Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Young love

I have many new charolais images from visiting a ranch last week. That makes me happy. This is painted on an 18 x 24” canvas.

Email me at carolcarmike@att.net for information on my July 12 and 13 workshop at my home studio in Birmingham, AL. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

playing favorites

Pears are one of my favorite things to paint.  Sixteen or so years ago when I started learning to paint, they were a go to subject.  They are a great thing to start learning to paint because they are such a simple and beautiful shape .  I can not begin to estimate how many paintings of pears I have done  during my painting journey.  I still love to paint them.  This was painted on an 8 x 10".

I am planning a two day workshop at my home studio in Birmingham, AL this July 12 and 13.  One day will be devoted to still life and one day to painting animals.  We will learn about mixing color, paint application, interesting composition and more.  Email me at carolcarmike@att.net for more info.  Hoping it will be something cool to do in the middle of the summer.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

a little color

This is a 6 x 12" piece that I painted for a patron who wanted a companion for a painting she bought a few weeks ago.  Always happy to paint a rooster!  High on my list of favorite things to paint.

I have finished my show season until the Fall.  It was a great season but the wet weather was abundant at many shows.  I am thankful for all the new friends and patrons that I met this Spring.  It is special meeting the folks your work goes home with.

Monday, April 22, 2019

"need you"

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My Mom gave me some of her Easter decorations after lunch yesterday.  I am painting some smaller pieces for my upcoming shows.  Hydrangeas might be my favorite flower.  I love all the variety in their color.  This is painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas.
I would love to see you in Oxford, MS this Saturday, April 27 for the Double Decker Art Festival.  I will be in Mountain Brook, AL the following Saturday, May 4, for Art in the Village. It is the Mountain Brook Art Association's annual Spring show. It is the first art show I ever participated in and is still one of my favorites.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Easter parade

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I have not posted a lot lately because of being so busy at shows.  My last two shows were great but very challenging weather wise.  My tent and work flew back 50 feet in Jackson, MS a few weeks ago due to straight line winds. My husband and I were there and were grateful not to be harmed or harm anyone else. I had to replace all my tent poles and one vinyl side.  I use a wonderful Trimline tent from Flourish.  I had it weighted down with sixty pounds on each corner.  It was very scary and a first for me.  I was fortunate to just lose two pieces.  So.... I only got in one day at that show.  The next weekend I had a show in Atlanta.  The Dogwood Show was great but 75% of the artists (including me)  took their work down after two days because of bad weather forecast for the third day.  No regrets.  This art biz is not always the easiest.

I will be in Oxford , MS next Saturday, April 27 for the Double Decker Art Festival.  The following Saturday, May 4 I will be in Birmingham for Art in the Village.  It is an annual show for the Mt Brook Art Association.  Two shows that I love dearly so I am hoping for clear to partly cloudy skies.

This Easter cow is painted on an 8 x 8" canvas.  Happy Easter!

Monday, April 1, 2019

a matter of time

More cotton.  I swiped this cotton from the fields next to my sister's home in north Alabama. It is so pretty when it is in bloom.  This piece is painted on a 12 x 24 x 2" canvas. 

Come see me in Ridgeland, Mississippi at the Ridgeland Fine arts Festival this Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, if you are in the area.  The following weekend, April 12-14, I will be in Atlanta at the Dogwood Arts Festival.  Come see!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

one of those days

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This painting survived many threats today.  I was so close to scrubbing it out until my husband Dan came in and saved it. He said, "I love it."  He does not say that about everything I paint.  He is a really good critic and I mean that in a positive way.  I am a lone painter so he is my second set of eyes.  This is painted on a 15 x 30 x 2" canvas.

My upcoming shows are as follows:

Ridgeland Fine arts Festival . Jackson, MS  April 6 and 7

Dogwood Arts Festival  Atlanta, GA  April 12 - 14

Double Decker Arts Festival  Oxford, MS April 27

Art in the Village Mountain Brook, AL May 4

Sunday, March 17, 2019

never going to fly

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I am gearing up for my Spring shows.  Come see me next weekend in Gulf Breeze, Fl if you are in the area.
This is painted on a 6 x 12 x 2" canvas. 

