Monday, March 20, 2017

tipsy chick

I am gearing up for six Spring shows. My first show is April 1 and 2 ,The Ridgeland Arts Fest, in Ridgeland, Mississippi.  My parents lived in Jackson, MS twenty years ago and I am looking forward to going back and visiting areas we used to enjoy.  My twin sons and youngest son were born while they lived there so I have a lot of great memories of exploring Jackson with them.
This is painted on a 4 x 6 x 2" canvas.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

clap along

Just a little happy.  If you ever wake up in a sour mood I would suggest you listen to Pharrell Williams song "happy". This is painted on a 4 x 6 x 2" canvas.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

eclectic

This is the first time I have painted on this 6 x 18 x 2" canvas.  It was a great format for the longhorns.  This long and skinny canvas does not really photograph that well.  Especially when the auto focus on my camera has quit working and the auto focus in my eyes is sketchy because I see well from a distance but squat up close.
I have been using a palette knife more often lately because I have found it is easier on my hands.  Pulling paint out of my brushes for hours every day takes its toll on my hands.  ( This is all about Carol getting old today) I am happy with what is happening so all is good.
These long horns live in Eclectic, Alabama.  They belong to a lady named Robin.  This probably sounds very sexist but I think it is so cool that it is a woman who takes care of these cows.  She has a very big and beautiful herd.sold

Thursday, March 2, 2017

go your way

I love the way little paintings can make such an impact.  Wish I could keep that quality in my bigger pieces. This is painted on a 6 x 6 x 2" canvas.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

lovely day

These two lovely ladies are painted on a 15 x 30 x 2" canvas.

Friday, February 24, 2017

fetch

Total bliss painting a doodle dog for the fun of it.  No pressure of it needing to look like any pooch in particular. Great way to start the weekend.  This is painted on a 20 x 20 x 2" canvas.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

happy cow

On one of my most recent road trips I noticed that all the pastures of cows I passed were lying down. I asked my husband, Farmer Dan, if he knew why they were all lying instead of standing.  Dan was a banker but did have experience helping his Dad with his cows after he retired to farm in east Tennessee.  Retired to farm?....no such thing.  Retired to work harder than he ever had. Back to cows lying down.....farmer Dan thought that there was no particular reason that they were lying down.  Just cow life.  Of course I had to fact check him because there had to be a reason this was going on. Something profound. Farmer Dan was right. Cows recline for several reasons, tired, digesting food, calving, to look sexy, etc....
This beauty is painted on a 6 x 12 x 2" canvas.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

let it be

This is the piece I did at ArtBlink Saturday night.  I had to start with a blank canvas and create this in 90 minutes.  With people watching......on a stage....in nice clothes.  In nice clothes that I got red paint on even before the crowd got there.  A lot of red paint. Is there even any red in the piece?  Little bit. It is a black tie optional event that raises money for cancer research at the University of Alabama in Birmingham's Kirkland Clinic.  This 22 x 28" piece was purchase by a  new friend and she got a nice painting and contributed to a great cause.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

jenny

So fun painting this after painting still life set ups most of last week.  I will share some pictures from ArtBlink soon. (A cancer research fundraiser I participated in last night.)

This is a large painting. 36 x 36 x 2"   

Friday, February 17, 2017

loved ones

 These are a few of the commissions I did of special folks commissioned by special folks.


I am participating in a fundraiser for cancer research tomorrow night at the University of Alabama Birmingham's Kirkland Clinic.  I described it and added a link for more information a couple of posts ago.  I will be painting 22 x 28" still life of hydrangeas that will be up for auction while I am painting and for a short time after I finish.  There are 18 artists who will have 90 minutes to create their piece.  A little intimidating but this is the third time I have participated so I know the ropes.  It is such a wonderful cause and I am honored to be a part of it.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Winnie Cooper, Zoe, Scout and Gabe



I never got around to posting the commissions I did around Christmas.  I will share them over the next couple of weeks.  I think I did around 21 of them.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

let's stay together

One of the best love songs and singers inspired this title.  "let's stay together" by Al Green.  This is painted on a 16 x 20 x 2" canvas.

