Tuesday, March 13, 2018


We all need a little quiet in our lives. This is painted on a 16 x 20 x 2" canvas. 

Come see me at Cerulean Park at Watercolor Beach, FL this Saturday and Sunday for Art in the Park. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

in the twilight glow

Painted on a 12 x 24 x 2" canvas.

My Spring show season starts this weekend at Watercolor Beach, FL. I am participating in Art in the Park at Watercolor's Cerulean Park. The hours are 9-5 on Saturday, March 17 and 9-1 on Sunday, March 18.  Come see me if you are in the area.  Pretty swell place to visit!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

coat of many colors

I have painted this image on a small canvas before but it was fun to paint it larger.  This is painted on a 24 x 36" canvas.  I love painting a rooster in motion.  This is one of my favorite photos that I took from my sister and brother in law's brood.  

Sunday, March 4, 2018

wide open

I looked around my studio and realized I did not have one rooster or hen painted.  A rarity for me.  One great reason is because the gallery I am in in North Carolina has sold many of them.  Thank you Steve, Jim and Taupe Gallery! This one is painted on a 24 x 24" . 

Saturday, March 3, 2018


I did not do the best job of photographing this triptych.  My extra pair of hands is on the golf course.

This is painted on three 10 x 30" canvases.  Still trying to feel my way through landscapes.  Referring back to my notes from my workshop with David Nichols.  

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


Who names a cat Josh?  Cats needs two syllable names.  It is true that in the South one syllable names can easily be turned into two syllables. Jah..ush!  Jah...ush belongs to my good friend's daughter who lives in Boston.  He is named after Josh from the show "West Wing". This was commissioned by my friend as a 30th birthday gift for her daughter.  Josh was thought to be a feral cat and in Boston they neuter cats and clip their ears to indicate that the procedure has been done.  Josh was discovered not to have been feral and lives a cushy life in Boston with Kendal.  Happy birthday to Kendal and happy life to Jah...ush.

PS....I don't paint cats.  Don't ask.

Monday, February 26, 2018

sweet baby james

I have a friend who wanted me to paint her three baby chicks.  Painting chicks and listening to James Taylor is a good way to celebrate a Monday. Painted on a 6 x 6 " canvas.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

out of the blue

A little bovine therapy.  This is painted on a 30 x 30 x 2" canvas.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

light in the darkness

This is the biggest rainy day/umbrella painting I have done.  Three by four feet.

The following is my spring show schedule.

March 17 & 18 Art in the Park Watercolor Beach, FL

April 7 & 8  Ridgeland Art Festival  Jackson, Mississippi

 April 20-22 Four Bridges Art Festival   Chattanooga, Tennessee

April 28 Double Decker Arts festival Oxford, Mississippi

May 5 My son's wedding! :)

May 12  Mt Brook Art Show, Mt Brook , AL

May 26 & 27 Decatur Arts Festival, Decatur, GA

Friday, February 16, 2018

no apologies

My husband told me to quit apologizing for painting a lot of different subject matter. This is painted on a 30 x 40" canvas.

Thursday, February 15, 2018


I know I am all over the place with my work lately but I just paint what I love and that is lots of different things.  I am very conflicted about it but it comes down to making myself happy.  So if it looks pretty scattered.... so be it! This is painted on a 24 x 36" canvas. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

running on empty

My son, Clint, told me I needed to do some more umbrella pictures.  This is a diptych.  The total piece is 30 x 30".  Each individual is 15 x 30".  Well duh.....     I'm just having one of those days.
I hope you are not having one of "those days".  Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

sweet seasons

 I decided to paint a warm picture today.  I am participating in a one day show at Watercolor Beach Resort , FL March 17.  I have missed painting beach scenes.  I included a second picture so that you could see the scale of this one.  It is a 36 x 36 x 2". 

Sunday, February 4, 2018

into the mystic

Playing around with landscape. This is painted on a 30 x 30" canvas.

Friday, February 2, 2018


This was a paint over. So serendipitous! This is painted on a 24 x 48 x 2" canvas.

Happy weekend!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Friday, January 26, 2018

like a flower

Very different colors for me. I had to ask my husband about this one before posting.  I have said before that I am a loner painter so he is my second set of eyes.  He has no artistic ability himself but has developed a good eye for helping me with issues in paintings.  This is painted on a 20 x 24" canvas.  

