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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Flamingo Twist, 12x12 Oil Painting on Canvas, Wildlife Art


I love flamingos. This guy is perfectly comfortable standing on that one skinny leg, neck twisted, beak down in his feathers, doing...what? Sleeping? Looking for something, and if so, what? Or just fluffing that magnificent plumage?

This is fresh off the easel, 12 x12 inches on stretched canvas, still wet.

Carmen

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Patchwork River, 20x16 Original Oil Painting on Canvas, Smoky Mountain Landscape


The Pieces of Eight were hiking in the woods on an artists' retreat and came upon this peaceful scene. This was in North Carolina, the same mountains where we went whitewater rafting and bonded over a near-death experience. Below is my drawing commemorating that scene.


Carmen
 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Mother of Exiles, Statue of Liberty, Crying, Pencil Drawing on Paper, 9x9 inches







The plaque on the wall of the Statue of Liberty reads, in part:

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

This used to be America. It didn't say, "We will snatch your children from you and store them in an old WalMart. We will return you to your abusive husband or to be killed by drug cartels. We don't even know what we will do with your children." 

My own great-grandparents would never have  come here if they thought this would happen to their family. Have we completely lost our humanity?

Carmen
 

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Yellow Plumeria, 10x10 Print on Canvas, from Original Oil painting


This giclee print is available in my Etsy shop in varying sizes, starting with a 10x10-inch on canvas with deep sides (no frame needed). 

I have been invited to join a blog called Ask Me Anything (AMAfeed), and my questions and answers went live yesterday. My AMA feed is all about art, and people have asked some really good questions. Check it out here.

Carmen

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Riley and Friend, 9x12 Oil on Canvas, Portrait of Child with Horse


This little guy just turned 10, but we all remember him as he was in this painting, when his best buddy was a horse. He is still quite the character, and tomorrow I am going across the state to see him. He gives some very impressive hugs, and never fails to make me laugh.

Carmen

Friday, June 1, 2018

Cardinal, 7x5 Original Oil on Panel, Bird Painting

I don't have a thing to say about this painting, except that I squeezed this in while busy with a lot of other exciting things. I finished a huge illustration job, then published my children's book, Dibble the Dragon. Now I am working on illustrations for someone else's children's book. I'm also spending time traveling, gardening and studying Italian. Life is good. La Dolce Vita!

Carmen