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!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine’s Day!

"Hearts and Flowers #4", 2018. Mixed media on rice paper.

Image©2018 Carol L. Adamec. All rights reserved.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Ti Plant in Moonlight

"Starry Night in the Garden #3", 2018, mixed media on rice paper, 14"x11"

Yes, I do "re-use" and reinvent images, to see what other possibilities can result. So this version of the ti plant is set in the garden at night. 

I LOVE moonlight as a light source, working in all those luscious blues, greens, and cool colors--and of course, making little silver metallic dots for stars!
Text and image©2018 Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Now Showing...

Left: "Elena Gallegos, Autumn", oil on panel, 5"x7"
Center: "Bear Canyon", mixed media, 10x8"
Right: "The Quiet Place" oil on panel, 6x8"
I did the paintings pictured above en plein air a few years ago and was very pleased to have all three  accepted for exhibit at the Tortuga Gallery, 901 Edith Blvd SE in Albuquerque, in the "Sandia Mountain Art Show." The Sandias on the east side of Albuquerque are a favorite subject for many artists in this area--for writers and poets, too! So this was a popular exhibit for artists and viewers alike. The opening reception was Friday, but the show continues through February 24.
Text and images ©2018 Carol L. Adamec. All rights reserved.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

New and Improved...

"Tea House Bouquet", 2018. Mixed media on rice paper, 10x8 framed.
From the series, In a Japanese Garden.
This is another "re-do" of a piece I did awhile back. The colors are much more vibrant and application of the color pencil more "painterly." Who knows...maybe I'll do this in oil one of these days.
Text and image ©2018 Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

A Gift to Love...

I just received this gift from my sister in the mail yesterday...a book of haiku with lovely Japanese prints. My favorite kind of book: mostly pictures and not too much text. Thank you, Dear Sister!
Text and image ©2018 Carol L. Adamec. All rights reserved.

Friday, January 19, 2018

"Coming Spring" Kimono

"Coming Spring Kimono", 2018, mixed media on rice paper, 14"x11" framed.

My first new artwork of 2018 is dedicated to all those folks in places with icy cold, snow, and wintry weather. Keep warm! Take heart! Spring will come.
Text and image ©2018 Carol L. Adamec. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

"Dress-Up Kimono" Re-do

"Dress Up Kimono"(Re-Do) 2018, mixed media on rice paper, 14"x 11" framed.

Took this artwork back to the studio and re-did the coloring and patterning. I like this version better.

©2018 Carol L Adamec, image and text. All rights reserved.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Happy New Year...and back to work

Returned home from picking up my unsold artwork from Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin, which ended December 16 (I was pleased to have sold 10 pieces during the exhibit.); and hung it up in my studio. I cleaned and set up my studio for the New Year, and it felt great to be ready to get back to work.

Happy New Year! And thank you for your readership.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Now Showing...

Carol L Adamec: "Negoro" 2017, mixed media on rice paper, 6"x6"
..."In a Japanese Garden" at Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, Missouri, thru December 15.

"Negoro-nuri" is a style of lacquerware developed in Japan during the 12th century. After several coats of black were applied to an object, dish, utensil, or furniture item, a single final coat of vermillion completed the process.

Lacquerware was ideally resistant to water, acid and heat. However, the charm of negoro-nuri was where areas worn from usage exposed the black lacquer beneath the vermillion patina._________________________________________________
Text and Image ©2017 Carol L. Adamec. All rights reserved.