Category Archives: Studio News

“All About Bananas,” contemporary still life painting of bananas

contemporary still life painting of bananas by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “All About Bananas,” acrylic, 30″ x 30″ x 1.5″

“All About Bananas”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
30″ x 30″ x 1.5″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

I am so excited to show you this next photo from Allison.  She and her husband, Khoi, just added one of my paintings to their collection and it looks fabulous!!  Allison plans on adding some burnt orange pillows which will add a pop of color on the sofa and help tie into the colors of the painting.  Look at how the lines of the curtain go with the lines of the sky in the painting.  It is such a warm, comfortable and happy room!  I’m thrilled that my painting found a beautiful home.

© Allison Blum Le

© Allison Blum Le

Contemporary painting of a cart with fruit and flowers “The Watermelon Wagon”

contemporary painting of a cart with fruit and flowers by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “The Watermelon Wagon,” acrylic, 10″ x 10″

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

Clothesline Sale of Art 2015 is this Saturday!  Come see my work, the work of other talented local artists and introduce yourself!

Benton County Courthouse Lawn
120 NW 4th Street, Corvallis, Oregon
Saturday, August 1, 2015  9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contemporary painting of a couple hugging “The Hug”

contemporary painting of a couple hugging by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “The Hug,” acrylic, 10″ x 10″

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

Art Reception alert … in Philomath, Oregon this coming Friday! If you are in the area, please come and see me and artists Tom Allen and Sue Harrell and our work “Shared Landscapes” at:

Benton County Museum
1101 Main Street, Philomath, OR
Reception May 15, 2015
5:00 – 7:00 pm

Contemporary dog portrait commission “Lilly”

contemporary dog portrait commission by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Lilly,” acrylic, 14″ x 14″ x 1.5″

“Lilly” sold_dot sold
by Carolee Clark
14″ x 14″ x 1.5″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

I wanted to paint this beautiful sheltie and her sister the moment I saw them.  Absolutely gorgeous dogs.

Other News:
Commissions
Some people have asked whether I do commissions and I am officially saying yes now.  You can see more on my commissions page.

Instagram
I have started Instagram!  You can see some behind the scenes photos of my studio and works in progress.  My user name is caroleeclark.  Take a look on this blog’s right side under “Instagram.”

Newsletter
I just sent my newsletter showing the ugly stages of a painting.  One of the reasons I don’t like painting in public is that my paintings will go through all sorts of really ugly stages and I hate for people to see this, but I have been asked ….

If you’d like to receive future newsletters – please sign up here.

Contemporary tree painting “Longevity”

contemporary tree painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Longevity,” acrylic, 48″ x 48″ x 1.5″

“Longevity”
by Carolee Clark
48″ x 48″ x 1.5″
acrylic on wrapped canvas
$4000 (plus $280 shipping and handling within US)


Click here for larger image.

I pushed myself towards using a different color scheme with predominately blues and purples.

Other News:

  • See some of my figurative work at the Corvallis Art Center (Corrine Woodman Gallery front and back rooms in Corvallis, Oregon) from now until March 28, 2015.  While you are there take a look at the Community Open Show which is always a treat to see.
  • I have started Instagram!  My user name is caroleeclark.  Take a look on this blog’s right side under “Instagram.”

Bright. Vivid. Vibrant.: Carolee Clark – GT News Article

On Tuesday, Sarah Paynes and Amanda Cowan from The Gazette Times in Corvallis Oregon came over to the studio to talk with me about my art and the Philomath Open Studios Tour of which I am a part. They kindly ignored the mess of my studio and encouraged me to talk about my work. Sarah wrote a very nice article and Amanda used only the best photographs of the many, many she took. Thank you Sarah and Amanda for making me look good!

Bright. Vivid. Vibrant.: Carolee Clark at the Philomath Open Studios Tour : the entertainer.

Collectors send photo of their new art

photo of artwork in situ

© Al & Linda Brown

Linda Brown sent me a photo of their new painting hanging in their dining room. Once again I am honored that they have added one of my paintings to their wonderful art collection.  Linda says, “It’s like you painted it while standing in our home it fits so well.”

High praise!  Thank you Linda and Al!

Painting added to personal treasures

© Ruth McPhail

© Ruth McPhail

I was thrilled to get this photograph from Ruth McPhail (all the way from the Gold Coast Queensland, Australia) showing my painting among her other treasures. From the left is a lovely painting by Ruth, top center is mine “Sweet Suzy” and on the right is a playful painting by Mal Hodges.

Centered below between the candlesticks is an antique hair piece that has been passed down from mother to daughter to daughter.

It makes me feel very special to be included in this group of treasures!

Thank you Ruth!             Click here for a larger image.

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Painting added to growing collection

© Joan Baker & Terri Houde

© Joan Baker & Terri Houde

This painting was added to the collection of Joan Baker & Terri Houde. I was pleased to see some of the other work in their collection which were these gorgeous paintings on glass from Italy. I’m in good company! (See below)

© Joan Baker & Terri Houde

© Joan Baker & Terri Houde

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A Peak into a Collector’s Home

© Al & Linda Brown

© Al & Linda Brown

Al & Linda Brown sent me photos of their new painting, “Growing Close,” hanging in their incredible home. They have a wonderful, contemporary art collection which includes paintings, glass, wood and other really fun pieces and I am thrilled to have my work added to it.

