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!

Friday, August 6, 2021

TOO MUCH ART Sale: Last Day!


SOLD "Blue" (Morning Glories), metal print reproduction, 7" x 5"

My internet is being disconnect this weekend until after I have moved, so today is the last day of my online TOO MUCH ART Sale.

Today’s offering is a reproduction of a small painting that sold a few years ago. I then digitized it and “painted” on it some more in Photoshop. The image is printed on a thin aluminum sheet which will fit into a standard 5”x7” frame. It is hand signed on the back.

I have 3 of these, ready to mail to flower lovers out there. The cost of each one is $20 plus $5 shipping. (One to customer, please.)

As a reminder, all the artwork offered during the TOO MUCH ART Sale is posted here on this blog. 

Have a good day!


Text and Images ©2021 Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.

Thursday, August 5, 2021

TOO MUCH ART Sale: Day 9

For today: two more New Mexico landscapes for your perusal. (Can you tell I love painting New Mexico?) Enjoy your day.

SOLD “Evening View”, oil on gessoed art board, , 3 ”x 9” unframed.
Price $15 + $5 S&H

From Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque, you get a wide, uninterrupted view of the Sandia Mountains, hence the long format of this plein air painting completed in July 2015.

SOLD  “In the Quiet Place #3”, oil on linen panel, 4”x6” unframed.
Price $15 + $5 S&H

This is a view of the Sandia Mountains from Coronado State Monument in Bernalillo (north of Albquerque), painted in plein air July 2013. just before a welcomed rainstorm blew in.


Text and Images ©2021 Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

TOO MUCH ART Sale: Day 8

For today: a fun flower image and a landscape painted in Santa Fe. Enjoy! Shipping is $5 per piece or email me to pick up. Thank you! 

SOLD “Spring Lilies”, handcolored print, matted 10” x 8”. Price $20 

This is a fun flower drawing, with a kind of “retro” 50’s/60’s feel to it—looser than my usual rendering style. Still, I couldn’t resist a few gold touches to highlight the stamens.

SOLD “Santa Fe Trees”, oil on Italian canvas panel, , 8 ”x 6” unframed. Price $35

Another plein air landscape, painted in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains above Santa Fe. That area is abundantly populated by ponderosa pines and aspens, a lovely cool spot to paint on a hot summer day. 


Text and Images ©2021 Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

TOO MUCH ART Sale: Day 7

There was so much interest in the two flower art pieces I posted yesterday, I found two more floral pieces to post today. Both are done with color pencil and metallic inks on rice paper. They are matted and will fit into standard 8” x 10” frames. Shipping is $5 each if mailed to you.

Thank you again for your interest. Enjoy your Tuesday.

SOLD  China Gold, color pencil, metallic ink on rice paper, matted size, 10" x 8"

SOLD  Rising Moon, color pencil, metallic ink on rice paper, matted size, 10" x 8"

Monday, August 2, 2021

TOO MUCH ART Sale: Day 6

“I paint flowers so they will not die.” — Frida Kahlo

Let’s start the week off with flowers. Both of these pieces are done with color pencil and ink on rice paper. The art images are the same size and matted to fit in a standard 8” x 10” frame.

Enjoy your day!

SOLDGarden Morning Glories”, 10 ”x 8” matted. Price $20

SOLD  “Hearts and Flowers”, 10 ”x 8” matted. Price $20

Sunday, August 1, 2021

"TOO MUCH ART" Sale: Day 5

While packing this week, I came across a box of several plein air paintings I did back in 2013. So I thought I would send two New Mexico landscapes your way today. One was painted in Albuquerque; the other in Santa Fe. Small paintings like these are perfect for placement on a narrow wall or niche, or can be set on a display easel to sit a bookcase or side table. Enjoy!

SOLD “Landscape Sketch #3” (Sandia Mountains), oil on canvas panel, 4”x6” unframed.  Price $15.

For those of you who unfamiliar with Spanish, “Sandia” means “watermelon” like the deep pink color the granite rock of the Sandia Mountains turns as the sun begins to set. All set up to paint one late afternoon, I was waiting for the mountains to take on that rosy glow to capture in my painting. I was not disappointed.