Friday, March 15, 2019

Clare's boys

This is a commissioned piece for a friend.  It is painted on a 24 x 24 x 2".  It always feels good to complete a piece that you were not so confident about during the process.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

"patience"

I am not good at photographing large pieces so I let my husband help. I thought I would get in the picture so that you could see how large it is.  This is painted on a 40 x 60 x 2" canvas.
This piece was two different paintings before the cow appeared. A different cow and then an abstract.  I did so much scrubbing and wiping that my hands were sore. It all turned out fine in the end.

My Spring shows start next weekend in Gulf Breeze, FL.  I will be at their Art Festival March 23 and 24. The rest of my schedule is as follows:
Ridgeland Arts Festival in Jackson, MS . April 6 and 7

Dogwood Arts Festival in Atlanta, GA April 12-15

Double Decker Arts Festival in Oxford, MS April 27

Art in the Village, Mt Brook, AL May 4

Hope to see you at one of my Spring shows!




Tuesday, March 5, 2019

please

This is a commissioned piece for a friend.  She is surprising her husband with the painting for his birthday. This pooch could throw this ball and then also fetch it.  Hours and hours of fun. This is painted on a 10 x 10 x 2" . Shih tzus hold a special place in my heart because I had one that looked much like this for thirteen years.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

bound to ramble

It is looking a little like Spring out.  This is painted on a 6 x 8 x 2" canvas.sold

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

round the corner

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I have painted this image of this rooster many times on different shapes and sizes of canvas.  I never get tired of his curious look.  This was one of my sister and brother in law's bantam roosters.  Very small but very proud. This one is painted on an 8 x 16 x 2" canvas.

Monday, February 25, 2019

granny trio

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I am thinking and working through some things I learned last week at Anne Blair Brown's workshop in Nashville.  I needed to get out of my studio and be reminded of the basics of a good painting.  Anne is a master painter and teacher.  I was reminded of many things I need to keep in mind while painting.  She has a super video on her website if you can not make it to her workshop. " A painter's journey "

This is painted with oil on an 8 x 10 canvas.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

a girl like you

I have painted this hen before but it always turns out differently.  This was done with mostly palette knife. It is painted on an 8 x 10" linen panel.

I am excited to be attending Anne Blair Brown's workshop for the next three days.  The concentration is painting interiors and still life with expressive brushwork.  She is a master of color, light and brushwork.  Yay!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

sweet pink

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I am planning on painting some smaller paintings in the next few week.  I am very over due.  This is painted on a 6 x 8 x 2" canvas.  Happy Valentines Day.  Radishes look a little heart shaped.

Monday, February 4, 2019

"where ever I am"

I am preparing to do my first art show for the season.  I will be at the Fine Art Event at Lipscomb Academy in Nashville, TN this Friday through Sunday.  Come see me if you are in the area. 

This piece is painted on an 8 x 16 x 2".  

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Does this bird make me look fat?

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I was hoping to be playing in the snow today but the snow never happened.  This was a fun alternative. This is painted on a 36 x 36 x 2" canvas.

There are still spaces available in my March 8 and 9 workshop here in Birmingham, AL.  Email me at carolcarmike@att.net for more information.

This painting will be with me at my next show Feb 8-10 in Nashville.  I am participating in the Art Event at Lipscomb Academy.  Always love visiting Nashville.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

brokenness

 This painting is an 18 x 24 x 2".

My next art show is the Art Event at Lipscomb Academy in Nashville,TN February 8 - 10. 

Email me for information about my two day workshop in Birmingham March 8 and 9. carolcarmike@att.net


Monday, January 21, 2019

no place I would rather be

It always feels good to be back in the studio after a few days away. This is painted on a 16 x 20 x 2" linen canvas.

Email me at carolcarmike@att.net for information about my upcoming workshop March 8 and 9.  I love to teach but do not get around to it very often.  The workshop will be held at Lazenby Studio in Bluff Park, AL. (Birmingham) A great space for being creative.  We could always do a field trip to my studio after the workshop for any interested.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

the heart of me

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I am still searching on the canvas.  This is a large 36 x 48 x 2" canvas.   I am on a little horse jag right now. I used to be a bit intimidated about capturing their beauty.  Guess I am facing that fear. 

