Buying a painting is a good hedge against inflation. Seriously.

Buying a painting is a good hedge against inflation. Seriously.

Carol L. DouglasJun 15, 20223 min read

Chosen wisely, a painting is a durable asset that will increase in value over time. Spring Greens, 8X10, oil on canvas, click for more information. If you were in midcoast Maine…

Monday Morning Art School: what is critique?

Monday Morning Art School: what is critique?

Carol L. DouglasJun 13, 20223 min read

It’s not an emotional response or mere fault finding. Skylarking 2, 18X24, available. This week I begin a new online class dedicated to critique. Since it’s a totally new idea, the shape of this…

Your brushes suck. What are you going to do about it?

Your brushes suck. What are you going to do about it?

Carol L. DouglasJun 10, 20224 min read

While you can paint a good oil painting with a stick (if you know how), decent brushes certainly help. They used to be my first-string brushes, until some kindly friends…

Good design is in the details

Good design is in the details

Carol L. DouglasJun 8, 20224 min read

The people who made beautiful art in earlier eras weren’t focused on themselves, but on craft and how it fit into a greater whole. The rood screen of York Minster…

Feel the Love

Feel the Love

Carol L. DouglasJun 3, 20224 min read

Kind Cumbrians cheered us on as we hiked the last few miles of the wall. Now on to the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations. The churches of Cumbria are built of reclaimed…

God Save the Queen

God Save the Queen

Carol L. DouglasMay 31, 20223 min read

Here in the countryside, her subjects love her.   Shop window display in Cumbria   Every small town we’ve walked through has been decorated for the Jubilee. That’s not with…

The care and feeding of your dogs

The care and feeding of your dogs

Carol L. DouglasMay 27, 20223 min read

Poppy discovered the joys of manure, but my feet were thoroughly blistered. The beautiful Northumbrian landscape. This is what I’d call ‘hill-walking’ but my friend Kenny-who was raised on the…

The Perfect English Holiday

The Perfect English Holiday

Carol L. DouglasMay 26, 20223 min read

I dipped my feet in the North Sea. It rained. I ate an ice cream. There was a dog. How much more British can you get? Dipping my toes in…

Boys will be boys

Boys will be boys

Carol L. DouglasMay 20, 20224 min read

Boys must be boys The ick factor in art history is compounded by our own era’s obsession with sex and power. The Milkmaid, c. 1600, Johannes Vermeer, courtesy Rijksmuseum During Monday’s…

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…