“San Joaquin Prairie 2” painting

July 24, 2008 at 12:27 pm

"San Joaquin Prairie 2", Barbara J Carter, 2008, acrylic on canvas, 40x30"

"San Joaquin Prairie 2", Barbara J Carter, 2008, acrylic on canvas, 40x30"

From a single photo taken out a car window I was able to select two crops to make two paintings. The first painting, “San Joaquin Prairie”, was so much fun to paint that I knew I had to paint the second one. And here it is! They turned out quite different from each other, as I meant them to.

Unlike my usual leisurely, thoughtful approach to painting, this time I really attacked it. I painted it in just a few days in a marathon session. I stayed up into the wee hours each night until I collapsed exhausted into bed, only to drag myself out again the next morning to pick up the paint brush again. I don’t normally like to work like this, but I think it’s a useful exercise once in a while. It reminds me of my absolute limits. Doing this reminds me exactly how far I can push myself.

The reason for the madness this time? My big show this weekend in Malibu. I really needed another big painting, having sold the first “San Joaquin Prairie” recently.

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Entry filed under: Acrylic, Painting, Process.

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Barbara J Carter

I'm an artist. I make paintings with dots.

I work in acrylic paint, in a couple of distinct styles: landscapes and abstracts.

Native to California, I've lived elsewhere and only recently returned to my home state. I now live in Los Angeles.

I mostly show my art in outdoor festivals in California. I also occasionally show my work in art galleries or open studio events. You can see an up-to-date list of upcoming shows on my website (click here).

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