Tuesday, August 4, 2015


Artist Doug Carter," MORNING "  7 X 5 Oil Painting .
              Color, Color , Color what you can do with sky color is amazing . I love playing and exploring the possibilities when painting skies. Have a Great day today Enjoy.

Thursday, July 16, 2015


Doug Carter Artist, 5 X 7,  Oil Painting , "Meandering"
Not only the sky but the fields are layer upon layer and going on for what seems like miles. That's what inspired me to name it so.  

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


Doug Carter Artist , Oil Painting 5 X 7. "Purple Haze "
Something fun and very different that's what I wanted when painting this lake scene. Nocturnal with just enough light to keep the flame going . As you can tell still having name issues and yet this one fit somewhat well.

Monday, July 13, 2015


Doug Carter Artist, Oil Painting 7 X 5.

How do you name a painting that does it service. When the subject is beyond our ability to comprehend .
I have no idea how your able to paint something so massive on a small canvas and still do it justice.
I am pleased how this turned out however I need help naming it.

Friday, July 10, 2015

How to Get Started? Written by Marla Baggetta

1. Use a viewfinder or cropping mattes to explore different compositions and proportions. There are lots of tools out there and apps for your phone and ipad.
EasyL, AccuView and ValueViewer are just a few.

2. Choose a proportion based on your idea, don’t settle for what your canvas size or paper size is. If your idea doesn’t work with what you have available, then do something different!

3. Eliminate and edit. You don’t need or want to include everything! Leave out what is not important or essential to your idea.

 4. Group elements of similar value together to develop 3 to 5 large shapes or patterns. The thumbnail really helps us here!

5. Establish a focal point or area of interest.

6. Do a line sketch then develop a value study or notan with markers, pencil or whatever you like to use.

7. Once you’ve settled on a sketch you like, be sure to scale up the sketch in proportion for your final version. This is an important step that we sometimes forget! Your final won’t look the same if it’s not the same proportion, so if it’s a square sketch, don’t stretch it to the 8x10 canvas size you happen to have!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

10 plain air mistakes by Kathleen Dunphy

"Indian Summer," by Kathleen Dunphy, oil, 12 x 12 in.
Here are Dunphy’s Plein Errors, delivered as David Letterman might:
No. 10: Forgetting to squint to eliminate detail and see values more clearly.
No. 9: Getting bogged down in detail instead of massing in the basic shapes.
No. 8: Painting over an incorrect passage and making mud instead of scraping down/wiping off that section to start over.
No. 7: Painting too large a canvas for the amount of time available before the light changes.
No. 6: Not mixing up enough paint and skimping on paint application.
No. 5: Giving up too early.
No. 4: Wiping off the entire painting in the field (your painting might just be better than you think it is…)
No. 3: Focusing on one area too long instead of seeing the entire design.
No. 2: Using small brushes at the start.
No.1:  Not having a clear plan before you start!

Thursday, June 18, 2015


Doug Carter, Artist, 7 X 5 Oil  Painting,
 I have taken the same scene and painted this one called " Fall Trails" and have also done one called "Summer Trails".  I haven't done a spring or winter one yet do you think I should.?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


Doug Carter, Artist, 7 X 5 Oil Painting,
           I have taken the same scene and painted this one as "Summer Trails" and have also done one a "Fall Trails".  I haven't done a spring or winter one yet do you think I should.?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


Doug Carter Artist , 5 X 7 Oil Painting.
   Transcends some views just take you out of where you are and send you to a different time and spot. I think this small painting does just that .

Thursday, May 7, 2015


Doug Carter Artist,. RELAXING 10 X 8
Everyday beauty can be found and seen if you can just stop and relax and then it will show up. I just thought this was the best setting for anyone to feel comfortable in. Very inviting and welcoming, the play with the light and the colors . Take up a chair and tell me how you feel about this one.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


Doug Carter Artist,. Embrace 5 X 7
Take the day and what it has for you and make the best of it . You will never see it again and it is full of beauty you just have to stop lone enough to see it . When you do life will become more rich and full of wounder. That's what I try to do every day and sometimes I succeed at it.  One of the hardest things to teach students is to see whats in front of them so they can paint the moment.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Doug Carter Artist,. TRANQUIL 7 X 5 .
My time of refreshing is when I look at a quiet stream or pond and can only hear nature talking to me. Found this pond and it was so peaceful and tranquil to me. Still working on the photo part of posting a paintings with the added white boarders trust me they are not crook it, like it seems here. Just adds a great finishing touch to the painting.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


Doug Carter Artist, "NEWNESS". 7x5
When its spring and the rain stops everything  starts to bloom,. The lush green fields the streams are full and overflowing. Even the air seems alive and helps us see the colors and life becomes new again. What I like most about this painting is the contrast of last years hay and this years new growth. The colors and the feeling of newness is this even a word ? Take a walk with me into this field and look listen and enjoy.

Thursday, April 16, 2015


"WEST" By Artist Doug Carter , 5 X 7.,
Bluebonnets they can be tricky yet fun to paint still working on them . I have lived in Texas and have not painted many at all. Sure do like they feel of this one would go good with the other painting before this. 

Monday, April 13, 2015


"UPWARD" By Artist Doug Carter, 5 X 7.
Texas has been very wet lately now that the rain has stopped everything is blooming . The scenes are breathtaking as you can tell here. The bluebonnets are cumming out and the hills are full of color. Trying something new with taping a boarder onto the boards to add a classic touch to the art. Email me any comments and questions.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Resurrection Sunday Is Coming

Doug Carter Artist,
Resurrection Sunday is coming.
And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen;
and have the keys of hell and of death.


Monday, March 30, 2015


"CONTENT " By Artist Doug Carter ,. 5 X 7,.
 Fell in love with the mood of this color combo,  again early morning while everything is still and somewhat quiet . A time of peace and reflection .