Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Autumn Dew

5x5 inch oil on ampersand

The weather here in Tennessee has been very fall like lately, so I have been in the mood to paint the colors of fall. I found this beautiful reference photo and instantly I was transported to my grandparents farm on a cool autumn day. Do you ever see a photo or painting and you can smell the air and feel the emotions it stirs up in you? This is the beauty of art.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Harvest Time

6x8 inch oil on ampersand board

Back to the painting challenge after missing a few days with painting out and then as usual followed by allergies. Love painting outside but it sometimes does not like me. 
I enjoy the colors of fall with pumpkins, gourds and the beautiful leaves.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Day 9- Through the Storm



5x7 inch oil on linen
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This was painted for two challenges. First the 30/30 challenge with Leslie Saeta and second the Daily Paintworks challenge, the stormy weather challenge.
Love the beautiful colors in a late afternoon storm clouds taken overlooking Playa Samara.
Thank you Cher for the beautiful reference!

Psalm 89:9
You rule over the surging sea; when its waves mount up, you still them.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Day 8- Fields of Tuscany

4x6 inch oil on linen

Loved visiting the beautiful lavender fields of Tuscany today. 
It has to smell amazing standing here and what a beautiful quilt it must make from above. Sorry I missed my post yesterday, I did paint a sunflower but the photo was blurry. :(

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Day 6 - Moving on Down the Row

6x6 inch oil on ampersand

Where in the World is Carol? 
Today I stayed close to home. This is painted from a photo I took walking down what they call Music Row in Nashville. I wondered if this girl was a singer, song writer or just enjoying this beautiful street in Nashville. I am finding I really do enjoy the challenge of painting figures again. I would love to find some more joggers and their dogs. I just love paintings with the interaction of a person 
and their pet.

Here is another I painted a while back. 
Both paintings are available.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Day 5 - Big Ben and His Friends

 5x7 inch oil on linen

Today we travel to London. Loved the mood of the reference photo and it made me want to be there. Painting is the best way to travel around the world. :)  

Big Ben Facts from Wikipedia.
The tower holds the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world and is the third-tallest free-standing clock tower.[3] The tower was completed in 1858 and had its 150th anniversary on 31 May 2009,[4] during which celebratory events took place.[5][6] The tower has become one of the most prominent symbols of the United Kingdom and is often in the establishing shot of films set in London.

Day 4 - Outside my Window

4x6 inch oil on linen
NFS- Have a really sweet frame, so this is going on my mantle. :) Thanks Carol for the frame!!!

I am catching up with my posts today. There is always a demand for my computer at night with my kids, so I was late posting yesterday. This was painted plein air from inside my den. I'm not sure if that's legal in the plein air world, but it is a lot cooler on a hot summer day. Working on my trees still, they seem to be the hardest subject for me when painting out.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Day 3 - Somewhere in Paradise


4x6 inch oil on linen

Where in the World is Carol?
Today I am somewhere in Hawaii. I will say it is Maui and I am sitting on the beach after painting plein air on this remote little beach away from the world. I have a great book an ice cold beverage, ahh! Thanks for joining me in paradise today. Where would you like to go tomorrow?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Day 2- Lady Liberty

5x7 inch oil on linen

I have never visited New York, so it seemed appropriate to visit Lady Liberty on my second day of the challenge. I found this beautiful reference photo with a wonderful sunset adding to her beauty. Appropriate too since it was a gift from France where I visited yesterday.   Thank you so much for stopping by and joining me on this journey! Where shall we go next?
The statue, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886, was a gift to the United States from the people of France. The statue is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue is an icon of freedom and of the United States: a welcoming signal to immigrants arriving from abroad.
info from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statue_of_Liberty

Monday, September 1, 2014

Day 1 - Street of Dreams

5x7 inch oil on linen panel
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This is day 1 of Leslie Saeta's Painting 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. My theme is "Where in the World is Carol?". I love painting plein air and traveling, but I'm not always able to visit some places I would love to, so I am going virtually and I am starting on a street in Paris with a wonderful view of the Eiffel tower. 
It's funny how when you are painting you can be transported to another place. I could hear the music,  the hustle bustle of the traffic and even smell the bread in the local bakery. I wonder how many dreams have come true on this street as people first view the tower or accept a proposal as they dine at a street corner cafe. 
Wow, I am going to enjoy this journey and I hope you will come along!
Where would you like to go next?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Glowing


6x6 inch oil on board

This was painted for this weeks Daily Paintwork challenge. I just loved the colors reflecting from the sun and all of the colors around. Thank you Carol Marine for the beautiful reference! 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Anticipation

5x7 inch oil on linen panel

Loved the inquisitive look on this horse's face. Thinking a lot about what to paint lately and it seems I continue to follow my heart when looking for subject matter.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Color on Parade

9x12 inch oil on linen
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Another park scene with lots of color. I loved the photo and how your eye traveled through the scene. I hope I captured the same in the painting. I found the flowers so much fun to keep adding to capture more and more depth without too much detail.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bambi

5x5 inch oil on board

I have been watching a mommy deer and her baby in our yard the last few weeks, so when I came upon this little one I had to paint it. The mother deer has been on our property for a long time, I recognize her because she has a limp and gets around very slowly. I saw the baby by itself the other day and became very nervous that they had been separated because the mom gets around so slowly.  I am praying and watching that they found their way back to each other.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer Symphony



9x12 inch oil on linen

Found a photo of this beautiful park on Morguefile.com. You can find lots of beautiful reference photos on this site. After enjoying a week at the beach I was reminded how a scene can really calm you and remind you of the amazing beauty of God's creation. 

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