Thursday, December 31, 2015

here's to it

Wishing you all the best and a wonderful 2016!  This is painted on a 10 x 20 x 2" canvas.
Thanks for the encouragement and patronage of my painting.  sold

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

buck

A friend commissioned me to paint Buck for her brother's family.  The family recently lost Buck to cancer.  He was a beautiful and much loved dog and I hope the painting brings back some good memories for the family. This is painted on an 8 x 10 x 2" canvas.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

that's amore

I have always wanted to paint a highland cow and a patron from England gave me the perfect photo to work from.  He and his girlfriend took this picture in Scotland last summer and he surprised her with the painting for Christmas.  I feel so honored to be a part of bringing others happy moments.
I felt like I was peeking in a cows bedroom the whole time I painted this.  It would be the perfect cover for a cow romance novel.  This is painted on an 11 x 14 x 2" canvas.

Monday, December 28, 2015

winston

A Christmas commission for a friend's daughter.  Winston always has one ear up and one ear drooping.  Got to love this face. This is painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

joy

Hope you all had a merry Christmas.  I did and have enjoyed spending lots of time with family. I am anxious to get back to painting.
This is a Christmas surprise my friend commissioned.  The little one is her grand daughter and she had it painted for the parents.  This is painted on an 8 x 10" linen panel.

Monday, December 21, 2015

cumberland island

A friend commissioned me to do this for her "man" friend.  They spent a fun time at Cumberland Island last year and she wanted me to try and capture some of it's beauty.  I have always admired the shapes and colors in marshes and this gave me a great opportunity to paint a scene.  This was painted on an 11 x 14" linen panel.  

Saturday, December 19, 2015

sonny

A friend commissioned me to paint Sonny for her daughter's Christmas present.  This much loved dog was named after the owner's beloved grandfather. So fun to paint such a beautiful animal and make someone happy with the result.  I would like to have a pet named after me one day.  I don't think I have ever heard of a pet named Carol.??   This is painted on an 8 x 10 x 2" canvas.  

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Loner

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I have been very busy painting but have not been able to post because they are Christmas surprises.  I took a little time to do this 4 x 12 x 2" calf.  This format is really fun to work with.  
The Mt Brook Holiday show is ongoing until December 19th.  See the card from my previous post for the details.  

Thursday, December 10, 2015

holiday

I painted this 22 x 28 x 2" painting yesterday as a demo at the Mt Brook Art Association's Holiday show.  The show is continuing until the 19th of December.  Different club members work the show so go in and check it out if you are in the area.  Details are on the card in my last post. Bring your wallet.sold

Monday, December 7, 2015

harried


I feel a little like one of these running around with it's head cut off.  I have been painting a lot but most are commissions and I can not post until after Christmas. This is painted on an 11 x 14 x 2".sold

I am participating in the Mt Brook Art Association Holiday show.  I will be at the show painting this coming Wednesday from 12-5.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Sunday, November 22, 2015

living color

I squeezed in a bit of time this morning to paint.  Some of my favorite things and colors. This is painted on an 8 x 8" linen panel.
I have two upcoming shows that start December 4th.  The first one is here in town and is showcasing work from 75 artists from the Mt Brook Art Association. It is located downstairs in the Colonial Brookwood Mall.  It opens December 4th and runs through December 19th.  The show is open every day as long as the mall is open.  10 % of the proceeds goes to Hand in Paw!

I am participating in the Fine Arts at Brentwood Academy in Nashville December 4-6th.  I will give a link to the shows or more information as they get closer.   

Saturday, November 21, 2015

thankful

I am going to take time this week to focus on all that I have to be thankful for.  Countless! I am thankful to you guys for taking the time to look at my artwork.  This is painted on and 18 x 24 x 2" canvas.sold

Thursday, November 19, 2015

cora bell


I have painted this cow image several times but it is fun to see the variations each time.  I guess I see different things each time I approach it.  This one is painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas. sold 
It is a beautiful day today after lots of rain and yuck yesterday.  Thought I would share how beautiful the creek in our front yard looks today. Yes, I am lucky. Fall!!!
Praying for France and the rest of our world at this sad time.

Friday, November 13, 2015

good hair day

I hope you all have a good hair day and weekend.  This is painted on a 10 x 10 x 2" canvas.sold

Thursday, November 5, 2015

who can resist

Who can resist this beautiful cow face?  I found this 20 x 20 x 2" canvas that I had painted an abstracted landscape on.  It had been in my closet for a year or more.  I decided to add a cow baby and do a little more playing around and now I am pleased with the results.

