Monday, November 20, 2017

nightfall

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

sunshine

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

boss

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.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

carolina

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I took a little break from working on a 3 x 4' commissioned piece to paint this 8 x 8"sweet face.  Listening to James Taylor's song, "going to Carolina".  A good way to spend a Saturday afternoon.  

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

better together

I found a little time to paint between back to back weekend shows.   I had a great show in Bluffton, SC last weekend.  I enjoyed my time in this charming town and enjoyed visiting with a couple of old friends and making some new ones.
I am participating in the River Arts Festival in Memphis, TN this coming Friday night, Saturday and Sunday.  A great way to finish up my Fall show season.  Always fun to visit and EAT in Memphis.
"better together" is painted on a 36 x 48" linen canvas.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

jane

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I am preparing to travel to South Carolina for the Historic Bluffton Art and Seafood Festival. The show dates are Oct 21 & 22.  The next weekend I will be in Memphis, TN for the River Arts Fetival.  Woo hoo!

Monday, October 16, 2017

skinny low down

I really do not like to photograph elongated canvases.  Love to paint on them....hate to photograph.  You really lose something in the photo because of the shape.  I have had it explained to me before but I am old.  This one is painted on a 15 x 30 x 2" canvas.
Very excited to be headed to the low country in a few days for the Historic Bluffton Art and Seafood Festival this Saturday and Sunday.


Sunday, October 15, 2017

low down

 I am participating in the Historic Bluffton Arts Festival Oct 21 & 22 in  Bluffton, SC. I am headed there a couple of days early to enjoy this beautiful part of our country.  
This is painted on a 30 x 30 x 2" canvas.  

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

always with me

Painted on an 18 x 36 x 2".  Another soothing piece to look at during these hard times for so many.  Hurricanes, floods, fires, shootings....ugh!

This piece will be with me at my next two shows in October.  The first one is in Bluffton, SC October 21 & 22.  I will be in Memphis, TN at the River Arts Fest Oct 27-29.  Would love to see you if you are in the area!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

don't look back

It's hard not to look back.  This is painted on a 15 x 30 x 2".sold

I have two shows coming up in October.  I am participating in the Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival October 20 and 22.  It takes place in Bluffton, SC. Looking forward to exploring this coastal area of South Carolina.

The next weekend I will be in Memphis, Tennessee for the River arts Festival.  October 27 29.

I better go paint.

Friday, September 29, 2017

me oh my

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This is a 36 x 48 x 2" commissioned piece for a new patron. (A very special birthday gift from her in laws!) Seeing the space where it was going to hang helped me make a couple of decisions.  It is always a challenge covering this large of a canvas but I am getting more comfortable with it.  It is hard to miss with lovely blues and yellows.  One of the favorite compliments people give me when they see my booth at shows is that is so soothing and happy.  We need more of that these days. 
Happy weekend!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

I was meant for someone

This is another painting I started before going out of town.  It is painted on a 30 x 40 x 2" acrylic primed linen canvas.  My goal was to keep some of the linen color in the background.  This will be with me this weekend at the Monte Sano Art Festival in Huntsville, AL. Click on the link for more information.
Prayers for all the hurricane victims!  Hard to imagine all the loss and helplessness felt by so many.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

sweet home

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I painted this 30 x 30 x 2" before I left on a trip out of the country.  I visited some beautiful places and will share some photos in the coming days. I am a bit jet lagged now and have to get ready for one of my favorite shows this upcoming weekend.  I am participating in the Monte Sano Art Festival this Saturday from 9 - 5 and Sunday 9 - 4.  It will be my first show since the spring season so I will have lots of new paintings.  Come see me if you are in the Huntsville, AL area.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

runner's way

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This is a 24 x 24 x 2" commissioned piece by a friend from North Carolina.  Denise has at least ten of my paintings.  I am pretty sure that is a low estimate.  She found my work online and has been buying pieces from me for several years.
The exposure the internet provides is amazing.  (good and bad)  My painting of the white cow, "you never even called me by my name" is now hanging in France.    

Sunday, August 27, 2017

shoot the moon

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 I love to paint a loose rooster.  Fun using both brushes and a palette knife to scrub the paint on the canvas.  I decided to share a picture of my new pedestal that a neighbor who was moving put in their trash.  (that was a really awkward sentence) Other peoples trash......
This is painted on an 8 x 16 x 2" canvas.  Hope you all have a great week and prayers for Texas!

Friday, August 25, 2017

i feel fine every time she's around me

Painted on an 18 x 24 x 2" linen canvas.  Have a good weekend.sold

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

I'll hang around as long as you will let me

Another title inspired by David Allan Coe's song, "you never even called me by my name". This is painted on a 6 x 12 x 2" canvas.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

you never even called me by my name

She looks like she could be thinking that.  This is painted on a 20 x 40 x 2" canvas.sold

Friday, August 18, 2017

you don't have to call me darlin, darlin

I was listening to some old school country music while I was walking this morning. I am going to do a series of cows using titles from the lyrics of David Allan Coe's "you never even called me by my name".  Right there....another great title. If you are not familiar with this song, you need to google it.  It will get your weekend started right.  This is painted on a 30 x 30 x 2" canvas.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

tight squeeze

 Painted on a 4 x 12 x 2" canvas.  Painting some smalls for upcoming Fall shows.  I start out in north Alabama in middle September with the Monte Sano Art show in Huntsville, AL.  The next weekend I am one town away in Decatur for the River Clay Art Show.  The word town made me chuckle.  I don't know if that is southern or old fashioned.  I guess you mostly hear city now.  What constitutes a town versus a city?sold