I would like to announce that I am planning a two day workshop here in Birmingham March 8 and 9.  I typically have them at my home studio but friends have offered their new gallery/studio space that is much bigger.  It is a wonderful space with lots of room to be creative.  We will be working on painting animals and still life with expressive brushwork, color and light.  Email me at carolcarmike@att.net for more information.  


Thursday, January 10, 2019

running to what I can't see

Enough of the sheep already.  No, but this and next month are a great time of exploration for me.  I used acrylic to do a textured undercoating on this 18 x 24" canvas a couple of months ago.  I rarely use acrylic and knew I was going to use oil on the top layer. I liked the vibrancy and texture and color in the underpainting and felt like it needed something powerful to go along with that.  My work may seem a little disjointed now but I am determined to keep experimenting.
I was listening to Lauren Daigel's song "inevitable" when this title reached out to me.  She is the best!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

camera shy

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This 12 x 24 x 2" lamb did not want to be photographed.  I use my i phone to photograph my work and it usually does a fair job.  Elongated canvases are the hardest.  I do not understand why and I don't really care to take the time to figure it out.  There is also a terrible glare in the picture. Some days! I probably took 25 or so pictures of this painting and never got it right.

Monday, January 7, 2019

snow day

Feels strange painting a snowy scene the last couple of days when we actually have beautiful weather outside. It is not so hard when we have our typical gloomy, cold winter days.  I am working on a body of work with this theme and color palette.  Very different from my colorful work. Not abandoning anything just changing it up for a bit. This is painted on a 20 x 24" canvas.

Friday, January 4, 2019

new beginning

 I have been anxious about getting back to painting the last few days.  My last month of painting was occupied by commissions. A different kind of painting for me because it has to resemble something.  I am so happy that folks want me to paint their "loved things" but I sure do miss the freedom to mess up while I am doing them.
I am pleased with the way this painting turned out.  I could keep it as loose as I liked.  It is painted on a 30 x 40 x 2" linen canvas. 
My next show is The Art Event at Lispcomb Academy February 8-10 in Nashville.  I have not been to Nashville in a while and am really looking forward to it.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Charlie

Charlie belongs to an Atlanta friend.  I met his Mom at an Atlanta art workshop with Tim Horn several years ago. We became fast friends because we were both so out of our element.  It was a plein air workshop so I mostly walked around with no clue what to do. (Not because of the lack of direction by Tim. )I finally chose to paint an old shed close to where Beth was painting. I set up my cheap French easel that Jerry's Art sent me by mistake. They told me just to keep it because it was so worthless.  Anyway, as I prepared to draw and paint the shed I promptly tipped the easel and palette on to my jeans. (It was the best work I did all weekend.) Even though I was so bad I still learned a lot that weekend from Tim.  And...I met Beth and another friend, Jenny.

Beth invited me to visit her in Colorado this past August.  Charlie went on all the hikes with us and to visit the cow pasture each morning.  He is the perfect little dog. I wanted to thank Beth for inviting me on such a fun trip.  This is painted on a 12 x 12 x 2" canvas.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Knox


I love a fluffy dog.  Knox belongs to my friends daughter.  This was an early Christmas present.  It is painted on an 11 x 14" linen canvas.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Goose

Goose belongs to one of my son's friends.  His parents surprised him with a painting for an early Christmas present.  The photo was taken at his first hunt.  This is painted on an 11 x 14"linen canvas.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

willie

This is a commissioned piece of my Mississippi friend's shih tzu, Willie.   Sophie, the cavalier from my last post is her sister, sibling, friend, house mate.....Not sure what you would call that. This is painted on an 11 x 14 x 2" canvas.  I am excited to say that I am about finished with my Christmas commissions. Yay!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Sophie

I have been busy painting Christmas commissions.  Most of them are surprises so I can not post until after Christmas.  Sophie belongs to a friend of mine that decided to treat herself with a portrait of her two dogs.  I will post number two tomorrow.  These are for her AND a surprise for her husband Christmas morning.  It is such a honor when people ask me to paint their dogs.  I get stressed out this time of year but am always happy when others are brought joy from one of my paintings. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are one of my favorite breeds of children. :) This is painted on an 11 x 14 x 2" canvas.