I am participating in the Chastain Park Arts Festival in Atlanta  this Saturday and Sunday.  Come out and see me if you are in the area.  sold

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

where are you now

sold  It is nice when the canvas format helps you play`with different views.  Also when the song you are listening to by Mumford and Sons makes for a good title. This is painted on a 12 x 36 x 2" canvas.  
I am preparing to participate in a show this weekend in Atlanta at Chastain Park. My first Atlanta show.  Come see me if you are in the area.



Saturday, October 31, 2015

opposites attract


 I guess you could say I have been painting my butt off.  I am participating in the Chastain Park Arts Festival in Atlanta next Saturday and Sunday.  I happily came home from my Memphis show needing to paint lots of new work.  My last few have all been big pieces for me.  I will take a picture of my tent next weekend because they make a nice series.  This one is painted on a 30 x 30 x 2" canvas.sold

Friday, October 30, 2015

beautiful day

 It's a beautiful day!  Listening to U2 and it is a beautiful day. I need some good music to listen to since I have been camping out in my studio painting for the whole week.  This is painted on a 30 x 40 x 2" canvas.sold

Thursday, October 29, 2015

with lemons....

I have been hard at work since returning from Memphis but could not photograph anything because of the rain.  This is painted on a 12 x 24 x 2" canvas.sold

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

bittersweet

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 One of my favorite things about the Fall are bittersweet berries. I usually visit western North Carolina during this time and am always on the lookout for a vine so that I can take some cuttings home. I actually ordered some seeds recently and am going to try and grow some vines.  I had to learn all about scarifying and stratifying. It is fun to learn something new. I feel very Martha Stewartish with seeds in my refrigerator.

I just returned from an art show in Memphis.  It was a great show even though the weather was not the best.  A lot of folks came out in their rain gear on Sunday.   I made some new friends and several of my paintings found new homes.  My next show is November 7 and 8 at Chastain Park in Atlanta.
"bittersweet" is painted on a 30 x 40 x 2" canvas.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

fitting in


These are a couple of pieces I am taking with me to Memphis this weekend for the River Arts Fest.  The skinny cow is a 4 x 12 x 2" and the" tri cow" is a 4 x 4'.  You can see the major size difference if you enlarge the picture below.   "fitting in" is placed in front of "tri cow". Sold

Come see me in Memphis if you are in the area!


Friday, October 16, 2015

poker face

I wish I could take credit for coming up with this title.  I decided to turn to Pandora radio to come up with something that might be appropriate.  The third song that came up was "poker face" by Lady Gaga.  Perfect!  I did not even listen to the song I was so pleased with the outcome.  This baby hereford definitely has a beautiful poker face.She is painted on an 11 x 14 x 2" canvas.  
Hope you have fun plans for the weekend!sold


Thursday, October 15, 2015

michelangelo

I have been listening to the audio book "The Agony and the Ecstasy" for what seems like the last year.  It is written by Irving Stone and is about Michelangelo's life.  I think it is around 24 listening hours.  Normally I would lose interest but it has continued to fascinate and inspire me.  I have three more hours to go so I have been listening to it today while painting. This piece is a 6 x 6 x 2".
My next show is the River Arts Fest in Memphis, Tennessee. The show takes place Oct 23-25.  Go to the link to find out more.sold

Friday, October 9, 2015

fragile

This painting was driven by having a lot of 8 x 8 " frames that need to have paintings inserted into them.  The title was inspired by Sting's "fragile".  Pretty perfect for the tea cups and orchids.
I have been working on some large paintings so I have not posted a lot.  I am working on another 4 x 4' painting of three cows. Big paintings are a challenge for me but rewarding. My next show is Oct 23-25 and is Riverfest in Memphis, TN.sold

Have a great weekend!!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

more time

I only had a little time to paint today so I did this 5 x 7".  I happened to be listening to a song, "more time" by needtobreathe.  Not sure why they run the words together in their band name?  Maybe because their Dad named them Bear And Bryant after Alabama football's famous football coach, Paul Bear Bryant.  a little ditty I learned by reading about them on Pandora.

We had a wet and cold day yesterday for the Bluff Park Art show.  First time it has rained in their 53 year history.  A lot of wet patrons still showed up to support the wet artists.  Very appreciated!!sold

Friday, October 2, 2015

standing tall

Tis the "art show" season.  I am participating in the Bluff Park Art Show tomorrow from 9 until 5.  Come on out and enjoy the show if you are in the area. 

