My blog discusses a variety of ideas and methods of creating colorful art. I like to share new methods of painting or making interesting artistic pieces which I am always searching for. I enjoy using different mediums and painting various subjects as you can probably tell when looking at my website. Although I do not write a blog on a daily basis, I write my blog when I feel there is something interesting or new that other artists would like to know.
| 18 June, 2017 17:38
Recently our local Marco Island Center for the Arts invited artists to show their artwork in their June art show with a theme of "Whimsy". I asked my friend what kind of painting would fall under this theme. She suggested it would be a fun painting, with a sense of pretending or fantasy. So I searched though my more recent paintings to see if there was one that would fit under this theme of "Whimsy". I only found one that would fit this general description and this is the acrylic painting that I entered in the show which ran from June 5 -27, 2017.
Each year I paint a different version of the cute burrowing owls that we are so lucky to have living on Marco Island. People love them. From January to July, these small owls nest in the sandy ground on our island, often in empty lots. They are protected and their nests are roped off so that they will not be bothered by passerbys. Usually around March or April, we will start to see their babies start to come out of the nest. This year I decided to paint a burrowing owl with primary colors, and apparently the judge of this show liked it, for he gave it an Honorable Mention.
Don Long, the judge of the exhibit, described 'whimsy' as carefree, innocent fun. He explained that the award winners were the best at combining three key creative elements: a twist to the otherwise ordinary, the tantilizing abilities of color, and a tease, inviting one to come and look a little closer. A sort of visual cotton candy.
You can see my painting, called "Watching You" on my website at www.carolynburger.com. It is a square painting on canvas with a gold frame(16" x 16"). It was fun to paint and hopefully will bring enjoyment to someone who decides to make it their own.
| 05 April, 2017 13:51
Recently I took some painting classes from Marco Bronzini, a well respected artist who gives classes in Naples, FL. He guided me as I painted two paintings of water from photographs I had taken of our local beaches. He helped me to distinguish between the various colors of the water and taught me how to mix greyer colors that often appear in photographs of the Gulf of Mexico. The color burnt sienna is very useful in greying colors to make them more natural looking. I also learned to stand back, way back, from my canvas so that I held my long handled brush near its end. This makes a big difference in the strokes a painter makes on the canvas, keeping the painting more relaxed or 'loose'.
This is one of the paintings I did during my classes. It is a 22 x 28 oil painting on a 2" gallery wrapped canvas. It took many hours to paint and is still drying. Can you feel the motion of the water and waves in it?
I recommend continuing to take painting classes for all painters. We will never learn everyting we need to continue to grow as artists and expand our styles.
| 23 February, 2017 08:57
Last Thursday, February 16th, I participated in special event on Marco Island called "Wet Paint Live" which is held each year by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce. I was one of 21 artists who painted outside(plein aire) for six hours and then brought our wet painting to the local Rose History Auditorium by 4:00 pm. With the reception beginning at 5:30 pm, people enjoyed the food and seeing the wet paintings provided by the artists. Each artist had also contributed 2 other paintings to the event for a silent auction. The live auction was held at 7:00 pm and that's when the real fun began. Tom Wagor acting as auctioneer sold each of the 21 paintings in the next two hours.
I was surprised this morning when I opened our local Marco Eagle newspaper to find this photo of my painting of Residents' Beach being shown to the audience during the auction.
This is a great event with the proceeds going for scholarships to local high school seniors to further their educations. The Chamber of Commerce made over $17,000 with the sale of the auctioned paintings and the sale of paintings through the silent auction. I am proud to have been one of the artists contributing to this special event!
| 05 January, 2017 20:48
One of my newest pieces, "Egret in the Weeds".
January through April are the busiest months of the year here on Marco Island. Snowbirds from up north have arrived to enjoy our great weather so our roads, stores, restaurants, churches and hotels are full. It is the time of year that many cultural events are scheduled, including outdoor art shows.
This month I have a two day outdoor art show on January 6 & 7 at our local Marco Island Center for the Arts. Not only can you visit the artists and craftsmen in the outdoor show, but you can also enjoy the new gallery show inside and the gift shop which has so many wonderful things including jewelry, pottery, paintings, sculptures, handmade shawls, etc. Hopefully the weather will continue to be sunny and warm like it has been for the past two months.
Then two weeks later I will be showing my work in a special outdoor show on Saturday,January 21st with many painters using a variety of mediums. It is called the Brushes & Paint Outdoor Art Show. Artists will be creating paintings during the show which is always a fun thing to watch. This year two Brushes & Paint Outdoor Art Shows will be at the Marco Island Lutheran Church , 525 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island on January 21st and March 4th.
There will also be a Brushes & Paint Show at our Marco Island Historical Museum, 180 S. Heathwood Dr., on Saturday, February 25th. This is such a wonderful museum where visitors can learn about the Calusa Indians that used to live on our island, and also about the development of Marco Island by the Mackle Brothers 50 years ago. Our art show will be outside the front of the museum so that visitors can not only see and purchase some beautiful art, but also enjoy the museum. Be sure to come if you are in the area!
| 24 September, 2016 09:13
For years abstracts have interested me. I have painted a few abstracts since I first began painting, but didn't feel confident enough to really delve into this type of art. Then I saw a class on 'Pure Abstracts' offered at our local Marco Island Center for the Arts, and decided to take the class and see if I would find it interesting.
Not only did I find it interesting, but I discovered a new excitement about combining color and shapes to express myself. Shirley Blake, an abstract artist in Southwest Florida, taught the class and made all seven of her students enjoy the three day workshop! Now she is coming back in November to teach a similar class, and I plan to sign up again. Shirley makes the class fun with various drawing exercises to help one develop a design as well as relax. She is well prepared with a wide variety of sample abstract paintings to help her students understand the main types of abstracts and the wonderful creativity that can be designed around those designs.
If you have looked at my website over the past six months, you probably saw some of my abstract paintings which I created since that workshop. There is a new gallery called "Contemporary/Abstract" where you can see these abstract paintings which are so much fun for me to create. Please check them out!
Here is one of my favorites("Excitement")
This painting was created with acrylic and pastels on canvas paper. It was the first
time that I painted on canvas paper, and found the paper has a lot of texture which
makes the painting more interesting.