By popular demand, another dot painting

July 15, 2010 at 10:04 pm 4 comments

“Halo Dots” painting by Barbara J Carter (detail view)

A couple years ago I painted some large experimental abstract dot paintings. One in particular seemed to catch people’s fancy. I showed it to a group of artists for an informal critique and they really liked it. Actually, they kind of gushed over it. I was a little embarrassed because I didn’t really think it was that amazing. But it was nice that they liked it.

And then I put it away and didn’t think much about it.

It wasn’t like my “usual” work (the landscapes), so I didn’t bring it to any of my art shows or even put it on my art website. I liked it OK, but it didn’t strike me as all that amazing. Indeed, I felt some aspects of it were rather derivative. I wanted to do better.

Anyway, a few months ago I had some extra space in my art show booth so I brought it along and hung it up just to fill the space.

Ha ha, the joke’s on me. It was the one painting that I sold that weekend!

So I painted another one like it just in time to show it at my next show, two weeks later. That one got a huge amount of attention. It was by far the most popular painting I had hanging in my booth, and not too surprisingly it sold. People came up to me as I was wrapping it up, asking if I had any more like it. I promised I would make more. I painted another one after the show, and it sold. Yikes!

Now I’ve painted yet another one (shown below). It hasn’t sold… yet!

“Halo Dots” by Barbara J Carter, acrylic on canvas, 18×24″ framed to 24×30″

If it hasn’t sold by this fall, I’ll bring it to my next art show, Kings Mountain, in northern California. (If you’re in the Bay Area on Labor Day weekend, you definitely should come to this show. It’s a good one.)

I plan to paint a few more in this vein. It seems to be in demand. I might be a little slow on the uptake sometimes, but I think I finally got the message. Thank you to all the people who admired, said “wow!”, surreptitiously touched (I saw that!), and especially the ones who bought, these paintings. You are the reason I’m doing this.

You can always see all my available paintings (and some of the sold ones) on my art website, and my art show schedule is constantly being updated.

Entry filed under: Abstract, Acrylic, Painting.

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  • 1. Chris  |  July 27, 2010 at 12:08 am

    Dot paintings have been very popular with Australian aboriginal artists (and collectors) for decades. Whether traditional or contemporary, they are usually attractive. As are yours – if they are selling you may need to do some more!


  • 2. barbarajcarter  |  July 30, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Hi Chris, thanks for stopping by! The dot paintings by Australian Aboriginal painters have been a HUGE influence on me for several years. My hope is that my work, while clearly referencing Aboriginal dot art, is different enough to be distinctly my own. Thanks for the complement!

  • 3. Adeaner  |  February 4, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    It’s been a long time since I visited your Blog – I had forgotten just how sumptuous your abstract dot paintings are. BRAVO !

  • 4. barbarajcarter  |  February 7, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Thank you, I appreciate that. I hope to have some new ones at my next show, whenever that happens to be!

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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