Friday, August 17, 2018


This is a very large piece and my husband filmed me doing some final touches on it.  You can see it if you go to carolcarmichaelpaints on instagram.  It gives you a better perspective of how large it is.  36 x 60 x 2".
It will be with me at Marietta, GA Art in the Park Sept 1-3.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

i should have been home yesterday

I took a little time to do a small piece.  This one is an 8 x 8 x 2".  When I first started my painting career I never painted bigger than an 11 x 14" or so.  It took me a while to get comfortable painting large pieces but now I love them the best of all.  You can get great character in small pieces. 

My show season is approaching.  I am excited to have lots of new work to take with me. You can see a good bit of my available work on my website
My first show is Art in the Park Sept 1-3 in Marietta, Georgia.  Go to the link for more information.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

if you can't be good, be gone

  I have probably painted 200-300 roosters or chickens over the fifteen years that I have been painting.   So how do you constantly come up with new titles for the pieces? I usually listen to music while I am painting so I will use a lyric or title of a song I find appropriate. I was listening to the Mandolin Orange station on Pandora and I felt like the Steeldrivers song, "if you can't be good, be gone" worked.  The name of the bands is always interesting.  One band that plays on this station is "trampled by turtles".  
This painting is painted on a 24 x 30 x 2" canvas.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

rested and ready

  One reason I enjoy a palette knife is because it feels a little like icing a cake.  This is painted on a 20 x 20 x 2" canvas. 

Monday, August 6, 2018

to love someone

Painted on a 30 x 30 x 2" canvas.  I really like to express my feelings and emotion with a palette knife.  

Thursday, August 2, 2018

hey, little one

I painted this cow a little more graphically.  I originally painted the background red but changed my mind.  I like how some of the red is peeking through. This is painted on a 12 x 12 x 2" canvas.  

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

bless me indeed

Thankful to be painting in my studio and listening to the rain on this wet Wednesday.  This is painted on an 18 x 24 x 2" canvas.  

Sunday, July 29, 2018

one thing leads to another

I am enjoying painting for my upcoming shows in the Fall.  I enjoy painting commissions but love painting what ever for no reason. This is painted on a 9 x 12 x 2" canvas.  Go to my website  to see details on work and upcoming shows.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Wyoming baby moon

My friend gifted her son and daughter in law with this painting.  It was taken on their baby moon.  In case you are as clueless as me.... that is a fun trip before you have your first baby.  This is painted on a 20 x 24" canvas.  I want to go on a baby moon.  Maybe a grand baby moon?

Friday, July 27, 2018


I decided to have fun with another black animal.  I think this angus looks very handsome. I have not painted one in a while and have had requests for them so here you go. This one is painted on an 11 x 14 x 2" canvas.
 You can now see most of my available work on my website . It also has information about my upcoming shows beginning in September.

Monday, July 23, 2018

back roads

Painted on a 16 x 20 x 2" linen canvas.  What a haughty looking bird.

Sunday, July 22, 2018


This much loved pooch brought a lot of happiness to her owner but not for near long enough.  Hope the painting brings some good memories.  8 x 8 x 2" . You have to love a pug!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

be lifted high

I needed palette knife therapy today.  Painted on a 36 x 36 x 2" canvas.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018


My son and daughter in law on their wedding day.  18 x 24".  Belly is our pet name for Ben and Kelly.  

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Monday, July 16, 2018


I was not really in the mood to paint a still life but I had some pretty flowers left over from a birthday party for my mom and I did not want them to go to waste.  This painting is similar to my Mom in that it is bright and cheery.  My mom is one of those rare people that brings light into everyone's day no matter how she might be feeling. She makes eighty look dang good!
This is painted on a 30 x 40 x 2" canvas.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

lovely as a summer day

I was struggling for a title today.  I was going to title it , "my cherry amore" but felt like that was a bit hoaky.  The next words in Stevie Wonder's song, "my cherie amour"  are " lovely as a summer day" so that won out.  This is painted on an 18 x 24" canvas.

Don't forget to check out my new website.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018


I had to think back and recall if the roadrunner from the old cartoon was a rooster.  Nope.  This rooster looks like he might be able to keep up with a roadrunner. Beep, beep! This is painted on a 15 x 30 x 2" canvas.

