Monday, May 30, 2016

molly

A young friend commissioned me to paint her best friend's dog, Molly, for a birthday gift.  This is painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas.  Another good title would have been, "big smile" or "happy face".

I just returned from my last show of the season. It was lots of fun but I am kind of ready for a break.  So is my husband, Dan.  I could not do it without him.  We actually spent our 33rd wedding anniversary at the show Saturday.  That is a good man.


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Art on the Lake

This painting is going to be on the t shirt that Children's Harbor sells during Art on the Lake this Saturday and Sunday.  The painting will also be on sale and I am donating 100% of that sale to CH.
T shirt sales and 20 % of artist's sales are donated to Children Harbor's mission.  Come see us and take home some beautiful art and donate to a great cause at the same time.

Children’s Harbor provides children with serious illnesses and their families a place to be themselves – to have fun and relax – while also receiving no-cost services that make life a bit easier for the whole family.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

what about the sky?

Painted on a 6 x 6 x 2" canvas.sold

I am preparing for Art on the Lake to benefit Children's Harbor. 20% of the proceeds go to the families that benefit from Children's Harbor.   It is this Saturday from 9-5 and Sunday 10-2.  It is held along the shores of Lake Martin on the campus of Children's Harbor.  Come see us if you are in the area! Bring your wallets.

Friday, May 20, 2016

the right stuff

This calf has quite the confidence.  This is painted on an 18 x 18 x 2" canvas.

Come see me next weekend at Children's Harbor at Lake Martin.  The show is 9 -5 on Saturday and 10-2 on Sunday.

Have a good weekend!

Friday, May 13, 2016

ophelia

Happy Friday.  This is painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas.sold

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

if not for you

You have to love cows and their work ethic.  This is painted on a 30 x 40 x 2" canvas.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

oh happy day

It is about that time.  This is painted on a 22 x 28 x 2" canvas.sold

I have participated in Children's Harbor Art on the Lake for several years now. It is held on the grounds of Children's Harbor at Lake Martin. It is coming up this Memorial Day weekend,  May 28 & 29. Artist's participating donate 20% of their sales to Children's Harbor.  Children's Harbor's mission is to provide camp, counseling and support services to children with long term illness or trauma induced diagnoses and their families. It is a lot of fun for the artists and attendees and the money raised is going to such a great cause.

How many times can you mention Children's Harbor in one post? Five.



Wednesday, May 4, 2016

hope

Just a little time to paint this week.  I enjoyed a nice get away with my mom in North Carolina.  One of my favorite places with one of my favorite people.  I am so thankful to have her in my life.  Hope you get to spend time with your Mom or children this weekend!

This is painted on a 5 x 7"  linen panel.

I am headed to Nashville for the Harding Academy Art Show that starts tomorrow night. Another favorite place.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

the color of love

It appears that the high key colors I have been using lately are creeping into my animals.  This is painted on a 12 x 12 x 2" canvas and will be going with me to the Harding Academy Art Show May 5 -7.

I am kind of tired of painting.  I have been in overdrive lately.  I am going to take a couple days break and head up to North Carolina with my Mom.  Thankful!sold

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

you raise me up

This is a painting that will be in the Harding Academy art show in Nashville  next weekend, May 4 - 6.  This is painted on a 36 x 36 x 2" canvas.  

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Searchin' so long

Every time I turn on my Pandora radio station it goes to Chicago.  Not sure why.  Glad it did today because the song "searchin' for an answer" was the first song to play.  Besides being a great song it speaks to my journey as an artist.  I am continually searching for the next stroke to make.  I am happy about where my art is today but it is nice that it can get better every day if you put in the time.

Every now and then at an art event you will overhear someone discussing your prices.  Saturday I heard a lady say, "that seems like a lot for that little painting".  Some folks do not seem to understand all of the time and study that artists have put into their work.  A small piece might not take me that long to paint but the time and money I have spent honing my craft took a lot of time.  I was guilty of thinking the same thing before I got into this so I am not complaining , just sharing thoughts.

This is painted on a 30 x 30 x 2" canvas.

My next event is The Harding Art Show in Nashville, TN.  Click on the highlighted for more show information.

Monday, April 25, 2016

once you've loved somebody

 This picture really looks lighter than the painting.  Oh well.  It is painted on a 12 x 24 x 2".

I just returned from the Double Decker Art Festival in Oxford, MS.  I have been missing out.  Oxford is such a charming and fun town.  We had a gorgeous weekend and my roadie husband and I had a busy day.  Started out by the alarm not going off.  We were supposed to be lined up to set up at 6 am.  My alarm went off at 6:10.  The rest of the day went uphill.  Thousands of people came and actually bought art work.  I loved seeing so many people walking around with paintings and bags. ( Instead of just kettle corn.)  Hoddy toddy!  I discovered a hoddy toddy is a drink but I still do not understand the cheer.

