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!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Last Day to Visit "In a Japanese Garden"

White Blossoms: Yellow, Blue, Peach, 2016. 
6" x 6" each. Available separately.
Today is the last day of my exhibit "In a Japanese Garden"at the Weyrich Gallery in Albuquerque.

This has been a truly wonderful exhibit for me, from start to finish. I enjoyed creating the paintings; loved the installation by the Galler
y; was thrilled with the fabulous review by Wesley Pulkka; had fun giving my Artist Talk last weekend to the brave souls who came out in 100 degree heat; and am so grateful to those who purchased work, too!

Thank you! to everyone who has been a part of this process--those near and those far away.

Image and text ©2016 Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.

Friday, June 24, 2016

In a Japanese Garden...Last Views

Royal Garden, 2016. Mixed media, 16" x 12"

Today and tomorrow are the last days of my exhibit, "In the Japanese Garden" at the Weyrich Gallery in Albuquerque. And what better painting to share with you than this "Royal Garden", especially if you are a fan of the color purple.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of the paintings on this blog that were part of the exhibit. Thanks for being a part of this experience and process.
Image and text ©2016 Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Final Week of My Exhibit...Last views

Rising Moon, 2016, mixed media, 16 x 12"
Oh, the moon was lovely last night over Albuquerque!

I am sure that Albert Pinkham Ryder, if he were still alive, would have noticed the moon last night too, since he did several paintings featuring night time illumination. Ryder is one of my favorite artists, and certainly an inspiration for my painting of the garden in the evening.
Image and text ©2016 Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Last Week of My Exhibit

Kimono III (Gold), 2016, mixed media on panel, "12x12"
Since this is the last week of my exhibit "In a Japanese Garden" at the Weyrich Gallery in Albuquerque, I am posting the remaining paintings in the show.

One of the interesting facts I discovered while doing research for this exhibit was that the color purple was very difficult color to obtain in Japan during the Nara period, and therefore, very pricey. Only royalty, high ranking officials and priests were allowed to even wear the color purple.

Even though I had finished this painting, after learning that fact, I added purple dotting to this piece--adding a touch of "royalty" to it.
Image and text: Carol L Adamec, 2016. All rights reserved.

Friday, June 17, 2016

"My Journey to a Japanese Garden"

Mixed media on ricepaper, mounted on panel, 6x6." Available: contact Artist

Tomorrow afternoon (Saturday, June 18) I will be giving my Artist Talk at 3:30pm at the Weyrich Gallery. The title of my talk is "My Journey to a Japanese Garden." It's a free event and a great chance to see the show.

I've been giving a lot of thought to how to organize this presentation, since creating the work for an exhibit is an intuitive process and now it's time to provide a coherent narrative that gives viewers some sense of how the paintings came into being, my ideas, and the process and materials.

And of course, attendees are welcome to ask questions, too!

So if you are in Albuquerque, please come! The Gallery is located at 2935-D Louisiana NE (at Candelaria). The exhibit--In a Japanese Garden--continues thru June 25.
Text and image ©Carol L Adamec, 2016. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

WOW! What a review!

Review Article by Wesley Pulkka, Albuquerque Journal, Sunday, June 12, 2016, LIFE section, p. 17
I woke up Sunday to a phone call from an artist-friend. "Get up and go buy a newspaper! You got a great review on your show!"

So I jumped out of bed and legged it over to my local Walgreen's and bought two Albuquerque Journal Sunday newspapers. Sure enough, my friend was right. It was a great review by Wesley Pulkka...no, actually, it was a FABULOUS review! Featuring color images of my paintings, too! 

Mostly I appreciate Wes Pulkka's thoughtfulness and response to my artwork. It's so nice to have a reviewer really get your work. If you would like to read the review, here's the link .

Thanks to the many friends and artists who are Albuquerque Journal readers who emailed their generous and congratulatory comments about the review. I appreciate them all!

If you haven't yet seen the exhibit, it continues thru June 25 at the Weyrich Gallery 2935-D Louisiana in Albuquerque. Hours: Tu - Fri 10:30-5:30p / Sat 11-5:30.

I'll be doing an Artist Talk this Saturday, June 18, at 3:30pm at the Gallery...a free event and a great chance to see the exhibit, too.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Another Exhibit Invitation for You...

Yes, you are invited to another opening reception ... TONIGHT!

"Words & Images" is a group show by the Rainbow Artists in Albuquerque (I am a member and have a painting and a poem in this show), featuring 78 works of art and 38 poems! A fun evening of art, poetry, and music at the Tortuga Gallery in Albuquerque.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, June 10, 2016

"So, how was the show?"

View of 3 of my flower paintings: "In a Japanese Garden"
at the Weyrich Gallery. Photo credit: Jean Kondek
Last Friday was a beautiful evening for an opening reception, and a Citywide ArtsCrawl in Albuquerque to boot. So, for me it was a most "auspicious" night to have my exhibit, "In a Japanese Garden" at the Weyrich Gallery Albuquerque.

I am very grateful to my friends, colleagues, collectors, and clients of the Weyrich Gallery who came to the opening reception last week. Three paintings were purchased (Thank you, my dear friends and collectors!); and I received many encouraging emails, texts, and positive comments about the exhibit from those who attended, along with good wishes from friends, family, and supporters around the country.

One note from an artist-friend said, "I went to 6 other openings last night and yours was hands down way above and beyond what I saw elsewhere. Thanks for inviting me." Well, that was nice to hear.

Yes, I am pleased with the paintings, and the exhibit was beautifully installed by Valerie and Gary Tibbetts, the gallery owners. 

"So, how was the show?"


PS: Thanks, Mom and Karen, for the lovely and exotic flower arrangement. It added just the right touch!
Image and text: Carol L Adamec, 2016. All rights reserved.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Tonight's the Night!

O'Keeffe Calla, my original painting at the Weyrich Gallery
Finally! It's showtime at the Weyrich Gallery for my opening reception of "In a Japanese Gallery--An Interpretation" this evening from 5-8:30pm.

Gallery owners Valerie and Gary Tibbetts have done a beautiful job of installing the exhibit, creating just the right garden atmosphere with my paintings. I am very pleased with the exhibit, and look forward to seeing all the guests coming to the opening tonight.

And many thanks to all the good wishes from friends, family, and collectors, near and far. I appreciate your support!
Image and text: Carol L Adamec, 2016. All rights reserved

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Sneak Preview #5....

Floating Rose Kimono, 2016. Mixed media on panel, 20 x 16"
ABOVE: Floating Rose Kimono
Another one of the kimono paintings in my show, In a Japanese Garden—An Interpretation.

Only two more days until Opening Night!

Opening Reception: Friday, June 3, 5-8:30pm
at The Weyrich Gallery, 2935-D Louisiana NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

Thanks for taking a sneak peek!
Image and text ©2016 Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.