Red Poppies

 

Happy February!!! Just finished some poppy paintings featuring RED!!! Got myself some of those new acrylic paint pens which pushed me more towards a sketchy look to these paintings.  I decided to leave most of the original drawing marks and paint between the lines.  Sometimes even going back and sketching on top of the acrylic paint, so much fun and the bright red color was exciting too.  Hope these to brighten up your world as much they did mine.  Will do more of these for sure, I like them and will even go to a larger size canvas next time.

Floral 02718 16x16 WEB
Floral 02718, 16 inches by 16 inches

 

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Floral 02818, 16 inches by 16 inches
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Floral 02918, 16 inches by 16 inches
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What inspires me to paint….

Even in grade 6  I knew I wanted to be an artist as pictured below.  It didn’t hurt that I won two whole dollars as first prize that I could splurge on candy (don’t really remember what I spent it on but that is a good guess…that was a lot of candy in those days…many moons ago!!!).

Carole first prize

 

Fast forward in time to the present time and I am so blessed to be able to paint everyday now (making a bit more than two dollars per painting).  My inspirations are still nature in all it’s glory.  I do tend to take lots of pics for reference material and some sketches on location.  A few months ago my husband and I visited Acadia National Park in Maine, USA.  There we found a treasure trove of mature birches on a lovely summer morning with light softly beaming thru the forest.  If any of you know of great birch groves I should check out please let me know.  I personally have never seen this many healthy large birches and will return to this spot in the future to capture various seasons.  Let me share a pic of this particular day:

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….and here is a painting that was inspired by this visit.  Lots of texture and palette work.

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Treescape 41117, 15 inches by 30 inches.

Another favorite place to visit is along the Nova Scotia shorelines.  Waves are like snowflakes in that each one is different depending on time of day and weather conditions.  I return again and again to my favorite spots.

Lawrencetown Beach photo shoot

…..and here is one of my recent paintings inspired by the above photo shoot:

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Shoreline Study 36117, 24 inches by 48 inches.

Thanks for reading this, hope you can relate in some way.  Cheers, Carole.

Winter Wonderland Paintings

Like to share a new series of “Treescapes”…..have you ever stood in a forest of trees on a bright sunny day?  They are so bright and fresh..I love the stark minimalist feel of these…will make more for sure.

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Treescape 08317, 30 inches by 60 inches.
Treescape 08417 40x60
Treescape 08417, 40 inches by 60 inches.
Treescape 08517 36x48
Treescape 08517, 36 inches by 48 inches.
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Treescape 08617, 36 inches by 60 inches.
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Treescape 08717, 48 inches by 24 inches.

 

 

 

New abstract paintings….Warning: lots of bright colors!!

When the snow is falling and it’s cold outside there is nothing more fun than digging out some bright paint and working on new paintings.  This year I’ve added fluorescent acrylics from the Golden brand to my palette for extra pop, so exciting!!! Here are a few of my favorites from this series:

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Colorscape 04917, 40 inches by 60 inches
Colorscape 05317 40x72
Colorscape 05317, 40 inches by 72 inches

Colorscape 05617 36x36

Colorscape 05617, 36 inches by 36 inches

Colorscape 05117 30x72

Colorscape 05117, 30 inches by 72 inches

The Artist Magazine article…..

Well one thing leads to another as “they” say…..the editor of The Artist Magazine saw my work in the 2016 AcrylicWorks3 book and asked if I would be willing to contribute an article about my work for their October 2016 issue, sweet that they used one of my paintings on the front cover.  I took a couple of pics of the lay out to share with you….I’m a bit late getting the news out about it but here it is:

front-cover

 

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See you in Nova Scotia…..

Amicus Show 2016Heading to the maritimes this morning to attend a duo show of my work at the Amicus Gallery in Chester, Nova Scotia.  The opening will be held next Thursday evening from 6 to 8pm.  Hope to see you there…can’t wait to smell that salty sea air!!! Here are the paintings that will be in the show and a link to their website 🙂  

 

 

Amicus Show 2016