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

sunrise

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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

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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

Complimentary

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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

cutie

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

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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.

Monday, January 27, 2020

comfort

Today was a good day to paint something bright and up lifting.  It is a little gloomy here in Birmingham so I needed some brightness.  Deep pink is my favorite color. This is painted on an 8 x 8" canvas. The color of the background is not very accurate.  It is a little warmer than this photo portrays.  Sold

Saturday, January 25, 2020

forgiveness

I am preparing to paint a 36 x 48” canvas that includes tulips so this was a nice warm up. White tulips symbolize forgiveness and worthiness. Google told me so it is true. This is painted on a 15 x 30” canvas.


Friday, January 24, 2020

since you said goodbye

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One of my favorite things to paint.  Glad some others like it too. This is painted on a 16 x 20".  Hope you have a great weekend.  It is sunny here in Birmingham so that makes me happy!

I have a spot left in my February 7 and 8 workshop here in Birmingham if you are interested.  Email me at carolcarmike@att.net for more information.

Monday, January 20, 2020

tah dah

This little chick looks like he just finished his chicken dance and is taking a bow.  My imagination? :)
Trying to stay loose while painting and focus more on expression than exactness.  I painted this chick with one larger brush and stayed way back from my easel.  If you want to paint loosely you have to implement these practices. I painted this on a 6 x 6" canvas.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

I feel fine


This was the demo I did at my workshop last Friday.  We focused on painting simple still life pieces. I titled this painting after a James Taylor lyric. It is funny how it coincides with the short story I would like to tell.  Thursday afternoon and early Friday morning before the workshop participants arrived, I was doing a little practice / warm up painting.  I painted two scrapers.  ( I scrubbed them out) Not a good feeling when these folks were paying to come learn from me.  I was pretty shaken but felt that if I slowed down and listened to the the information I was sharing with them that I would be fine.  I was teaching to the teacher. It all worked out and I had a very talented group.  I am not able to show you how well they did because we had a rainy Saturday and did not go out and take photos.  Glad we got a group photo on Friday.
This piece is painted on an 11 x 14" canvas.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

warm up

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I am teaching a workshop at my home studio this Friday and Saturday.  We paint from live set ups and talk about color, composition and brushwork.  I think still life is a great way to start your painting education.  I was doing a little practicing today.  This is painted on an 8 x 8" canvas.
This workshop is full but I have one opening in my February 7 and 8 class.  Email me at carolcarmike@att.net for more information.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

A cup of sunshine

Painted on an 8 x 10”.
I have a couple of spots that have  opened up in my workshop next Friday and Saturday. January 17 and 18. Email me at carolcarmike@att.net for more information. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Stormy

Painting a rooster is good therapy for me. This is painted on a 12 x 12” canvas. Not that I need therapy. :)

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

counting sheep

I am not sure if this video is going to work but I thought I would give it a shot.  This painting is a 20 x 60" so it is extremely hard for me to get a good photo.  I painted this over a third of an old tryptic. I like this much better than what was underneath.sold
Happy New Years!! 2020!!

Sunday, December 29, 2019

out with the old

I painted this over an old painting that I never felt good about. I do this fairly often and it is very rewarding. The old painting alway adds interest from the colors and textures that show through. This is painted on a 24 x 24” canvas.
Hoping this year brings you all lots of good things!

Friday, December 27, 2019

feeling thankful


Loving the freedom to paint what ever strikes my fancy.  This girl did.  She is painted on a 12 x 24" canvas. 
I am trying to get organized enough to share some of the many commissions I have done in the last several weeks.  Today I just felt like painting.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Lemony

I painted something bright on a wet and gloomy day here in Alabama. Lemons and paper whites brighten up any spot. Hope you are finding some time to enjoy this season. I am slowing down and enjoying time with family.
This is painted on an 8 x 10” linen canvas.

Friday, December 20, 2019

winter wonders

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A couple of items that make this time of year special.  Paper whites and juicy oranges.  This is painted on a 6 x 12"linen canvas.
It may seem that I have not been painting much lately but that is far from the case.  I have spent the last month or more painting commissions that I can not share.  I am going to concentrate on painting from life for a while.  I have everything painted that I had to have ready by Christmas.  Feels good!

