DIY Sketchbooks and Painting in a Canoe

 

What a fantastic week!

The rain held off until after the Boat for the Vote event on the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn last Friday evening. 

photo taken by my daughter, Nicole, from another canoe as we drifted along

The first mini course in the Series of DIY Sketchbooks & Illustrated...

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Exciting En Plein Air Opportunity

color miscellaneous Oct 22, 2020
 

In the midst of an amazing week, I was contacted by a teacher in Germany who is teaching her students about Complementary Colors!  I'll be teaching the children about grayscale values with complementary colors  in a special webinar for them in mid November.  I'm thrilled.  The...

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Joy Through Observation

 

The last two weeks have been utterly chaotic and challenging.  With very little notice I was invited to participate in another online, international interview event.  I was also asked to create a free gift for listeners that was based on a solo exhibit I had back in 2008.  With...

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Body Easels - Board Accessories and Sketchbooks

 

In the recent class I published on Skillshare, Painting Hedgerows in Watercolor, I used my DIY body easel in the en plein air painting demonstration.  The above video was included as one of the lessons in the class to show how all my tools are securely attached to my easel making it far...

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Two exciting announcements!

miscellaneous Aug 14, 2020
 

Video: Introduction to Strengthening Design Skills - Making Choices

Last night I published a new design class on Skillshare. In this class I present an easy technique using just a photograph, a piece of tracing paper and a pencil to experiment with the unlimited options you have when transforming...

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What Keeps You Going?

 

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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Sneaking Up on Design

 

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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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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