Contemporary dog portrait painting “Toby”

contemporary dog portrait painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Toby,” acrylic, 10″ x 10″

“Toby”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″ x 3/4″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

I needed a little burst of love the other day so I started this painting of one of Deborah Peterson’s Chihuahuas.  Thanks for the reference photo Deb!

Contemporary landscape painting of trees and a river “Spring Melt”

contemporary landscape painting of trees and a river by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Spring Melt,” acrylic, 24″ x 30″ x 1.5″

“Spring Melt”
by Carolee Clark
24″ x 30″ x 1.5″
acrylic on wrapped canvas
$1260 (plus $75 shipping and handling within US)


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This is the Similkameen River in Manning Park, British Columbia.

Clothesline Sale of Art 2014 is only two weeks away!

Mark your calendars to come and see the work of up to 60 artists … come see my work and introduce yourself!

Benton County Courthouse Lawn
120 NW 4th Street, Corvallis, Oregon
Saturday, August 2, 2014  9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contemporary painting of birds, “Sing Me a Duet”

contemporary bird painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Sing Me a Duet,” acrylic, 12″ x 12″ x 1.5″

“Sing Me a Duet”
by Carolee Clark
12″ x 12″ x 1.5″
acrylic on wrapped canvas
$250 (plus $10 shipping and handling within US)


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My friend, Donna, gifted me a “Yes!” canvas which is a very smooth canvas that accepts any kind of wet media.  Since I used heavy body acrylic paint in the manner in which I usually paint, the thing I noticed the most was its smooth surface.  I think that watercolorists that want to work on canvas would love it.  Perhaps I should have experimented a little more and used thinned acrylic to get a washy, watercolor kind of look.  Next time!  (Thanks Donna!).

 

Contemporary painting of a tractor “Rugged Good Looks”

contemporary painting of a tractor by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Rugged Good Looks,” acrylic, 10″ x 10″

“Rugged Good Looks”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″ x 3/4″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

I was asked to paint a tractor recently and I couldn’t get that idea out of my mind so I jumped right in while I was excited.  This is a tractor that I encountered on one of my forays to paint outside last year.  The kind folks at Borgo Pass Winery let us tromp through their property to find inspiration and paint.  I had sketched this tractor while on site and this is the second time I have painted it.

New commission completed … strutting looking good!

figure painting with dogs by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, acrylic 40″ x 30″ x 1.5″

This is a large painting I’ve recently completed for collectors in Arizona. I’m very pleased with the way it turned out so I hope they like it!

 

Contemporary portrait painting of a dog “Mug Shot”

contemporary painting of a cocker spaniel by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Mug Shot,” acrylic, 10″ x 10″

“Mug Shot”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″ x 3/4″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

The reference photo of this sweet little cocker spaniel is from Li Goce.  She sent me a couple of wonderful images a while back and this is the second one that I completed.  I fell in love with this little fellow.

I forgot to show you this first step in my painting!

first step in my painting of Birch Banter

© Carolee Clark, “Birch Banter, Step 1″

In my excitement to show you the finished product, I forgot that I was going to post the first phase of the painting.  Starting with black gesso, I get the image onto the canvas.

Next I cover the rest of the white canvas with transparent paint, mixed and unmixed with other transparent colors. I don’t coat any particular color over the entire surface. At this stage it looks gaudy, bright and ugly. Much of this will be covered up but I do leave hints of it here and there.

Finally, I come in with opaque colors, covering up much of what was initially there.  And here is the final piece (which was posted a few days ago).

contemporary painting of birch trees by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Birch Banter,” acrylic, 36″ x 36″ x 1.5″

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