Monday, November 25, 2019

sweeten's cove

This is a commissioned piece for my cousin.  It was fun to challenge myself with a landscape.  I tried to keep it representational, but loose.  That is my favorite type to look at.  This is painted on a 36 x 48" canvas.  I hope he will enjoy looking at it over the years.  My husband kind of wants to keep it. :)

Sunday, November 17, 2019

small things

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I have been painting tons in the last week but not posting things because many are Christmas surprises.  I am also painting for my annual Open Studio this Thursday night.  My home studio will be open from 5-8 November 21.  Email me at carolcarmike@att.net for more information.
This is painted on a 6 x 8" canvas.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

let hope fly

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Painted on a 4 x 6" canvas.  Red!  Have to love it!

I will be in Covington, LA this Saturday and Sunday for the Three Rivers Art Festival.  Nov 9 and 10. Come see me if you are in the area.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

busy day

I was on the edge of of scraping this rooster out when I decided to be patient (rare) and go in a different direction with it.  I let loose and just moved a lot of paint around.  I like the way he ended up having lots of energy and interest.  Rooster paintings can be really interesting or really boring. This one is painted on a 10 x 20" canvas. 

I will be in Hoover, AL this weekend at the Moss Rock Eco and Art Festival. Nov 2 and 3, 10-5 Sat and 10-4 on Sun. 

My February workshop is at capacity now but I have a couple of spaces open in the Jan 17 and 18  one.  Email me at carolcarmike@att.net for the information.  It is a great way to treat yourself during a dreary winter month.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Late October

Painted on a 30 x 40” canvas. I am feeling a little under the weather so this was a push through painting. Hoping tomorrow will be better.

I will be at the Moss Rock Art Festival this weekend in Hoover, Al. Nov 2 and 3, 10-5 on Sat and 10-4 on Sunday. Come see me if you are in the area.

Friday, October 25, 2019

photobomb

I added the lamb in the middle to this painting that I have had a few months.  It originally had the two lambs on either side and I felt like something was missing.  It was this lamb. My original idea was for them to be peeking in from each side of the painting.  I like this better!
Many times at shows when I have some down time I will study my pieces and try to decide if there are things I could do to improve them.  Painting with oils gives me the freedom to change my pieces at any time. This piece is painted on an 18 x 24" and will be with me next weekend at the Moss Rock Art Festival at the Preserve in Hoover, AL.  The show is Saturday, Nov 2,10-5 and Sunday, Nov 3, 10-4.  The next weekend I will be in Covington, LA at the Three Rivers Art festival. Nov 9 and 10.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

used to be mine

I sold all my big white cows paintings so I got to paint another one.  This one is painted on a 36 x 36" canvas.  Truly one of my very favorite things to paint. 
I have begun working on some commission pieces so getting loose with a big cow was a treat for me. I just kind of feel my way through the painting and am not sure what colors might appear.
 
I have some room in my February 7 and 8 workshop.  Plan a treat for yourself during a dreary winter month and come learn with us.  Email me at carolcarmike@att.net for more information.

Monday, October 14, 2019

all that

I just finished a round of art shows four weekends in a row.  Not an easy task but I met a lot of new patrons and artists that made it worth all the effort.  This 8 x 8" rooster is a commissioned painting for a new Louisville friend.  She got two other animals and needed a third.

I have three weeks to catch up on work and commissions before my next show in Birmingham, AL.  The Moss Rock Art Festival is Nov 2 and 3.  The following weekend will end my Fall show season in Covington, LA at the Three Rivers Art Festival November 9 and 10.

I have some openings in my Feb 7 and 8 workshop.  Email me at carolcarmike@att.net for the information.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

getaway

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This rooster is painted on a 15 x 30” canvas. It will be with me this weekend at the Arts Festival in Carrollton, GA. The show is Saturday and Sunday, 10-5. Come see me if you are in the area. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

rest

I took a day off yesterday and boy was it nice. This is my very busy time of the year.  Four shows, four weekends in a row. Not so easy with the record heat in the South. I will be in Louisville, KY for the St James Court Art Festival this  Fri, Sat and Sun.  Oct 4-6.  My booth is SJ-359.  So thankful that the temperatures are going to be at least twenty degrees cooler than last weekend.  The following weekend I will be at the Arts Festival of Carrollton, GA.  These are both first time shows for me to attend so I am looking forward!

This painting is a 24 x 30".

