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.