I am painting at UAB"s ArtBLINK this Saturday night.  Eighteen local artists will work with a variety of media to create masterpieces in 90 minutes that can be purchased during the silent auction. Funds from the gala go toward the Cancer Center’s Fund for Excellence, which supports high-priority research efforts for specific projects, including launching young investigators in cancer research or recruiting new faculty. A percentage of the funds raised will support patient and family assistance efforts.  
I am going to paint a large still life so I need to play with a few arrangements this week.  
Happy Valentine's day!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

silver lining

This painting needed a little black dog.  This is painted on an 18 x 18 x 2" canvas.  I will have it and many others this weekend at The Art Event at Lipscomb Academy in Nashville, TN.  Friday 5-9, Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 11-3.  Come see me and the other artists if you are in the area.

Monday, January 30, 2017

head turner



I did this 18 x 24 x 2" as one of my demonstrations this past weekend at my workshop. I tried to share some things that I think are important in making successful paintings.  Always nice to remind myself!  I will name a few of them below.  These are all things I have learned from other teachers and lots of practice.
Use the biggest brush possible. Quit before you think you are done.  Squint while looking at your subject to lose the little shapes.  Leaving some of the canvas showing through makes the painting appear more airy.  Have a variety of soft and hard edges. Do not apply your brush to the canvas until you have checked yourself.  Make each brushstroke count.
I had another great group this past weekend and it was nice to see all of them progress!


Thursday, January 26, 2017

shelter from the storm


I am sharing a little picture story with you in this blog. The top piece is the final piece.  (I think?)  The bottom picture is what it looked liked the first time I photographed it.  I decided I did not like the top two white umbrellas so I painted them out.  Photographed it again and decided I was not sure I liked the man walking out of the canvas on the left.  Painted him out.  Took the painting back outside to photograph and dropped it in pine straw.  If you have followed my blog for a while you know this happens to me quite often.  You can not teach and old dog new tricks or change my bad habits. 

I would love your opinion about adding the man on the left back in OR anything else.  Don't waste your time telling me to be more careful.  This is painted on an 18 x 24 x 2" canvas.

I am teaching a workshop at my home tomorrow and Saturday.  Fun!  I may schedule another one this summer. And no...it won't be on how to photograph your work.




Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Rose in Rosé

I kept this Rosé bottle because I thought it was to pretty to toss.  This is painted on an 18 x 24 x 2" canvas.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

to and fro

We have thankfully had some umbrella weather here in Alabama lately.  We really needed it after a 70 day drought in the late Summer/ Fall.
This is painted on a 30 x 40 x 2" canvas.  I am still experimenting a little bit. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

orange coat girl

 I decided to paint a companion piece for the red socks fan.  They are both painted on an 8 x 16 x 2" canvas.
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

morning rush

I got some great rainy photos during a trip to England and Scotland a couple of years back. I love the reflections that are created in the water.  I did several paintings with umbrellas that I was happy with soon after the trip.  This 30 x 40 x 2" sat in my closet unfinished for a year or so.  It was really grey and boring.  I recently jazzed it up and am really happy with the results.  Sold

Monday, January 16, 2017

dream on

Playing around a bit.  This is painted on a 20 x 20 x 2" canvas.

I had a great group in my workshop this past weekend.  They were talented and fun. It always helps me to tell people what I think is important in painting.  I love a John Carlson quote that I heard in Nancy Franke's workshop. " Too much reality is always a disappointment to the imaginative soul.  We love suggestion and not hard facts.

I have another workshop the 27 & 28th of January.  A couple of spots remaining.

My next show is The Art Event at Lipscomb Academy in Nashville.  The dates are Feb 3-5.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

a little summertime

We all need a little summertime in January. I am preparing to have a workshop at my home this Friday and Saturday.  We will painting still life one day and animals the next.  I have a couple of spots in my Jan 27 & 28 workshop if you are interested.  Email me at carolcarmike@att.net for more information.
"a little summertime" is painted on an 8 x 10 x 2" canvas.