Friday, September 27, 2019

a little jaunty

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Painting a rooster was just what the doctor ordered yesterday.  It was fun using such bright colors and mostly a palette knife . I love to start slinging the paint around and using quick, but thoughtful strokes to add interest and action.  This fellow is painted on a 15 x 30" canvas.

I will be in Atlanta tomorrow and Sunday for the Old Fourth Ward Art Festival.  Sept 28, 10-5 and the 29, 11-5. The following weekend I will be in Louisville, KY.  More about that and my other shows coming up later.


Thursday, September 26, 2019

come along

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This is an 18 x 36" commissioned piece for a friend. I get in lots of discussions about cows when I am at art shows.  Of course you have the people who are original and moo when they pass my booth.  Never heard that before.  Don't be mean Carol! I am still not sure why I am so interested in cows.  I "think" it is because of the calming and curious looks they have.  All I know is that I can not get enough of them and am so glad that so many others feel the same way.

I will be in Atlanta this Saturday and Sunday for the Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival.  Sept 28 and 29.  Come see me but please do not moo.  The following weekend I will be in Louisville, KY for the St James Court Art Festival. Oct 4-6.  First time in this show for me.  My parents lived in Louisville for eight years several years ago so I am looking forward to going back.

One more thing!  I am doing a workshop at my home studio in Birmingham, AL Feb 7 and 8.  The January workshop is filled so this is for folks who could not make it.  January and February are great months to treat yourself to something fun.  Email me at carolcarmike@att.net for information.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

late season

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I brought some cotton back from my trip up to Huntsville, AL for the Monte Sano Art Show.  My sister lives on some acreage several miles from Huntsville and there is cotton planted on their land.  It is beautiful and mostly open now.  There are some buds that are still trying to bloom.  It is a beautiful plant.  This is painted on an 18 x 24" canvas.

I had a great show in Huntsville and am looking forward to my next one this weekend in Atlanta.  It is the Old Fourth Ward Arts festival held in Old 4th Ward park.  It is Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 11-5.  The following weekend I will be in Louisville, KY for the Saint James Court  Art Show.  Friday, Sat and Sunday, Oct 4, 5 and 6. Then I will be in Carrollton, GA the following weekend.  I know!  Sounds crazy and yes I am.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

my sunshine

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I had one of those days today where painting did not come easily.  Not a great feeling since I am teaching a workshop in a couple of days.  I have only known one artist to say while attending his workshop that he never messed up while painting.  Um hum....I learned some from him but left a day early.  A little too proud of himself.  Well.... I mess up plenty.  I kept working through this until I was happy with it.  It is painted on a 16 x 20" canvas.

Monday, September 2, 2019

in sync

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I got back in the studio today after traveling for a couple of weeks.  Not very sure why I painted this but I am happy with it.  I am teaching a workshop Sept 13 and 14 and day two is using palette knives so maybe that is why this happened.  I was trying to be very thoughtful about what I included.  I am a bit of an impatient person so it is not easy for me.  This is painted on a 15 x 30" canvas.

Monday, August 19, 2019

scamp

Scamp belongs to a couple that I am friends with.  Mrs commissioned it for Mr for a birthday surprise.  I was very happy for "live" photos on my i phone because Scamp does not like to look at the camera.  I was able to edit it with him looking at me unbeknownst to Scamp.  This is painted on an 8 x 8" canvas.  He typically has one ear up and one ear down.  So cute!

Friday, August 16, 2019

wild flower season

I recently had an opportunity to go to Crested Butte, CO to visit friends.  It was indescribably beautiful.  The wild flowers were up to your waist. I do not claim to know much about landscape painting but I gave it my all.  This piece is large.  It is painted on a 40 x 60" canvas.  sold


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

unconditional


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This is an example of how I will paint over another painting. I liked the bottle painting below but it just did not fit in with my current work that well. I like the way the under painting adds color and texture to the new painting. This is painted on a 24 x 36” canvas. 

Friday, August 9, 2019

Breezy


Back to my studio after taking some time off to visit friends in beautiful Colorado. I have some pretty scenes I will try to paint but for now I was in the mood to paint a horse. This one is painted on a 36 x 48” canvas.
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Better together

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This piece started out with one figure. She looked a bit lonely and the painting was lacking so I added the second, smaller girl. Better together. 18 x 36”.

Monday, July 29, 2019

good cast

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This little guy makes me happy.  I had a video so I chose another interesting shot.  This is painted on a 20 x 20" canvas.
Hope some good and happy things happen for you this week!