This rooster will not be there. He has to stay home and dry.  He is painted on an 18 x 48 x 2" canvas and will available in a show house in Huntsville, AL on November 13. sold 


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

do it again


I had no idea what to title this painting so I decided that I would name it from within the lyrics of the next song that came up on Pandora.  I have it on the Steely Dan channel and "do it again" was the winner. Could have been worse. This is painted on a 30 x 40 x 2" canvas so I included a second picture to see scale.  I like to compare my painting size to the pumpkin squash vine and rosemary growing below. Sold

I am participating in the Bluff Park Art Show here in Birmingham this coming Saturday.  The hours are 9-5.  The weather is going to be great so come on out and enjoy the day and the art!  Don't forget your wallet.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

comfort

This is painted on a 48 x 48 x 2" canvas.  That is a big area to cover and I usually get as much paint on myself as I do on the canvas when I go this big.sold
  I am preparing to do the Bluff Park Arts Show here in Birmingham next Saturday.  It is the 52nd year for this wonderful show.  The hours are 9-5 and it is held in the park in front of the Bluff Park Community Center.  


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

sweet olive

sold  This is painted from one of my favorite pictures.  I often stop to take pictures of cows when I am traveling and I am not sure where I was when I took this.  The uncropped photo has the cow lying down and looking up at me.  I have painted this on a smaller canvas a couple of times but decided to go big this time.  "sweet olive" is painted on a 36 x 36 x 2" canvas.  
Her name was inspired by the bushes that I have growing outside my studio.  Most folks refer to them as fragrant tea olive bushes but I call them sweet olives.  The bushes are beginning to mature and really blossom.  The smell they emit is one of my all time favorites. A very happy smell.


Monday, September 21, 2015

upper deck


 This is the first time I have painted on this 12 x 36 x 2" size.  My friend and neighbor wanted a rooster in this format and size. Roosters are one of my favorite things to paint and this canvas led to some fun composition. I included a second picture so that you could see the scale.sold

Sunday, September 20, 2015

bandit and louis

This was such a fun picture to paint.  Louis and Bandit's faces made me laugh while I was painting them.  They look so serious.  I painted this commission in late July and am just now posting it because it was a surprise birthday gift my friends gave their daughter.  It is painted on an 11 x 14 x 2".I enjoyed being in the Monte Sano art show yesterday in Huntsville, AL.  It was fun meeting lots of new folks and selling several paintings.


Friday, September 18, 2015

first mate

I painted Ti this summer but it was a surprise so I had to wait a while to post the painting.  My friend gave it to her husband as a birthday gift. I wonder if Ti or his owner was having more fun?  This was painted on an 11 x 14" linen panel.

Come see me at the Monte Sano Art Festival tomorrow in Huntsville, AL.  9 - 5

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

darla

I painted this back in the summer for a friend who just gave it to her daughter for her birthday.  I think King Charles Spaniels are one of the most beautiful breeds.  Darla was from a line of show dogs but was ruled out as a show dog because of the marking on her forehead.  One of my favorite things about her!  this is painted on a 12 x 12 x 2" canvas.

I am headed to Huntsville, AL tomorrow to the Monte Sano Art Festival.  It is a one day show and the hours are 9- 5 this Saturday.  Would love to see you if you live in the area.  

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

oh girl

I tossed a coin to choose between two song titles for the title of this painting.  I was listening to the Earth, Wind and Fire Pandora channel as I painted this.  I have taken several dance breaks. The two titles I chose were "you dropped a bomb on me baby" by the Gap band and "oh girl" by the Chi Lites.  "you dropped a bomb on me" started playing ten minutes ago and is still playing and there are only four lines of lyrics.  That is helping solidify my decision.  I liked it for the first two minutes.

Thank you for all the birthday wishes yesterday and for the new folks that signed up to receive my blog.  I appreciate you taking the time to view my art work.   I plan to do more give aways on a regular basis.  I do not look at email subscribers very often because it is done through feedburner.  I noticed today that there are 348 subscribers but only 256 are verified.  I guess they send you a return email after you sign up for the blog to verify that you want to receive it.  It may go to folks junk mail sometimes.? If you think you signed up and never get my emails you may need to sign up again and make sure you verify. Wordy!  Sorry!sold

And now...for the winner of the birthday chick..........judydon02
I will give judydon02 a couple of days to respond to my email at carolcarmike@att.net and if I do not hear from them I will draw another name.  
Thanks again everyone and I promise to do more give aways. 

Monday, September 14, 2015

birthday chick

Well....it is my birthday today. To celebrate I painted this 6 x 8 x 3" birthday chick. I am going to randomly draw a name from the folks who subscribe to my blog emails and give it to some "lucky" winner. I will draw tomorrow afternoon, the 15th.  If you would like to subscribe, there is a button at the top right of this blog site.  You can unsubscribe at any time.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

sweet

Inspired (or saved) by lyrics again.  Dave Matthews Band "sweet".  I have painted this cow mug several times but it is always different depending on my mood.  Feeling kind of loose and colorful today.  This is painted on a 10 x 10 x 2".  Think next time I want to go very big like a 3' x 3'.
Hope you have a good weekend! Sold