Tuesday, August 27, 2013

WILD AND WACKY WEDNESDAY at Carol Schiff Studio, 6x8" oil

It is Wednesday again!  How do the weeks fly by so quickly?  Time to post another painting on sale.

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I love the unique shapes of barns, especially old ones, and there are lots of them in western North Carolina.
My husband was nice enough to drive me around the outskirts of Waynesville, NC ,  stopping so I could jump out and take photos of the interesting barns we would find.  When I returned home to Florida, I had enough barn photos to keep me busy through out the winter.

This one is painted primarily with a palette knife.  It has always been a favorite because of the strong values.

Originally listed at $95.95, it is already a bargin at $65.00.  But this is Wild and Wacky Wednesday, so if you purchase this painting today I WILL SEND YOU A $10.00 REFUND!  Offer good only until midnight Aug. 27, 2013.  To receive your $10.00 refund, you must state on the order WILD AND WACKY WEDNESDAY.


Monday, August 26, 2013

Lovely Lemon Tree, Florida Botanical Oil Painting of Lemons by Judy Batterson

Lemon trees laden with lemons are a lucious sight! This 9x12" oil painting represents another part of Florida citrus. Lemon juice and lemon zest seem to make every recipe a little better. We love lemons at our house!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

1513 Sleepy Time on the River

Dusk on the Indian River.  The painting is oil on masonite, 5 x 7 inches.  $100.

Friday, August 23, 2013

1512 The Tide is coming in Impasto Oil Painting

Nice day for a boat ride or just some wading in the shallows.  The painting is 8 x 10, oil on masonite.  $300.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Tropical landscape collage, mixed media, "Palm Forest" by Carol Schiff

In my humble opinion, there are two types of artists.  There are the ones that choose a media, find a style, paint a small variety of subject matter, and get very, very expert in their genre.  The other type is all over the board, changing media, changing subject matter, experimenting, experimenting, experimenting....that would be me.

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 I try to behave like a grown up, but I just can't seem to pull it off!  My mind is buzzing....oils, landscapes, still life, abstract, collage, mixed media.  How can I possibly get "good" at anything when I am doing everything?

Then I read an article about a sweet little old lady in our town.  She was well into her 80's but didn't look it at all.  An association that honors senior's requests asked what is the one thing she would like to do the most.  Her reply......she wanted to be a Las Vegas showgirl!  They couldn't pull that off, but they did send her on a crazy trip to Vegas.

Months later, they had a request from the Tattoo reality show, for a senior who would like to be on the show.  Guess who they recommended?  So this little lady, was flown to NYC, given celebrity status, and filmed getting a tatoo that covers half her back.  In case you think that was her first tat....no way, she had 3 others and her husband had a few too.  Most importantly, they are having the time of their life...and I think that is keeping them young!  This lady remarked "Why do I have to disappear, just because I am over 80?"
Why indeed!

So, this morning, I am giving myself permission to paint or assemble anything I want.  Life is short....enjoy the journey! (Still don't have a tat though)

Bon voyage!


Sunday, August 18, 2013

1511 Water Lily Garden

 I had a good time painting this one, its got lots of nice textures and reflections.

The painting is 11 x 14 inches, oil on masonite.
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Price: $400 USD

Bag of Oranges, a Florida Vintage Postcard Small OIl Painting by Judy Batterson, Florida Artist

A bag of Florida oranges puts a smile on anyone's face. The mesh, draw-cord bags have been around for a long time. Inspired by a vintage Florida postcard, just-picked bags of oranges are still popular. Just look for the signs along the highway! 5 x 7" oil painting

Basket of Citrus, a Florida Vintage Postcard Small Oil Painting by Judy Batterson, Florida Artist

This 5x7" oil painting was inspired by a vintage Florida postcard of oranges and grapefruit. Growers have been putting hand-picked tree-ripened citrus in baskets since 1922. The fruit baskets are still packed by hand for fresh delivery from Florida.

Crate of Oranges, A Florida Vintage Postcard Small Oil Painting by Judy Batterson, Florida Artist

Florida citrus was shipped in plain wooden crates until 1904 when Florida growers created distinctive labels pasted on the ends of the crates. These had art depicting Florida's exotic flowers, birds and animals. Gift crates had stenciled "from Florida", guaranteeing these were Florida oranges! This one was the Waverly Growers distinct label. Painted in oil from a vintage Florida postcard. 5x7".

