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Posted By KingCarl


'Off Center'

Looking back at what I was painting one year ago and this is what I found.  I actually had several paintings working at the same time, but this is the one that I finished on this day one year ago.  'Off Center' is painted on a 24" x 24" wood panel.  All of the other paintings that were going on at the same time were celestial-inspired, so I would say that was the inspiration for this one, as well.  This looks like a bow on top of a gift-wrapped package, which is kind of funny, given that the "bow" is slightly off center.  But as for the celestial inspiration, the "off center" reference is more about a location in the universe or solar system.  As an artist, I take my inspiration from wherever I can get it.




Posted By KingCarl


'Little House on the Prairie'

This painting marks a transition in my artwork.  Before this painting, I usually finished each piece quickly.  Some of my art has been completed in fifteen minutes, some in a couple of hours.  But this one was on my easel for over a month, maybe two.  It is one of the first paintings of mine to be painted entirely on an easel.  It also represents a first for any painting of mine in that it has several different types of media used.  This 24" x 24" wood panel incorporates acrylic paints, colored pencils, charcoal, graphite pencils, pastels, and marker.  This painting was accomplished using brushes, spatula, trowel, and sponges.

'Little House on the Prairie' has nothing to do with the Ingalls Family.  I can't really pinpoint what the inspiration for this one was, but I was painting other little houses during this time period, and the little house on this wood panel was the beginning of this piece of artwork.  This is one of my personal favorites.


Posted By KingCarl



I have an observation about modern artists.  In my observations, I have noticed that commercially successful artists basically create the same painting over and over and over.  The subject matter might vary a little bit, but usually, if you've seen one you've seen them all.  Right now, at this point in time, our local community has two artists that seem to be able to sell a lot of paintings, but each one has their own style and they proliferate paintings for the sake of money, creating the same tired theme over and over.  Financially successful, perhaps, but why be an artist just for the sake of creating a lot of paintings just to say that you have made a lot of money?  Art historians refer to this type of artist as art whores.  I don't want to mention these artists by name because that would diminish my point, because there are other artists that do the same thing, but these two are local artists and I see their "work" quite a bit.  Just because an artist decides that they can complete a painting in fifteen minutes and then sell it for $1200-$1500 does not define a "good" artist.  Good business, maybe, because they are able to find people willing to pay those prices, but I have seen art by artists that only took fifteen to twenty minutes to paint, sold for $300 and was much more a work of art than just a money-making statement.

My recent observations have given me the opportunity to look at my own art collection.  I am self-taught.  I really have not had an inspirational influence by way of another artist.  My inspiration has come from many differnt sources:  sunsets, the moon, nature, sociopolitics, human nature, ancient Egypt, and more.  I started painting in June of 2003 and have been very prolific, with over 500 paintings in my possesion at this time.  I have sold about 35 paintings, almost all within the first year without any promotion on my part.  I look at it as beginner's luck.  I feel confident that I will sell more of my art in the future, but I feel no rush just for the sake of making money.  Don't get me wrong, I would love to sell some of my art, but I find more satisfaction in selling my paintings to people who really appreciate the subject matter that I try to capture in each piece of work than just making money.  That is probably why I will continue to be an example of a starving artist.  But looking at my entire body of work, as an artist, I can say that no two of my paintings are alike.  I have done a few series that contained multiple paintings, but even those are individually different.

I am in the process of redoing my website for my art.  My reworked site will include the size of the painting and the material that it's painted on.  I'll give notification here on this blog when my new site is complete.

My painting that I have displayed above, 'HELP', is one of my most coveted pieces of artwork.  It represents my first use of a trowel or spatula on a painting.  And that little face was influenced by a specific ancient Egyptian hieroglyph.



Posted By KingCarl

Check Your Halo

'Check Your Halo'

This is my favorite painting that I have ever painted on a 8" x 10" canvas board.  Notice how I narrowed down the category for this painting, as I have many favorites.  How can one not smile when they look at this?  It was a very spontaneous painting that came about after I purchased some flourescent paints way back in 2004.  So smile, and check your halo!!!