Author: Carl

A Spire at the Barret Library
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A Spire at the Barret Library

After spending the summer doing chemistry projects to hone in on just the right paint formula, I’m finally starting to cut loose and paint a bit with the new paint I’ve discovered. Today’s subject was…

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Sublime Shelby Farms
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Sublime Shelby Farms

The late summer late evening colors are subtle and soothing. This is from the back porch of the Visitor’s center looking southwest across Hyde Lake.

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Flowers in the rain
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Flowers in the rain

I painted flowers at Home Depot in the late summer rain today during lunch. Besides my paint and paper getting super soggy, it was a refreshing break from my day job in the digital design…

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Ethereal magic
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Ethereal magic

Sometimes when I’m just playing around with paint in my sketchbook, magic happens. In this case, the concept that presented itself it was about depth, distance and atmospheric ethos. 

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A tower in the distance
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A tower in the distance

A friend of mine once called some of my work “atmospheric”. I like that and sometimes I try to make it so. Like in this practice piece from my sketchbook.

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Daylight Savings at Shelby Farms
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Daylight Savings at Shelby Farms

Tonight was one of those ridiculously beautiful late winter evenings where around 5:00, everything got that golden atmospheric glow. Spring and daylight are coming! if you like the painting, you can purchase it here.

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A Few from Hyde Lake
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A Few from Hyde Lake

Formerly known as Patriot Lake, the new Hyde Lake is one of my favorite places in Memphis. Recently upgraded Shelby Farms Park has a lot to offer, like a cool new restaurant, a patio overlooking…

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A Winter and Fall Landscape
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A Winter and Fall Landscape

It’s kinda cool to see the seasonal differences between two landscapes painted from the same place at different times of year. The one on the top was done in late fall, the one on the…

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Urban Sketchers at Rhodes
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Urban Sketchers at Rhodes

I was able to get away for a bit today, walk down the street and join the Memphis Urban Sketchers at the Rhodes College Library. I think the room I drew here with all the…

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Migraine Paintings
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Migraine Paintings

I’ve been doing these quick little pastel drawings when I’ve not have time to really even think. In looking back on them, the colors seem to really mirror the colors I have been seeing during…

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Tall buildings
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Tall buildings

Two themes I love and that seem to crop up as I generate art: gardens and cities. Here’s a city sketch I drew while doodling at my mother-in-law’s breakfast room table.

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A Fair Thistle
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A Fair Thistle

A Fair Thistle Last week, I had the privilege to go to Glasgow on business. It was a short trip, Saturday to Friday but jam-packed with experiences and images that I just have not been…

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Greenies
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Greenies

Greenies This summer, as I have the past 15 summers, I played summer league ultimate frisbee in Memphis. There was this certain moment between halves where a group of my teammates, in sync, all just…

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Hot Evening at Shelby Farms
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Hot Evening at Shelby Farms

Hot Evening at Shelby Farms The sun has been so hot lately, it’s been almost unbearable. But I still went out and painted after work. I wanted to try a few things out, and should…

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Sketchbook: Color Study at Shelby Farms
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Sketchbook: Color Study at Shelby Farms

Here’s a quick 6×8″ two-panel watercolor and pastel color study I did after work at Shelby Farms. Sometimes the weirdest and most interesting color combinations, compositions and overall work can come from having too little…

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Shelby Farms Cloud Study
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Shelby Farms Cloud Study

It was a beautiful day at Shelby Farms. The clouds were transitioning to light blue, pink and orange before my eyes, which always creates a fun challenge and usually a fun outcome when painting a…

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Central Park Sheep Meadow
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Central Park Sheep Meadow

It was an awesome second half of the week in NYC this week. I was blown away by the weather, the kindness, the design, the art and so much more. One of my favorite moments…

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