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

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

An Artists Over Active Imagination And Nighttime Fears


It’s really hot here today, plus 40 with the humidity and as a Canadian I am just not used to this kind of heat. All the fans in the house can’t seem to cool me off and at night I lie awake until I finally give up and come work on the computer. At least it’s quiet, my kids aren’t asking for a snack or Popsicle every five minutes. And when I’m lucky a small breeze will carry through the window, causing shivers.

Last night, around 2am as I sat adding new listings to one of my sites I could hear this heart wrenching low scream. At least that’s how it sounded in the dead of night, like someone was tearing their heart out and offering it to the gods. My hair stood on end and I realized the only light I had on was my computer screen. Have you ever tried looking into the darkness after gazing into a bright light? As my eyes adjusted I could see shadows lurking everywhere and the low growls and distant screaming seeping in through my open windows. It spooked me; I all but ran to my room, dove under the covers as close to my husband’s sweaty body as I could get and made myself invisible. Remember the “if I can’t see them, they can’t see me” mentality when you were a kid? It still works sometimes. Turns out though, the screaming type sounds I was hearing, coyotes in the farm field and my over active imagination. Oh and maybe I could blame it on the heat….

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Featured Artist – Sharon Cummings – An Artists Interview


Today’s featured artist, Sharon Cummings is an artist I have known through social media and some selling sites for quite a few years now. I’ve always admired her amazing work and her ability to market herself. It’s inspiring to see an artist do so well and still make the time to help others. I hope you enjoy her work as much as I do.

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Here is an interview with Sharon about her and her art.

 

Have you always been an artist?

 

I have always been an artist. But I have only been creating professionally for a little over 10 years.

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Who or what inspires your art the most?

 

I am not the type of artist that looks at other art to get inspired typically. I seem to just have a zillion ideas going on in my head all of the time. My paintings must be inspired by an accumulation of life scenery. My photography and photo painting is inspired by what I see.

 

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Do you have a studio space in your home, outside of your home or maybe a shared space with other artists? Tell us a little about your workspace.

 

I have a dedicated room in my home that acts as my studio. It isn’t very large, so when I paint the huge pieces over 6 feet long, I use my garage which is outfitted with a large table, lights and air conditioning.

 

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Is your family supportive or your art and your career choice as an artist?

 

I have had a lot of support from my family and friends with my art. Of course it doesn’t hurt that I am successful and not the “starving artist” type mooching money and food off of them all of the time.

 

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

 

There are many obstacles to my career choice. But one of the hardest for me is the “isolation”. I work from home and am alone most of the time. I do not have coworkers to cut up with or go out to lunch with. It can get very lonely. I still struggle with this. But try to get out with friends as much as I can.

 

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How do you find balance between your work and your family?

 

In order to achieve a balance with my work and family life I have to mark off of time for both and stick to those fiercely!

 

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Do you have a favorite artist and if so who?

 

Everyone always asks me if I have a favorite artist….I am not good with favorites…I like so many, so I will choose my daughter. I believe her to have far more talent than I do!

 

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

 

My advice to artists who wish to succeed with their work is to expect to invest a lot of time creating (make something every day!) and also to expect to spend some money…invest in yourself by getting on pay sites, buying the right camera, etc. Dont skimp! And lastly it is to believe in yourself no matter how grim it looks…sales wax and wane…just keep on believing…

 

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You can find Sharon on Fine Art America, Etsy, her blog and her facebook page as well as many other places on the internet.

 

God And The Weather And A Cool Thunderstorm Painting


We were supposed to have a sunny day today; instead it’s wet and damp and cloudy, gloomy and grey. I want to protest but I’m not sure whom I’m supposed to protest too, the weather network for lying to me, mother nature for this relentless rain, God even (if you’re a believer, not sure if I am, still on the fence here since realistically it seems a lot like believing in Santa Claus, but man do I want to be a believer, sure would make life easier, and then I could complain to him, about the weather and of course all the awful things happening in the world today).

You see I was going to spend my day outside painting, cheerfully soaking up the rays, but instead I will sit on my computer, ramble on about nothing on my blog and share my thunderstorm painting. Seems fitting, suits my mood.

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Sunshine, Flowers and Screaming Kids At Play – A Typical Sunny Day


Finally the sun is out, after days of gloomy clouds, relentless rain and winds that hissed in protest; finally we have sun. I see blue skies and colorful flowers in bloom, my cat lying on the porch basking or baking in the sun and in the distance, piercing through this peaceful, glorious day is the unfortunate shrieking of my kids as they play. They sound as if they are being attacked, like a mangled dog has bared it’s teeth and is now chasing them through thorn bushes, snapping at their heals. They sound like they could raise the dead with their shrieks of horror. What game could cause this much mayhem you ask? They are playing a game of tag. OH and add in the fly that landed on my youngest daughter causing her to practically lose her lungs, screaming from the sheer horror of it. Oh what a peaceful day…..

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