Romance or reality?

Romance or reality?

Carol L. DouglasMay 18, 20224 min read

Be honest or sanitize the view? What’s actually there can be a hard sell.Lobster Pound at Tenants Harbor, Carol L. Douglas, available.I painted the above, of a lobster pound at…

Monday Morning Art School: paint with precision

Monday Morning Art School: paint with precision

Carol L. DouglasMay 16, 20224 min read

We’re all proponents of loose-is-more, but there are times when you have to be able to hit it right.Cremorne Pastoral, 1895, Arthur Streeton, courtesy Art Gallery of New South Wales.…

Nothing lasts forever

Nothing lasts forever

Carol L. DouglasMay 13, 20224 min read

Wildfire is threatening an area I know and love. It’s a reminder that nothing lasts forever, even the trees and hills.Hermit’s Peak from El Porvenir, Carol L. Douglas, oil on…

What I don’t know

What I don’t know

Carol L. DouglasMay 11, 20223 min read

Painting is a solitary journey, but there are times when you need the help of others.Main Street, Owl’s Head, 16X20, oil on archival canvasboard.I’ve fussed and worried about migrating this…

Monday Morning Art School: avoid the Velvet Elvis

Monday Morning Art School: avoid the Velvet Elvis

Carol L. DouglasMay 9, 20224 min read

How do you paint the sunset without it looking like kitsch?Sunset Sail, oil on canvas, Carol L. Douglas, available.In class last week, a student said she’d painted the shadow areas…

A little Dada goes a long way

A little Dada goes a long way

Carol L. DouglasMay 6, 20224 min read

No wonder people don’t take art seriously as a profession.Vilanova’s raincoat, hanging next to an exhibit about Picasso. Hanging it next to a large monochrome picture was great design… by…

Plein air painting on the cheap

Plein air painting on the cheap

Carol L. DouglasMay 4, 20224 min read

If you’re trying painting for the first time, it makes sense to use less-expensive equipment and supplies. Here are corners you can cut.Early Spring on Beech Hill, 12X16, oil on…

Monday Morning Art School: what we can learn from Wolf Kahn

Monday Morning Art School: what we can learn from Wolf Kahn

Carol L. DouglasMay 2, 20224 min read

Color is the dominant theme of our age.Autumn trees, undated, Wolf Kahn, from a commercial lithographWolf Kahnwas a mid-century American landscape painter who was influenced significantly by Abstract-Expressionismand Color Fieldpainting.…

Why grisaille?

Why grisaille?

Carol L. DouglasApr 29, 20224 min read

Your painting should be a carefully judged pas de deuxbetween reality and your own vision. That’s best worked out before you start adding a million different color variables.There are days…

Chromophobia

Chromophobia

Carol L. DouglasApr 27, 20223 min read

Until you start playing and experimenting, you won’t really own your own color pathway.Autumn farm, Evening Blues, 12X16, oil on archival canvasboard, available. Bobbi Heath once posited to me that painters…

Monday Morning Art School: the power of light

Monday Morning Art School: the power of light

Carol L. DouglasApr 25, 20224 min read

In a world obsessed with rawness, you could do worse than studying the Luminists.Lumber Schooners at Evening on Penobscot Bay, 1863, Fitz Henry Lane, courtesy National Gallery of Art. The setting for…

The power of the Great White North

The power of the Great White North

Carol L. DouglasApr 22, 20224 min read

In the solitary splendor of Canada, these painters found energy, possibility, and a national identity.Byng Inlet, Georgian Bay, 1914–1915, Tom Thomson, courtesy McMichael CollectionHere in Maine, we import our weather from…