Monday, January 23, 2017

Today's Advice from Elizabeth Taylor

Original painting by Carol L. Adamec:
Black Purse, Red Lipstick, Oil on panel, 8"x10" $325 (framed)
Contact Artist to Purchase.
"Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together."
––Elizabeth Taylor
Text and image ©2017 Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

New Painting at the Weyrich Gallery

Zen Garden Blossoms, 2016. Original mixed media on panel. Image: 12x12"
Today's blogpost features a new painting from my ongoing series "In a Japanese Garden." Painted in gouache on rice paper with gold metallic enhancements, the image also incorporates Chinese texts and characters.

In my research of Japanese art, history, and culture for this series, it was interesting to discover the impact and influence of Chinese culture on the development of Japanese civilization. Still today modern Japanese writing system contains several thousand Chinese characters known as kanji.

In this painting I have drawn on both cultures to create the image: The Chinese text is in the traditional vertical style of writing that the Japanese call tategaki, while the background of the blossoms uses the color blending seen in traditional Japanese woodblock prints.

The painting is available for purchase at the Weyrich Gallery located at 2935 Louisiana Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110 / 505.883-7410.

Text and Image ©2016 Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.
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Monday, November 14, 2016

Painting the Season

Bosque Cottonwoods, 2016. Original painting, oil on panel, 6" x 8"
Autumn is my favorite season, no matter where I live. Perhaps it's the cooler weather, the quality of the air, the color changes in the foliage...probably, it's all three.

So, two weeks ago when the Monday Plein Air Painters gathered at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House to paint, I grabbed my outdoor painting gear and joined them. What a lovely morning! And what a lovely location to paint.
Located in the South Valley of Albuquerque the Gutierrez-Hubbell homesite goes back to the 1850's, when it was the home of Julianna Gutierrez and James Hubbell. They had 8 children and their property also served as a farm, ranch, mercantile and trading post for the family business. Having been restored in recent years by Bernalillo County, the house and 10 acres is a historical and cultural site, one of six New Mexico sites named to the Register of Historic Places.

I wandered down to the acequia (the man-made water channel that the Spanish hand-dug for irrigation purposes) to paint the cottonwood trees that were just beginning to take on their yellow tinge of autumn. 

It's been quite awhile since I've painted en plein air. But it was good to refresh my efforts and a wonderful place and day to do so.
FYI: The Gutierrez-Hubbell House is located at 6029 Isleta Blvd SW, Albuquerque. Open Tu - Sat, 10-2pm.

Image and text ©2016 Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Now Showing in Memphis, TN (Part 2)

Floating Rose Kimono, 2016, Gouache, gold on gessoed panel 22 x 18' (framed size)

Here's the second painting I have in the "Summer Group Exhibition 2016" at L Ross Gallery in Memphis now through July 30.

The L Ross Gallery is located at 5040 Sanderlin Avenue (Suite 104), Memphis, 38117. The gallery is open Tuesday - Friday, 10-5pm, Sat 11-3pm.  You can also see the exhibit online.

Thanks for taking a moment to read my blog. Stay cool!
Image and text ©2016 Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Now Showing, in Memphis TN...

Currents, 2016. Oil, gold on canvas, 32" x 44"
After taking down my exhibit at the Weyrich Gallery in Albuquerque on June 25, I was contacted by my Memphis art dealer Linda Ross about showing a few paintings at her gallery during July.

Since I was on my way to Florida, I was happy to deliver two paintings--"Currents" and "Floating Rose Kimono"--to Memphis for inclusion in Linda's "Summer Group Exhibition 2016."

If you're in Memphis, please drop by L Ross Gallery at 5040 Sanderlin Avenue (Suite 104), Memphis, 38117. The gallery is open Tuesday - Friday, 10-5pm, Sat 11-3pm.

Not only can you see my two paintings, but also very fine work by several of my dear artist-friends who live and work in the Mid-South area. You can also see the exhibit online .
Image and text ©2016 Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Last Day to Visit "In a Japanese Garden"

White Blossoms: Yellow, Blue, Peach, 2016. 
6" x 6" each. Available separately.
Today is the last day of my exhibit "In a Japanese Garden"at the Weyrich Gallery in Albuquerque.

This has been a truly wonderful exhibit for me, from start to finish. I enjoyed creating the paintings; loved the installation by the Galler
y; was thrilled with the fabulous review by Wesley Pulkka; had fun giving my Artist Talk last weekend to the brave souls who came out in 100 degree heat; and am so grateful to those who purchased work, too!

Thank you! to everyone who has been a part of this process--those near and those far away.

Image and text ©2016 Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.

Friday, June 24, 2016

In a Japanese Garden...Last Views

Royal Garden, 2016. Mixed media, 16" x 12"

Today and tomorrow are the last days of my exhibit, "In the Japanese Garden" at the Weyrich Gallery in Albuquerque. And what better painting to share with you than this "Royal Garden", especially if you are a fan of the color purple.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of the paintings on this blog that were part of the exhibit. Thanks for being a part of this experience and process.
Image and text ©2016 Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Final Week of My Exhibit...Last views

Rising Moon, 2016, mixed media, 16 x 12"
Oh, the moon was lovely last night over Albuquerque!

I am sure that Albert Pinkham Ryder, if he were still alive, would have noticed the moon last night too, since he did several paintings featuring night time illumination. Ryder is one of my favorite artists, and certainly an inspiration for my painting of the garden in the evening.
Image and text ©2016 Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Last Week of My Exhibit

Kimono III (Gold), 2016, mixed media on panel, "12x12"
Since this is the last week of my exhibit "In a Japanese Garden" at the Weyrich Gallery in Albuquerque, I am posting the remaining paintings in the show.

One of the interesting facts I discovered while doing research for this exhibit was that the color purple was very difficult color to obtain in Japan during the Nara period, and therefore, very pricey. Only royalty, high ranking officials and priests were allowed to even wear the color purple.

Even though I had finished this painting, after learning that fact, I added purple dotting to this piece--adding a touch of "royalty" to it.
Image and text: Carol L Adamec, 2016. All rights reserved.