Sunday, February 19, 2017

A Chunky, Textured, Colorful Piece of Art That Makes Me Smile, Abstract Landscape, 8x8x3" Oil Painting

Today is gray, foggy and damp, so I decided to post the most fun painting I could find.

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You know how I love color and texture and this little painting has it all.

I painted it on a 8x8x3" canvas, so even the shape is unique.  It's chunky and cute and it resides on a bookshelf , where it brightens the whole room.  I cannot help but smile each time I look at it.

The canvas was a mistake.  I did not realize how deep it was when I ordered it.  What could I possibly do with it?  Well, for this painting, I think it is perfect!

Have a fantastic day!

Carol Schiff

Bloomsbury Blue by Jane Boyd Impressionist Painter

Inspired by the Bloomsbury era
Size: 16" x 20" oil  on canvas

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Original oil painting Autumn Serenity palette knife fine art impressionism by Karen Tarlton

The wind is quiet and the sun is streaming in between the trees dappling the path with light and long shadows in the morning.

                                                                  "Autumn Serenity"

Abstract Flower Oil Painting "Garden to Tend" by Colorado Impressionist Judith Babcock

9"x12" Palette Knife Oil on Canvas

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   Judith Babcock Fine Art Gallery
   Boarding House studio Galleries
   220 East 7th Ave, Studio #2
   Denver, Co 80203
   By Appointment:

Daily Paintings on Sale, Small Oil Painting Sale, Out with the Old and In with the New!

I am trying to lighten my life!  Every year, after the New Year, I have the urge to clean, organize, discard.  I love the sight of empty shelves in my closets.

So, this morning, I decided to clean out my studio.  The first thing I did, was go to my Etsy site and create a new section on my site.   "SALE- 30 Dollars and Up".   Here are a few of the pieces that are currently on sale.

Farm Landscape Painting, Barn Painting,Impressionist art, "Valley View" 5x7", Painting on Sale,  Reduced from  85.00
Painting on Sale, Tropical  Sunset Painting, 6x18 Landscape  Painting , Florida Painting,"As Evening Fell", Reduced from 195.00
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Painting on Sale, Floral Still Life, Daily Painting, Sunflower Painting, Tulip Painting, 6x8" Oil Still Life, Reduced from 119.95
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 This is only three of many and as  paintings sell, I plan to add more, until I have a few "empty shelves" in my studio.

Thanks for visiting today!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Craft Day, Moon Glow, Small Textured Acrylic Art 6x7"

Today, I am taking a play day!

I painted this small piece as a sample for a client and I have to admit, it was very relaxing.  I textured the board with molding paste and then painted with acrylic.  I was trying for a somewhat antique feel.

It is very simple, but I did enjoy playing.

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Simple painting, simple post.

Thanks for stopping my today.

Carol Schiff

ORANGE COMBO Floral Abstract by Marion Hedger

Orange Combo
oil painting by Marion Hedger
18x24cm on canvas panel


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Original Palette Knife Aspen Landscape Painting “Dreaming of Spring” by Colorado Impressionist Judith Babcock


    Palette Knife Abstract Painting

    15"x7"x7/8  Oil on Canvas/Available
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   Judith Babcock Fine Art Gallery
   Boarding House studio Galleries
   220 East 7th Ave, Studio #2
   Denver, Co 80203

Abstract Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Textured Art, "Rainy Day in Albany" 10x10x3" Contemporary Art

This painting was a happy accident!  Well, maybe not the painting, but the total effect.

I purchased some art supplies online and was very surprised (and maybe dismayed) to see that two sizes of canvases we actually 3" deep!  How did that happen?  I thought about returning them, but after calculating the return shipping, I realized that would not work.

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 So what to do?  They seemed so in-your-face, not the right canvas for a delicate rose.

I decided abstract was the way to go.

I wanted lots of texture, but still need contract in the texture.

Yes, it can go on the wall.....but why?  I love it sitting on a shelf, pretending to be a sculpture.

And guess what!  A manufacturer loved it too, so it is licensed and may be appearing in a department store near you soon, pretending to be a pillow or maybe a duvet.

