Sunday, December 30, 2007

BEST ARTWORK Posted on a BLOG in 2007

…and finally The MAMA Award for best picture.....

I'm pleased to announce that the winner of The MAMA Award for Best Picture, with 33 votes, is Carol Carter (Carol Carter) with Up from the Abyss (see below).
"Up from the Abyss" by Carol Carter (Carol Carter and Hot News)40x30, watercolour
I like this watercolour because it's unusual (despite it being one of many in her 'swimmers' series). It's big (30x40 inches), it's wet (just look at the wet work in the shadows), it's masterful with technique (done from a photograph I imagine but doesn't look photorealist), it doesn't give up it's meaning at the first glance (brave to demand this on the web with the average surfer judging a painting in less than ten seconds), it's curious (the psychological shedding of an oldself or second skin in times of difficulties....), it's hopeful (the new taking form), it's pretty (love those colours!), it's hip...
nominated by Adam Cope (Dordogne Painting Days)Carol Carter received her MFA from Washington University, St. Louis. She received a MAA-NEA Fellowship in Painting and Works on Paper in 1994. Since that date she has received quite a few other prizes for her painting as her website biography indicates.
painting for 30 years....... raised a son.... own my own studio..... football/CHIEFS fan... love to bike... and make a living as an artist....Carol Carter - blog profileHer handling of watercolour is masterful as is the composition of this painting. You can see more of her watercolour swimmer nudes for a series completed in 2006 and 2007 on her website (which I only discovered this morning - along with her other blog Hot News). Other subjects are extremely exciting landscapes and botanicals and a recent series of paintings of people. It's good to see that Carol also regularly delivers watercolour workshops (as you can see from this list) and you can see what the one held in April 2007 was like on a 'blog'-like account on her website.Carol only started to blog in August 2007! I'm sure many of us would like to encourage Carol to show us more of her work on her blog in 2008 and I'm leaving a message to this effect on the blog post which relates to this painting. Feel free to do the same!

Thank you for this honor~!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007


This large scale watercolor of 4 children was painted in 2000. The paper measures 40 x 60. It was complex to paint, as I was concerned about capturing all the likenesses correctly on one panel.

Looks pretty good -- after 7 years.
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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Joseph Raffael

I traveled to New York City to be with my friend Sara Weinheimer. We went to see Joseph Raffael's exhibition of large-scale, luscious watercolors at Nancy Hoffman's Gallery in Soho. Needless to say, the show was spectacular, sold-out, and inspirational. He's been my idol and standard in watercolor for over 20 years. I bought the catalogue-- and will continue to follow his work. WOW... what a bonus to see this show-- 45 minutes before it closed!
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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Holly's Collection!

This is the installation of ARCH watercolor from the "Bad Girls" show. It's a beautiful setting-- which sets off the blues and fluidity of the watercolor.
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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

J Pinckney Simmons Gallery

Here is a sample of my work in Beaufort, South Carolina. the gallery is centrally located in downtown-- and my work is displayed in the front window.
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new work in the gallery. you can see the scale and direction of the work i'm developing on St. Thomas Virgin Islands. the show is up to 8 paintings and counting!
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Monday, October 22, 2007


Cimmaron Review
Issue 161
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK
October 2007
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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Nagel Commission

This painting for a long time friend/client is peaceful and tranquil. It's also a fitting tribute to a friend- Moto's Point. The acrylic is 16 x 20.
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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Eby Installation

Here's a gorgeous watercolor installed today. The painting is featured in the warm living room. The architecture and color is picked up in the fiery palette of her hair. Title: REFLECTIONS.
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Sunday, September 16, 2007


Edward Hopper
look carefully
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Edward Hopper

Today, Sam and Debbie and I went to the National Gallery in Washington DC to see the exhibition of Edward Hopper. Every part of his retrospective was inspiring. From the watercolors of the 20's in Gloucester, MA [where i used to paint]-- to the mature work of the 40's and 50's-- Night Hawks and New York City imagery with isolated figures.... we were bowled over! Wow, what a master!
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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Perry Commission

Installation of Perry commission.
St Louis, MO
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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

C-Train Invitation

C Train
Opening October 19 3- 5pm
please stop by
Forest Park Blvd at Boyle
Saint Louis
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Monday, September 10, 2007

Belle Glade Sunset

A stunning view of a early painting from the series, BELLE GLADE. The collector had the painting exquisitely framed. I was so happy to see this piece. The painting is roughly
40 x 50, and with frame is more substantial. Thank you Jacque and Fred -- for your wonderful presentation of my paintings in your Florida collection.
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Sunday, September 2, 2007


Logan College
Purser Building
Commissioned Watercolor
Installed April, 2007
Logan College of Chiropractic
St. Louis, MO
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4320 Forest Park Avenue
St Louis, MO 63108

September 6, 2007- December 15, 2007
Opening Reception - September 21, 5-7 pm

please join me!

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Contemporary Art Museum - St. Louis, did a feature video on my work and studio in June 2007. Video was shown during the week of OPEN STUDIOS... June 2007. Thank you for the gorgeous feature!!!
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Watercolor Seminar

Watercolor Seminar INNSBROOK- summer 2007
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COMMISSION accomplished

Watercolor Portrait commission for Linda Karakus, Los Angeles, CA.
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INNSBROOK Summer 2007

INNSBROOK exhibition!

floral watercolors and acrylics on view till Oct 5, 2007.

take a ride to Wright City and see the watercolors....
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Six North Coffee
Sarah Steet/Laclede Avenue
opens Sept 5, 2007.
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Two NEW Publications

I have been selected to be in two new publications:

DIFFERENT STROKES- by Quarto Publishing, London, ENGLAND, coming out in 2008.

CIMARRON REVIEW, cover, and insert, by Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, arriving Fall 2007.

Please check for book!
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