Thursday, August 15, 2013

A Story of Love by Carol Schiff

I recently came in contact with a wonderful woman in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Amy Jo was a fan of my facebook page and sent me a link to her wonderful page called Healing Ceilings.  Amy Jo's husband just came through his second brush with cancer.  She and her husband were spending lots of time in the Cancer Care Center of North Carolina, he, getting treatment and she, waiting and observing. Observing the same people day after day, as they came in for their chemo or radiation treatments.  She decided to do something to brighten their lives and encourage them in their fight.

BlueBird of Happiness by Kathy Garvey
Amy Jo believes in the healing power of art.  She decided to brighten the days of these patients by giving them something inspiring to look at while they receive their treatments.  Out came those old, white, boring ceiling tiles to be replaced with individual tiles turned into creative art.  How she did this, I do not know, but she has single handedly installed hundreds of tiles in cancer care centers in the Raleigh area.

Peaceful Beach by Denette Schweikert

She contacted artists through Facebook and asked them to donate their work on ceiling tiles that she somehow supplies.  Nothing stops her.  When I saw her posts and decided to donate, she arranged for me to go to my local Lowes (in Florida) where I picked up a box of the proper tiles at no cost to me.  Naturally, I involved my painting group, Pieces of 8 and gathered additional volunteers from them. One of the group, Cindy Michaud, who summers out of town, was following the journey on Facebook. Being a person who does not let grass grow under her feet, she contact Amy Jo and so far, has painted 6 tiles for the project.

Road to Sunshine by Cindy Michaud (2 tiles)

Garden of Inspiration by Cindy Michaud (4 tiles)
Everyone wanted to do peaceful scenes filled with inspiration.

Sailing the Bay by Mary Warnick

Ocean Sunrise by Carmen Beecher

I decided to do 3 typical scenes of North Carolina:

Abstracted Sea by Carol Schiff

Carolina Marsh by Carol Schiff

Mountain Mist by Carol Schiff

Did I tell you each tile is 24x24"?

Now that the tiles are complete, Amy Jo has done a "shout out" on Facebook to bring them home to Raleigh.  In her words, "The Love Train is leaving the station".  She will find volunteers who will transfer the tiles from place to place until eventually, they will be delivered to her hands for installation.

A story of love and compassion and determination.  The next time you think "What difference can I make"?
Think of Amy Jo.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

1510 Water Lily Dream

I got my inspiration from a nice day at White City Park.  The painting is 11 x 14 inches, oil on masonite.  Very thick impasto, cool textures.  $400.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Bird Painting "Just Ducky" by Carol Schiff

These two ducks are having a fine day....a nice little swim, maybe a little conversation.  Life is good!

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This is from an image, several years ago in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  I always think of these ducks as "Ebony and Ivory".  Thank you Michael Jackson!

The lake is surrounded with trees.  If you have ever been in the Blue Ridge Mountains during the summer.....green is everywhere you look!  So on this day, the water was a gorgeous turquoise and the shadows were absolutely an emerald green.

This summer, we are staying home, but in the fall we hope to spend some time in the mountains.  Fall in the mountains is really my favorite time of year in my favorite place.  Pumpkins and scarecrows are every where, reminding me of years gone by.  We go to the apple orchard and get fresh apples, apple donuts, apple pie, apple fritters.....well, you get the idea.  But, the best part are the gorgeous mountains covered in shades of orange, red and yellow!  I love getting up every day and running to the window to see how the trees of changed from the day before.  I cannot wait!

What is your favorite season and place?  The seashore in summer, skiing in winter?

Make it a great day!


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Coral Paradise Undersea Painting

This one is oil on archival mat board.  Its 6.50 inches by 7.50.  $150.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

1508 No Pie for the Writer's Group Undersea Oil Painting of Fish

This is one of those paintings where I start with a background and then find what I want to paint in it.  Its fun, I saw the one fish and then more and more started showing up.  I painted the green fish first and the brown fish hanging onto the coral was the last one to show up to the party.

The painting is 10 x 7.75 inches on archival mat-board.  $200.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Banyon Bay

Its been awhile since I posted, I am going to try to catch up now.  It has been very hot and muggy and rainy, I have been staying in the air conditioning a lot.  I tried taking some photos at different times and my camera instantly gets steamed up. Today it was bright enough so I could take a photo inside. 

The painting is 11 x 14 inches, oil on masonite. $400. 

SINKING by Carol Schiff

The sunset and the sea are the stars of this little abstract painting.

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Members of the supporting cast are COLOR


Probably not for the faint of heart....but maybe those of you who like life on the edge, will find beauty in this piece.

Something for everyone!

Have a great day :0)