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, October 31, 2019

Going bold...

"Nature Sketch, Red" mixed media on panel, 8x8"
If you like red....

The "mixed media" used in this piece: ink on paper mounted on wood panel; Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors (the greens); GellyRoll metallic pens (the gold); and that luscious flat red, Turner Acrylic Gouache.

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

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Adding paint.....

"Nature Sketch", paper mounted on wood panel, 8x8"
I just couldn't resist adding some color to this "Nature Sketch." I'm sure there's more to come.

Thanks for taking a look.

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

Friday, October 25, 2019

New Artwork Underway ...

Nature Sketch on paper, mounted on panel 8x8"
I've always loved drawing. This one was done several months ago with pencil, pens, and inks in my sketchbook.

I came across the drawing a weeks ago and decided to cut it out of the sketchbook and mount it onto a wood panel. I'm not sure where I'll take it next, and will post it for you to see.

Thanks for taking a moment to visit my blog. See you next time.

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

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.