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!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Now showing...

"Kimono Anasazi", mixed media on panel, 12x12".
Available at L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN

Part of my summer travels this year took me to Memphis, TN, where I dropped off six paintings at L Ross Gallery. I was pleased to meet the new gallery owner Laurie Brown and to see the newly renovated gallery space at 5040 Sanderlin Avenue, Suite 103, in East Memphis. The new space is very lovely, and I am looking forward to having my one-person exhibit, "In a Japanese Garden", shown there next spring, April 1-26, 2020.

The Gallery is open Tuesday - Friday, 10am-5pm; and Saturdays, 11am-3pm. Check out the website, send an email to get on their e-list, or give them a call at 901.767.2200 to see the current exhibit and upcoming shows.
Text and image©2019 Carol L. Adamec. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Done! "Summer Hollyhocks"

Original painting: "Summer Hollyhocks (Red)" 2019. Oil on gessoed panel, 12x12"
Once the red areas were roughed in and dry, it took another day to get the background color right and a few days for those areas to dry. Monday in the studio was spent refining the edges and tweaking the details. And now it's finished.

Thanks for following the progress on this painting. If you would like to leave a comment, please do. I always appreciate hearing what viewers see in my work—sometimes things I don't even notice myself!
Text and image ©2019  Carol L. Adamec. All rights reserved.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

In the meantime...

"Cactus Blossom", 2019, original oil painting on panel, 6"x6"
I'm still working on the Hollyhocks painting. In the meantime, I painted this cactus blossom.

Folks who haven't spent time in the Southwest think that everything is "brown."  Those who have been here for awhile know where to look for the blooms and bouquets of brilliant color proffered by the numerous cactus varieties native to The Land of Enchantment.

Text and image ©2019 Carol L. Adamec. All rights reserved.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Waiting for the reds to dry...

"Summer Hollyhocks" 2019, oil on gessoed panel, 12x12"  WIP
Now I have the reds of the hollyhock blossoms roughed in, and waiting for them to dry. The "reds" include Permanent Rose, Persian Rose, Pyrrol Red, Cadmium Red Deep, Magenta, Mauve, and Provence Violet Bluish for mixing the deeper purple colors.

Next to be painted are the background shapes; and then the edges and details refined. Stay tuned!
Text and image ©2019 Carol L. Adamec. All rights reserved.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Painting the greens today...

"Summer Hollyhocks" 2019, WIP, 12x12 oil on gessoed panel
I had the most beautiful hollyhocks growing my yard this summer, in a variety of colors: white, pink, red, and deep deep crimson. I took hundreds of photos—more than I'll every have time to paint!

Today's post shows my first painting underway inspired by these beauties. Today I'm roughing in the various green hues. Next will be the reds. There is more to come....

Thanks for taking a look.
Text & image ©2019 Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Back to work...

"DD's Bouquet", 2019, original oil on gessoed panel, 6"x6" 
This has been a travel-filled summer for me, delivering artwork to LRoss Gallery in Memphis, TN, and visiting family. So I was very happy to be back home in New Mexico this week and painting in the studio.

Today's post is the first of my next series of small paintings: some for sale in the fall, and others saved for my next Japanese Garden exhibit scheduled for Spring 2020 in Memphis at LRoss Gallery. I'll be posting new work here on my blog and on Instagram: ArtByCarolAdamec.

Thank you for stopping by and please feel free to leave a comment.
Text & image ©2019 Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Last Day: “In a Japanese Garden Revisited”

“TiPlant Tropicale” , ink, color pencil on rice paper, 10”x8” framed size
Today is the last day to see my exhibit at the Weyrich Gallery, open 10:30-5:30pm.

Thank you to everyone who came to the opening reception, my Artist’s Talk, and to see the exhibit during the month. I appreciate your support. And a special “Thank You” to those collectors who purchased a painting. Enjoy!

Text and Image © 2019 Carol L. Adamec. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

"In a Japanese Garden Revisited" continues...

Gallery installation photo: with "Double Lily" painting, 7x9" framed, $175

To all the friends and attendees who came Saturday to my Artist Talk at the Weyrich Gallery's "Meet and Greet" event: Thank you! I appreciate all of your kind comments about my presentation and the exhibit.

I am so grateful to Weyrich Gallery owners Valerie and Gary Tibbetts who installed the exhibit. Their arrangement of my paintings, displayed with live flowers and other Japanese accoutrements, has created just the right ambience of a Japanese Garden.

There's still time to see the show, which runs thru May 31. I think you'll enjoy it!

Text and image © 2019, Carol L. Adamec. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

You’re invited…

"Waterlily #2", 2019. Oil, gouache on panel, 12x12"

...to the Weyrich Gallery's special "Meet & Greet" event this Saturday afternoon, May 18, from 1-3pm.

I'll be present for the event to answer questions and give a short talk at 1:30pm about my exhibit, "In a Japanese Garden, Revisited", currently on display this month at the Gallery. Additionally, tea master Mark Foster, who just returned from a trip to Japan, will host a tea tasting at 2:30pm. The "Meet & Greet" event is free and open to the public. 

It should be a fun and interesting afternoon. Hope to see you there!

The Weyrich Gallery is located at 2935-D Louisiana Blvd NE, (at Candelaria) in Albuquerque. The exhibit can be viewed through May 31 during regular gallery hours: Tues–Fri, 10:30–5:30 / Sat 11–5:30. 

Additional images of Carol's work can be seen online here. 

Image ©2019 Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.