I had the opportunity to go into the Brown’s home recently and it was such a treat!  I kept turning around and seeing something else to touch and exclaim over.  What fun to fill your home with things that make you feel joyful!

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© Al & Linda Brown

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“Celebrate with Cake,” contemporary still life painting of fancy cakes

contemporary still life painting of cakes by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Celebrate with Cake,” acrylic, 10″ x 10″

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

Other News:

My show “Colorscapes” is open at Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona for the month of April.  The Artists Reception (I will be attending!) will be tomorrow, Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 7 – 9 pm.

If you are in the area, please stop by and see my work!!

Xanadu Gallery
7039 E. Main St. #101
Scottsdale, AZ

“Growing Close,” contemporary tree painting of aspens plus exciting news of mentorship program

contemporary landscape tree painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Growing Close,” acrylic, 30″ x 30″

“Growing Close”  sold_dot sold
by Carolee Clark
30″ x 30″ x 1.5″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

News:

I am thrilled to announce that I have been selected by Jason Horejs of Xanadu Gallery for a mentorship program which will culminate in a one person show at Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale Arizona.

The news is still a little surreal for me as when I applied, I knew that there would be many, many incredible artists who would also want this exciting opportunity.  Jason has said that the selection process was much more difficult than he had anticipated of which I have no doubt.

When the announcement was made, I received some lovely and encouraging congratulatory emails.   I intend to do my best, work hard and prepare for a wonderful show.

Stay  tuned!

“Raven Resilience,” contemporary expressionistic painting of a raven

expressionistic painting of a raven by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Raven Resilience,” acrylic, 10″ x 10″

“Raven Resilience”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

News:

Well the Clothesline Sale was successful.  It was cold in the morning and I was bundled up with as many clothes as I had with me but by the end of the day it was 85 degrees and beautiful under the shade of the trees.

Thank you so much for coming by, chatting and buying my work!

A couple of photos to follow:

"Clothesline Sale" 2013

“Clothesline Sale” 2013

"Clothesline Sale" 2013

“Clothesline Sale” 2013

“Country Home,” contemporary landscape painting with house and sunflowers

contemporary landscape painting with home and sunflowers by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Country Home,” acrylic, 24″ x 30″

“Country Home”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
24″ x 30″ x 1.5″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

Here is another larger painting that I will be showing at the Clothesline Sale.  I would love to show you this painting in person so please come and visit me if you are in the area.  Below is the information.

Clothesline Sale of Art
Saturday, August 3th, 2013
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Benton County Courthouse Lawn (120 NW 4th Street)
between 4th and 5th Street and Monroe Street, Corvallis, Oregon

There are about 50 artists with original work in acrylic, watercolor, pastel, oil, ink or graphite and photography.

I will have many of my daily paintings as well as some of my larger pieces for sale. I’ll also have a couple of my sketchbooks there for you to check through.

“Tree Pose Success,” contemporary figure painting, women doing a yoga pose

contemporary figure painting of women doing a yoga pose by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Tree Pose Success,” acrylic, 10″ x 10″

“Tree Pose Success”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

Other News:

I’ll be talking about my views on how our creativity is stunted in my next newsletter (sending it the first week of July).  Sign up now if you want to read it!

“Beach Bum,” expressionistic abstracted bird painting

contemporary abstracted bird painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Beach Bum,” acrylic, 10″ x 10″

“Beach Bum”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

Other News:

I am now represented by Ryan Gallery in Lincoln City in Oregon. This is a wonderful gallery with a selection of contemporary and funky art work.  It is located in a beautiful building and is a definite must see while traveling through Lincoln City.  It is on the northern edge of the city on Hwy 101 so don’t miss it!

Ryan Art Gallery

Ryan Art Gallery

“BFFs,” contemporary figure painting

contemporary figure painting by Carolee Clark

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

“BFFs”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

Sketch is below:

© Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark

News:
I’m showing at Sam’s Station for the month of June. I just finished hanging it …
Their hours are Tuesday – Sunday 5:30 am – 3:00 pm
Location: 1210 NW 29th Street, Corvallis, OR

© Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark

“Sweet Creek Trail,” contemporary landscape painting

contemporary landscape painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Sweet Creek Trail,” 24″ x 24″, acrylic

“Sweet Creek Trail”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
24″ x 24″
acrylic on wrapped canvas (1.5″)

I’m finishing up my next newsletter on the question that artists love to hate “How long did that take to paint?”   To receive it  subscribe to our newsletter.

Cleaning out the files … to keep or to toss?

© 2002 Carolee Clark, “A Mask for All Occasions,” 27″ x 19″, pastel … Keep

I do this every once in a while, go through old paintings or drawings.  This time I went through old pastels and old watercolors.  I don’t go through the pastels very often because I hate touching them.  They get my hands all dirty and dusty with the pastel dust and I worry about damaging the ones that I care about.

