Carol Carter

29 December 2012

Small Intruders

Rounding out to 85 insects....  more to come.

Having so much fun!

28 December 2012

Bugs bugs bugs

A few more 


for your consideration

All of them will be included in the SMALL INTRUDERS exhibition

All are original

all are 5" h x 7" w

all are for sale

All are fun!!

27 December 2012

Five on the Floor!

Five new insects for your viewing pleasure!

I am getting closer to accomplishing my goal....   100 bugs and then writing a children's book.

I am at bug 72.... and counting.

Here are five new ones!  They are more colorful and compositional than the the others.

I am challenging myself to be the "most" creative with the final 28-- so that the collection really SINGS!

Stay tuned for more-- and stay tuned for news about the exhibition and children's book in the works.

23 December 2012

I love you ALL!

Thank you 


17 December 2012

Insect- o - mania!!!!

I have been working on 100 Bugs for the past few weeks.  The project stemmed out of my Holiday show.  It's been gathering steam-- both in life and online.  I am up to 55 bugs and counting!

I will be having a show of them this spring.  I am also planning a book and deck of flash cards.  Also perhaps playing cards.


Stay tuned and see more~~

Small Intruders
5" h x 7" w each
all available after the exhibition is launched

06 December 2012

Good Samaritan Hospital

Sweet Magnolia is hanging in the permanent collection of Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL.

This installation photo is of the waiting room on the first floor.

The hospital opens in January.

Sweet Magnolia
22" h x 30" w

02 December 2012

Holiday Open Studio 2012

Holiday Open Studio

The open studio on Friday was a huge success!  There were 200 people that came through the studio during the afternoon/evening.

Sales were brisk....  with over half of the smaller paintings leaving for private collections.

It was a fun time... complete with hot apple cider, wine, and holiday cookies.

Thank you to everyone for coming-- you made the evening special!

If anyone is interested in the remaining smaller, affordable original watercolors remaining-- please email me or visit my other blog for images.

Ann Arbor Michigan Watercolor Workshop

A beautiful workshop in Ann Arbor Michigan 

Last week was spent in Ann Arbor Michigan -- teaching 12 students my approach to watercolor.

It was a lively, special time-- and LOTS of great painters!

They were all execeptional -- and accomplished the projects in record time -- and together as a group.  There was great cohesion to the group-- and we all learned a variety of technique.

Thank you to everyone for coming-- and especially to Debra Zamperla for organizing the event.

Ann Arbor Rocks!

26 November 2012

Insect Invasion!

More insects for your viewing pleasure!

Painting small insects 
has proven to be fun and 
It's much more captivating to look at something
so small... and make it

Each insect is a jewel to behold.
I can never do justice to such
a wonderful


5" h x 7" w

Honey Bee
5" h x 7" w

5" h x 7" w

All available for purchase-- both online and at the upcoming HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE-- this Friday, NOVEMBR 30th-- 3 - 8 pm.

Come and celebrate the holidays!

23 November 2012

Small Intruders- watercolor

A taste of a section of my OPEN STUDIO next Friday, NOV 30.

I am doing a series of SMALL INTRUDERS.  A delightful series of unique portraits of insects.

Each one is jewel like-- with just enough detail to distinquish the species.  They aren't overly accurate-- no rendering for me!  But rather... beautiful simple portaits of bugs that delight and inspire.

They look great one-on-one... or all together!

Small Intruders
5" h x 7" w  each
8" h x 10" w framed
email for purchase

18 November 2012

Inclusion in New Acrylic Book

I have been included in a new book about painting with acrylic by Lexi Sundell.


Published in London England by Quarto Publishing

It is a wonderful rich book with knowledgeable information about all the techniques to use to bring out color and vibrancy in your acrylic painting!

I plan to read it from cover to cover- just to broaden my understanding of the medium.

The book is offered on  

Get your copy today!

14 November 2012

Eye Candy for your Holiday!!

Lollipop watercolor for your holiday enjoyment.  I love to see these lollipops...whenever they are displayed.  The colors, the patterns, the shapes, and their implied sweetness and enjoyment are intoxicating!

Just had to paint!


Eye Candy
22" h x 15" w

13 November 2012

Fun Size Show! Just in time for Christmas

Holiday Open Studio


November 30, 2012

3 - 8 pm

3156 Shenandoah Avenue
Saint Louis, MO  63104
corner of Compton/Shenandoah

also open

Take Action Personal Fitness

Van Goghz Bar 

Magpie Design

Join us for fun, festivities and spirits for the Season

Cookies and Holiday Cheer!

Support local art and small business this Season

Everyone Invited!

06 November 2012

Watercolor of OXYGEN

I have done a few more darks on the OXYGEN watercolor.  The line melding the water with the figure reflection has been softened and deepened by deeper blues and grays.  I want the painting to be evocative and mysterious-- rather than bright.

I still have work to do on the bubbles.. and several other areas to tweak.    Those areas will be addressed in days to come.

So far... I like it.. and I like the concept and psychological message.

Perfect statement for this time of year!

22" hx 30" w

31 October 2012

Nude Watercolor

I have been stepping outside the box and trying something new.  A nude watercolor with deep black background.

I am trying something different... to add a bit of mystery and intrigue to my swimmer series.

The black will be melding in more to the reflection in days to come.

I've worked on it so hard.. that I'm fatigued with it.  I'm taking a break from it now.

Look for the final version in the days to come.

22" h x 30" w
in progress


Working on a koi fish painting.  The format fits the exact message of flow and blend of color.

I love koi... and I would love a waterpond.

Maybe one day in the future... there will be one in my yard.  [wish]


25" h x 40" w
2012 in progress

26 October 2012

Whitewater Wisconsin Workshop Oct 2012

A wonderful workshop was concluded this week in Whitewater Wisconsin.  The people, the facilities, the food, the weather- couldn't have been more perfect!

Thank you-- to Marilyn -  for making the effort to put such a great event together.

I had a terrific time-- meeting all the new students.  Everyone got the "glow"!

Looking forward to seeing all good paintings from them in the future.