Selling paintings

Selling paintings

Carol L. DouglasApr 20, 20223 min read

What’s the next social media marketing trend?Main Street, Owls Head, available.Last month I spent a few hours with Kicki Storm, who excitedly told me about the potential she saw in…

Monday Morning Art School: losing your edge

Monday Morning Art School: losing your edge

Carol L. DouglasApr 18, 20224 min read

There are many ways to soften an edge; the important thing is recognizing where you should do it.Niagara, 1857, Frederic Edwin Church, courtesy Corcoran GalleryAlmost every good painting is a…

The devil’s in the details

The devil’s in the details

Carol L. DouglasApr 15, 20224 min read

Pam’s paints weren’t cheap; they were by reputable manufacturers. But she was caught in the maze of historic names and convenience mixes.Spring Allee, 14X18, oil on archival canvasboard, available.Last week…

Nature preaches peace

Nature preaches peace

Carol L. DouglasApr 13, 20223 min read

But it’s a jungle out there.Apple blossom time, 9X12, oil on canvasboard, available.My friend Jonathan Becker took a lovely photo of spring outside his back door in Samaria. There are…

Monday Morning Art School: pochade boxes for every budget

Monday Morning Art School: pochade boxes for every budget

Carol L. DouglasApr 11, 20224 min read

I hate to see people waste money on a cheap pochade box that won’t work.My current system is an Open M box on a carbon-fiber tripod. It’s lightweight and puts…

Constant overdrive

Constant overdrive

Carol L. DouglasApr 8, 20223 min read

My strategic plan for 2022 seems to be in tatters. That’s the price of constant overdrive.Skylarking, 24X36, oil on canvas, available.At the end of last year, pastor Quinton Self challenged…

Paint like you’re rich

Paint like you’re rich

Carol L. DouglasApr 6, 20224 min read

Being stingy with art supplies will cost you more in the long run.Terrie’s rig is handmade but very solid. There are many ways to solve the pochade box question, which…

Monday Morning Art School: drawing realistic clouds

Monday Morning Art School: drawing realistic clouds

Carol L. DouglasApr 4, 20224 min read

 Clouds have volume and are subject to the rules of perspective.Clouds over Whiteface Mountain, oil on canvasboard, available.Clouds are not flat. The same perspective rules that apply to objects on the…

Growth and change

Carol L. DouglasApr 1, 20223 min read

How does one find one’s purpose as an artist? Should we build that into how we think about our work?Ravening Wolves, 24X30, oil on canvas, is as close as I…

Whoops, I should have listened to Ed

Carol L. DouglasMar 30, 20223 min read

The human brain has an unfortunate tendency to skip over the parts of a plan it doesn’t like.Desert long view, 9X12, oil on canvasboard, $696 unframed.I never expected to be…

Monday Morning Art School: Creativity loves constraints

Carol L. DouglasMar 28, 20223 min read

Two things I learned teaching my workshop last week.Kamillah Ramos at the Grand Canyon.I start each class and workshop by handing my students protocols for painting in oils and watercolor.…

Where is the line between art and craft?

Carol L. DouglasMar 25, 20224 min read

The line between art and craft is a modern one, and it’s resulted in banal, boorish and ultimately meaningless work being foisted on us as art.Carved cravat, c. 1690, Grinling…