One of my cats decided to jump into the flat file drawer that I was going through and ended up with a blue paw pad and a green paw pad.  She got whisked to the bathroom where I tried to wash her paws and she mewed pitifully.  Then I threw her outside hoping the rain puddles would wash the rest.

Each time I go through them I throw out more, cutting deeper into any “stash” that seems precious.   I haven’t done any pastels since early 2003 … almost 10 years!  I have thrown out so many over the years that I bet I don’t even have 12 left.  The one above (“A Mask for All Occasions”) was on the toss out pile but I rescued it and it still lives in my flat file.

Don’t get me wrong.  Pastels can be absolutely beautiful but it is definitely not my medium of choice.

The watercolors are easier to go through.  No dust, no careful handling just a quick decision of whether to keep them or toss them.  My watercolor paintings are dwindling in number too.  I’m pretty ruthless about keeping things that I don’t like or am tired of looking at (the painting below was tossed).  This time I even chucked some paintings that were accepted into the Watercolor Society of Oregon.

This process can feel absolutely wonderful!

© 2002 Carolee Clark, “Playing Cards,” 22″ x 30″, watercolor … Toss

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Daily Painting, “Eldon Place,” contemporary street scene with figures

contemporary urban scene painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Eldon Place,” 10″ x 10″, acrylic

“Eldon Place”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

Other Exciting News:
The TV show “Royal Pains” on USA Network has purchased the rights to show eight of my paintings on their set for the upcoming season!  So watch the walls of their set to see if you can spot my work 🙂

Daily Painting, “Double the Fun,” contemporary bird painting

contemporary bird painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Double the Fun,” 10″ x 10″, acrylic

“Double the Fun”    sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

Other News:
The Clothesline Sale of Art was very successful even though the temperature reached 100° which is rare here in the Willamette Valley.  I want to thank everyone who came to view my art, visit and purchase my paintings!  Below is a photo of the “clothesline” on which we display our work.  Not pictured is the large six painting easel where I display larger work.

Clothesline Sale of Art 2012

Daily Painting, “Abstract Rose,” abstracted flower painting

abstracted floral painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Abstract Rose,” 10″ x 10″, acrylic

“Abstract Rose”    sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

And my promised reminder of the outdoor sale in which I participate is coming up this Saturday …

Clothesline Sale of Art – Saturday, August 4th, 2012
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Benton County Courthouse Lawn (120 NW 4th Street)
between 4th and 5th Street and Monroe Street, Corvallis, Oregon

This “Clothesline Sale” is an art sale with 60 participating artists with original work in acrylic, watercolor, pastel, oil, ink or graphite and photography.

I will have many of my daily paintings as well as some of my larger pieces for sale. I’ll also have a couple of my sketchbooks there for you to check through.

Please stop by if you are in the area. I’d love to see you.

Daily Painting, “Fresh Flowers,” contemporary flower market with figures

contemporary flower market painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Fresh Flowers,” 10″ x 10″, acrylic

“Fresh Flowers”    sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

Below is the sketch for this painting.

© Carolee Clark

Exhibiting this month:
Reminder:  I am hanging a few paintings at the Hospital in Corvallis (main entrance, turn left … in front of the cafeteria entrance) … right now until July 29, 2012.

Clothesline Sale of Art – Saturday, August 4th, 2012
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Benton County Courthouse Lawn (120 NW 4th Street)
between 4th and 5th Street and Monroe Street, Corvallis, Oregon

This “Clothesline Sale” is coming up so I thought I’d put it out there early and remind you later.  There are over 60 artists with original work in acrylic, watercolor, pastel, oil, ink or graphite and photography.

I will have many of my daily paintings as well as some of my larger pieces for sale. I’ll also have a couple of my sketchbooks there for you to check through.

Please stop by if you are in the area. I’d love to see you.

Daily Painting, “Bags, Bags, Bags,” contemporary painting of hand bags

contemporary painting of hand bags by Carolee Clark

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

“Bags, Bags, Bags”    sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

Other News:   I have a painting in the May/June issue of Bethesda Magazine as an illustration for a short story.  So if you are in Bethesda, MD or D.C. area you can find a copy at these locations!  Look on page 310 for Backyard Apple Tree.”

Clothesline Sale – Saturday, August 6, 2011

© Carolee Clark

Clothesline Sale of Art
Saturday, August 6th, 2011
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Benton County Courthouse Lawn (120 NW 4th Street)
between 4th and 5th Street and Monroe Street, Corvallis, Oregon

You might have noticed that I haven’t been producing as many paintings lately.  I continually change, rework, or paint over every painting that I create.  Because I have this “Clothesline Sale” coming up this Saturday, I am madly touching up and changing many of my paintings, both large and small.

There are over 60 artists with original work in acrylic, watercolor, pastel, oil, ink or graphite and photography.

I will have many of my daily paintings as well as some of my larger pieces for sale.  I’ll also have a couple of my sketchbooks there for you to check through.

Please stop by if you are in the area.  I’d love to see you.

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