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Hiking in the New Year

I’m not “ringing” in the New Year, I’m “hiking” it in! Getting out and tramping around is how I get inspired to paint.

After abundant winter rains, southern California greened up. This is as green as it gets!

Cheseboro Canyon Cheseboro Canyon after the rains.

Yeah, it’s still pretty brown out there. That’s why I like to spice up the colors a little in my paintings. (Maybe more than “a little.”)

"A Touch of Sun" painting by Barbara J Carter “A Touch of Sun” by Barbara J Carter, acrylic on canvas, 11×14 inches

If you missed seeing my art in 2012, fret not. I’m planning to get out and exhibit more in 2013. Being on my mailing list is the best way to get reminders about my shows. Click here to join, and I’ll see you at my next show!

January 3, 2013 at 11:41 am

Hello 2012

2011 was a banner year for me and my art. I’d like more of the same for 2012, please!

Looking back at my original plans for 2011, my idea of simplification worked out very well. I focused down on just the things that had worked for me before, and eliminated a lot of fluff. It really paid off.

I meant to start painting bigger paintings in my new bigger studio (especially once I got it lit). As it turns out, I finished several large paintings (triptychs) in 2011, each of which sold as soon as I showed it. That includes my largest painting to date, “Wind Wolves Triptych” at 7.5 feet wide:

Wind Wolves Triptych by Barbara J Carter, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 40x90 inches

Wind Wolves Triptych by Barbara J Carter, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 40x90 inches

I used to write up elaborate “business plans” for my art business each year. In 2011 I did away with this practice. It didn’t really affect what I did or how well things went during the year, but it certainly added to the amount of work I put myself through each January, writing up the plan.

No more of that! Last year I just made a broad outline for my year, with an eye to drastically streamline my process. A big part of the streamlining was only applying to two art festivals for the year, one in the spring and one in the fall. Luckily for me this worked out perfectly. I was accepted into both, and both shows were terrific events for me. Lots of my art went home with people! I hope to repeat it this year, though I am thinking about adding a third show to the mix just in case I don’t get into both of my “usual” shows.

I also participated in a few other exhibitions that came my way. I showed my newest and biggest abstract dot painting “Straightening” in the Open Show at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in 2011. I was very proud of this big, ambitious piece and wanted to get it “out there.”

Straightening, abstract dot painting by Barbara J Carter, 3x3 feet

"Straightening" painting by Barbara J Carter, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 3x3 feet

detail view, Straightening, original painting by Barbara J Carter

detail of "Straightening"

Alas, getting my painting into that show was hardly a major coup, since the 2011 show was not juried. That means that anyone who showed up with art in hand (and the entry fee) would get their work hung in the show. Not exactly a prestigious, exclusive show for my resume, but at least it got my work out of the studio.

Happily, this painting later sold to a very sweet couple who have bought from me before. One of them admired it, and so the other secretly bought it as a Christmas present. The absolute best way to give art as a present! It was my final sale of 2011. What a great way to usher out a busy but wonderful year.

Here’s hoping 2012 is just as good!

January 10, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Happy Old Year!

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty glad 2010 is over. It had some brilliant moments but there were also some very low points.

The worst were the illness and death of my beloved dog (I still miss the little guy), househunting (a seemingly endless quest), moving, stress and insomnia, moving, and, oh, did I mention moving? I hate moving. (I’m still not done. Ick.) Also there was a fairly disastrous (or at least highly unpleasant) rained-out art show in Beverly Hills. Oh, the vicissitudes of life on the outdoor art show circuit! But that leads me to…

The best parts of 2010! There were some real high points, including my best art show ever (Kings Mountain), our lovely new house, my fabulous (and big!) new studio, and our fantastic new dog. The love and support of my beloved sweetie, particularly during Kings Mountain when he fed and chauffered me, took care of my dog, and even helped with the setup and teardown at the show. (Yeah, he’s a keeper.) We spent some wonderful and meaningful time with family and friends. Very good things indeed, and I am grateful for them all.

I hope to build on the successes of 2010, move past the failures, and enjoy the gifts of life with joy and gratitude.

Painting "Backlit Hills (Joshua Tree)" by Barbara J Carter

"Backlit Hills" by Barbara J Carter, 11x14 inches, acrylic on canvas, 2010.

Happy Old Year! Farewell 2010. Onwards and upwards!

January 2, 2011 at 11:02 am 1 comment


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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