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“Dots 14” little bitty painting

The latest in my ongoing series of small “little bitty” original paintings, each only 5 x 7 inches (or 12.7 x 17.8 cm if you’re into that kind of thing). Each is unique, all are experimental.

This one’s kind of like a maze:

"Dots 14" painting by Barbara J Carter

By the way, there’s no right way up for this painting (or any of the others, for that matter). You can display it any way up you like.

"Dots 14" by Barbara J Carter

“Dots 14″ by Barbara J Carter

5×7” (12.7 x 17.8 cm) Acrylic on canvasboard

$30 plus postage ($1.50 in the US, $3 everywhere else) and sales tax in California.

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October 15, 2009 at 1:05 pm

“Dots 13” little-bitty painting

The latest in my series of “little-bitty” dot paintings:

"Dots 13" painting by Barbara J Carter

“Dots 13″ by Barbara J Carter

Acrylic on canvasboard, 5×7” (12.7 x 17.8 cm)

$45 plus postage ($1.50 in the US, $3.00 outside the US) and sales tax in California

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October 9, 2009 at 12:35 pm 2 comments

New little-bitty painting “Dots 12 (Open Grid)”

"Dots 12" by Barbara J Carter

“Dots 12 (Open Grid)” is the latest in a series of what I call “little bitty” paintings. They’re all 5×7 inches (that’s 12.7 x 17.8 cm if you’re metrically inclined), which is super small compared with my “usual” paintings.

These little bitty paintings are more experimental than my big serious paintings. They are studies, explorations of possibilities. They allow me to break free of any preconceptions I might have (oh yes, I have a few!) about how to make a painting.

"Dots 12" “Dots 12”

For this one, I originally planned out an elaborate grid of dots that would be completely filled in. But while painting it, I started leaving gaps here and there. I thought I’d fill in the gaps with different colors. But partway through I realized I liked the effect of the gaps, so I left them. The grid is there, but it’s hinted at rather than explicitly filled in. I like that.

Like the others, this one’s for sale. I can send it anywhere in the world the mail service reaches. So far, other little bitty paintings have been sent as far as Poland, Sweden, and even Oregon.

“Dots 12 (Open Grid)” by Barbara J Carter

5×7 inches (12.7 x 17.8 cm)

Acrylic on canvasboard

$30 plus postage ($1.50 in US, $3.00 elsewhere) and sales tax in California

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September 18, 2009 at 8:15 am

More “little bitty” dot paintings

Here are my two latest “little bitty” dot paintings, just finished this week.

These things have been flying off the shelves, so to speak. I figured I’d better get cracking and make some more!

"Dots 10" by Barbara J Carter

“Dots 10 (Wavy Lines)”

5×7 inches (12.7 x 17.8 cm)

Acrylic on canvasboard

$30 (plus $1.50 shipping in the US or $3.00 shipping worldwide, and sales tax in California only)

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"Dots 11" by Barbara J Carter

“Dots 11 (Circles)”

5×7 inches (12.7 x 17.8 cm)

Acrylic on canvasboard

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September 16, 2009 at 9:29 am 2 comments

Candy-colored dot painting

Ta-daa! A brand new little-bitty dot painting in bright and yummy candy colors!

Dots 9 (Candy-Colored Dots) painting by Barbara J Carter

It is, like all my other “little bitty” paintings, 5×7 inches (12.7 x 17.8 cm). This one took a little longer to do than the others so I’m pricing it a wee bit higher, but it’s still a very affordable little original painting. Because as you know, I only sell original paintings. Even the very small ones.

Dots 9 (Candy-Colored Dots) painting by Barbara J Carter

“Dots 9 (Candy-Colored Dots)” by Barbara J Carter, acrylic on canvasboard, 5×7″ (12.7 x 17.8 cm), 2009.

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August 28, 2009 at 10:20 am 5 comments

New dot painting: “Blue-Green Square”

Painting rows upon rows of little dots, all lined up, in a subtly changing color palette, is a challenge. My arm, shoulders, and back all tend to cramp up after a couple of hours. On this 24-inch-square canvas, I don’t know exactly how long it took to paint all the dots (there are 7921 of them) but as a rough estimate I’d say about 40 or 50 hours.

"Blue-Green Square" painting by Barbara J Carter “Blue-Green Square” by Barbara J Carter, acrylic on canvas, 24×24″ (61×61 cm). Available here.

This is the same size (and style) as my other 24×24 inch dot painting “Square, Red.”

Here’s a detail view showing the individual dots more clearly:

Detail of "Blue-Green Square" painting by Barbara J Carter Detail, “Blue-Green Square”

Once again I was amazed (and frustrated) at how long this larger painting took. The smaller 10×10″ size went much faster, and the “little bitty” 5×7″ ones only take a few hours. The frustration comes not so much from how long it takes to complete one of these larger paintings, but rather from a growing realization that my goal of pushing into even larger sizes is perhaps overambitious. But fear not, I haven’t given up my dream of painting larger quite yet. I just need to work on my painting method and improve efficiency wherever possible.

“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?” -Robert Browning

August 20, 2009 at 10:20 pm

“Yellow Square” painting

Yellow Square, acrylic on canvas, 10x10", 2009

Yellow Square, acrylic on canvas, 10x10", 2009

This is another in my abstract dot series, which began with the “little bitty” dot paintings and includes the larger “Square, Red.” Like the others, it is a highly tactile painting, each dot being slightly raised and rounded. I am particularly intrigued by the optical “flare” effect along the diagonals. It’s an optical illusion, but it is particularly striking in this painting.

It is elegantly framed as shown below:

Yellow Square painting by Barbara J Carter, shown framed

“Yellow Square”, acrylic on canvas, 10×10″ (frame 11.5 x 11.5″) is available for $350 plus shipping. Sales tax in California only. It comes framed and wired to hang.

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July 2, 2009 at 12:58 pm 4 comments

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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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