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Little-Bitty Dot Painting “Dots 16”

I haven’t completed one of these little guys in a while. (I call ’em “little bitty” paintings, you can see more here.) It’s high time for a new one, I think.

"Dots 16" painting by Barbara J Carter “Dots 16″ by Barbara J Carter, 5×7”, acrylic on canvasboard.

The end result reminded me of a nebula (a bunch of stars or a glowing clump of interstellar gas), so I’m calling it “Nebula” as its alternate title. As per usual, it’s an experimental piece, just a way for me to work out some ideas and see what happens. The dots are nicely raised; it’s fun to run your fingertips over them.

Update: It sold quickly! You can see all my other paintings, including those still available, here.

July 1, 2010 at 11:24 am 4 comments

A very small painting… “Dots 15”

Here’s another painting in the series I like to call my “little bitty” dot paintings. They’re not exactly microscopic, but for original paintings they’re fairly small at only 5×7 inches (that’s 13×18 cm for you metric types). An intimate scale, if you like. A hand-sized work of art.

I actually painted this little guy back in October, but I’m behind on posting my paintings. I blame the holiday season.

“Dots 15″ by Barbara J Carter, 5×7” (13×18 cm), acrylic on canvasboard

Like my other little bitty dot paintings, this one is available for $30 plus a token amount for shipping and, if you’re in California, sales tax. I can ship anywhere (and often do). Happy holidays!

December 4, 2009 at 10:48 am

“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 Paintings: “Dots 7” and “Dots 8”

Further experimenting with the formal geometric ordering of the dots, I thought I’d try having two focal points rather than the single central focus of all the other little bitty dots paintings so far. I also tried mixing up the colors a little more. It’s all in the name of experimentation.

"Dots 7" by Barbara J Carter, 5x7", acrylic on canvas panel, 2009

"Dots 7" by Barbara J Carter, 5x7", acrylic on canvas panel, 2009

“Dots 7” is sold.

The result is at least interesting, and gives me more options for covering the larger areas of much bigger paintings. The dots will be the same size, so there will be a LOT more of them on a bigger painting. So blocking out multiple repeating patterns instead of a single overall pattern is a possibility. At any rate, “Dots 7” helps me visualize how that might work in a larger painting.

Then, I decided to try something completely different, like making curving lines and areas out of the dots instead of the previous squares or random patterns. Again, all in the name of experimentation.

"Dots 8" by Barbara J Carter, 5x7", acrylic on canvas panel, 2009

"Dots 8" by Barbara J Carter, 5x7", acrylic on canvas panel, 2009

“Dots 8” is also sold.

“Dots 8” kind of reminds me of the eye of an ancient Egyptian god, or perhaps some fishy sea creature. It was supposed to be just a random intersection of lines, but it’s very hard not to “see” objects in this kind of image. And that’s a useful lesson for me too. I probably won’t be using the “eye” motif in any future paintings, but it’s certainly different from the other experiments!

March 28, 2009 at 8:00 pm 4 comments

Going Geometric: “Dots 6” painting

I’m really excited about this direction for my little abstract dot paintings:

"Dots 6" by Barbara J Carter, 5x7", acrylic on canvas panel, 2009

"Dots 6" by Barbara J Carter, 5x7", acrylic on canvas panel, 2009

Geometry! The dots form one grid, the background stripes another. This is definitely a direction I’m interested in pursuing further. It dovetails nicely with the ideas I’ve been thinking about recently. So, you can expect to see more geometry!

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This painting is available for $30 plus postage (and sales tax in California). First Class postage in the U.S. is $1.50. It is painted on a canvas panel, a thin board that will fit into a normal 5×7″ photo frame. Click on the “Buy Now” button to purchase with a credit card. No PayPal account needed.

March 23, 2009 at 12:29 pm 2 comments

New Dot Paintings: “Dots 4” and “Dots 5”

Catching up with the little bitty dot paintings:

"Dots 4" by Barbara J Carter, 5x7", acrylic on canvas panel, 2009

"Dots 4" by Barbara J Carter, 5x7", acrylic on canvas panel, 2009

"Dots 5" by Barbara J Carter, 5x7", acrylic on canvas panel, 2009

"Dots 5" by Barbara J Carter, 5x7", acrylic on canvas panel, 2009

I’m particularly pleased that some of the background detail shows up in “Dots 5”. It’s almost completely obscured in “Dots 4”, but you can just barely make it out if you look closely.

These little paintings are fun little works of art in their own right, but they’re also studies and experiments leading up to larger paintings. With these little bitty paintings I can work out what colors I like, how well the background details show up, things like that. So there will be more to come.

Each of these paintings is available for $45 plus postage (and sales tax in California).

Sorry, “Dots 4” and “Dots 5” are both sold. You can see my other little dot paintings here, or you can see all of my available art here.

March 22, 2009 at 9:06 pm

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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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