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.

Monday, July 18, 2016


 Majesty, Splendor, Glory, All very appropriate names and descriptions don't you think. Love the painting and the subject and all the endless references.  The brushwork on a board is so delicate and challenging. Seems the photos pick it up more than in real life. The sky transition from a cool distant sky above to a glowing distant fading sun.

Saturday, July 16, 2016



What is going on here you have a glowing sky lighting up the background. The distance hills are capturing the glow turning the blue distance hills into a mauve splendor. The mid section is cooling down with a cool blue in the field. You can see the warm sky trying to cut through the trees. Is it too much man was it allot of fun. 
"Radiance" 5X7 Oil painting.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

"Valley Cactus"

I live in Texas and enjoy painting the lush green rolling hill. I also loving painting Oceans and Dessert I have lived on the shore and have always enjoyed the colors of the desserts.  . It's probably because neither are in the East Texas Area. However my recent trip to Arizona I took allot of photos. This scene of this one main cactus caught my eye with the view of such a grand background. It was saying paint me paint me. 
Artist Doug Carter, Fine Art, oil on a 5X7 gesso board.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016


My painting is all about capturing the light here. I have use that saying allot and this is exactly that.
The hardest part of this was the varying glows not just the wick but the light reflected through the glass. Go ahead and try and blow it out , like it and hope you do as well.
"Red Light" fine Art painting By Doug Carter 6 X 6. oil on hardboard.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

"Lakes Edge"

Running through town heading to Edom Texas almost missed this one. A beautiful spot that came right up to the road. I call this one " Lakes edge" with a thick layer of water lilies and a great view in the background. showed lots of color and depth. 6X6 Oil Painting on Gesso Hard Board.
 It's so good to be painting again makes the whole world come alive with all the possibilities.

Sunday, June 26, 2016


Tomatoes and onions fighting for there spot in the light. Doing some work on backgrounds and having fun with my vegetables. Like how it turned out here. Working on 6X6 boards.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

"Early Light"

I'm back we have been moving into our new home new studio and decided to post some paintings. Today's painting was inspired by a photo sent to me by a friend. The early light hitting  the breaking waves. How the sky changes so quickly as the sun rises. You already know how I love this type of scene. 6 X 6 on Gesso Board. Early Light by Doug Carter.

Monday, April 25, 2016

"DUCK,DUCK,---------------," SOLD

Goose, We had fun feeding the swans then we venture over and found some geese. They sure have there opinion on things just show up and they will let you know all about it. I wanted to focus on the transitions in the white body and the shadowing. Clean smooth brush strokes creating the change and shape in the neck and body.  By Doug Carter Artist, 7 X 5 fine art.

Sunday, April 17, 2016


A light path down the trail is an invitation to wonderland. I love to paint intrigue I am not sure what color that is but here is my version of it  I  hope to have captured depth and light and distance on this one. What do you think ? 7 X 5 By Artist Doug Carter, Fine art Oil Painting. 

Saturday, April 16, 2016


Like I mentioned in an earlier post the azaleas are showing off this year . The tour of homes are even more beautiful with the jewelry of the flowering bushes.   If your interested send me an Email for more info about Tyler and the painting. By Artsist Doug Carter 7 X 5 Oil Painting.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016


We are having a beautiful spring this year for our Azaleas. Here I have captures red and white ones or I should say the sun has captured them. What a beautiful scene with the red Japanese maple above it. If you don't have azaleas in your area they can be white, red and pink flowers bushes. My mom had a Japanese maple in the yard they are also very unique and colorful. They don't grow very big and they have a very unique shaped leaf very long fingers." Azalea's & Maples " 7 X 5 oil Painting by Doug Carter Artist.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016


Grand Daughter wanted to feed the ducks so we went to the local lake. Found sum ducks however they weren't interested in us at all. We has a half loaf of bread and tried the best we could. Decided to explore and went to the marina there we found Geese and swans another words the grand daughter jack pot. This was one of the painting so far from that adventure. 6 X 6 Hard board.   Swan Glitter by Doug Carter,.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016


We are very blessed this year in East Texas to actually have the Azaleas blooming during the Azalea trails week. Captures these in a lawn just as the light was breaking through to light them up as if they where on stage. Wanted to share this experience with you to enjoy.

Sunday, March 13, 2016


I know nothing about tractors if you could help with a make and model.I Thanks in advance., However I know a painting sitting in the sun when I see one. So this one is for your farming pleasure.
By Doug Carter,. Fine art 5 X 7, Oil Painting.