I have made the decision to bow out of the Houston, TX  Bayou City Art show this coming weekend.  I am sad about it but think I need time to concentrate on my next show MUCH closer to home.  I am participating in the Harding Art Show in Nashville, TN.  The dates are May 5-7.sold

Thursday, April 21, 2016

frank

Frank belongs to a young friend of mine.  He lives in Oxford, Mississippi and he is letting me use his home this weekend for the Double Decker Art Festival.  I hope he knows this.  His Mom said, "sure, that would be great!"  Sorry Hunter.  I'm coming!  This is painted on an 8 x 10 x 2" canvas.  A little thank you for his hospitality.

The Double Decker Art show is open from 10 - 5 this Saturday.  It is held on the main square of downtown Oxford. I am so excited about my first visit to this city.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

top of the world

 Listening to "top of the world" by the Dixie Chicks. Would you rather me title it hydrangeas and lemons?  This is painted on a 12 x 36 x 2" canvas.  I included a second picture to help see the scale.

I am painting pretty furiously these days because I have several shows coming up.  This Saturday I am in Oxford, MS for the Double Decker Art Festival.  April 29, 30 and May 1 is the Bayou City Art Festival in Memorial Park in Houston , TX.  May 4- 6 is The Harding  Art Show in Nashville, TN.  Looking very forward to all of them!



Tuesday, April 19, 2016

let it be

I try to remind myself to "let it be" when I keep trying to over work a painting.  I also happen to be listening to the Beatle's song, "let it be".  Nice how that works out at post time. I have been working pretty frantically lately.  I really do need to "let it be" for a while.  At least for the rest of the afternoon.  This is painted on a 30 x 30 x 2" canvas.

I am looking forward to the Double Decker Art Festival in Oxford, Mississippi this Saturday.  Would love to have you come see me if you are in the area.  

Sunday, April 17, 2016

jimmy

Jimmy was commissioned by a friend as a surprise gift for her husband.  Jimmy loves to retrieve and has to be held back at times by the rope attached to his vest.  I learned that fact after my friend received his painting.  He said that made him like the painting even more because it was a reminder and trademark of his personality.  Glad I decided not to edit that out.  This is painted on an 11 x 14" linen panel.

I have had two great shows the last two weekends and am now looking forward to going to Oxford, MS this weekend for the Double Decker Art Festival.  This will be my first visit to the infamous Oxford.  Hoping to go early enough to visit William Faulkner's home, Rowan Oak.  I will also try to find answers for why the heck they say' "hotty toddy". ???? 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

coop

I have been busy painting for many upcoming shows.  I like to have a variety of sizes at shows so that there is something for every budget. These are painted on 4 x 6 x 2"'s and 5 x 5 x 2"'s.

I am participating in Art in the Village this Saturday from 9 - 4.  It is held at the Crestline Elementary athletic field in Mt Brook, AL.  You have to see this field to believe it. It looks like a putting green.  Such a fun location and show.

Next Saturday I will be in Oxford, MS for the Double Decker art show. My very first time to be in Oxford!  The next weekend I will be in Houston, TX for the Bayou City Art Festival in Memorial Park.  April 29, 30 and May 1.  The following weekend I will be in Nashville, TN for the Harding Academy Art Show.  May 5-7. I will have a couple of weeks break and then  participate in Children's Harbor Art on the Lake at Lake Martin, AL. May 28 and 29.   I know.  It' a lot.

Monday, April 11, 2016

well when you wake up in the morning

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Such serendipity when the lyrics of songs you are listening to title your paintings.  Am listening to Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Midnight Special".  It begins "well when you wake up in the morning".  I hope you sing this song the rest of the day.  This is painted on a 6 x 12 x 2" canvas.

I am participating in Art in the Village this Saturday.  It is held on the athletic field of Crestline Elementary School in Mountain Brook, AL. The hours are 9 -4. It was the first show I ever entered and I look forward to it every year.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

waitin' on a woman

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Brad Paisley's "waitin' on a woman" was playing as I posted this.  Not a favorite song but thought this rooster might be doing just that.  This is painted on a 20 x 40 x 2" canvas.  

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

corgi

This is a cardigan Welsh corgi that a patron commissioned me to do as a surprise birthday gift for her friend.  This was the first time I had ever seen this type of corgi.  I feel a little kinship to this dog because my maiden name Morgan, originated in Wales.  My family is not this hairy. Or sweet.

This is painted on a 12 x 12 x 2" canvas.