Friday, November 30, 2018

sprouts


I have been busy painting commission pieces that I can not post.  I took a break to paint these pretty sprouted turnips. Pink/purple is my favorite color. I was happy these turnips waited on me.  Too many times my still life fruit  gets neglected and it becomes deer feed.  At least it does not go to waste.  This is painted on an 8 x 16 x 2" canvas.sold

 




Saturday, November 17, 2018

the color of love

This is a belated wedding present for some friends.  My husband took this picture at the wedding reception. A very stylish and red loving couple.  This is painted on a 16 x 20" canvas.

I had a great Open Studio last Thursday.  That was my last show for a bit. I will be in Nashville early February for the Art Event at Lipscomb. More information on that and other Spring shows to come.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

tuckered

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I am preparing for my last show for the Fall and for my Open studio next Thursday. I will be in Covington, LA this Saturday and Sunday for the Three Rivers Art Festival.  It will be my first time to do a show in this area so come see me if you are close.

My Open Studio is next Thursday evening from 5-8.  More about that early next week.  Email me at carolcarmike@att.net for more info.

This painting is a 24 x 36 x 2" and will be available at my Open studio next Thursday for 25% off it's original price.  

Thursday, November 1, 2018

better days

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This is a large 36 x 48" piece.  I am preparing for my final shows of the season.  I will be in Covington, LA for the Three Rivers Art Festival Nov 10 and 11. First time for me in this area.  Always fun to explore a new place.

I am having an open studio sale Thursday, Nov 15.  I open up my studio and the garage below filled with work for sale .  Last year was the first time I did it and it was lots of fun.  A great time to get gifts for yourself or others. The hours are 5-8.  Email me at carolcarmike@att.net for more information.

Monday, October 15, 2018

wild beauty

I am headed to Bluffton, SC this weekend for the Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival.  The show is Oct 20 and 21.  This will be my second year to participate and I am very excited to be going back to this beautiful area.  I painted this large, 3' x 4' piece a few weeks ago.  It's big.sold

Thursday, October 4, 2018

room to grow

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One thing I love about painting and being an artist is that you are always learning.  There is no ceiling or cap.  I always knew that I wanted to paint loosely from the time I began painting.  I like this painting but I wish the bowls were looser. I love it when I can lose some edges and it still reads the shape of the bowl.  That did not happen this time but it might next time.  This is painted on a 30 x 30 x 2" canvas.

My next show is in Bluffton, SC and is the Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival. I did this show for the first time last year and loved the area.  If you are not familiar with Bluffton, it is close to Hilton Head and not too far from Savannah.  the dates of the show are Oct 20 and 21.  

Sunday, September 30, 2018

"What's the hurry?"

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I have enjoyed not being in a hurry this last week.  It seems like I always am even if I don't need to be.  I rested more last week than I have in a very long time.  This is painted on a 24 x 20 x 2" canvas.

My next show is the Arts and Seafood Festival in Bluffton, SC  October 20 and 21.  I am looking forward to visiting this beautiful area again.  Then I will be in Covington, LA for the Three Rivers Art Festival Nov 10 and 11.  This will be my first time to do a show in this area. Come see me if you are in the New Orleans or Covington vicinity.

Friday, September 28, 2018

golden days

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I had a bit of a staycation this week.  I have a hard time staying out of my studio when I am home but this week I enjoyed getting some much needed rest, sleep and I binge watched "hell on wheels".  Having art shows back to back weekends takes a lot out of you so a break felt good.

This piece is painted on a 40 x 40 x 2" canvas.  It will be with me at my next show in Bluffton, SC Oct 20 and 21.

Hope your weekend is great!

One little tip in case you did not know it....A great way to perk up hydrangeas and make them not wilt so soon is to cut the stem and dip them in alum.  These flowers have looked good for over a week. :)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

souvenir

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I just returned from a show in Huntsville, Alabama.  I stayed with my sister who lives in the area.  Her home is in a rural area and there was cotton planted in the fields around her home.  I took home a few souvenir stalks.