Good Morning, I hope you are able to listen to our show this morning at 8AM. If you are long distance check us out online at KTBB.com / streaming is said to be tricky wireless. We are talking about art, so plug in and stay tuned! ACET = Art Connection East Texas. This was a blast and who thought you how easy it was to talk about ART for an hour. Enjoyed every moment let me know what you think.?

Thursday, February 25, 2016


As I'm going down the road towards East Texas all of a sudden I see a cleared area from a brush fire. The tall pines where there and just the bottoms where touched by the flames.The sky had a guilty look to it as if it was the culprit lightning the woods. It was a strange and exciting scene as you pass everything went back to a normal Forrest.  By Artist Doug Carter. 7 X 5 Oil Painting.Sky Fire.
Skyscape # 13 of 12 couldn't stop,

Wednesday, February 24, 2016


Captured the sun just breaking the horizon. Was heading out early without my paints took a quick photo reference. With my creative eye and lighting of the dark shadows and toning down the sky came up with this gem.
Morning Sun  By Artist Doug Carter,. Oil Painting 7 X 5.
Skyscape # 12 of 12.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016


Painting the skyscape series has been very exciting it could go on forever. I wanted to capture the movement in the sky with this one. If you listen you can almost hear the wind whipping through the trees. Nature is such beauty all by itself and painting it is endless.
By Artist Doug Carter,. 7 X 5 Gesso board. Oil Painting.

Skyscape # 11 of 12


Here's something you don't see painted every day. Hat Rack full of family favorites ready for the next outing. Was thinking about the opportunity to paint all theses different colors and styles all at once. Changed some of the hat colors to protect the innocent no just to have better color harmony. Ant thought comment feel free.

Friday, February 12, 2016


I only have a few more reference photo's left from my Arizona trip. I will make the best of the last few and enjoy every moment of it. The Arizona Blue painting has finally set the stage for something allot more cooler.
This is when all the action begins and the dessert come alive . I feel like this has a beauty all to itself very glad I painted this one. I want to thank everyone again for the responses and the support.
By Artist Doug Carter, Oil Painting 5 X 7 on board.
Skyscape # 10 Of 12

Tuesday, February 9, 2016


Peace not of this world isn't that what we all look for. This painting calms me down very relaxing to view. This is a scene a very good friend of shared with me and I wanted to paint it and share with you. The ocean wheat grass waving in the beach breeze as the sun settles down for the day. That is what I will call this one
 "SUN BREEZE",  By Artist Doug Carter,.Oil Painting 5 X 7.  
Skyscape # 9 Of 12.

Monday, February 8, 2016


I  live in East Texas however there are few cactus here not like the ones they have in Arizona. I was amazed at the size and shapes of all the different kinds. Also the mountain ranges surrounding you as we travel through the national park.Keeping with my theme of fire and ice as the sun is trying to break through the cloudy sky above. Lots to see and look at as we journeyed for miles once in a wile you would see and roadrunner or rabbit a few birds.  Painted by Artist Doug Carter,. Oil Painting 7 X 5 .
 Skyscape # 8 of 12.

Thank You So Much

What a busy week in the Art studio. Shipped out 8 new painting all over the country. I just want to thank everyone who has purchased a original oil painting from me . It is a blessing and honor to know they all have new homes. Check them out at www.dailypaintworks.com/artists/doug-carter-1896/artwork

Saturday, February 6, 2016


Sky's are the most fascinating to paint they change all the time and the values are so subtle to capture. We have some beautiful sky's in Texas and these clouds caught my eye. Doug Carter Artist, 7 X 5 Oil Painting.
Skyscape  # 7 of  12 .

Friday, February 5, 2016


Painting is so much fun can you tell.? Of course it only takes 25+ years to learn how to do it. I feel like Dept and glory have been the two words that capture this scene. You can also see my other theme of Fire and Ice. Sit a spell and enjoy this view there are a few more to go.
By Doug Carter Artist,. 5 X 7 Oil Painting.
Skyscape # 6 of 12.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Is it a hot one or cold day coming time will tell all. This is #3/6 sky paintings I have done. It shows just enough fire to make you wounder and just enough ice to cool it down. I have a few more drying and will let you see ASAP. Look up and see the world around you and the beauty of this day. By Artist Doug Carter,. Breaking Sky 7 X 5 Oil Painting.
Skyscape # 5 of 12.