Please come out to Art in the Hills this coming Saturday at the Vestavia Municipal City Hall grounds.  The hours are 10 -4.  

Sunday, April 3, 2016

high noon

  Painted on a 4 x 12 x 2" canvas.sold

Friday, April 1, 2016

people smile

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"Danny's song" by Loggins and Messina happened to be playing as I posted this.  The first couple of words in the lyric's are "people smile". Great song!  That is pretty much my objective with my paintings.  This little calf with her oversized ears made me smile.  this is painted on a 4 x 12 x 2" canvas.

I am looking forward to participating in "Art in the Hills" in Vestavia next Saturday, April 9th.  It takes place on the grounds of the beautiful new city Hall from 9 until 4.  Lots of art along with some great food trucks and local music.

Hope you have a good weekend.  

Thursday, March 31, 2016

a little sunshine

   A little sunshine on a rainy day here in Alabama.  This is painted on a 5 x 7" linen canvas.

My husband planted a lot of sunflowers around our property so I am hoping to paint from home grown flowers sometime.sold  


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

pink

Taking a little break from painting a dog commission.  I like to have some smaller paintings available at shows.  The small ones usually have a lot more charm.  This is a 5 x 7".  My next show is Art in the Hills, April 9, in Vestavia, AL.  More info two posts back.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

lucky one

I photographed this child playing in a fountain in Oregon.  She looks right at home on a beach in Florida or Alabama.  This is painted on a 10 x 10 x 2" canvas.

Monday, March 28, 2016

it was a beautiful day

Listening to Tom Petty's "runnin' down a dream" made it easy for me to title this 11 x 14 x 2" piece.

I am getting prepared for show season.  My first show is right in the heart of where I live.  Vestavia's "Art in the Hills".  This is the third year for this show and I am glad to be a part of it for the first time.  It is Saturday, April 9 from 10-4 at the new Vestavia City Hall Complex.  It will feature around 45 artists and several specialty Food trucks.  I would love for you to come by if you are in the area.

Friday, March 25, 2016

hallelujah!

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I was thinking "hallelujah!" after I painted this demo last Saturday.  I totally bombed painting a little girl as a demo that morning.  Fortunately my workshop friends had a good sense of humor and patience.  I guess you can still learn through other's mistakes.  This was not even on the itenarary but many of them wanted to see how I painted jars.  So"hallelujah!  This is painted on a 20 x 20 x 2" canvas.

Happy Easter! Hallelujah!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

lyin' eyes

Sold Guess which band I am listening to as I post this and try to come up with a painting title?  This was the demo painting I did for the first morning of my workshop this past weekend.  It is painted on a 10 x 10 x 2" canvas. 

The picture below is of my fun and wonderful workshop folks.  They all did a great job with their  paintings.  This picture does not do their paintings justice.  It also adds ten pounds and years to each of us.  Haven't you heard that?
I enjoyed making some new friends and helping them in their art journey. It was helpful for me to remind myself of the things that I think are important to teach others.    

 I did this 8 x 8 x 2" practice demo the night before the workshop and thought it would be interesting for you to see how differently it turned out from the one above.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

small bait, big fish

I decided I better brush up on painting children since I am teaching it this coming Saturday.  I enjoy trying to capture a child in a spontaneous moment.  One thing that makes this painting successful is that  it has good angles.  I learned from Nancy Franke that you need to look for lots of X's and Z's and V's in the figure.  It just adds to the energy and leads to a more interesting composition. This is painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

one life

Busy getting ready for a workshop I am having at my home this Friday and Saturday.  Fun!
This is painted on a 30 x 40 x 2" canvas.sold

Thursday, March 10, 2016

mine

I sold a piece that I had in my house so I needed to paint something new.  A new friend from Texas was visiting and liked it so I sold it to her.  I enjoyed "blue morning" pictured below for three years but now another family gets to have it. 
This picture is seen as soon as you come into my house so it needs to be something I like to look at.  Both of these pieces are 24 x 48 x 2".  


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

emma

This cow had some crazy hair but I trimmed it up some because it did not look believable.  This is painted on a 30 x 30 x 2" canvas.

Monday, March 7, 2016

jump ups

I got some small jars from Etsy and the johnny jumps ups were the perfect size to display in them.  Violas are a favorite of mine because they are so easy and colorful. This is painted on a 6 x 12" canvas.  sold

Friday, February 26, 2016

blue steel

I wonder if there are any Ben Stiller fans out there who will get this title? This is painted on a 4 x 12 x 2" canvas.
Have a great weekend!sold

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

sassy

I cleaned up and out my studio for four or five hours yesterday.  I need another five hours to finish up.  It is amazing the things I can find when I take the time to straighten.  I found this little 5 x 7" panel in a basket.
One of the reasons I am cleaning is because I am teaching a workshop at my home studio March 18 and 19. One of the days the focus is going to be painting children.  The shot of this little girl has all the right things going for it. Angles!  Lots of angles leads to a more interesting and dynamic painting.  I learned or realized this after taking a workshop with one of my all time favorites...Nancy Franke.
Now...back to cleaning.  Who knows what else I might find?