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

pass it on

I am participating in UAB's Comprehensive Cancer Center's Artblink Saturday, February 10.  Go to the link to learn more about it.  In a nut shell.....several wonderful artists have 90 minutes to create a painting while dressed up people watch them.  :) The dressed up people bid on the paintings while the artists paint. The money raised goes to the Cancer Center to fund research and care for families experiencing cancer.The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center in a four-state region: Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas.

I am going to paint something similar to this that night.  This is painted on a 24 x 30" canvas.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

lean on me

It is so gratifying to paint over a painting that I was luke warm about and to morph it into something that I really like.  This was a landscape that I felt was too literal so I turned the canvas into these three. I love the colors that are coming through underneath and the way the texture affected the finished painting.  Happy dance!!
 This is painted on a 30 x 30 x 2" canvas.

Monday, January 15, 2018

you couldn't stay a loner

I spent lots of time on this one because I am still trying to figure out what works in a landscape.  I do not want to give too much information but enough so that it reads correctly.  I "think" this one works.

I had an artist friend visit this weekend and she showed me some things about using cold wax with your oils. (Not used in this painting.)  I AM a loner so it was nice to talk shop with a kindred soul.  She works much more abstractly than I do so I have a lot to learn from her. I love that there is no  limit to where your work might transition.

This is painted on a 24 x 24 x 2" canvas.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

check yes or no

Another day feeling not very confident but working through it.  Pinky/purple is my favorite color. You have to work quickly when you are painting radishes because the leaves wilt on you.  I sprayed them with water so they would stay perky for the painting session.  Any other tips out there?  Don't tell me to eat them.  Not going to happen.
This is painted on a 20 x 24 x 2" linen canvas.  Listening to George Strait at titling time. :)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

take your time

I have struggled a bit at the easel the last few days.  I am being too critical of myself and have done a lot of scrubbing off.  Today I just tried to keep my head up and keep working through things I was not happy with. This is painted on a 20 x 24 x 2" linen canvas.

Friday, January 5, 2018

passing day

This painting was several things before it became sheep.  I don't even remember all the things.  I kept pushing through until this happened.  I put no pressure on myself to turn out a painting.  I did a lot of scraping so I got some nice colors left over from the earlier attempts.  This is painted on a 12 x 12 x 2" canvas.

"By seeking and blundering we learn."  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

forever and ever

This is painted on a 20 x 20 x 2".  For those of you who do not paint....this was done with a palette knife as compared to the lamb in my last post that I did with a brush.  I like both tools.  Fun to mix it up.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

on the other hand

I hope this funny face puts a smile on your face. It is painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas.sold

Friday, December 29, 2017

when the morning sun starts shining

Listening to Randy Travis as I was posting this.  He is one of the best!  This is painted on an 18 x 24 x 2" canvas.  The picture is a bit grainy. sold

Thursday, December 28, 2017

what was I thinkin

I am excited to paint a lot of new things.  I painted this over a half finished, never going to be happy with, painting.  I don't paint a lot of horses even though I think they are beautiful animals. I am a bit intimidated by that.   This is painted on a 30 x 30 x 2".

My husband loves to watch the old cowboy shows like "Bonanza", "The Big Valley", etc...  I like them too.  I was thinking the other day how so many actors had to know how to ride and also what a big job it was to care for all of the horses on set.  You never know where my mind might wander?  :)

Sunday, December 24, 2017

while shepards kept their watch

Painted on a 20 x 20 x 2" while my family watches football on Christmas afternoon.  Augh!  Going to go make them play with me now.  Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

been wandering

I was having one of those " I forgot how to paint days".  So... I got out an old painting that I decided to paint over and went at it with a palette knife.  It was a good way for me to get out frustrations.  I like the textural effects this one has.  It is painted on an 18 x 18 x 2" canvas.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017


 I struggled some on this piece but I think I worked out my issues.  It is painted on a 40 x 40 x 2" canvas so I included a second photo to help see the scale.  I have been painting several large pieces lately.  Think I will paint some smalls for a change.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

softer side

This lady is all over the place.  Yep... I am.  A beach scene in very cold December.

I always want to get loose after painting commissions.  It is impossible for me to paint commissions as loosely as I would like to paint because it has to look like someone's somebody or some thing.  I have been painting over several older pieces. It is so invigorating painting with a palette knife. It is a great way to loosen your work up.  This piece is painted on an 11 x 14".

This is my favorite time of the year because I will be painting lots of new things for Spring shows.  Several ideas swimming around in my head.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

first snowfall

This is a very large piece for me.  3' x 5'. It took two easels placed together.  The jury is out as to whether I am finished.  