Monday, February 1, 2016


Something a bit cooler , I went from fire now to ice.
About a month ago I had this strange feeling as I was walking to look over my shoulder. This is what I saw the morning mist and the moon playing peek a poo with me. One minute you would see it the next it was gone. I thought how do I capture this moment and do it justice? The colors are very muted and yet peaceful I was very careful to keep all the tones close on the sky. This is my painting of "MORNING MOON" thanks for looking. Artist Doug Carter, 5 X 7 oil painting .
Skyscape # 4 of 12.

Sunday, January 31, 2016


The term on fire makes you feel like its either on or off. Our emotions do that to us or should I say life does. I painted a few sky painting I'm going to share with you this is one of six. It has given me new energy and I wanted to share this painting with you . Artist Doug Carter, 5 X 7 Oil Painting. " On Fire "
Skyscape #3 of 12.

Saturday, January 30, 2016


When its cold they say thing of something warm. Well guess that I thought of you got it the beach. Okay its at night but still hope it warms the heart. Soft glow of the moon on the warm ocean waves great combo.On a different note was so honored to be spotlighted artist on the daily paintwork website. Check out the giveaway and the article now 4 years as a member  and almost 300 paintings. Painting By Artist Doug Carter "Moon Beach" 5 X 7 Oil Painting.
Skyscape # 2 of 12.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


Lets take a journey on this calm lake just for a moment. Can you feel the wind hear the quiet sounds of creatures the splash of a fish near by. Its quite refreshing to paint a calming picture as this. May bee I should have called this painting  " Calming " I will save that for the next painting. I do appreciate you taking a peak enjoy the rest of the day." Refreshing By Artist Doug Carter 7 X 5 Gesso board.Oil painting.
 Skyscape # 1 of 12

Artist, Know Thyself (6 Questions to Ask Yourself) by Judy Ballance

Artist, Know Thyself (6 Questions to Ask Yourself)
by Judy Ballance

Talent and technique aren't enough, great art has to speak to the viewer and have soul in order to exceed simple technique. Artists who haven't thought about who they are and the emotional aspects of their art have no interaction with a viewer. They can't make other people feel the emotions they are unable to feel themselves. They have difficulty starting a work of art, when they have nothing to say.

Goals need to be re-examined on a regular basis in order to keep from getting in a rut. You know you are in a rut when the more you work at your art, the more frustrated you become. When you re-evaluate, look for new emotions with a new message and another objective you want to explore. Emotion and inspiration are what make the difference between amazing or mundane art. Know your purpose in creating art so that what you make will jump off the wall or off the sculpture stand.

Ask yourself these questions and let the results show in your work:
  1. Why do I want to create art?
  2. What kind of art do I want to create?
  3. Am I imitating what someone else has already done?
  4. Am I adding to art I really admire and creating something completely my own?
  5. Does my work add to the art community?
  6. Which is more important to me, how I do art or why I do art?
Viewers, especially jurors or judges of selection want to see the artist in the work. Be bold and powerful, focus on why you want to create a particular subject, not on how it must be done. It's easy to copy what you see, the hard part of making art is in recognizing your own thoughts, ideas and emotions and being open about them in your work. Look inward for what you want to say, not outward to the mechanics of creating art. Being aware of what you like, what you see and what you believe will produce work that stands out from everything else.

What kind of art do you want to create? Are you willing to learn more about yourself and undertake the unknown? What is holding you back? 

Later, Judy

Sunday, January 24, 2016


Painting something indoors where its warmer and still allot of fun. The name comes from the style of fine art still life. Trying to use a combo of clay, metal and vegetable/ fruit. Painting to ensure the layers of the object flow and recede in placement. Always a challenge and enjoy how this one turned out. 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016


Here is something to take your mind off the cold of the season. A painting I did this past summer in a near by garden of flowers. I'm always attracted to painting things that just catch the light and show depth and beauty.
The brush and the paints just glided onto the canvas and again another favorite of mine is born.
By Doug Carter Artist,. 8 X 10 oil painting on hard board.

Saturday, January 2, 2016


There is nothing like music to bring in the new year, that made me think of this painting. Jamming with a old school base was wonderful to listen to. I could tell he went to another world as he closed his eyes and was just taken away the sound..
" Jamming " 7 X 5 Oil Painting by artist Doug Carter.