Thanks for reading my blog today.

Carol Schiff

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Angelfish Oil Painting, Wildlife Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting "Angels on Parade, 8x16x.75" Oil

I am still reliving memories of my trip to the coral reefs off Key Largo last summer.  Today's painting  is inspired by that trip.

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 Something great happened with this painting......I really liked it!!  I love the texture, the hues, just about everything.  I guess I shouldn't be saying that about my own work, but I do!

I really enjoyed painting this piece and I think it shows.  I think it is important that an artist expresses their feelings in their work and I feel I was able to do that with this piece.  I was not trying to replicate an image, or colors, or even a composition.  I admit I was thinking about a companion piece to the one below.

Fishy School
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It was a really good feeling to create these two pieces, more or less, out of my head, and I hope to do more of this in the future.

I have one more fishy piece to show you in my next post.

Thanks for reading my blog today.

Carol Schiff

Sky Reach and Staying Loose by Marion Hedger

Sky Reach
by Marion Hedger
Oil on box canvas

Brad Teare's latest post hit a note with me. My paintings can often be very 'tight' and it is  a constant struggle to stay looser. Often, I find myself overthinking the scene and so the painting gets tighter and tighter. Often if I scrape off the paint the resulting image provides a good loose underpainting that helps the process along. I do have to fight with my logical mind telling me that I am wasting all that paint, which with a palette knife is quite thick, but often the result is worth it... read more on my blog


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A Daily Painter Questions the BIG PLAN

Traditionally, January is when we evaluate our performance over the last twelve months, and look at the direction we are headed.

Artistically, I see nothing but question marks.  I want to have a clear plan, a path to follow and mark my progress, but alas, it evades me.

I looked through my posts from last year, and picked out my favorite pieces, hoping against hope that they will tell me where I am headed.

 Abstract Expressionism?


Thick Paint?



Really thin paint?

Or does it really matter?

All this thinking is making my head hurt!  

I am happy I found this many pieces, from last year, that speak to ME.  I am happy with them which makes me happy with me.

Maybe 2017 will find me treading the straight and narrow.....but somehow, I don't think so.

Thank you all, for joining me on my crazy, unplanned journey!

Summer Meadow 1 and 2 by Marion Hedger 6x6in

Summer Meadow 1 by Marion Hedger
6x6 inch
Summer Meadow 2 by Marion Hedger
6x6 inch
Oil on box canvas 


Monday, February 13, 2017

Ski Paintings,Skier Colorado Ski Slope "Swoosh" by Colorado Impressionist Judith Babcock

    Palette Knife Abstract Painting

    8"x16"x7/8  Oil on Canvas/Available

    Click HERE for purchase info.

   Judith Babcock Fine Art Gallery
   Boarding House studio Galleries
   220 East 7th Ave, Studio #2
   Denver, Co 80203

In the Surf, 11x14" Child Oil Painting,Daily Painting,Small Oil Painting , Figurative Painting SOLD

It may seem an odd time to post a child playing in the surf, for many of you, but here in the land of sunshine, anything is possible.

Actually this was a commission and also a surprise for the lucky Dad.


I had my usual problem of photographing blues accurately.  The water is much more of a blue gray in real life.

The face is in shadow and her pony tail did not show in the photo, so we had to make our own.

My favorite part of this composition was the great reflections in the water.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Carol Schiff

Provence poppy meadow work in progress by Marion Hedger.

Provence poppy meadow work in progress by Marion Hedger.

Rescuing a failed underpainting


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Daily Painting, Original Oil, Birds, "The Loner"

A wonderful bird is the pelican.........

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His bill will hold more than his belly can.

He can take in his beak
Enough food for a week.........

But I'm damned if I see how the hell he can!

That is a little poem from my childhood days.  I lived in Ohio, my grandparents in Florida.  My grandmother had a postcard of a pelican that included that poem.  Florida seemed like a magical place to me then, and the poem stayed with me through the years.

Join me tomorrow for more of Pelican Week!

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