Tuesday, January 24, 2017


 Looking at the finished painting  all I could think of was what a beautiful blue sky and how calming and inviting it was. I used warm and cool blues with hot highlights of the sun rays breaking the edges of the cloud. The ocean looks on fire and yet the mood overall is cool and calming . 
By Doug Carter 5 X 7 oil painting.

Monday, January 23, 2017


If you have ever walked the beach at dawn or dust it is breathtaking and overwhelming. You seem so small in front of something so beyond words and its all around you. Your senses are seeing all these different things at the same time. Like the power of the sun and surf sounds of the wind and air. I love the beach and hope you can get a feeling of it here.
Doug Carter 9 X 12 " Sky Bliss"

Wednesday, January 4, 2017


Its been a day and just wanted to look at something that is beyond my ability. Only God  can bring together such a combination of light dark and color. This is my attempt to capture that and I needed to spend time looking at it. His creation brings me peace that reminds me of Phil 4;3 and the peace of God, whick surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and mind through Christ Jesus our lord. You could say it this way also. May the God Of Peace   protect what you feel in your heart and hear in your mind., how by making Jesus your Lord. What I like about this is there's  no mention of your soul because that's where He lives once you ask him into your life. So if he is the God of peace and you don't know him may bee you haven't experienced true peace in your life.  Peace to you today.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016



Now to a much warmer feeling landscape. The sky is glowing and yet the clouds are still casting bluer undertones. You know I like pushing the colors and here that's what I have done. Warmer thought 6 X 6. 

Monday, December 19, 2016


Night time lake view with the moon topping the distant tree line. Then the reflection hit the water and it turned into a moment with the maker. since words can describe what you are feeling at the time maybe a picture can. Sit and enjoy the moment with me. 
8 X 6  hardboard. 

Sunday, December 18, 2016


Inspired by the weather we have been having in Texas. Yesterday it was 72 in the morning by last night it was 32. This morning even colder with a fire in the fireplace. This weather in Texas is amazing. So I felt like the windy sky was cooling and the ground was still very warm from the morning sun.. That's why I call this piece Warm & Hot.  6X6 Gesso Board.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


The magic of the sky the light and the clouds all dancing together. The lake view is just an added bonus .  The clouds where glowing with cool and warm rays breaking through the top almost like a lit crown. Yet settling onto the water as if resting again for the day .  I'm starting to think the sky scapes are my favorites what do you think ?

Monday, October 24, 2016


Earth Sky and Clouds you would think easy enough right .? Wrong, separate OK together complex. I think this one works well because of the complex differences. Worked hard on the calm blue sky and the contrast of the glowing red clouds and earth. Almost abstract yet realism great mix of the both.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016


This painting is to show off the clear clean skies we have in East Texas this year. We sure are blessed to have such views. It was as if the heavens opened up and shone on the grazing cows in the fields.
This tranquil fields actually is typical and i wanted to share this with you today.
"Tranquil Fields By Doug Carter.  7 X 5. Oil Painting.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


"Autumn Red "  6 X 6 ., Warm days cool night kinda like how I like painting as shown above. Fire and Ice comes to mind with those terms . Playing with colors and subjects feeling my way around the color wheel. Sure made a powerful painting sketch. Enough said.

Saturday, September 24, 2016


"Open Field" I like this title because the the view is open to all however  it was posted no trespassing. This brings me to a question does the title on the painting matter. I say this because I was first going to call this piece "No Access". However I have heard comments about the titles of painting that seemed to bother ? confuse the viewer. So Does that really matter to you?
Well back to the painting this view went on for ever it seemed. The spot just was so calming and relaxing I really enjoyed it. The other calming effect was all the blues war and cool and of course the breeze that afternoon was delightful.

By Doug Carter, " Open Field " 8 X 6 oil painting.www.facebook.com/dougcarterartist@dougcarterartist

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


I had one of those times when I needed and answer and it sure would be nice to get a sign you could see from heaven. This is an abandoned old church on a hill in East TX. You cant even drive up to it because of the holes in the drive. As I sat there in deep thought by myself asking and spending some quiet time I just stared at the building. You have heard me rant before about the what ifs of a scene .
Well I did have the sun break through the sky and it hit this building and it warmed my heart and I came to peace about my thought. And this was my Spiritual moment ,Thank You Lord for your answer in my life.

By Doug Carter , 7 X 5 Oil Painting ' Spiritual Moment"

Saturday, September 17, 2016


This is another rose that was next to "Glistening"  rose painting previously posted. I very much want to do a larger piece with all the elements captured that day including all the bees.  It was very hot and like I said the bees where very busy doing there jobs on the flowers.  I actually caught them in flight with my camera will have to give that a try. You can also see the light breaking through into the layers of rose petals and lighting up the centers.  What do you think wanted to know .

"Golden Rose" by Doug Carter, 7 X 5 oil painting.

Thursday, September 15, 2016



I see these cars and trucks just sitting in the fields of East Texas. I'm attracted to them because I know there is a story about each of them. Sometimes I can just imagine and wounder. Where they have been and what have they seen in there day.
I also enjoy painting them in the raw will the rust and ware and tare of life. I also hear story's from the people who buy them and they often say this reminds me of ___________   fill in the blank. or this was just like the family car or my dad had one he just loved. I would very much like to hear your story if you willing to share. Side note I have no idea of the make and model or year could you help me.
'Still Resting" By Doug Carter, 8 X 10 Oil painting .

Saturday, September 3, 2016


I want to thank Artist " Bruce Gomez, " for sharing his artistic thoughts that has help me greatly with a color break through. I have been searching for but hadn't quite been able to put my finger on it. I feel like I am on the way to a different understanding about art.  This is my first effort in that journey wanted to share it with you. " Doug Carter, 20 X 16, Oil painting "

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

My Art Story

My Art story: 
It's my wife's fault,
 I say that because she's the one who signed me up for art lessons one year for my birthday.
She's also the one that reminded me of my mom's talent and how I sketched and painted as a kid. I was even more surprise one day at a local fair that I sold one of my pieces of artwork for $300. My Art career has taken off since then, winning local art shows and selling my art all over the United States . I have my wife to thank for this career and I thank God for her encouragement.

Sunday, August 7, 2016



During this last Rose Festival in Tyler I was admiring these roses just glowing in the sun. There where bees all over the place and they where busy. These jewels are so hard to keep and grow  and also just as hard to paint. I hope this brightens up your home or that of one of your family's members. I can almost guarantee this one will stay in blooms. Great gifts enjoy your day.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016


  I liked how the large oak was covering everything, and  to paint it in such a way that it was in the painting yet not the focus. The bed of Tulips is what caught my eye peaking out from under the shadow of the red bush . I just wanted to share this treasure of a find with you.

Friday, July 29, 2016


Wanted  you to see the last light of another long day. I know how life can be so busy and crazy and all of a sudden its gone and done. Sometimes some one or something gives you hope and puts a smile on your face. Well here is my attempt to do just that for you. You may have missed this but here it is last nights sunset. Yes I paint  my therapy  and hopefully it will help you as well.  Keep smiling. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016


David Cheifetz workshop,
 Taught me allot in a recent work shop in Texas. I know he has inspired my painting in a very positive way. I would highly recommend learning from his talent.
Metal against a neutral back  ground with fruit as a contrasting center of interest. The glow and reflections caught my eye with this setup. Hope it catches yours like it did for me.