  I sold a lot of my favorite pieces last weekend so I woke up early yesterday to paint something for the River Clay Arts Festival in Decatur, AL this weekend. This is a large 36 x 48" piece.  The big paintings take a lot out of me trying to figure out how to balance and fill all the space and keep the character I like. I had to use lots of archival odorless, lean medium to my oil paint so that it can dry by Friday.  Then the painting goes in the back of my art mobile that sits out in the heat at my home.  Oh yeah....in case you were wondering what my art mobile is....I have a 2001 toyota sequoia that I have taken all but the front seats out.  I also use a cargo carrier that holds my tent pieces.

Click on the River Clay link to find out more about the show and come see me if you are in the area.

Friday, September 14, 2018

choices

This morning I had a little free time so I had to make a choice between exercising and painting.  Painting won out.  I am one of those weird people who likes to exercise so it was not an easy decision.  I leave in a few minutes to set up for a show in Huntsville, AL. The Monte Sano Art Festival is tomorrow and Sunday from 9-5.  Come see me if you are in the area. 

This piece is painted on a 12 x 24 x 2" canvas. Hope your weekend is great.  Praying for those on the east coast.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

I should have stayed on the farm

I had to pull a line from a song I was listening to at the time of posting for this title.  Elton John's "yellow brick road" was playing. When you have painted as many roosters as I have it is hard to come up with new names.  This is painted on a 24 x 24 x 2" canvas.

Come see me in Huntsville, AL this weekend at the Monte Sano Art Festival if you are in the area.

Prayers and thoughts going out for those in the path of the hurricane.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

technicolor

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I am headed up to art shows in north Alabama for the next two weekends.  This Saturday and Sunday, Sept 15 and 16  is the Monte Sano Art Festival in Huntsville, AL.  The following Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23  is the River Clay Art Festival in Decatur, AL.  One of the reasons I enjoy these shows is that my sister and brother and law live close.  I have gotten some of my best rooster and chick photos from their flock.  It would make me so happy to drive up and see these colorful chickens greeting me.  I say all this in the past tense because they are in the process of building a new chicken coop so no chickens right now.
I would love for you to come see me and the other artists if you are in the area. Click on the links to learn more about these shows.
This is painted on a 12 x 12 x 2" canvas.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

open like a child

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It felt good to find some time to paint today.  I rested yesterday after a three day show in Marietta, GA.  It was very hot but several of my pieces found some new homes. 

My next show is the Monte Sano Art Festival in Huntsville, AL.  It is Saturday, September 15, 9 -5  and Sunday, September 16, 9-4.  The next weekend I will be in Decatur, AL for the River Clay Art Festival.  Sept 21-23.

This little guy is painted on a 20 x 24 x 2" canvas.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

i drive my truck

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In case you were tired of me painting cows.  This is painted on a 24 x 30 x 2" canvas.


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

milk carton kid

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I have painted a few smaller paintings in preparation for my upcoming shows.  This one is painted on a 6 x 8 x 2" canvas.  Because you need at least one cow painting in your house. (if not several)

I am participating in Art in the Park in Marietta this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.  Sept 1-3, 10-5 each day.  Looking forward to seeing some of my Atlanta area family and friends.  My booth # is 228.

My other Fall shows are as follows:

Sept 15 and 16   Monte Sano Art Show, Huntsville, AL

Sept 22 and 23 River Clay Art Show, Decatur, AL

Oct 20 and 21  Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival, Bluffton, SC

Nov 10 and 11 Three Rivers Art Festival, Covington, LA

Nov 15  Open studio ,  Vestavia, AL


Friday, August 24, 2018

Tom

 I just returned from a lovely and inspiring trip to Crested Butte, CO.  This cow lived a couple of blocks from where I was staying with my friend.  It was fun to take walks at different times of the day and see the beautiful mountains that surrounded a huge field of cows. I would get so excited that I had a hard time keeping my hands still enough to take pictures.  I am in awe of the beauty of our country.  Thank you to my friend Beth for allowing me this experience. We met at a Tim Horn workshop several years ago and were instant friends.

This cow is titled Tom because Tom Petty was one of the artists we listened to a lot while in CO. It is painted on a 36 x 36 x 2" canvas.  I thought I would share some extra photos of my process.
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I will be in Marietta, GA Sept 1-3 for Art in the Park.  I would love for you to come see me if you are in the Atlanta area.  Click on the link for more information.