I have been working on my website and have loaded works that are available for purchase.  It was very easy through FASO.  I have started and stopped before because of time constraints.  I will continue to add to it and improve it but for now you can see it at

I also added a gadget at the top right of my blog so that you can click it to go to the website.

Monday, July 9, 2018

5 o clock somewhere

I wanted to paint something colorful to get my Monday morning and week started out right. This is painted on a 12 x 12  x 2" canvas.  Hope your week is good. I am going to start working on a website this week. I will share with you when it is ready to visit.  

Saturday, July 7, 2018


It is nice having time to experiment a bit this summer. 24 x 30 x 2". Oil on linen canvas.  

Thursday, July 5, 2018


Jughead was the dog of a good friend of mine.  She and her husband "inherited" Jug from their son and he brought lots of happiness to this family.  He is painted on an 11 x 14 x 2" canvas. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2018


Maybe this loose painting is a result of just painting two commissions that I needed to look a certain way.  I love playing with different subject matter and styles. I automatically tighten up my style when painting commissions because "I am not that good".  I do not mean that as an insult to myself but I do not seem to be able to capture what I need to in as loose a fashion  as I might like.  Probably true for most artists.  This is painted on a 24 x 36 x 2" canvas.sold

Happy 4th of July!  

Sunday, July 1, 2018

sunset Montana

This is a commissioned piece for a friend.  A bit challenging and different from my normal work but all good. It is painted on an 18 x 24 x 2" canvas.

Friday, June 29, 2018

a little romance

I have really enjoyed taking a break from my every day routine of painting this past couple of months.  I am really looking forward to getting back to it now.  Feeling refreshed and recharged. 

This is painted on an 18 x 24 x 2" canvas.

Friday, June 22, 2018


Behrman was commissioned by a new friend.  I got to meet this little havanese and that always makes them more fun to paint.  This is painted in oils on a 16 x 20" linen canvas.  

Saturday, June 16, 2018

take a load off

When you can't think of a title....use a lyric from the song you are listening to.  It felt good to paint again today after being away from my studio for several days.  My husband and I traveled through parts of Virginia and West Virginia to hike and bike and then deliver some paintings to a wonderful gallery I am in in North Wilkesboro, NC.  Taupe gallery is in a fairly small town but has really great work and awesome owners who have been great about selling my work. 
I picked this jar and bottle up in Staunton, VA.  I have a thing for old glass. I love including it in new paintings so I never feel guilty about buying more.  This is painted on a 20 x 20 x 2" canvas.  Glad to be back in the studio for a few days.  

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

it's not easy

Felt like doing something a little different today.  Painted on a 16 x 20 x 2" canvas.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

hello darlin

I have enjoyed slowing my painting pace down the last few weeks.  I had very good Spring shows and am looking forward to painting new things but taking more time off this summer.  This is painted on a 36 x 36 x 2" canvas.

Monday, May 21, 2018

clover hunt

This is a commissioned piece of a patron's grandchildren.  Who did not or does not still search for four leaf clover.  I am not sure if I ever found one but it was a fun to try.  I wonder if kids with their i phones take time to do things like this anymore?  I hope so!  This is painted on a 24 x  24 x 2" canvas.

I will be in beautiful Decatur, GA this weekend for the Decatur Festival of the Arts May 26 and 27.   My father got his masters of Divinity at Emory University that is right around the corner.  A special place for him and us.  

Friday, May 18, 2018

an everlasting love

I need to take a gamsol bath.  I got oil paint all over me while painting this one.  That is what you call getting into your work.  I love my oil paints.  And hydrangeas.  This is painted on a 36 x 36 x 2" canvas.
I will be at the Decatur, GA Art Festival next Saturday and Sunday, May 26 & 27.  I will celebrate my 35th wedding anniversary to Dan on the 28th.  My everlasting love.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


I needed to use a palette knife today.  It is very therapeutic to scrub the paint around and just let it happen.  I am constantly challenging myself to step outside the box.  I pinch myself every day that I get to do what I love and make others happy with what I do. This is painted on a 36 x 36 x 2" canvas.

This painting will be with me at the Decatur, Ga Art Festival this May 26 and 27 in the Atlanta area.  I have never been to Decatur, GA but all who have have told me what a great place it is.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

balancing act

This title kind of describes my life lately.  I have been very busy with shows but most importantly celebrating my oldest twin son's wedding. So happy to have to have a daughter in law that adds such a special addition to our family.  It feels good.