Monday, January 9, 2017

special

I have just returned from a family trip with happy news.  My son proposed to his girlfriend. So excited to have a very special girl in our family's future.  About dang time.

I am getting ready for my workshop that is this Friday and Saturday at my home.  Excited to get back to painting and sharing the fun with others.

This is painted on a 5 x 7" linen canvas. gifted

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Saturday, December 31, 2016

wake up call

Life is a gift!  Happy 2017 to you!  

This "wake up call" is painted on a 6 x 12 x 2" canvas.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

desperado

Painted on a 30 x 40 x 2" canvas.  I am enjoying painting large and loose.  

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

sunshine in my pocket

I just counted the Christmas commissions I have completed since beginning work on them in October. Twenty one. Lots of dogs, cattle, children, and even the front of a house with two dogs in the yard. (don't be getting any ideas, that was a one time thing!) It is fun for me to think of all the Christmas celebrations I have a small part in.

This cow mug is painted on a 6 x 6 x 2" canvas.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

happiness in my heart

I definitely have happiness in my heart. I have finished all of my Christmas commissions.  Cutting it a bit close.  I love doing commissions for many reasons but the biggest one is for the happiness it brings the receivers.  I have to paint much tighter than usual while painting them so it was fun painting this calf loosely.  She is painted on a 36 x 36 x 2" canvas. I am excited to be thinking of new work that I want to paint for upcoming shows.  My next one is in Nashville at David Lipscomb February 3-5.

I still have some openings in my January workshops that are being held in my studio here in Birmingham. The first one has a couple of spots and the dates are Jan 13 and 14.  What a great Christmas present it would be.  Email me for more information.  The second workshop is Jan 27 and 28 and it has a couple of spots remaining. My email is carolcarmike@att.net.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

ooh ooh child

I used my " go to" way of coming up with a painting title when I have painted a subject many times.   I turned on my amazon music and found a title from the first song that played.  The song was "ooh, ooh child" by the five stair steps.  I remembered the song but not the group.  It happened to be a song that was perfect for me to hear right now.  I am a bit stressed finishing up commission work.

I painted this 8 x 16" at the Mountain Brook Holiday show last Thursday.  It is open until Dec 17 and the hours are 11-8 each day. Located on the lower level of Brookwood Mall across from Brio. 

Friday, December 9, 2016

i am loved

Thank you to Lauren Daigel for the title inspiration.  Listening to her song, "here's my heart".  Love her music.
This was a demo that I did yesterday at the Mountain Brook Art Association's holiday art show. It was a nice break from painting a katrillion dogs.  I hope I did not add any fur to the lemons.  I am working through a few more Christmas commissions.  This is painted on an 18 x 36 x 2" canvas.

The MBAA Holiday show is ongoing every day from 11-8 each day until Dec 17.  It is located on the lower level of Brookwood Mall.  (across from Brio)  There is lots of great work available! Artist demos most days too!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

shoo fly

Took a little break from painting commission pieces to paint one of my favorite subjects.  "shoo fly" is painted on an 8 x 10 x 2" and will be hanging in the Mountain Brook Art Associations holiday show that starts this Friday.  It is held in Colonial Brookwood Mall on the lower level across from the entrance to Brio. A different and better location from previous years. The show will run through December 17 and opens at 11 every morning and closes at 8.  I have lots of smaller paintings for this show.

I will not be at the MBAA holiday show opening because I will be in Nashville for the Brentwood Academy Art show.  A great show in a great city. I love catching up with Nashville friends and participating artists.  I am also looking forward to having a three day break from painting.  I have been furiously painting commissions that will not be shared until after Christmas.  I am officially saying No to any more commissions before Christmas. Seven more to go even so! 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

sweet talkin ladies man

Little title help from Joni Mitchell. This is painted on a 4 x 12 x 2" canvas.  I have been very busy painting commissioned works and pieces for upcoming shows.  I mostly used a pallet knife on this painting. I feel like the texture gives it more interest.

