Is that painting finished?

Is that painting finished?

Carol L. DouglasJul 15, 20224 min read

Drying Sails, oil on canvas, 9×12, available on my website later this morning. When I’m wondering, “is this painting finished?” the answer is usually yes.

First world problems are real problems

First world problems are real problems

Carol L. DouglasJul 13, 20223 min read

Black House, 18X24, oil on canvas, Carol L. Douglas I’ve got a student who’s been waiting for a chip for his GM pickup truck for several months. “First world problem,”…

Monday Morning Art School: most rules of painting are written in sand, not stone

Monday Morning Art School: most rules of painting are written in sand, not stone

Carol L. DouglasJul 11, 20223 min read

The Logging Truck, 16X20, oil on canvas, available. Rules are meant to be learned-and then, after mastery, some can be broken. A few weeks ago, my plein air class was…

Perfect is the enemy of good

Perfect is the enemy of good

Carol L. DouglasJul 8, 20223 min read

[caption id="attachment_3837" align="aligncenter" width="688"] Mudflats. It’s a start. This blog was on Google’s Blogger from 2007 until the present (with a short hiatus during which it was hosted by the…

Change is an inevitable part of growth, but it’s not easy

Change is an inevitable part of growth, but it’s not easy

Carol L. DouglasJul 6, 20223 min read

We like certainty, but plans are to some extent illusory; things can and do change in an instant. Sunset sail, 16X20, oil on canvas, Carol L. Douglas, available. I’ve noticed a…

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

Carol L. DouglasJul 4, 20224 min read

In just four years, we’ll be celebrating the 250th anniversary of our grand social contract. Here’s a challenge to you to paint what challenges us. Breaking Storm, 48X30, oil on linen. Available.…

An unknown woman who changed art history

An unknown woman who changed art history

Carol L. DouglasJul 1, 20224 min read

Behind every successful man is a woman, they say. She’s not always his wife. Portrait of Johanna Bonger, 1905, Johan Cohen Gosschalk Johanna Gezina Bonger is an unknown name to most…

What’s a poor artist to do?

What’s a poor artist to do?

Carol L. DouglasJun 29, 20224 min read

Perhaps my dream is telling me I ought to paint about something more serious than the beauty of nature. The Third of May, 1808, 1814, Francisco Goya, courtesy the Prado. I…

Monday Morning Art School: the four steps of landscape painting

Monday Morning Art School: the four steps of landscape painting

Carol L. DouglasJun 27, 20223 min read

Being technically accurate frees up your subconscious mind to analyze and interpret what you see. Main Street, Owls Head, 16X20, oil on gessoboard, $1623 unframed. Observation I once took an artist…

Monday Morning Art School: fat over lean, what does it mean?

Monday Morning Art School: fat over lean, what does it mean?

Carol L. DouglasJun 27, 20224 min read

Mastering fat-over-lean will remove the need for varnishing and ensure a long life for your paintings. Ottawa House, oil on canvas, available, is going in my gallery this summer. There are…

Gone sailing

Gone sailing

Carol L. DouglasJun 21, 20223 min read

Sailing is a great disperser of cares. Breaking Storm, oil on linen, available. That’s of course American Eagle in the starring role. By the time you read this, I’ll be sailing in Penobscot…

Alone or apart?

Alone or apart?

Carol L. DouglasJun 17, 20223 min read

A painting class or group is good for your mental health. Painting aboard American Eagle last September. I’m puzzling out a problem, so I’ve been peppering Ken DeWaard with texts. It’s just…