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

solemn stillness

I have enjoyed painting over a few paintings lately.  I love how some of the original colors of the piece can compliment the new painting. And...the palette knife is so freeing. This is painted on an 8 x 10 x 2" canvas.

Monday, December 11, 2017

He knows my name

This felt good.  I needed to let loose after doing commissions. Painted on a 24 x 30 x 2" canvas. 

Friday, December 8, 2017

the nearness of you

Snow day in Alabama! Decided to take a vacation from commissions today and paint something that makes me as happy as snow.  This is painted on a 24 x 30 x 2" canvas. 

The view out of my studio window.  

Thursday, December 7, 2017

from whom all blessings flow

A potential painting for a friend.  She has three baby grand daughters.  This is painted on a 24 x 36 x 2" canvas.  I needed to paint something very loose today after working on commissions of folk's pets and various things for the last couple of weeks.  I have a couple more pets to finish and then I am looking forward to painting lots of what ever.  Painting this piece was cathartic. 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

the clearing

I took a little break from painting commissions to paint a commission.  What?

This was my first attempt at a large landscape.  A friend really liked my painting "beautiful journey" so I tried to keep the same feeling on a 40 x 40 x 2" canvas.  A totally different ball game but I am happy with it.  A lot of adding and subtracting.  That is when it gets hard because my goal is to keep it underworked and fresh.  Now... on to painting more commissions of a smaller size.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


This face makes me happy.  Commissioned by a friend.  It is painted on an 8 x 10" canvas.
I am deep into commission time.  Working very hard and not able to post most because they are surprise gifts. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

to see you again

Another experimental painting that I worked on at David Nichol's workshop last Saturday.  This piece is a 20 x 20".  Another quote from David, "You are not seeking perfection. You are seeking beauty."

I hope you have someone to spend your Thanksgiving with.  I am very thankful for so many and so much.  Hope you have a blessed thanksgiving!

Monday, November 20, 2017


Still playing around with landscapes.  This one was pretty much just out of my head.  My focus is on color, shapes and a variety of texture.  Still learning.  Maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks. This is painted on an 8 x 10" linen canvas.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

beautiful journey

I had the pleasure of taking a workshop with my good friend and incredible artist, David Nichols, yesterday.  I have long admired David's work and am fortunate to have a few of his paintings in my home.
I have been playing around with landscapes but felt like I needed some more knowledge of what elements are needed to make a successful one. The reason I took from David is because his works are not traditional landscapes.  They are just suggestions of outdoor scenes that could be interpreted many different ways.
A few of his quotes I will share with you.....
"You want your paintings to be based in reality but abstract in presentation. Allow the viewer to interpret the work in their own way."
"What makes a work fascinating is when the emphasis is not placed on realism, but rather, on expressiveness."

Okay....this is not easy.  David makes it look so but he has been painting for years and owes his success to thousands of hours of painting.  Check out his beautiful work at http://www.davidnicholsart.com.

This is painted on an 11 x 14" canvas.

Friday, November 17, 2017


I played around with acrylics some last week because of how quickly they can dry.  Me no likey.  I can't get the same brush work with them as compared to when I use oil paint.  I will probably use acrylics for certain things like underpainting but for now I am sticking with my lovely, buttery, slower drying oils.  This is painted on a 5 x 7 x 2" canvas.
Happy weekend!

Sunday, November 12, 2017


I love to paint a hereford.  Well...I love to paint a white face and shaggy ears.  This is painted on a 24 x 24 x 2" canvas.  

Friday, November 10, 2017

Notting Hill Elvis

Now for something entirely different.  Notting Hill Elvis. 20 x 20" . I wonder if some of you that have visited this area have seen him in the Notting Hill area of London.  Just like we have the guy who plays his guitar in his tightie whities in NYC.

I am preparing for my Open Studio/ Holiday Sale this coming Thursday.  I found this partially completed painting in my closet and decided to work on him again.  It was getting dark when I took this picture so it is not a great representation.

If you would like to come to my open studio, email me at carolcarmike@att.net.  All of my work will be marked at least 10% off.  Some work will be marked down as much as 50%. All paintings I am proud to have my signature on. I throw away or paint over things that do not make me happy.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

a few of my favorite things

These are a few of my favorite things painted on a 30 x 40" canvas. I paint these same objects over and over because they are what appeal to me.  (just like cows!) . You have to paint what you have a heart for.  I hope that comes through in my paintings.

I am having an open studio sale Thursday, November 16 from 5:30 until 8.  Email me if you are interested in coming.  Come find yourself something that makes you happy.