I am looking forward to traveling to Nashville next weekend for the Art show at Brentwood Academy.  Dec 2-4.  So fun to go back to one of my favorite cities and visit with long time friends and artists.

Also....Beginning Friday, Dec 2 , I will be participating in the Mountain Brook Art Association's Holiday Show at Colonial Brookwood Mall in Birmingham.  This show runs through December 17.  Plenty of opportunities to go by and check out the art work.

Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!  

Friday, November 18, 2016

All leg

A chick one day, a cow the next day, and then a dancer.  A pattern of painting what makes me happy.  This one is painted on an 11 x 14 x 2" canvas.
Upcoming shows:

Fine Art at Brentwood Academy Dec 2-4 in Nashville, TN

Mountain Brook Art Association's Holiday show  Dec 2-17 in Birmingham, AL
Located across from Brio in Colonial Brookwood Mall.

Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

flo

Painted on a 12 x 12 x 2". sold

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

little bird

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 I just returned from a show in Savannah, GA.  I happened to spend more money than I made this time.  I brought some beautiful artwork home with me.  Aaron Hequembourg had his work displayed across from me and I fell in love with it immediately.  I photographed my two treasures below. He lives on an farm dating back to 1815 in Monticello, GA with his family.  He has salvaged wood and artifacts from the buildings on the farm and worked them into his pieces.  He laminates book pages into the wood, then carves the images into the wood and then paints and waxes the pieces.  The models in his works live in the area and receive a percentage of his sale.  Willie Moore is pictured in one of my pieces and he has worked on the farm his entire life. His website is www.bigwhitedog.net
If you are subscribed to my blog I am sorry that you have received some old posts for the last two days.  Not quite sure what happened.

I am busy doing commissions that I will not be able to post until after Christmas.  I have two shows coming up.  I will be in Nashville, TN Dec 2-4 at the Art Show at Brentwood Academy.  I will also have work displayed in the Mountain Brook art association Holiday show.  It is being held Dec 2- 17 at Colonial Brookwood Village.

"little bird" is painted on a 4 x 6 x 2" canvas.  I still have some spots available in my January classes and you can email me at carolcarmike@att.net for more information.

Monday, November 7, 2016

flashy

sold

My first exposure to roosters was a few years back when my sister and brother in law had some.  I am so thankful for all of the photos I took of them.  I have painted some images multiple times in different sizes.  My favorite ones are the ones where they are in motion. This was a very proud bantam that thought he was a lot bigger than he was.  This is painted on a 10 x 10 x 2" canvas.

I still have some spots available in my January workshops.  Email me at carolcarmike@att.net for more information.  A fun thing to do during a pretty dull month.

I am headed to Savannah, GA at the end of the week for the Telfair Art Show.  I would love to see you if you are in the area.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

I'm serious

sold
Gearing up to paint seven commissions and I know I will have to paint tighter so this cow was a result of the anticipation.  I have to make the animals look like the clients so I naturally have to tighten up.  It is hard to balance making it looking like my style and capturing their pet or child.  This is painted on a 20 x 20 x 2" canvas.
I am participating in the Telfair Art show next Friday night, Saturday and Sunday in Savannah, GA.  A very fun place to visit.
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

grace

Decided to take a break from dancers today.  But.....only painting happy things.  Can't wait until this election is over.  I am sure all the hate will go away once it is over.  If only!
This happy, little lamb is painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

break time

How do I blend cows and ballerinas into my next show?    I will take a picture of my booth at the Savannah show so that you can see. Should be interesting.  This one is painted on a 20 x 40 x 2" canvas.
My favorite compliment and one that I hear fairly often at show is that my booth makes them smile.  I hope this painting brings a smile to you. 
I still have some spots left in my January workshops.  Contact me at carolcarmike@att.net if you are interested.