Sunday, October 25, 2020

simple love

 I have enjoyed using my palette knife to work on staying looser. It is so satisfying when you lay down a stroke and it is even more interesting than what you hoped for.  I would definitely recommend  using a palette knife if you are trying to loosen up.  I love my rosemary brushes and will always use them but loving the knife as a tool and change up.  I particularly like the Italian brand RGM that is widely available at art stores. Play with something new this week.

Thursday, October 22, 2020



 A little late afternoon exercise.  I finished two commissions today!  Woot, woot!  This is painted on an 8 x 10" canvas.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

on second thought

 I love painting something very loose before and in between painting commissioned pieces.  I enjoy the freedom to be as loose as I like.  Hard to do on commissioned pieces.  I did this 6 x 6" piece almost exclusively with a small palette knife.  So fun!

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

in a tizzy


 I played around with oil sticks to start this rooster.  It is a good stress relief to paint a rooster because I can be a little looser and energetic with my brushwork. I have been blessed to paint many commissions but I have to be more careful and tight with my brushwork. ( I am pretty sure people want their dogs, children, etc to look like the image they send me. ) So....painting something loose and wild is a good thing for me to do between commissions.  

I feel like we are all in a bit of a tizzy these days.  Praying and hoping for better days to come.  Stay safe!

This is painted with oils on a 15 x 30" canvas.

Monday, October 5, 2020


 Parydoxx has belonged to a client for seventeen of his twenty two years.  It was an honor for me to paint him. This is painted on a 24 x 36" canvas.  I hope it will bring lots of happiness to Parydoxx's family.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

I six

 My youngest son, Dillon, used to tell people he was six when he was only two. This little lamb looks like it is stretching out to be as tall and old as possible.  Do you remember when we would wish to be older?  I do wish to be older but not like when I was nine and could not wait to be ten.  This is painted on an 8 x 8" canvas.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Carry on

 I painted this with palette knives only. A good way to paint looser if that is your goal. The color red is so special. I do not use a lot of red but I really love it. Especially against its compliment color green. This is painted on a 6 x 6” canvas.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Lttle one

Felt like painting something innocent and cute. We could all use a big dose of happy. This is painted on a 6 x 8” canvas. 

Saturday, September 26, 2020


 I have always been a little like a bull in a china shop.  I am pretty good at breaking, dropping, knocking things over, etc.  I think a lot of it is because I am not very patient.  I am patient with people but not with tasks.  A high school boyfriend once gave me a plastic corsage before a dance because of my history of ruining the delicate real ones. I remember knocking over my water glass six times during one meal with his family.  I hate to say that I never grew out of clumsiness. 

This is painted on a 12 x 12" linen canvas.

Monday, September 21, 2020



I am getting over my intimidation of painting horses.  I just have to fight through the painting and look for the correct shapes, etc.  This is painted on an 8 x 16" canvas.  

I hope you all have a good week!  

Saturday, September 19, 2020



 Some days I feel like going more colorful and loose.  This rooster gave me the freedom to push the colors and textures.  This was almost exclusively painted with my palette knife.  Using a palette knife is great way to help loosen up and load on thick, juicy paint. It was a bit like frosting a cake because if I did not put enough paint on my knife, it would scrape away the layer beneath. This is painted on an 8 x 10" canvas.

Thursday, September 17, 2020


 One of my friends reached out last week and said I have not posted to my blog since late August.  I have been busy painting for a show last weekend and have been remiss about posting.  I have posted some things on my instagram page, carolcarmichaelpaints. I will try and be better.  I have a couple of online shows that I will tell you about soon. 

Prayers for the people affected by the hurricanes and fires.

Thursday, August 27, 2020


I smiled the whole time I was painting this golden doodle.  He is named after a hockey coach.  Hope this made you smile.  He is painted on an 11 x 14" canvas.  

Monday, August 24, 2020


 I have been struggling through painting lately.  My desire has waned and I have been hyper critical of everything I paint.  I know I will work through it but it is not a good feeling. This is painted on a 16 x 20" linen canvas.

I actually have a show that might not be cancelled.  The Monte Sano Art Festival in Huntsville, AL is one of my favorites and it is scheduled for Sept 12 and 13th. It is held in a beautiful wooded park and masks will be required.  Every artist will have hand sanitizer and social distancing will be practiced.  I really hope it happens because I miss the shows. This covid really stinks!

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

for the love

 I did a little more work on this 24 x 30" painting yesterday.  The pandemic has kept me in my studio much more and I am looking at pieces that normally would have sold at a show by now.  I muted this piece down a little bit and I like it more. 

I really do miss people and going to art shows.  We will get through this if everyone will do their part. Stay safe!

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

knockin' on the screen door

I just returned from a beautiful trip to Colorado and now I need a vacation from my vacation.  We took advantage of all the outdoor activities and wonderful cooler temperatures.  I took some great photos and look forward to painting some of the scenes. 

This rooster is painted on an 8 x 8 "deep canvas. 

Sunday, July 5, 2020


 I have been doing a lot of commissions during the past few weeks but when I saw these peaches they asked me to paint them.  Nobody else at the farmer's market heard it but it is true.  The cucumbers spoke to me too but I did not listen. I may be losing it.
This is painted on a 24 x 30" linen canvas.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Off spring

This is an 11 x 14” commissioned piece for a friend. This twosome was a lot of fun to paint. The calf is named after my friend. That would make me happy.

Friday, June 26, 2020

life is good

This is a commissioned piece for a couple that I met many years ago. They had seen a picture I had  painted of an older couple sitting on the beach in Hilton Head. It really appealed to a lot of folks. I guess they imagined it to be them at present or in the future.  I am getting closer and closer to relating to it.  I will include a picture of "prime time" painted many years ago.

Don't waste today.  Think of something positive and fun to do.  Every day is a blessing. Wear a mask!!

This is painted on an 18 x 24" canvas.

                                                                       prime time

Friday, June 19, 2020


My grand dog Ginger.  She is an attention getter where ever she goes. This is painted on a 10 x 10" canvas for my daughter in law's birthday.  

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

living color

Hydrangeas are especially beautiful right now.  I hate to pick mine so I usually pick up some up from the grocery.  This is painted on a 16 x 16" canvas.  

Thursday, June 11, 2020


Lester has quite a presence.  He was commissioned by a friend for her niece's birthday.  He was a delight to paint and I hope he brings Jenny lots of smiles.  Painted on a 12 x 12" canvas.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020


There are many times that I struggle through a painting. I think I just lose confidence some days and criticize myself left and right.  I had to call my husband up to the studio three or four times to give me his opinion on this or that on Cami.  I am happy with the way she turned out and thankfully her family is too.  She is painted on a 10 x 10" canvas. 
Take advantage of artists having more time to do commissions with so much closed and no shows for a bit.  Don't wait until two weeks before Christmas or a birthday to get your pet put on canvas.  

Monday, June 8, 2020


I have loved painting pears for going on twenty years now. My style has evolved but my enthusiasm has not waned for certain subject matter. I painted most of this with a palette knife. This is painted on a 12 x 24” canvas.

Friday, June 5, 2020

I got this

I wonder how many people there are out there who are still using picasa photo editing. I absolutely loved it and have been using it for twenty years give or take. I did the most recent update on my i mac and my picasa no longer works. Very huge sob! I do not like i photo near as much. It has really thrown this old girl for a loop trying to adjust.
This little one was painted over an old 12 x 12” painting. I love the little surprises that show up from underneath. She looks a lot more confident than I am.

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!sold

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.

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.