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

strike a pose

This was fun for me to paint because my Ruthie looks much like this kitty.  This is a surprise for a friend's son.  I have seen this look before. 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

bottled up

I traveled to North Wilkesboro, North Carolina last week to take some work to Taupe Gallery.  I met the owners at a show in NC and so appreciated their enthusiasm for my work that I decided to trek up there with some paintings.  It is a beautiful gallery in a gorgeous area.  Mountains all around.  Mountains are always worth the drive.
I hit some of my favorite places on the way home.  This French seltzer bottle was a new purchase along with another globe jar dating back to the late 1800's.  My love of bottles goes way back to finding them at my grand parent's farm when I was little.  It is nice to justify the purchases because I can paint them over and over.
This is painted on a 24 x 24 x 2" canvas.

Friday, July 28, 2017

some sweet day

I have a friend who asked if I had any paintings with blue hydrangeas.  I do now.  This is painted on an 18 x 24 x 2".  Have a great weekend!sold

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

a sunday kind of love

Each piece of this diptych is a 10 x 30 x 2".  Sold



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

tell you a little story

This is a commissioned piece for an artist friend.  I have the good fortune of having two of her pieces and this is a little pay back.  This is her husband's family barn.  She did not want it too representational.  It is a large 36 x 48" piece.  It has been through several transitions and I have learned a lot and enjoyed painting it.  sold

Friday, July 21, 2017

waiting on the sunset

This is a commissioned piece.  I had several folks at my last show in North Carolina who wanted a larger rendition of a 24 x 24"painting I had at the show.  Even if I am painting from the exact same photo, the painting always comes out differently.  Especially since I am still learning about landscapes and this is a 3 x 4' canvas.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

we were meant to be together

Two 6 x 18 x 2" canvases.  Having a little fun with a diptych.  Bonnie Raitt gave me a nice idea for a title.sold

Monday, July 17, 2017

spoken like a melody

Hope you have a great week.  Painted on a 16 x 20 x 2" canvas.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

"Don't touch the gate!"

I was in Eclectic, AL a couple of weeks ago and came across a very handsome group of young cows. I found a safe place to park next to the fence and it happened to be close to one of the gates.  I felt bad because they thought it was feeding time and came running to me. I actually got to pet some of them. After about five minutes I noticed a little lady start working her way over to me.  She was cutting grass with scissors.  I thought that was a little kooky.  I explained to her that I was just taking pictures of the cows.  She thought I was kooky.  She was concerned that I would open the gate and told me not to at least ten times as she cut the grass walking back toward her house.  I didn't touch the gate.

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

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

better late than never

This 22 x 28" canvas had a sea scape that was on the boring side.  Add a rooster to anything to up the excitement factor.sold

I am adding a watermark to all my future images.  Too many factions out there who do not care about stealing others work and profiting from it.  I am also using my iphone so the image may not be as good.  Good for me but not as good for you.  Have to do.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

It was just my imagination

These colors are pretty close.  I am now photographing my work with my i phone.  My very abused eight year old Canon has bitten the dust.  I just used it to photograph my work.

This piece is painted on an 8 x 16 x 2" canvas.  My next move is to paint some large pieces similar to this.

Friday, July 7, 2017

I second that emotion



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I know many of you are going to favor the painting below over the top one. I got to the end of the tube painting and started thinking about what I wanted to say with this painting. Hmmm....what do I like about it?  I liked the colors and decided I wanted to express a feeling more than a literal scene.  Hang with me.  I am stretching and trying to grow.  I do not plan to abandon the style I have worked hard to get.  This is painted on an 18 x 24 x 2" canvas.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

lullaby

Painted on a 22 x 28  x 2" canvas.  

Monday, July 3, 2017

amber waves of grain

Another paint over.  There was an angel under this landscape.  This is painted on a 16 x 20 x 2".
Happy 4th!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Happy 4th

Happy Independence day!  Let us not take it for granted. Thank you to all those who have gone before us and Will go before us to protect our freedom.
What is more American than a retriever? ( Even though they came from the United Kingdom)  Right up there with apple pie.
Painted on a 12  x 12 x 2" canvas.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

sister, oh sister

Hmmm...you might be saying. I told you I was doing some searching this summer.  I painted this over a piece I had that I liked but felt was too specific or literal. This has really been cathartic for me. This is painted on a 20 x 40 x 2" canvas.  Thanks for looking!

Friday, June 30, 2017

introspective

Well....for something entirely different.  I painted this over the 36 x 36" canvas with my failed attempt of peonies in a jar.  (I kind of like the way the ghost of the painting looks after I scraped most of the flower painting out.) But...I think I like the figure piece too.  I am just feeling my way through this and I am enjoying the freedom of not being so representational.sold
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

beach music

Beach colors happen to be my favorite colors.  I am still searching and branching out.  I am doing a show in Bluffton, SC next October so I think these pieces will fit in nicely.  It is close to the Carolina coast. This is painted on an 18 x 36 x 2" canvas.