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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Purple and Yellow Iris, 8x10 Oil on Canvas Panel Flower Painting




When we were staying in the beautiful neighborhood of Lake Junaluska in North Carolina, I was fascinated by the flowers that we don't grow here in Florida, like these irises and the spectacular rhododendrons.

Carmen

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Turkey Creek, 8x10 Oil on Canvas Panel Landscape


In spite of being fairly quarantined, a lot has happened in the past few weeks that kept me away from the easel. I decided to do a Florida scene as a departure from all the faces I've been drawing. 

Did you think I could do a post without mentioning our book Country Music's Greatest Lines? Of course not! That would be a dereliction of my promotional duty.

Carmen

Monday, July 27, 2020

Announcements!

"The silence of a falling star/lights up a purple sky"

I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry by Hank Williams
Our book website is up! Click here.

Bobby Braddock and I were interviewed about the book by Paul Leslie on The Paul Leslie Hour podcast. Bobby's episode is first, then mine. Click here.

Also, my interview with Ken Scott on WLOC, a worldwide radio station, will be aired Thursday, July 30 from 11-12  EST. Bobby's songs will be featured (That will be a treat!). Download the TuneIn app on your mobile device to get WLOC.

The book is selling well! It keeps selling out on Amazon.com, but is replenished quickly.

Since we couldn't have the book signings we had planned--one at the Country Music Hall of Fame--I can only say, thank goodness for the internet!

Carmen






Monday, July 20, 2020

Country Music's Greatest Lines: Lyrics, Stories & Sketches from American Classics



Here it comes again...the book we're so proud of, Country Music's Greatest Lines, written by Bobby Braddock and illustrated by little ole me. 











Yes, I know I've told you about it before,but this is a reminder. It is sold in bookstores and online at arcadiapublishing.com,amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and booksamillion.com. Anyone who likes country music will LOVE this book! It's a peek inside the creation of some of your favorite songs, plus 81 illustrations by, as I said, little ole me.


Carmen


Saturday, July 18, 2020

John Lewis, American Hero


I am old enough to vividly remember the Civil Rights struggle, and to see the brave, nonviolent activists stand up against vicious racism. Notable among them was a young John Lewis. I drew this portrait of him a few years ago, feeling that his history, courage and determination are written upon his face. He fought the good fight. May he rest in peace.

Carmen

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Grand Tetons, 10x8 Oil Painting on Canvas, Western Landscape



With everything going on with our new book Country Music's Greatest Lines, I am having to paint when I get a chance. I finally finished this one, a scene from our driving trip around the West. It was a beautiful view of the Grand Tetons (translation is "Big Breasts").

Now back to shameless self-promotion of the book I illustrated, written by Bobby Braddock, with 81 illustrations by me. Sold out a couple of times on Amazon, but it is available today. Also, check your local bookstore.

Carmen

Sunday, July 12, 2020

What a Week!

Taylor Swift in "Love Story" video

This is a sneak peek at an illustration I did in collaboration with Bobby Braddock in our new book Country Music's Greatest Lines. Just this week we have had interviews and articles in Nashville Scene and Rolling Stone, plus an article in Billboard about Bobby's song He Stopped Loving Her Today, recognized as the most honored country song of all time. 

Amazon has sold out a couple of times, but books are available there again, also at arcadiapublishing.com, barnesandnoble.com, and your local bookstore.

Here are some blurbs about our book:

“One of country music’s greatest songwriters has given us his own private tour of the collective genius of his profession.  I read his book, then I realized how much wonderful music I’ve missed.”
-Malcolm Gladwell, best-selling author and host of the Revisionist History podcast


“This is the best book about songs and songwriters I’ve ever read.  Bobby Braddock lived the history he writes about, which is really what makes this so compelling.”
-Bart Herbison, Executive Director, Nashville Songwriters Association International


“Braddock and Beecher evoke the mythology of country without sentimentalizing the music or its creators.  It’s a remarkable achievement...It also sent me to a dozen records I wanted to hear immediately.”
Edd Hurt, Nashville Scene

“A firsthand witness to some of Nashville’s most iconic songwriting moments.”
-Rolling Stone

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Country Music's Greatest Lines


In further shameless self-promotion, this is the back cover of Country Music's Greatest Lines: Lyrics, Stories & Sketches from American Classics, which I illustrated in collaboration with the author, Bobby Braddock. The blurb endorsing the book is by the awesome author, Malcolm Gladwell.

Carmen

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Big News!

Announcing the publication of a new book, Country Music's Greatest Lines: Lyrics, Stories & Sketches from American Classics, written by Bobby Braddock, with over 80 illustrations by yours truly. We are so excited to have our hard work come to fruition!

Bobby Braddock is a longtime friend, and a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Country Music hall of Fame, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York, with many notable hits, such as “Time Marches On,” “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” “Wanna Talk About Me,” and “People Are Crazy.” Braddock is the only living person to have #1 songs in five consecutive decades. Also notable, he discovered Blake Shelton and produced several #1 one hits with him. Naturally, when he presented his idea for the book I jumped at the chance to illustrate it.  

Available July 6 on amazon.com and arcadiapublishing.com, the book gives an insider's view of classics from Hank Williams, Roger Miller, Kris Kristofferson, Taylor Swift, Eric Church and more, and spans decades from the 1940s to present. 

To quote Bobby: “ By featuring songs and song lyrics that span the early days of country radio to present-day downloading and live-streaming on the Internet, hopefully there's a little something here for everyone: an illustrated brief history of the words of country music, and the songwriters who created those words and made them sing.” 

Book signings at the Country Music Hall of Fame and elsewhere had to be canceled because of the pandemic, but thankfully, we have the internet.

Here is a sample illustration. Can you guess the song? Hint: It's by Marty Robbins.


Carmen

Thursday, June 18, 2020

30 Faces in 30 Days: Day 30!


This is my last drawing, number 30, and for some reason, it was the hardest one. I thought I'd finish with the iconic Bob Dylan, whose timeless song, Blowing in the Wind, is so meaningful today, even though it was written 58 years ago.


Yes, how many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, and how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?

Yes, and how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind
The answer is blowing in the wind.