Tuesday, November 29, 2016

shoo fly

Took a little break from painting commission pieces to paint one of my favorite subjects.  "shoo fly" is painted on an 8 x 10 x 2" and will be hanging in the Mountain Brook Art Associations holiday show that starts this Friday.  It is held in Colonial Brookwood Mall on the lower level across from the entrance to Brio. A different and better location from previous years. The show will run through December 17 and opens at 11 every morning and closes at 8.  I have lots of smaller paintings for this show.

I will not be at the MBAA holiday show opening because I will be in Nashville for the Brentwood Academy Art show.  A great show in a great city. I love catching up with Nashville friends and participating artists.  I am also looking forward to having a three day break from painting.  I have been furiously painting commissions that will not be shared until after Christmas.  I am officially saying No to any more commissions before Christmas. Seven more to go even so! 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

sweet talkin ladies man

Little title help from Joni Mitchell. This is painted on a 4 x 12 x 2" canvas.  I have been very busy painting commissioned works and pieces for upcoming shows.  I mostly used a pallet knife on this painting. I feel like the texture gives it more interest.sold

I am looking forward to traveling to Nashville next weekend for the Art show at Brentwood Academy.  Dec 2-4.  So fun to go back to one of my favorite cities and visit with long time friends and artists.

Also....Beginning Friday, Dec 2 , I will be participating in the Mountain Brook Art Association's Holiday Show at Colonial Brookwood Mall in Birmingham.  This show runs through December 17.  Plenty of opportunities to go by and check out the art work.

Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!  

Friday, November 18, 2016

All leg

A chick one day, a cow the next day, and then a dancer.  A pattern of painting what makes me happy.  This one is painted on an 11 x 14 x 2" canvas.
Upcoming shows:

Fine Art at Brentwood Academy Dec 2-4 in Nashville, TN

Mountain Brook Art Association's Holiday show  Dec 2-17 in Birmingham, AL
Located across from Brio in Colonial Brookwood Mall.

Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


Painted on a 12 x 12 x 2". sold

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

little bird

 I just returned from a show in Savannah, GA.  I happened to spend more money than I made this time.  I brought some beautiful artwork home with me.  Aaron Hequembourg had his work displayed across from me and I fell in love with it immediately.  I photographed my two treasures below. He lives on an farm dating back to 1815 in Monticello, GA with his family.  He has salvaged wood and artifacts from the buildings on the farm and worked them into his pieces.  He laminates book pages into the wood, then carves the images into the wood and then paints and waxes the pieces.  The models in his works live in the area and receive a percentage of his sale.  Willie Moore is pictured in one of my pieces and he has worked on the farm his entire life. His website is www.bigwhitedog.net
If you are subscribed to my blog I am sorry that you have received some old posts for the last two days.  Not quite sure what happened.

I am busy doing commissions that I will not be able to post until after Christmas.  I have two shows coming up.  I will be in Nashville, TN Dec 2-4 at the Art Show at Brentwood Academy.  I will also have work displayed in the Mountain Brook art association Holiday show.  It is being held Dec 2- 17 at Colonial Brookwood Village.

"little bird" is painted on a 4 x 6 x 2" canvas.  I still have some spots available in my January classes and you can email me at carolcarmike@att.net for more information.

Monday, November 7, 2016



My first exposure to roosters was a few years back when my sister and brother in law had some.  I am so thankful for all of the photos I took of them.  I have painted some images multiple times in different sizes.  My favorite ones are the ones where they are in motion. This was a very proud bantam that thought he was a lot bigger than he was.  This is painted on a 10 x 10 x 2" canvas.

I still have some spots available in my January workshops.  Email me at carolcarmike@att.net for more information.  A fun thing to do during a pretty dull month.

I am headed to Savannah, GA at the end of the week for the Telfair Art Show.  I would love to see you if you are in the area.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

I'm serious

Gearing up to paint seven commissions and I know I will have to paint tighter so this cow was a result of the anticipation.  I have to make the animals look like the clients so I naturally have to tighten up.  It is hard to balance making it looking like my style and capturing their pet or child.  This is painted on a 20 x 20 x 2" canvas.
I am participating in the Telfair Art show next Friday night, Saturday and Sunday in Savannah, GA.  A very fun place to visit.
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 3, 2016


Decided to take a break from dancers today.  But.....only painting happy things.  Can't wait until this election is over.  I am sure all the hate will go away once it is over.  If only!
This happy, little lamb is painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

break time

How do I blend cows and ballerinas into my next show?    I will take a picture of my booth at the Savannah show so that you can see. Should be interesting.  This one is painted on a 20 x 40 x 2" canvas.
My favorite compliment and one that I hear fairly often at show is that my booth makes them smile.  I hope this painting brings a smile to you. 
I still have some spots left in my January workshops.  Contact me at carolcarmike@att.net if you are interested.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

toes out

I fit in some time to paint ballerina while taking a break from  painting a cow commission.  One friend suggested that I paint a cow in a tutu and I may just do that.  This is painted on a 6 x 12 x 2" canvas.

I still have some spots available in both of my workshops in January.  What a nice gift to receive or give yourself this Christmas.  I work with all levels and guarantee you will learn some new things and have fun at the same time.  The dates are Jan 13 & 14 and Jan 27 & 28.  Email me at carolcarmike@att.net for more information.  There are a few more details in my last posts.