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!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Why I Live in New Mexico...

To the Quiet Place, 2013. Original plein air painting in oil, alkyd.
I was buzzing around town late one afternoon, after several hours of endless errands and "to-do"s, and found myself at the foothills of the mountains. 

The clouds overhead created moving patches of light and shadow on the various mountain forms—a gift of beauty that grabbed my eye and my heart in a single moment and brought forth an involuntary "ahhhhh." All the stress of the day dissipated in an instant, and altered my drive home to a most pleasant excursion of looking and loving the views before me. 

Thanks for visiting my blog and have a safe and pleasant weekend.
Text and photo ©2013 Carol L. Adamec. All rights reserved.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Return to Plein Air...Painting!

View from Coronado State Monument #2, 2013. SOLD

The weather has been lovely in New Mexico this month, and great for painting outdoors. 

The Plein Air Painters of New Mexico scheduled a "paintout" for the group on Saturday, May 4, at Coronado State Monument. This is a historic site, where in 1540 Francisco Vásquez de Coronado—with 300 soldiers and 800 Indian allies from "New Spain"—in his search for the fabled Seven Cities of Gold, came across a Tiwa settlement inhabited by native peoples instead. Adjacent to the Visitors Center are "new" ruins, reconstructed over the original pueblo ruins, along with a room full of kiva murals excavated in the 1930s by WPA workers.

This is a wonderful location for painting since there is a clear view of the Sandia Mountains, and the site slopes down to the Rio Grande River, lined with old—some very old—cottonwoods. (I can imagine the Conquistadores watering their horses at the river, or napping in the cool shade.) There are also a few scattered picnic tables with ramada covers to provide some shade.

The painting posted today is my second attempt to paint the Sandia Mountains as viewed from Coronado State Monument.  With great clouds floating over the ridge of peaks, the play of light, dark, and color was fun to capture on canvas. I hope you enjoy this painting.

Thanks for visiting my blog and have a great day!
Text and photo ©2013 Carol L. Adamec. All rights reserved.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

"Red or Green?" Part 2

Today's post is the second pair of "Red or Green?"  The luscious red one is "Hearts & Flowers" and the lush green one is "Garden Varieties #8".

If you're interested in purchasing one of today's artworks, visit www.ArtByCarolAdamec.ETSY.com  

Thanks for visiting my blog and have a great day!
Text and photo ©2013 Carol L. Adamec. All rights reserved.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Red or Green?

In New Mexico, "Red or green?" is a common inquiry heard at most restaurants, when the waitperson is asking you which chile you prefer with your meal. (Hint: Get both—red AND green—on the side.)

With only a few days left before Mother's Day, I'm giving my readers a choice of "Garden Varieties 8" in two New Mexico color versions: "Garden Varieties RED" or "Garden Varieties GREEN (with yummy turquoise in the background)".

These two new versions are hot off the printer, matted 8"x10" in black.

If you're interested in purchasing today's artworks, visit www.ArtByCarolAdamec.ETSY.com (on ETSY you can pay with PayPal or a credit card, and it's safe!) 

Thanks for visiting my blog and have a great day!
Text and photo ©2013 Carol L. Adamec. All rights reserved.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

10 Days until Mother's Day

Starry Night in the Garden 1, 2013. Handcolored mixed media on ricepaper.
Starry Night in the Garden 1, 2013

Printed on archival rice paper.
Handcolored with Prismacolor pencil and metallic silver.
Comes in 8" x 10" black mat.
Comes with Signed Certificate of Authenticity.
A One-of-a-Kind Mixed Media Artwork.

To purchase, contact the Artist.

Thanks for visiting my blog and enjoy a wonderful day.