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.

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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

Lots Of New Paintings Despite The Crazy New Puppy


So I’ve managed to get quite a few new paintings done in the past couple of weeks. It hasn’t been easy though since our new puppy Bosco the Boxer seems to follow me everywhere. I’ve been doing a lot of my painting outside lately, I’m trying to keep the mess down in the house as well as get some fresh air. But it’s been a struggle carting the supplies out and holding a puppies leash tight in my fist while he jumps up and down (literally) with excitement. It must look comical to anyone watching as I dodge his jumps and trip over his leash, paint tubes falling, my expression grim as I try my best not to yell at the dog. The dog that wants nothing more then my love and attention, and possibly my hand to lick relentlessly.

So despite the puppy and all his activity here are my newest paintings.

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The House On Top Of The Hill 16″x20″ for $310.00 USD, shipping included to Canada and the continental US, everywhere else please message below for a quote.

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Tiles II 16″x20″ for $310.00 USD, shipping included to Canada and the continental US, everywhere else please message below for a quote.

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Tiles 16″x20″ for $310.00 USD, shipping included to Canada and the continental US, everywhere else please message below for a quote.

 

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Chaos 16″x20″ for $310.00 USD, shipping included to Canada and the continental US, everywhere else please message below for a quote.

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Underground City 30″x30″ for $650.00 USD, shipping included to Canada and the continental US, everywhere else please message below for a quote.

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Secrets 27″x60″ for $680.00 USD, shipping included to Canada and the continental US, everywhere else please message below for a quote. This painting is oversized and comes rolled in a tube.

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Painting Sadness and Finding Beauty


I’m most inspired by people, especially faces. I find beauty in sadness so a lot of my art can be emotionally packed. There is something so beautiful and strong about a sad or lonely expression, I always feel very moved by it.

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I also love texture and find beauty in aging brick, stonewalls with rust drips, rusted old iron and copper. A dilapidated building will bring me more inspiration then a flower garden or sun filled day. I find beauty and inspiration where others might see aging, sadness and loneliness, neglect or decay.

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Easter Barf Fest, Broken Water Pipes and Art On Hold


So Easter is now past us, thank god for that! We all ate way too much chocolate, six weeks of no processed foods, dairy or sugar and we went a little crazy in the “let’s have a treat” department. I’ve noticed now that too much sugar makes us all grumpy, too much processed foods or dairy and we have stomach aches, headaches, and an all around crappy feeling. To make matters worse one of our water pipes is broken, and of course it being non stop rain it’s a slow going fix to the water issue. Plus one of my kids had the “chocolate” flu. Projectile vomit is extra gross when you don’t have water handy to clean it up. Trying to collect rain water in buckets to clean it all up wasn’t exactly my idea of a good time! Thank god for concentrated cleaning products.

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See I had all these plans to paint new artwork this weekend, all these great ideas, I was in the mood for color and texture. For now my art is on hold while I wait for the water to come back on and sick kids to get back to school. The above painting Titled “Lost” I thought was the perfect reflection of how I felt this long weekend!

 

Laundry Line Art and Summer Days


There is something so peaceful about a breezy summer day, the sound of children playing, a dog barking in protest somewhere in the distance and the gentle flapping of laundry hanging on the line. 

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I’ve been doing a laundry line series for quite a few years now and it sells really well. A lot of people use these paintings to cheer up their laundry rooms, or their living spaces. They have even been hung in nurseries. They have such a fun, whimsical feel about them and they always remind me of summer.

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When The Wind Creeps: Inspiration For An Abstract Painting


Today I feel the wind blowing strong, it whips around the corner of my house, threatening the trees and newly bloomed flowers. It hisses and whines with the creaks of my old home, like a whisper, it surrounds me. I feel chills up my spine, I feel watched;

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from the corner of my eyes I see shadows dancing. Then the wind picks up again, carrying a string of leaves like a ribbon and I feel peace. http://fineartamerica.com/featured/tree-silhouette-landscape-painting-laura-carter.html