Call from Mother, 5x7, Original Oil, SOLD

Mother, Mother Ocean, I have heard your call
Wanted to sail upon your waters
Since I was three feet tall.

A Pirate Looks at Forty
Jimmy Buffett

Somehow, I never got around to posting this little seascape.  Hope you like it.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Seascape, "Pacific Blue" 4x12" SOLD

Most of my seascapes are from the Atlantic, or the Caribbean, but today I am visiting the Pacific.

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My reference photo was taken a few years ago on a trip to California with my daughter and granddaughter. We were in San Francisco most of the trip, but one afternoon we drove south to Half Moon Bay.

For us east coasters, the Pacific was an untamed beast, quite different from our usually gentle Atlantic.  Just that fact that we were peering down from a cliff and that the brave souls who ventured to the beach were all ON THE SHORE was foreign.  Not that we do not have sunbathers on the shore, but there are ALWAYS bathers or surfers in the water, even on the coldest of days.

I decided to use a palette knife on this scene to help capture the power  and texture.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Sand Crab Giclee Print, , Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Child's Room Art

An unexpected pleasure for me, has been reviewing my images of art that has sold,  Now that I carrying giclee' prints I get to revisit lots of old friends.  This is one of those....

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I remember the day, I visited the beach with my smallest grandson, and found this little guy running around in the sand.  He didn't seem to mind when I took several photos of him.  The original painting found a home immediately.

When I found this in my files, I thought it would be perfect for a child's room, a bathroom or a laundry room.

Thanks for reading my blog today and have a wonderful day!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Abstract Seascape, "Sunset" by Carol Schiff, 11x14 Acrylic

Living next to the sea, I try to visit the beach at daybreak as often as possible.  Of course, this means starting my day a little earlier than usual.

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To make my life a little easier, I decided to do  a sunset, a memory of my visits on the west coast of Florida.

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I added some texture to the canvas and attacked with my acrylics.  Acrylics are always risky for me.  I don't use them often enough to feel in control.  I think, my goal for 2013 will be to use them on a more regular basis and see where they may take me.  I enjoy abstract and mixed media and acrylics are the media of choice for these works.

I would love to hear any advise you wish to share on acrylics.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Daily Painting Seascape, Small Oil Painting, Caribbean Seascape, "Island Time" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil

You're in the islands, mon!  De clouds be coimin' in, but, no worries.  You're on island time!

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 In the Caribbean islands, the water is clear and aqua, and a sight to see.  A squall is coming in over the mountains.  It will be fierce but short, and the sun returns.

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I enjoy painting water with a knife.  I love the texture it gives, as well as the subtle color changes.

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Monday, February 2, 2015