Tuesday, June 2, 2020


My emotions really came out in this piece today. Scrubbing a palette knife around a canvas is pretty cathartic. This is painted on. 20 x 20” canvas.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

good together

I love the yellows in lemons. I found some rainier cherries today and think they look good together. This is painted on a 6 x 8 x 2” canvas. 
Have a great Memorial day!

Friday, May 22, 2020

lemon line

A late afternoon exercise.  I thought you might be interested in seeing how I started the painting.  This is painted on a 6 x 12" wooden panel.  Have a safe weekend! 

Thursday, May 21, 2020


Zoey is a commissioned piece for a family who recently lost her.  It is such an honor for me to paint someone's beloved pet. I hope it will bring them many good memories of her.  This is painted on an 11 x 14" canvas.

Monday, May 18, 2020

where rainbows never die

Hmmm.  Sharing a little love and happiness on a gloomy Monday. I told you I have been experimenting lots.  I usually paint with softer colors but pinky/purple is my favorite color.  Hope this 24 x 24" piece brightens up your day.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

heaven knows

Hello!  Hope you are all staying well!  I began working on this 15 x 30" piece last week.  I thought I had finished it but looking at it with fresh eyes after a few days away spurred me to simplify it and add another figure.  I wish I had kept a picture of my "first" finish to share with you.  Next time!

I can do custom pieces similar to this that represent your family. This is a great time to get some commissioned pieces done for future gifts. Take care!  

Friday, May 8, 2020

this face

This is a commissioned father's day surprise.  I love this curious and endearing face.  The commissioner wanted me to push the color and I cocked the head a bit more.  This is a great time to ask your favorite artist to paint something for you.  I am NEVER at home as much as I am now.  Do some of your Christmas shopping early.
Hope you are staying safe and well!

Thursday, May 7, 2020

my mama told me

My Mom is not and never was a big tell me what to doer.  She truly is someone who has taught me through her actions.  I wish I was better at that. 

This is painted on a 20 x 20" canvas.  Happy Mom's day!

Saturday, May 2, 2020

some sunny day

I am still experimenting a good bit.  I am enjoying using mostly palette knives.  Scraping paint around feels very good .  This piece is 18 x 36".

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

chicken scratch

This 36 x 36" painting has had many lives. Several months to a year ago it was an abstract.  A few months later I saw and angel in it and painted that.  I painted over the angel (gasp) and stared at it for a couple of more months.  Now it has finally found its final occupants  with "chicken scratch".  I think all of its previous residents have made it more interesting.  Visit my website for more information.

Monday, April 27, 2020


This is the last in a series of three 12 x 12" pieces.  I hope you have enjoyed the change up.  I have and am using this time to experiment a bit.  I hope you are!  Thanks for looking. Visit my website for more information.

Friday, April 24, 2020

oh joy begin

I mentioned in my last post that I had three 12 x 12" abstract pieces that I wanted to make a little more my own. This is the outcome of working with another of those. I am not sure what I will do with the third but I am pretty sure it will be another white animal. I love when you can transform something you are so so about into something your are excited about. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

where the light is

I am not painting a whole lot these days but what I am painting is more thoughtful.  I have more time to really think about what I want to paint and how I want to paint it.  I painted three 12 x 12" abstract paintings last year that I never quite knew what to do with.  I liked the colors, textures and design but they mostly just hung in my studio. I was not confident to take them to a show. I pulled one off the wall three days ago and started trying to figure what I could do to make it more me.  I tried some figures and faces but wiped both of them off.  I am happy with what happened today.  I am hopeful that some good will come out of this odd time in our lives. 
Hope you are staying well and maybe trying something new. You can find out more about this painting on my website.  carolcarmichaelfineart.com

Saturday, April 18, 2020

better together

This looks like an Easter cow.  All dressed up and no where to go.  This year anyway.  I did an underpainting with acrylics and stared at it a while until this cow decided to pop off the canvas.  It is funny that I was in a bad, have to stay at home mood, and all of the sudden this happy cow sprouted forth. He made me much happier.  This is painted on a 30 x 30" canvas.
Stay safe!

Friday, April 17, 2020


I have been painting a little more emotionally lately.  Scrubbing paint around with palette knives and catalysts.  I do not know a lot about abstract painting.  I felt my way through this one until it felt right to me. She looks pensive but hopeful to me. This is painted on a 20 x 20 x 2" canvas.  Go to my website for more information.  It is at the top right of my blog page.
Have a safe and good weekend. Anyhow.....

