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, August 7, 2008

See You in September!

"Blue Chairs," 2006

Original, oil and alkyd
on canvas panel

10" x 8"

Original SOLD
Giclée and Art Prints Available
(See Info at end of blog)
Hello, dear Readers,

Just a note to let you know that I am suspending my blog posts for the next few weeks, since I am moving from Florida to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

I certainly have enjoyed my stay in Florida—especially this past winter, far from the cold, snow, and ice storms of the Midwest. It was a healing respite to be cared for and supported in every way by my sister Karen and her husband John, and to have the time and space to focus on my painting. I am so grateful to them.

And, I am thrilled to be returning to the Southwest. As many of you know, I lived in Albuquerque from 1994 through 2003 and enjoyed a full and wonderful life as an artist. My son Erik will be traveling with me; and when we arrive in Albuquerque, he'll be lugging all my art supplies, art work, books, and Painted Ponies up to the second floor of the Harwood Art Center, where I have rented a studio. (I will treat him to many enchiladas and margaritas for all of his help!)

So, in about two weeks, I will be sitting in one of the clamback chairs pictured in the painting on today's post, enjoying the generous hospitality of my friend Sondra. As mentioned in a previous post, she has a fabulous adobe home with a postcard view of the Sandia Mountains. The painting of "Blue Chairs" depicts the adobe wall surrounding her home and patio. The original painting was rendered in oil and alkyd on 10" x 8" canvas panel, completed in 2006.

When I resume posting my blog in September, there'll be much news to tell and many adventures to report on thereafter: the September show at the Harwood; plein air paintings of New Mexico, art happenings in Santa Fe, visits to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum....and so much more! It will be fun to share "The Land of Enchantment" with you!

Many thanks to all of you for reading this post and look at my paintings. Enjoy the rest of the summer. See you in September!
"Blue Chairs" is available as:
• Limited Edition giclée on stretched canvas, 8" x 10" unframed: $65 + P&S
• Open Edition Art Print, 8.5" x 11" unframed: $24 + P&S
Please contact me via email to arrange purchase.

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

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Back to Roma

Borghese Trees (Rome), 2008
Original, oil on stretched canvas
9" x 12" unframed
Contact Artist to purchase.

Another place our travel group visited while in Rome was the Borghese Gallery. The museum was built between 1613-1616 as the villa of Cardinal Borghese, a nephew of Pope Paul V. The Cardinal had a good eye for the Baroque sculpture of Bernini, and paintings by Caravaggio, Titian, Rubens, Raphael, and Cranach, to mention a few. He filled his 2-story villa with very fine examples of antiquities, as well as the work of renown Renaissance and Baroque artists.

I very much enjoyed Bernini's exquisite sculptures—Apollo and Daphne, and The Abduction of Persephone by Pluto—two truly masterful works in marble.

The Borghese Gallery is surrounded by lovely grounds as well, with tall trees that provided cool shade on the warm October day we were there. Today's painting depicts the trees on the grounds of the Borghese Gallery, the second completed painting in my "Italian Series."

Thanks for taking a moment to read this post and see this painting. See you Friday!
Text, images, and artwork ©Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Home Sweet Home

John & Mary's Back Porch, 2008
Oil, alkyd on canvas panel
10" x 8"

Today's painting is of another home in the Eola Heights historic neighborhood of Orlando, where I painted with the Central Florida Plein Air Artists last April. The owners were most gracious to allow me to setup and spend a lovely spring day in their yard. And they purchased the painting, too!
I am still working on another painting from my travels in Italy. It is larger (9x12") and is taking a bit longer to complete than the smaller panels I have been working on. I hope to post it on Wednesday.
Thanks for looking and have a really good day.
Text, art, and image @Carol Adamec. All rights reserved.