An Old House, American Horror Story and My Newest Painting


Lately I have started watching the show American Horror Story with my daughter. I don’t know why I do this to myself because I am easily spooked but it’s a good show. I really do enjoy it. However, we live in an old house, a house with lots of creaks and shifting; a house that hisses and whines on a windy day.

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It was built in 1878 as a school house, attached to the back is an old shed which we are renovating to become a family room. The shed has exposed wood beams and a vaulted ceiling so it will be really cool.

In our tear down, when we started the demolition of the existing walls in this back shed we found an old creepy half size door, perfect size for kids to come in and out. On the opposite side of the room there are stairs that lead to an old cellar.

Sometimes we have to go down to the cellar, it’s where the water pump and sump pump are located. The cellar is filled with dark, stone cubby holes and storage areas. These areas are too dark to peer into so when you are down there it has a definite creepiness and you can’t shake the feeling you are being watched.

Because it’s such an old house and I am easily spooked my imagination likes to play tricks on me. One night I woke up to the sound of children talking,  I went into my daughter and step daughters room to give them proper hell for being awake in the middle of the night. Except they were fast asleep. Or perhaps pulling a fast one on me. I still haven’t been able to figure it out.

I also hear what sounds like walking upstairs when I am here alone and it is dead silent. We have a french door that separates the upstairs loft where I paint to the kids bedrooms and bathroom (our bedroom is on the first level). The french door keeps the cat and dogs out of the bedroom area so when I hear this walking I know it’s not animals. My husband says it’s just the house creaking, especially on a windy day and I know he’s right but still, it’s hard not to be spooked.

Here is my latest painting, inspired by my over active imagination and my watching of American Horror Story.

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Thunderstorms, Daily Life Battles and An Owl Painting


Today it is pouring rain, there is a severe thunderstorm watch in effect, the skies are dark and dreary; the air feels heavy, ominous.

Today is a day for battening down the hatches, curling up in a snug blanket while waiting for the storm to pass.

I feel like this is my life as of late, always waiting for the storm to pass. During these storms, these daily battles I use painting as my comforting blanket, my solace.

Here is an owl painting that was constructed while I worried endlessly about my life;Abstract owl painting by Laura Carter it brought me calm and chipped away at my feelings of helplessness. I painted this owl on a highly textured background; I fought the paint against the bumpy road of the surface, like I am fighting against the bumpy road of my current state of affairs.

Today it is pouring rain, it is dark and dreary, thankfully, tomorrow’s forecast calls for sun and warmth and I say bring it on, it’s about time!

This painting will be available here in the coming week.

Newest Paintings and Work In Progress


My two newest paintings have just been listed on the site Ugallery. One is a landscape painting with some texture the other is a limited color palette figure painting. I enjoyed painting the figure one the most. I wasn’t sure where I was going with it at first but found myself loving the bright yellow (a colour that is not often one I choose). I had intended to paint something multi coloured that day but the yellow appealed to me so much I stuck with it. I titled this one “Hope and Flowers” and it is available here

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Yesterday I started another figure painting and fell in love with the white background and chalky look of it. I’m still playing around with this one but have pretty much decided to leave the white intact, I find it has a very feminine and airy look to it. I’m almost certain I will title this one “After The Anger”

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Proud To Be A New Artist At UGallery, A Curated Online Gallery


In August, after much work and anticipation I was accepted to be one of approximately 500 artists represented by UGallery which is a curated online gallery. Currently I have eight pieces showcased on their site and any of my art that is for sale there will be exclusive to Ugallery and will not be offered for sale anywhere else. It is a big accomplishment for me as only 10% of artists that apply get accepted. So I am super excited to be a part of this diverse group of artists and to have been featured on their blog.

Here are a few of my pieces that are for sale at Ugallery

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Ambition 24×40 inches

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Red Rooftops 20×48 inches

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Blackbird 24×36 inches

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Zombie In A Pink Dress 12×26 inches

Regency Shop – An Online Furniture Store With Modern Appeal


I have recently come across the company called Regency Shop, it’s an online furniture store with a modern appeal. If you like clean, sleek lines with leather and metal then this shop may be perfect for you. In the very near future they will also be adding original artwork to their line and a few of my original paintings will be available for sale on their site. So today I am excited to share this high end online furniture shop with you.

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Ibiza Chair

 

 

 

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Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair

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Ball Chair

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Zilpah Two Seater Sofa

Brand New Front Porch On Our 1878 School House Renovation


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We have been renovating our house, a red brick school house (circa 1878) for 10 years now.

When we first bought the house it was a duplex with an upstairs and downstairs apartment. The previous owners had renovated the school house in the 1970’s to make it into two separate apartments. We came along in 2004 and what looked like an eyesore to many looked like a potential dream home to us. We started by completely gutting the downstairs apartment to which we now have a large kitchen, front entryway with vaulted ceiling, living room (which we hope in the future to convert to our dining room) and our master bedroom. Off the master bedroom is a long, wide hallway with bookshelves and a window seat.

The upstairs is made up of a loft area (where I currently paint) with a small bedroom off to the side for our daughter Isabelle. Then through a french door there are four more bedrooms and a bathroom for the kids.

Our plans are to convert what we call the back shed into a huge family room with exposed brick and exposed wood beams that date back to the 1800’s. That project is due to begin in the fall and is one of the main visions we had for the house when we first came out to see it.

This summer we have spent a few weekends adding a new deck to the front of the house (finally). As well as gutting our original master ensuite and closet area to make it more accessible for guests who want to use the bathroom. The deck is done and our efforts are now focused on switching the bathroom and closet space.

Here is our new deck, so far I have only painted out there twice and mopped up the paint drips as quickly as I could to hide the evidence!

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Tree Silhouette Paintings, My New Favourite


My new favourite style of painting is these tree paintings, I love the black brown against the abstract background. The background has details scratched into it while the paint is still wet. I want to do many more and make a larger series of them with all different coloured backgrounds. I think the next one I will do will have a more turquoise, aqua colouring. I think that would look spectacular with the intricate tree branches and tiny details.

 

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Tree Silhouette Painting 24×24 inches for $550.00, shipping included to Canada and the Continental US, everywhere else send me a message for a shipping quote.

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