Thursday, April 16, 2020

soon enough

Late afternoon exploring on a 6 x 12" canvas.  I hope you are all doing well and doing a little exploring on your own.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

True love

I painted this still life from a little different perspective. I was slightly looking down on it. I am trying new things during this stay at home time. Hopefully some good will come from all this bad.
This is painted on an 8 x 10” canvas.

Monday, April 13, 2020

trust in you

Expressing myself a little differently these days.  I plan on working with the figure a bit more in the coming days. This is painted on an 11 x 14" canvas.  Hope you are staying well.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

you break my chains

Happy Easter!  Think we will remember this one and be so thankful to celebrate with others again soon.  Be well!
Painted on an 8 x 8" canvas.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

have hope

This little chick was painted and repainted two or three times until I was happy with how simplified I got it.  I was trying to break it down to the the basic shapes and values.  I had it painted a bit more realistically but I scrubbed it out and was happier with this.  Painting loosely and simplified is much harder than it looks.  I have not been painting as much but when I do, I am trying to be more thoughtful. This little chick is painted on a 6 x 8 x 2" canvas.  Please visit my website sometime if you have some downtime during this strange, stay at home, time. You can click on to the link at the top right of this page.

Stay safe!

Friday, April 3, 2020

me too

This cow's expression shows my love and hope for your safety.  Stay safe!  This is painted on an 8 x 8" canvas.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

silence is golden

Painting in my comfort zone.  Hope you are okay and staying home if you can.  Hope you can find something that brings comfort to you during these hard days. This is painted on a 6 x 12" canvas.  Visit my website by clicking at the top right of the page for more information about purchasing my work.

Sunday, March 29, 2020


Just a happy painting during these not so happy times. 6 x 8”. Please stay home if you can. Prayers for all!

Friday, March 27, 2020

back off

This painting expresses my feelings of when people get too close to me when I am out walking. I do my part to keep a safe distance but it seems like others are too wrapped up in conversation to do like wise.  Do your part and stay home and when out exercising, keep your distance.

Hope this defiant chick brings a smile to your face. Stay safe.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

day job

I am not sure what their night job is?  Laying eggs. I guess. This is painted on an 8 x 10" canvas.

I hope you are one of the lucky ones who is staying home. I am thinking and praying for all those who are having to work in the midst of this virus.  Prayers for our world.  

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Still the one

Painting some things that might make you smile during this terrible time. This is painted on an 8 x 8” canvas. Check out my website for more information.
Lets join together and say prayers for our world. 

Saturday, March 21, 2020

these days

I have not painted a cow in a while.  That is pretty unusual for me because they are one of my favorite subjects.  Who could resist smiling at a face like this?  This is painted on a 24 x 24 x 2" canvas.  All of my shows for the Spring have been postponed or cancelled.  Email me for information on any of my art. I sell it. :)

Please stay safe and at home if you can.  I am saying prayers for all of our workers who can not. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

socially distant

I hope you are all coping okay with being "cooped" up. Get it....? chicken painting, "cooped up".? Maybe I am going a little stir crazy from all that is going on and not knowing how long it will last.
I like this painting but it is a little darker than my usual. I built a lot of texture with acrylic paint underneath the rooster that is painted with oils.  I used palette knives to apply the paint.  Who knows what will come out of me this next couple of months.
Please stay safe and at home if you can!  "Socially distant!"  We are going to be so tired of that phrase.

Monday, March 16, 2020

chick break

I am working on a large commission that has a lot of pattern so I needed a little organic shape break.  I am not a detailed person so it is good to challenge myself.  Just not too often. :) Yeesh!  This little chick is painted on a 6 x 8".  It was one of my sister's chicks so I have painted it a few times.  I like the way it is standing tall.  Something we all need to try and do during these scary days. Stay in and stay safe. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

rise above

Painting away the gloomies. This is painted on a 16 x 20" linen canvas.  It always makes me happy to paint an expressive rooster.  Try it!

I had a great show at ArtXtravaganza in Knoxville, TN.  It is always fun to visit with old friends and make new ones.  I like my job.

Wash your hands.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

act out

Felt like painting something colorful on a very rainy day. First of all, I added texture with thick, acrylic paint . I let that get good and dry and then used oils with a palette knife to paint the rooster. It is painted on an 11 x14” canvas.
I will be in Knoxville, TN for ArtXtravaganza at the Webb School this Friday through Sunday. Come see me if you are in the area! 

Sunday, March 1, 2020


 I will be in Knoxville, TN this weekend for ArtXtravaganza that is held at the Webb School.  The hours are 2- 8, Friday, March 6 and 10- 6, Saturday, March 7. Sunday hours are 11-4.  I would love to see you if you are in the area!
This is painted on a 12 x 12 x @' canvas.

