About The Artist

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Hello! I am a fine arts painter, with a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. My primary painting medium is oil and alkyd, and mostly I work in a representational style. My greatest challenge as a painter is to capture the effect of light; and my greatest joy as a painter is to accomplish that. Many thanks to those readers who have been following this blog since Day 1 (May 19, 2008). To those who are visiting for the first time today...Welcome, and thanks for dropping by!

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Now showing...

Like so many facets of life, the coronavirus has drastically altered gallery openings and exhibits, too. The alternative has become online exhibits.

I was very pleased to be selected by the Placitas (NM) Art Series as one of 4 artists featured in their online exhibit for the month of September. 

The exhibit is available for viewing HERE

The video runs about 10 minutes, and my work is shown during the first 3-5 minutes. 

The Placitas Art Series produced the video and wrote music to accompany each artist’s work. I am very impressed with the quality of the production. I hope you enjoy it, too.


Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Finished: "Kimono for Modern Girl"

Kimono  modern girl painting adamec
"Kimono for Modern Girl", 2020, oil, collage on stretched canvas, 36" x 36"

While the Jazz Age was flourishing in America during the 1920’s, the “moga” (short for modan gaaru) or “modern girl” emerged in the urban areas of Japan. 

Inspired by the American Flapper, the modern girl cast off her traditional kimono and morĂ©s, adopting Western-style fashions, makeup, and hairstyles, while indulging in a social nightlife of dancing, smoking, drinking sake, and riding in cars with “mobos” (modern boys), much to horror of her traditional Japanese parents.

In this painting, I've relaxed the rigidity of the traditional kimono, and "fleshed" it out with a sense of the female form. The Japanese writing in the upper left hand corner is the title of a popular novel of the day,  "Naomi (A Fool's Love)", about a man's obsession to marry a "modern girl"and encourage her Westernized ways. 

Text and Image ©2020 Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

In the meantime....

Original: "Red Kimono" 2020, Acrylic gouache, gold, 16"x12"

I'm still working on my large painting, "Kimono for Modern Girl." In the meantime, I finished up this smaller painting, "Red Kimono." It's similar to "White Lily Kimono" I did a few years ago. 

If you'd like to leave a comment, please do so. I am always pleased to hear what viewers think of my work.

Have a great day!

Text and Image ©2020 Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Happy 4th of July!

"July Flag", 2008, oil on panel, 10x8". Plein Air painting done in Orlando, FL.

Enjoy your holiday!

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Finding My Joy

WIP "Kimono for Modern Girl" oil on canvas, 36x36"

Three weeks ago I thought I was nearly finished with this painting. But I HATED where it was going. I had lost my "mojo" and enthusiasm to work on it. I was stuck and unhappy.

About the same time, I came across a free 10-day, online workshop called "Find Your Joy", offered by Louise Fletcher, a contemporary English abstract painter. 

To distract myself from the stuck painting on my easel, I enrolled in her workshop, which included live conversations on Facebook and assignments she sent via email. I did them all, which made me try out different media, tools, colors, and concepts. 

It was a lot of work. And I ended up using art supplies I bought but never had used, painted with acrylics, did collage, tried out colors I would never choose, and fearlessly "played" in the studio instead of working to be "productive." 

Although I didn't experience any breakthroughs about becoming an abstract artist, Louise did drop several pearls of wisdom during her talks that got my attention:

"When you're painting, notice what you like and do more of that. 
And what you don't like, paint over it.

"When you think you've gone too far,
you may not have gone far enough."

Her free workshop wrapped up this past Monday, and I went to the studio on Tuesday, armed with her good advice, and painted over what I didn't like about "Kimono for Modern Girl" and once again reworked the drawing. The painting is not finished yet, but I am once again excited to work on it.

To Louise Fletcher: Thank you for your generosity and wisdom. You have helped me get back on track and to once again find my joy in the studio.

You can check out Louise's website and subscribe to her newsletter at https://www.louisefletcherart.com

Text and image ©2020 Carol L. Adamec. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

New painting underway...(Part 6)

WIP: Kimono for Modern Girl, 2020, oil on canvas, 36x36"

The painting is still on my easel. I keep thinking, "I'm going to finish this painting today." And then I paint on it some more. Hopefully, after just a few more sessions, it will be done. Stay tuned!

Text and image ©2020 Carol L. Adamec. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

New painting underway...(Part 5)

WIP: "Kimono for Modern Girl", oil on canvas, 36x36"
I reworked some of the drawing on this painting over the last few days. Usually, if I am dissatisfied with how a painting is shaping up, the reason is the drawing. Now I'm ready to go forward with the painting. 

Stay tuned!
Text and image ©2020 Carol L. Adamec. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

New painting underway... (part 4)

WIP: "Kimono for Modern Girl", 2020, oil on canvas, 36 x 36"
Here's the latest progress on my newest painting on the easel, after another day of work. Thanks for taking a look.

Text and Image ©2020 Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

New painting underway ... (part 3)

WIP: "Kimono for Modern Girl", 2020, oil on canvas, 36x36"

After another day of painting, here's how my new kimono painting looks now. Thanks for taking a look.
Text and image ©2020 Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.