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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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

Featured Artist Interview: Haydee Torres From UGallery


I have not done a featured artist interview in awhile and have been really wanting to get back at it. What better way to start then with one of my favourite figurative artists Haydee Torres. This is an artist that I have admired for quite a few years now, we have been on a few of the same selling sites together and after having watched her art progress over the years I have just recently gotten to know her a little more personally and I am so thrilled to share her work through my blog. You will find her art to be brilliantly colourful, mysterious and emotionally packed. You are left wanting to learn the story behind each piece, the story behind the eyes of her subjects. It’s art you can really feel.

Here is her interview.

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How long have you been an artist?

For about 9 years.

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How did you come to choose art as your life path?

When studying Fashion Design I realized how much I enjoyed the art part of my curriculum.

I received a lot of positive critic and encouragement from my instructor and for the first time I was called an artist! Off course at that moment I was not planning to be a painter, so I just ignored it. I took some fine art classes, but I was not really convinced that art was from me until I took a live drawing class, then I just knew I had found my niche.

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Was your family supportive of your choice to pursue art as a career?

My family is very supportive and very patient with me:)

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What motivates or inspires you or your artwork?

My motivation is the love of the process and the satisfaction of the act of painting. Then come the subject, color, mediums and techniques, which allow for the creation of the painting to take place.

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What obstacles have you faced in your career as an artist and how did you overcome them?

My biggest obstacle has been time. I cannot ignore my obligations as a wife and a mother so everyday is a balancing act. Sometimes it can get pretty disorganized but my husband is a great cook, so nobody is going hungry.

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Do you have a favorite artist and if so who?

I do admire many artist mostly in the Expressionists movement like: Egon Schiele, the Bay Area Figurative artist, and the figurative expressionists from the San Francisco area Elmer Bischoff, Richard Diebenkorn, and David Park.

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What other interests or hobbies do you have?

I don’t really have time for hobbies, but I love to watch movies and TV series in the horror science fiction genre.

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What are you working on right now?

Right now I am learning the Braque Drawing Method.

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Where do you see yourself in five years?

I want to get into sculpting so I can mix painting and sculpting.

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If you could give an aspiring artist three pieces of advice what would they be?

Learn everything that you can, eventually it will find its way into your work.

Be yourself. Work everyday, if you cannot draw or paint just use your imagination! Handle your self and your work in a professional manner.

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Please take the time to visit Haydee’s online gallery to view more of her amazing paintings and share the ones you love on all your social media outlets to help spread her art and talent!

My Artwork – Paintings and Prints Available For Sale


Lightening Bolt 16x48 Original Painting on Canvas by Laura Carter

Lightening Bolt 16×48 Original Painting on Canvas by Laura Carter     

Sunset Landscape Original Painting on Canvas by Laura Carter

Sunset Landscape
Original Painting on Canvas by Laura Carter

Tree Silhouette Painting Art Print by Laura Carter

Tree Silhouette Painting
Art Print by Laura Carter

Gothic Portrait Painting Original Painting on Canvas by Laura Carter

Gothic Portrait Painting
Original Painting on Canvas by Laura Carter

TRAPPED, IN YOUR BODY, MIND OR SOUL, ANOTHER IN THE SERIES OF ABSTRACT FIGURATIVE ARTWORKS


product-152893-1245945140This contemporary abstract figurative art painting represents to me that feeling of being trapped. It’s a feeling that everyone has felt at some point or another in their lives. Maybe you are in a job that you despise but can’t find the courage or the means to leave. Perhaps your relationship makes you unhappy but your desire to not hurt another human being leaves you with no choice but to tough it out. Or your body has betrayed you in some way, through a sickness or injury. You feel trapped within your own body or mind, numb to the world around you. That is how this painting makes me feel, it reminds me of the terrible burden that trapped feeling has on our souls. How we owe it to ourselves to let go and choose the path that truly belongs to us alone. How each one of us longs for true happiness and freedom.
To view or purchase my art please visit me at http://www.etsy.com/shop/lauracarter

Emotions in Art – Painting Sadness – A Visual Diary


Never Tell - Hand Painted Original on Canvas

Never Tell – Hand Painted Original on Canvas

I’ve been asked what inspires me to paint and while I struggle to come up with the obvious answers like my surroundings, the beauty of nature, my love of life what truly drives me to paint are my emotions. Sometimes the more emotional or stressed out I am the better the painting turns out. It seems I’m painting sadness. I have had more than a few people tell me that my artwork is packed with emotion. I guess I wear my heart on my sleeve; at least when it comes to painting. In life I keep my emotions to myself on the most part. I don’t share my inner pain with friends or family or even my spouse. Maybe from an artistic point of view that is a good thing. For my aching soul it’s a terribly lonely feeling. When I paint from an emotional frame of mind the end product is so drenched in sadness I don’t think I could honestly call much of my art therapeutic. Mostly it’s a visual diary to the ups and downs of my life. A life filled with love and betrayal, struggles that reach beyond just the financial burden I often face. When someone buys a piece of my art they are truly buying a piece of my soul, my very own visual diary.
You can find more of my art for sale at http://www.etsy.com/shop/ourhouseabstractart

Coming Up With A Series Of Abstract Figurative Art Paintings


Contemporary Abstract Figurative Art
Contemporary Abstract Figurative Art
Every time I sit in front of a canvas an idea forms in my head. Sometimes it’s in the form of colours or shapes, usually abstract. I turn to my tubes of paint and choose the colours as they appear to me in my mind. When the mood strikes and the painting turns into a figurative piece I find myself these past few months doing the same lonely figure. Sometimes standing on a cliff like structure, always with a dripping moon and no features on her face.
For me they represent the feeling of sometimes losing that unique part of yourself were everything seemed possible and our dreams were within reach. As the years go by that person, that dreamer seems more and more like a stranger. When I find myself painting featureless faces it’s as if I am still seeking to find my voice. I think I might be searching for the dreamer I used to be.