Friday, February 28, 2020

good hair

I seem to jump all over the place with my subject matter but it all has one thing in common.  I paint things I love.  I think it shows in your paintings whether you have feelings for your subject matter. I was one of those little girls who always wanted a horse.  I never had one of my own but was fortunate to ride with friends some along the way.
this horse is painted on a 24 x 30 x 2" linen canvas.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

carry me through

How's about a little color?  I have been keeping tulips around through this gloomy winter.  The colors are a definite pick me up.  This is painted on a 16 x 20" linen canvas.

I will be in Knoxville, Tennessee March 6-8 at ArtXtravaganza.  It is held at the Webb School gymnasium.  I would love to see you if you are in the area!

Tuesday, February 25, 2020


Painting something warm and of another season was my answer to many rainy and gloomy days we have had in February.  We could all use a good dose of sunshine.  This is painted on an 11 x14" canvas.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

garden party

I just returned from a get away to the North Carolina mountains with my Mom and sister.  Western North Carolina has been a huge part of my life.  I grew up vacationing there and my parents owned a home at Lake Junaluska, NC for twenty five years.  I feel like it is in my blood and I am happiest when I am in the mountains.  We even got a snow while there.
I took some new work to a gallery I am in in North Wilkesboro, NC.  Taupe gallery has incredible artists. Jim and Steve are the owners and they are the best!  It is a gem in a small town.  Many of their artists sell more out of this small town gallery than the big city galleries they are in.
Check them out if you are in the Charlotte, Boone, Linville, NC area.
This haughty, white hen is painted on a 6 x 8" canvas.  I will be in Knoxville, TN March 6-8 for Artxtravaganza at the Webb School.  I would love to see you if you are in the area!

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Sister golden hair

I painted this piece  entirely with palette knives. It felt good to push paint around and let the figures develop. It is painted on a 12 x 24” canvas.
 I am taking a few days off to travel with my mom and sister to a gallery I am in in North Carolina. Taupe gallery is in North Wilkesboro. It is a great gallery and worth a trip if you are in the area.

Friday, February 14, 2020

lemon drop

There is just something about lemons.  I love the sunny, yellow color.  I never seem to tire of painting them.  This is painted on a 20 x 24" canvas.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020


This was my demonstration painting for day two of my last workshop. It is painted on a 12 x 16” canvas. Teaching two times in close succession has kept my work a little fresher.  You remind yourself of what is important in painting when you are trying to pass information on to others. I will probably schedule another workshop for this summer. I have really enjoyed meeting and working with new people to experience the joy of painting. 

Monday, February 10, 2020

Flower power

Hoping this painting brightens your day. I painted it before my students arrived for my workshop last Friday. I tried to say a lot with a little. This is painted on a 6 x 8” canvas. 

Sunday, February 9, 2020

how deep is your love

This is the demo I did the first day of my workshop.  It is painted on a 12 x 12 x 2" canvas. The first day we  did still life set ups and focused on composition, minimal and loose brushwork, and fresh color.  Among many other things.  I had a great group with many different levels of experience.  Participants are pictured below with some of their  pieces.  My studio is lonely today.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

after the storm

I painted this for a patron of mine from Texas. This is painted on an 8 x 10" canvas. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

got to give it up

Thank you to Marvin Gaye for this title. You have got to give it up to keep from overworking a piece. I am not sure what he meant by that lyric {dancing :) } but it spoke to me after I kept touching parts of this painting up. Just stop!  This is painted on an 18 x 24" linen canvas.

I am teaching a two day workshop this Friday and Saturday.  Always helpful for me to remind myself of the things that are important to pass on to others.  I always learn new things from the students too!  A fun time for all.

Saturday, February 1, 2020


I love painting radishes but have not figured out how to keep the leaves from wilting. They look so pretty in the produce section but as soon as I get them in my studio they start to get sad., This is painted on a 12 x 12” canvas.

Friday, January 31, 2020


Gloomy days are good days to paint bright things.  I love orange and deep pink together.  This is painted on a 6 x 12" canvas.sold

Thursday, January 30, 2020

let it fly

This was a warm up painting I did before teaching my last workshop.  We were focusing on painting animals loosely so I was practicing what I was about to preach.  I was happy that I was able to portray his cocky personality with bold and minimal brushwork.  That comes from lots and lots of practice. I do not often get it right.  This one made me happy. It is painted on an 8 x 8" canvas.