Tuesday, December 29, 2020

daisy jane


 I have been taking a little time away from my studio to relax.  That is kind of hard to do since my studio is above the garage at my home.  I think I went two days without stepping foot in it.  I have a few commissions to do but felt like painting what ever yesterday and today.  This little one is painted on a 12 x 16" canvas.

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Christmas commissions

These are most of the commissions I have done the past few months for Christmas gifts.  It is so fun helping to make a special present for a deserving recipient. I am honored to be asked!  

This has been a trying year but thanks to many patrons I have painted right through it. So thankful to have a job that I can do even through a pandemic.  I greatly missed going to shows and selling directly to customers.  I am hopeful that some outdoor shows will be up and running again this Spring or summer.  I am all for wearing a mask as long as it is needed.

I am looking forward to getting back to basics with my painting.  This is the time of year after most of my commissions are completed that I can focus on slowing down and remembering the most important elements in painting.  A good way to refresh your mind is to reread any workshop information you have.  Most instructors give handouts with information detailing what they think is important. I miss going to  workshops and having workshops at my studio.  Hopefully 2021 will ease up on us a little.  I am not sad to say good bye to 2020. I am, however, thankful for so many good things in my life including you!


Friday, December 18, 2020

a dog's life

 I decided to paint my dogs most common pose.  She perches on the end of the couch with her paws right next to her face and watches all.  Now and then she will actually pick up her head to see something.   Somehow she knows the deer that frequent the woods behind our house are out there before she can see them. My husband was the one who wanted a dog so that he would have a companion while he was working outside.  She will go with him for a few minutes but she is much happier inside.   She is pretty much a mama's girl.

Saturday, December 12, 2020


 Molly is a little camera shy so her family had to work hard to get a picture of her. I think it was worth their effort.  Reminds me of how I used to bribe my three sons to cooperate for a Christmas picture.  I would take fifty to get a good one of all three.  It was always worth it.  

Molly is painted on an 8 x 10" canvas.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020


 Hello! I have been terrible about posting paintings to my blog.  I have been putting things on my instagram page because that is a little less time consuming.  I plan to turn over a new leaf after I finish my Christmas commissions.  This pretty pooch belongs to a friend of mine and is a gift to self. She is painted on an 8 x 10".

The pandemic has kept me from doing shows but I have painted a lot since last March.  I am grateful to so many who have supported me through commissioning me or buying existing paintings.  I can not imagine the hardship some artists are going through.  All types of artists.  

Hoping this next year will bring lots of good things to our world.  2020 will never be forgotten.  

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!sold

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.