Thursday, October 1, 2015


Artist Doug Carter,. MOONLIGHT 5 X 7.Oil Painting,.
This subject of the moon seems to be quite interesting. On the night of the Blood moon there was overcast in Texas . I was wanting to catch a view of it , they say it won't happen again till 2033. So here is a view the next night with a clear sky. I will say it is a super sized moon for sure. What do you think await your comments . Thanks for checking out my Blog.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Artist Doug Carter, 8 X 10 " GOODMORNING "
All I can Say is yes it is the sun is shining the birds are singing life is sooogood. Have a great day today. Make someone smile,.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015


Doug Carter Artist ,. "ABSTRACT ROSES " 7 X 5,.
 Looking at a large grouping of flowers can be exciting and the many colors and light hitting different parts. I wasn't planing to paint a abstract image it is just how it turned out . Very happy with the results and the dance of color and flowers . 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

" Full "

Doug Carter Artist,. 7 X 5 " Full "
This side of the painting seems calmer and softer and cooler in temp . So once again the combo of the two create the fire and ice theme I love so well. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

" VIEW "

Doug Carter The Artist,. 7 X 5 " View "
 I'm going to let the painting speak for itself. Love to hear what it says to you as well.


Doug Carter Artist, " Full View " 2 @ 7 X 5 ,.
Actually painted the view on the right first and it was quite mysterious . Curiously wanted to see the full view of the area and painted the other side to complete the picture. This is quite a picture by itself and as your going to see so are they separately.

Monday, August 31, 2015

" BLEU "

Doug Carter Artist,  " BLEU " 7 X 5.,
Its the mood the color and the lakes name. Playing games with colors what allot of fun until it doesn't make sense. looks like this one is working and is quite the mood setter .

Saturday, August 29, 2015


Doug Carter Artist, 8 X 10 " BREAKING " Fine Art
The surf, sound and breeze better than anything you can imagine.  When you have a wound or a cut there is nothing better to heal you than the Sea water. I Feel the same about the surf it heals the soul. Enjoy your visit through this painting to the healing effect of the ocean.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


Doug Carter Artist, " Sky Way " Oil painting board 5 X 7.,
Summer clouds and windy days the things painting are made of. The light is breaking through and the clouds are passing buy. This was a very fun day of painting wish you were there to watch.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


Doug Carter Artist, Oil Painting on Board. 10 X 8

If you look at the weather map and look at Texas you know its "Red Hot ".  So trying to paint a feeling sometimes is easier than other times. I think I nailed it with this one even thought the sun is setting its still fighting all the way down with the heat. Give me your thought and feedback love to hear from you.

Friday, August 7, 2015


Doug Carter Artist, 7 X 5 oil painting.
" Purple Vale "  I see the effect of light trying to come through the vale of the trees creating a combination of the warmth and the coolness of the the shade. Breaking through to the banks of the other side of the lake. What a creative feeling of mystery and peace. I love the expression on this painting and the mood it portrays..

Thursday, August 6, 2015


Doug Carter Artist, 5 X 7 Painting on Board.,.
Summer heat makes you look for something refreshing and cooling. Evening beach provides both cooling water and refreshing atmosphere. I want to go back there right now don't you?

Wednesday, August 5, 2015


Artist Doug Carter, " Don't Touch " 5 X 7 Oil painting.,
Trying to loosen up and yet nail the form and colors . Cactus is one of the things that are mysterious and yet beautiful to paint. Wanted a colorful expression of that feeling in this painting. 

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.?