Perpetual Plant Journal

 

I began my Perpetual Plant Journal the week of May 20th - May 26th in 2019 after being inspired by the Jill Richards gorgeous Perpetual Plant Journal.  I believe Jill is now in her third, or possibly fourth year adding beautifully illustrated plants to the pages of her Stillman & Birn,...

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Chasing Away the Gloom

Finally!  Power is back on after three and a half days of no power, no internet and spotty (at best) cell service.

When power is out, for days at a time, my basement studio has been flooded and even the cell towers are out of commission, what do I do?  I go to the zoo.

Silly...

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What Keeps You Going?

abstract artist journey Aug 03, 2020
 

If you're reading this, you can count yourself extremely fortunate, not because it's my blog you're reading, but because you're reading about creativity with the intention of learning something ... or improving upon something you already do.  You're actively moving forward in your life...

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A Peek at Progress in the Studio

 

Some of you may have seen the first portion of this video.  I've added to it since I posted that first section.  Progress is being made, a little bit each day.  It has been so much fun working larger again that I've pulled out more blank canvases and I'm working out how to capture...

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Handling the Heat en Plein Air

en plein air Jul 27, 2020

There are advantages to being at home in New Jersey during the hot and humid summer months. I can work in my Perpetual Plant Journal or on a painting, en plein air, over a period of several days without having to complete the illustration in one sitting or complete the illustration in my studio...

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Sneaking Up on Design

design online course Jul 25, 2020
 

This morning I published Sneaking Up on Design, a new course on Skillshare. My Skillshare courses are short glimpses into different phases of creating art.  If you want more comprehensive online classes, check out my classes here on ExploreWithChrisCarter.com.  The longer version of ...

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Why have Multiple Works in Progress?

 

 The above video is one I made a number of years ago showing a watercolor technique I still love to use.  Over the next few months I'll post videos of current studio techniques as well as en plein air easel painting.

Many of you know my travel sketchbook work, my Dala Art, Morning...

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Along the Way - Apprehension to Connection

 

July 16, 2020

Along the Way - The Transformation of Apprehension to Connection

Through hazy eyes, not quite awake from a night of slumber, I gaze at the drawing on the screen of my iPad. Only three closed shapes remain empty.

Even in my still-sleepy state I felt automatic responses quickly...

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Method Behind Madness

 

Monday, July 13, 2020

I want to thank the multitude of friends and artists who subscribed to this blog during the last few days following the announcement that I was leaving the Facebook platform.  Thank you!

I have so many thoughts, experiments and projects to share with everyone and I...

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Farewell to Facebook as I Return to Large Intuitive Paintings - On canvas

 

Today I celebrate shutting down my Facebook pages and reclaiming precious moments to dedicate to creative endeavors in place of maintaining an online presence on the Facebook platform.  When I made the decision to streamline the time spent on my computer and spend far more time with paint,...

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