I have one more show before my summer months hiatus.  I am participating in the Decatur, GA Arts Festival.  It is Saturday, May 26 10-6 and Sunday, May 27 11-5.  Come see me if you are in the Atlanta area. 

"balancing act" is painted on a 30 x 40' linen canvas.

Monday, April 23, 2018


I just returned from from a show in Chattanooga with a lot of ideas swirling around in my head.  I loved participating in the 4 Bridges Art Festival this past weekend.  I met so many nice folks and lots of new patrons.  Thanks Chattanooga.  I love seeing people walking away with artwork.  Mine and others!

I have another favorite show coming up this Saturday in Oxford, Mississippi.  The Double Decker Art Festival is April 28 from 10-5:30.  My booth # is 94.  I hope you will come see me if you are in the area. 

This new 36 x 36 x 2" piece will be with me.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

shining in the light

This little light of mine.  I'm going to let it shine. Painted on a 20 x 20 x 2".

Come see me this weekend, April 21 & 22 in Chattanooga, TN at the 4 Bridges Art Festival or Saturday, April 28, in Oxford, MS at the Double Decker Art Festival.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Thursday, April 12, 2018

hello Mr Heartache

Painting some smaller paintings today.  I love the character you can get in small pieces.  This is painted on a 6 x 6 " canvas.

Upcoming shows:
Four Bridges Art Festival in Chattanooga, TN   April 21 & 22

Double Decker Art Festival in Oxford, MS . April 28

Cinco de Carmichael   Rosemary Beach May 5 (son's wedding:)

Art in the Village in Mountain Brook, AL  May 12

Decatur Art Festival , Decatur, GA May 25-27

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

no blue

What a challenge for me.  A client wanted a painting with no blue.  A mi no comprende. Thats what I do.  I paint blue.  At first I thought I would not be able to pull it off but I really like this.  My very soon too be daughter in laws Mom brought me some flowers in the green jar and this is its first appearance in a painting.  This is painted on a 30 x 40" canvas.sold

I am participating in the Four Bridges Art Festival in Chattanooga April 21 & 22.  Come see me if you live in this beautiful area.   

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

morning sound

I needed a little palette knife therapy today.  This is painted on an 18 x 24" canvas.

I had a good but cold and wet show in Ridgeland, MS last weekend. The temperatures rose and the sun and the people came out on Sunday. My next show is Four Bridges Art Festival in Chattanooga, TN April 21 & 22.  It is held in the First Tennessee Pavillion. This is my first time to participate in this show so come see me if you live in the area.  Chattanooga has so many things to offer so come for a visit. 

Thursday, March 29, 2018


Painting on elongated canvases automatically makes for a more interesting composition.  This horse is painted on a 15 x 30 x 2" canvas.

My upcoming shows are as follows:

Ridgeland Arts Festival  Jackson, Mississippi April 7 & 8

Four Bridges Art Festival, Chattanooga, TN April 21 & 22

Double Decker Arts Festival Oxford, MS, April 28

Mountain Brook Art in the Village,  Mt Brook, AL May12

Decatur Arts Festival . Decatur, GA May 26 & 27

Monday, March 26, 2018

always on my mind

I started the day painting a couple of things that were very tight and ended it by painting something very loose. I had more fun at the end of the day.  I am like a broken record but I am loving painting over old paintings.  It's better than cake. This is painted on a 12 x 24 x 2" canvas.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

sweet pea, apple of my eye

My best stress relief: Making a new painting come to life over one that was unsatisfactory.  Also using a palette knife only and just going at it. This is painted on a 24 x 36 x 3" and was painted over some poorly painted mallard ducks.  sold

Friday, March 23, 2018

say cheese

 This is a piece I did for a new restaurant in Nashville.  Pork Belly Farmhouse opens in April and the three paintings pictured below will hang there.  Very fun to be a part of this.  It is in the Nolensville area of Nashville so give it a try. The pig and cow are painted on a 30 x 30" canvas and the rooster is painted on a 24 x 36".

Thursday, March 22, 2018


 This cow is going to hang in a new restaurant in the Nashville area.  Pork Belly Farmhouse is opening in April and three of my pieces will help decorate the new space.   This is painted on a 30 x 30 x 2" canvas.