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!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Chicken Door re-do

Chicken Door
by Carol Adamec
Original: Oil, alkyd on Panel
8 x 10"

Something most of my artist friends know about me is that, until a painting of mine is sold, it's "unfinished." I have most of my recent paintings sitting around the studio to peruse. If something bothers me about a painting, I'll often repaint it...sometimes reworking the entire painting...and usually for the better.

Today's "re-do" is The Chicken Door, which I first showed you last September. After looking at it for several months, I decided that the coloring was too red and too cool. So I lightened and warmed up the entire image. I like it much better now...maybe it's even finished!

If you want to compare the two versions, here's the link to my first attempt. See what you think, and I'd be happy to hear your opinion, too.


Have a good day. See you Thursday.
Artwork and text ©2009 Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A Little Southwest Flavor

Bordello Abandoned
by Sondra Diepen
Photo-based Giclée
Various sizes available.
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For me, one of the best perks of being an artist is knowing other artists. Then, too, I think the greatest compliment one artist can give another is to say "Gee, I wish I had done that!"

Today's image is by my artist-friend Sondra Diepen. If you have been following this blog for awhile, you may recall the post about Sondra back on October 4, 2008 (Link: http://caroladamec.blogspot.com/2008/10/exhibit-glimpse-4.html). Sondra was the curator and one of the artists in the Be Leaf It or Not exhibit at the Harwood Art Center last fall.

Sondra has photographed many wonderful images. This one, "Bordello Abandoned", is a favorite for many folks and one which made my Gee-I-Wish-I'd-Done-That list. There is something quintessentially "New Mexico" about this image which has captured the eye of many jurors as well as eager buyers.

Sondra has a keen eye for the color, texture and translucence of flowers, photographed up close to reveal the thrilling details of Nature. She also sees great beauty in unlikely subject matter such as rusted surfaces of old abandoned cars and faded artificial flowers on worn graves in small town cemeteries. You can see a sampling of her work at http://www.NMArtists.com. Enjoy!

Have a good day. See you Thursday.
Artwork and image © Sondra Diepen. Used with permission.
Text 2009 ©Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.

Thursday, March 19, 2009


"A Chronicle of Cranes, the Finale"
Art Installation by Hunter Levinsohn

I am pleased to devote this post to a longtime artist-friend, Hunter Levinsohn, whom I became friends with while living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina (1976-1980).

Somewhere in my stored files, I still have a magazine article about Center/Gallery, a women artists group that we were both a part of back then. I was a recent art school graduate, still struggling to figure out what to paint. Hunter, however, was already creating politically and socially conscious art from the stream of events happening in the country that struck a chord within her.

Over the years, her art has addressed injustices, war, patriotism, and corporate power, and has taken on the morés of the Old South, the tobacco companies, First Amendment rights, and the presidency of George W. Bush, to name just a few issues that have prompted Hunter's creative output. Often, her work is created from junk, or "found objects"--like the 44,000 cigarette butts she collected for her installation called "Ground Cover/Cover-Up."

Her most recent project, "A Chronicle in Cranes, the Finale" has been fabricated from the pages of The New York Times. Hunter began making origami cranes from the front page of the New York Times on January 20, 2005, the day George W. Bush was inaugurated for his second term, and has continued to do so until January 20, 2009, when Bush's term ended.

Says Hunter, "I call the cranes 'chronicling cranes' because it is four years of newspapers, four years of news." In one wing of each crane, she tucks in the day's editorials. In the other, she slides in the day's list of war casualties. Sometimes she writes on the wing a date or event of significance to her or her family.

Like all of Hunter's work, her intention is to raise the viewer's consciousness. The cranes are for sale. Buyers are asked to choose one with a date that holds personal significance and to take on the responsibility of learning what happened in the world on that date.

According to legend, it is believed that if one folds a thousand paper cranes, the gods will fulfill your heart’s desire. Over the past 4 years Hunter has folded 1,461 cranes, and as she states, "my heart’s desire is that each crane will carry a hope and a promise. Each of us has to give something of ourselves to make the world a better place, and each of us can start at home."

The final event of The Chronicle of Cranes will take place this Sunday, March 22, in Chapel Hill, NC.