Sunday, February 21, 2016

big C

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This composition kind of made a big C.  My best friend in high school called me big C and I called her big D.  We still do.
I did this 12 x 24 x 2" yesterday as a warm up to painting last night at Artblink.  It was a fundraiser for the UAB cancer center that I described a couple of posts ago.  Eighteen artists painted works in 90 minutes. It was fun but a bit intense.  People are bidding big money on pieces that you hope turn out.  My piece was 18 x 36 x 2" and that was a lot of area to tackle in that amount of time.  It turned out well and made some nice money for the center.  I also sold another piece that 40% of the price went to the charity.
The completed piece. Me, painting on my knees to get to the bottom.  What ever works.

 Friends who bought another piece.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Franklin


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Is it crazy that I went to the beautiful beach in Watercolor, FL for only two full days and I woke up and painted a cow?  I think I walked first. One of my favorite things about going to the beach is taking pictures on the way down.  I got a few pictures of some sheep and lambs too.  They were a little scared of me.  But...not this group of cows.  This made me SO very happy.  I might be the cow whisperer.  
My first workshop is filled and I have one on the wait list.  I have space in the second one that is March 31 and April 1.  Email me at carolcarmike@att.net for more information.  

Monday, February 15, 2016

trial runner

I am participating in a fund raiser next Saturday night, the ArtBlink Gala.  Eighteen artists will create works in 90 minutes to be available in silent auctions to raise money for UAB"s Cancer Center's fund for Excellence.  Click on the link for more information.  I have decided to paint a still life similar to this one. Working out the kinks with a trial run will make me feel a little more comfortable while painting in front of Lots of people. I set it up from life in my studio and took a picture of it that I will work from Saturday night.  We will start with a blank canvas and create our pieces in a hour and a half.  Fun to watch, buy and support. This one is painted on a 12 x 24 x 2" canvas.  I am going to paint it on an 18 x 36" Saturday.

The winner of "candy striper" is Jo from Texas.  I promise to do more give aways in the future.  Thanks for taking the time to subscribe to my blog.

This morning I have one spot left in my March 18 and 19 workshop.  It is smart to get on a waiting list even if it is full.  Many times a signee will have a last minute  conflict come up.
I am planning on having the March 31 and April 1 workshop as well.  Contact me at carolcarmike@att.net for more information.sold

Sunday, February 14, 2016

my place

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Happy Valentine's day!  This is painted on a 10 x 10 x 2" canvas.  Maybe I should have painted a rose in her mouth for the occasion?

I will announce the winner of "candy striper" in tomorrows blog post.

My March 18 and 19 workshop is filling fast.  I will definitely do another March 31 and April 1 if there is interest.  It should be a pretty time of year to get out and do something fun. Email me at carolcarmike@att.net if you would like information on the workshops.  

Saturday, February 13, 2016

candy striper

Happy Valentine's weekend!  I am going to give this painting away to one of my blog email subscribers at the end of the day tomorrow. Please note that if you subscribe to get my blog posts that you will need to verify that you would like to receive it.  Feedburner will send you a verification email soon after you initially sign up.  It might go to your junk mail so check that.  I have at least 100 subscribers who never verified , so it never got activated. Also....you can unsubscribe at any time.  Subscribe in the box at the top right of this page. This is painted on a 6 x 12 x 2" canvas.

Also....I am announcing a workshop at my home studio March 18 and 19.  Friday and Saturday from 9:30 until 4:00.  We will work on painting animals the first day and children the second.  I am considering a second weekend if there is demand. March 31 and April 1.  I can only accommodate nine students at a time so make a decision fast.  I have already filled three spots. I wish I was computer saavy enough to attach the workshop description to this blog post but I am not. Email me at carolcarmike@att.net and I will send you the attachment.  

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

mama said

Painted on a 20 x 40 x 2" canvas.  

Sunday, February 7, 2016

fluffy fowl spat

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I tried to look up what type of chickens these are but had no luck.  I took the picture at a feed store close to where my sister lives in north Alabama. They are white/buffish with a little black on their tail feathers. They were very fluffy.  These two look kind of like they had just had a little spat.  This is painted on a 20 x 30 x 2" canvas.