SOLD“Afternoon Arroyo” (Santa Fe), oil on canvas panel, 4”x6” unframed.  Price $15.

I was up in Santa Fe painting with a plein air group. Can you tell from the painting that it was a hot afternoon in Santa Fe? Thank goodness for the cool of the shade.


Text and Images ©2021 Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.

Saturday, July 31, 2021

"TOO MUCH ART" Sale: Day 4

Good morning! Thank you for letting me share these paintings and my thoughts with you. Have a good Saturday.

SOLD  “House of God”, oil on gessoed panel, 12” x 13” (approx), framed. Price $100.

I painted this when I was searching for meaning in my life, for something greater than my human self, something most people call “God”, “Spirit”, “Higher Power”, or some other moniker. The name doesn’t really matter. Finding it is.

SOLD  “July Flag”, oil on Italian canvas panel, 10” x 8”, framed. Price $100
While living in Florida, I painted with a nice group of local plein air painters that met weekly in various locations around Orlando. We were out working just before July 4, in an Orlando neighborhood that reminded me of the Chicago suburb where I grew up.

Perhaps what is captured most in this painting I did that day is the quality of “Americana”, the one that all people in our country dream of achieving, desire living, and deserve the opportunity to have. Let’s hope it is still possible.

Text and Images ©2021 Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.

Friday, July 30, 2021


Today’s sale paintings reflect my living in New Mexico, home to 23 different Native American tribes. And the color for the day is RED!

“Pueblo Pictoral”, oil on gessoed panel, 12” x 8”, unframed.  Price $45.

Off and on over the past several years, I’ve developed various traditional pottery sherd designs into paintings. Folks often think of Native American designs being primarily geometric. However, there are many motifs based on natural forms, such as deer, bears, birds, plants, and leaves. This imagery is found on pottery, weavings, jewelry, and other items created by Native American artisans and referred to as “pictorals.”

SOLD “Indian Things”, oil on stretched canvas, 10” x 8”, framed. Price $100

A friend of mine has a Southwest style home decorated with Native American items which she and her parents collected over the years. While house sitting for her several years ago, I enjoyed looking at the various objects on display and was inspired to create this still life painting composed of some of her treasures. 


Text and Images ©2021 Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

"TOO MUCH ART" Sale: Day 2

Thanks so much to all of you who are following my TOO MUCH ART sale. I appreciate you taking a look at my artwork and hope you are enjoying see the different paintings I’ve done over the years. As I go through the process of wrapping and packing, I am rediscovering some work that I had forgotten about. So it’s fun to do this “show and tell" with you all. And I really appreciate the very nice comments you have sent me. Thank you!

Today I have two small paintings to share: a sweet backyard landscape I did in Florida, and a fun colorful "pour painting". Enjoy!

SOLD  Backyard Blooms”, oil on cradled panel, 8” x 6”, unframed.  Price $25.

While living in Florida, I took up plein air painting—which is setting up your easel in the great outdoors and creating a painting from the scenery that surrounds you. (This is one of the things the French Impressionists became famous for doing.)

The challenge of plein air painting is capturing the color, light, and shadow of the scene before you within a 2—3 hour window. After that, the shift in light, shadow, and color that you began with is gone. So often plein air paintings have a tendency to be done on a smaller sized panel—You either get the painting done or forget it.

“Backyard Blooms” is a painting I did in 2010 during a plein air “Art in the Gardens” tour in Leesburg, FL. It was a lovely event hosted by generous homeowners who made their gardens available to a select group of artists. I was pleased to be one of them.


“Bird & Leaf”, acrylic on stretched canvas, 6” x 6”, unframed.  Price $20.

A few years ago, a new painting technique became all the rage. Called “poured painting”, the most basic technique involved layering acrylic paint colors in a cup that was then poured over a stretched canvas.

I did a few of these to try it out. It was fun, easy, messy, and the outcome was an unpredictable swirl of colors—which was the best surprise. However, other than the color variations, all the paintings looked pretty much the same. (Several pouring variations have evolved since then with far more distinctive results.)

Wanting to create a more interesting image, I glued the black cut out elements over the poured painting surface, added some metallic gold edges, and Voila! Bird and Leaf came into being. Can you see it?


Images and text ©2021 Carol L. Adamec. All rights reserved.