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Contemporary figure painting of a woman with a violin “Play It Again”

contemporary figure painting of a woman with a violin by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Play It Again,” acrylic, 30″ x 24″ x 1.5″

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


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“Sing You a Song,” contemporary figure painting

contemporary figure painting of a musician by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Sing You a Song,” 10″ x 10″, acrylic

“Sing You a Song”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

I took a photo of this musician at the farmer’s market in Corvallis, Oregon last summer.

Daily Painting, “Music in the Street,” contemporary painting of a street musician

contemporary figure painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, "Music in the Street," 10" x 10", acrylic

“Music in the Street”    sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

I have often wondered whether I could put down a hat, with a dollar bill in it while I paint in “plein aire” (on location) but I’ve never done it (I’m almost cocky enough!).  I know a fellow who wears a big “go away” t-shirt emblazoned on his back (he claims that it doesn’t always work) … he can be very grumpy so I’m sure they don’t stick around long.

When I paint or draw outside in any populated place, I generally have interested people peer over my shoulder.  Children are the most likely to approach me and I find the adults much more shy.  Sometimes they ask if it is okay, sometimes they try to surreptitiously glance at my work.  It’s always okay with me.  However, often in the middle of the painting there is a very ugly stage that embarrasses me!

Susanna Gordon allowed me to use one of her amazing photographs for reference for this painting.  I am so very grateful for her generosity.  Please check out her extraordinary blog, Susanna’s Sketchbook (click here).

Daily Painting, “He’s Got Swing,” contemporary figure

contemporary figure painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, "He's Got Swing," 10" x 10", acrylic

“He’s Got Swing”    sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

I sketched this musician about three times each time quite unhappy with the composition.  I knew that I liked his hat, his guitar and his red socks but he was sitting very stiff and upright and that was how I was drawing him.  Finally I decided that if I was going to like the final painting, I was going to put aside the reality of his pose and use more “swing.”