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.