Intimations of Autumn

Intimations of Autumn

Carol L. DouglasAug 12, 20223 min read

Autumn Farm, Evening Blues, oil on canvasboard, $1449 framed. Here in the northeast, we’re seeing the first intimations of autumn-the earliest scarlet leaves starting to drop…

Who owns access to the ocean?

Who owns access to the ocean?

Carol L. DouglasAug 10, 20224 min read

Foghorn Symphony, Carol L. Douglas, was painted at Trundy Point. Private collection. I used to do an annual invitational plein air event in lovely Rye, NY.…

Monday Morning Art School: preparation

Monday Morning Art School: preparation

Carol L. DouglasAug 8, 20224 min read

A drybrush in ink by a young Andrew Wyeth, courtesy American Artist Magazine James Gurney somehow unearthed a 1942 copy of American Artist Magazine that included…

The value of critique

The value of critique

Carol L. DouglasAug 5, 20224 min read

Becky Bense. Remember our post about Frixion pens? This was done with one. Critique ought not be a question of likes and dislikes. It involves analyzing…

Why does anyone paint plein air?

Why does anyone paint plein air?

Carol L. DouglasAug 3, 20224 min read

Painting the fog at Blueberry Hill I’m in Acadia teaching my annual Sea & Sky workshop, and yesterday was a fog-bound day. We were at Blueberry Hill. The great granite…

Monday Morning Art School: more better, faster

Monday Morning Art School: more better, faster

Carol L. DouglasAug 1, 20224 min read

My painting for Camden on Canvas, called “So Many Boats!” Sold at auction yesterday. One of the questions we are often asked at plein air painting events is, “Did you…

A game-changer for watercolor?

A game-changer for watercolor?

Carol L. DouglasJul 29, 20223 min read

It’s a danger when you come to visit; I probably will make you work. Watercolor painters have several options for transferring their sketch to paper. They can hope they get…

From the archives: Extreme painting

From the archives: Extreme painting

Carol L. DouglasJul 27, 20225 min read

My guest expert (my daughter) wrote this post in 2018, because I was indisposed due to medical tests. I’m having tests again today (one of life’s eternal verities) and was…

Monday Morning Art School: start with value

Monday Morning Art School: start with value

Carol L. DouglasJul 25, 20224 min read

Lobster pound, 12X16, oil on canvas, available. There’s an old saw that goes, “value does all the work and color gets all the credit.” I tend to not repeat it…

The limitations of style

The limitations of style

Carol L. DouglasJul 22, 20224 min read

“Ravening Wolves,” oil on canvas, 24X30, available. I’ll be painting next weekend in Camden on Canvas. I’m a little rusty because my time right now is being taken up by…

Common sense isn’t that common

Common sense isn’t that common

Carol L. DouglasJul 20, 20224 min read

The Schoodic Peninsula has some wild and wooly scenery. Jennifer Johnson has been my monitor for Sea & Sky at Acadia National Park for six years. In all matters other…

Monday Morning Art School: is this painting finished?

Monday Morning Art School: is this painting finished?

Carol L. DouglasJul 18, 20224 min read

“Best Buds,” oil on canvasboard, 12X16, oil on canvasboard, $1449 framed. On Friday I wrote about a painting I’d been carrying around in the hope of finishing, only to realize…