For more information, visit Hunter's website: http://www.hunterlevinsohn.com/index.html. Or Google Hunter's name. There are a lot of interesting articles about her work.

Have a good day. See you next week.
Artwork and image © Hunter Levinsohn. Used with permission.
Text 2009 ©Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Another piece from the past

Dragonheart, 2002
Original mixed media
15" x 15"

Although I worked in the studio this weekend, everything is too wet to put on the scanner. So, once again I'm posting an artwork I did a several years ago.

In November 2000,
I went to China for a 10 day tour. It was quite wonderful and mindboggling, too. For the next couple of years, I did several paintings, prints, and mixed media artworks that incorporated imagery and references to Chinese culture.

This piece is composed with a lot of red, black yellow, and gold coloring, sort of a Chinese palette. The text on the left comes from a booklet of ancient Chinese writings. The dragon in the upper right hand corner is a hand done cut-out made from tissue paper...incredible! I bought a packet of these at the Shanghai Museum for about a dollar. The heart and the rose (another image theme that I favored at the time) and the rest of the piece were painted by me.

Thanks for taking a moment to read this post. And Happy St. Patrick's Day to all! See you Thursday.

Text and image @2009 Carol Adamec. All rights reserved.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Thursday Tulips

Out from the Shadows, 2005
Original: Color pencil on paper

Since I'm working on my taxes this week (ugh!), I'm not in the studio. So, I am posting a drawing I did a few years ago. Enjoy!

See you next Monday. Have a good weekend.
Text and image @2009 Carol Adamec. All rights reserved.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Progress Report: NM Morada

New Mexico Morada (work in progress)
Original: oil, alkyd on canvas panel

10 x 8"

It's been a few weeks since I began this painting, and it's now fairly well fleshed out in color and composition. It still needs more paint layers and some refinements, but it's coming along.

Many thanks to all who sent me good wishes via email for the Harwood Open House. And I am especially grateful for the local "fans" who came on Friday evening and visited my studio. It was a great evening, with wall-to-wall "arts crawlers." I also met several new folks and sold a few paintings, too.

I did get my studio all spiffed up in time for the event, although it wasn't even safe to open the closet door. Then it took me most of Saturday to get the studio back to a working space again. Creativity and orderliness are definitely opposites!

Have a good week. See you Thursday.
Text and image ©2009 Carol Adamec. All rights reserved.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Fresh Chiles

White Jar, 2009
Original: Oil, alkyd on canvas panel
8" x 8"

Despite my good intentions to get ready for tomorrow night's Harwood Open Studio Night, I worked on this painting instead. Let's face it: I'd rather paint than clean any day!

Anyway, I went to the grocery store Monday and bought fresh chiles so I could finish the piece. And I ended up mixing up a whole lotta greens to get the right "chile green." I do like the complementary contrast between the peppers and the copper lid. So, it all worked out nicely.

Well, I gotta go now and clean the studio. See you Monday!
Text and image ©2009 Carol Adamec. All rights reserved.

Monday, March 2, 2009

You're Invited....

This is going to be a busy week in the studio for me...not due to painting, however. This Friday, March 6, is the annual Open Studio Night, when all the Harwood artists throw open their doors and let the general public venture into their studio spaces. This is a big event--with music and openings in the Harwood galleries, too--sure to draw a crowd, as usual.

Like my colleagues, I'll be busy cleaning up my studio so folks can actually get in the door, see my work, and not get oil paint all over themselves. All my (good) finished paintings will be hung on the walls, rather than scattered and stacked here and there. And I'll be serving light refreshments, too.

The hours are 6-8pm. My studio is upstairs on the Main Hall, #3. If you are in the Albuquerque area, please come by to see me and enjoy the evening. You can also peruse the work of the other 21 artists, from emerging to established, who work in a variety of media. Their names on listed on the invitation pictured above.

The Harwood address is 1114 7th Street NW, ABQ 87102, located on the southeast corner of 7th and Mountain Road. The event is free and open to the public.

Thanks for taking a moment to read this post. See you Thursday.
Text ©2009 Carol Adamec. All rights reserved.