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.
| 09 October, 2018 09:14
I have found that having a private art show in my home to be a very successful and enjoyable experience. Rather than just inviting previous customers, art enthusiasts and friends to the event, one should consider having other types of artists to also show their unique work at the home art show. This makes it more fun for the guests and doesn't put pressure on the guests to buy from you. I never want to put guests in a situation that they feel pressured to buy my artwork. Refreshments during the event always is included.
Last year four artists from our community decided to have a home art show in our homes at the same time; that is, on a Sunday from 11 - 4:30. It was a private event, with invitations given to friends, previous customers and people who we knew loved art. Guests were also encouraged to bring their friends with them. Each home had three different types of artists with their work displayed around the home. For example, I had an artist displaying her pottery, another artist displayed her oriental styled collages and encaustices, and I displayed my more traditional paintings of the local scenes. It was a great success, and visitors told us how much they loved it!
This year we are planning to do the same event with more artists joining us in the same four homes. I shall have a photographer, a potter, a fiber artist and myself showing art in my home during the event. Art will be displayed on the walls, on easels both in and outside on the back lanai, on tables and shelves, and my small studio will also be open to the guests.
Here is the front of the invitation showing the twenty local artists' type of work that will be part of this event. As you can see, we have many types of artists joining in this Art at Home show. When artists work together, they are more successful!
| 15 June, 2018 16:26
The white ibis with his curved orange/red beak and long lengs is really fun to paint. The red/orange color against the bird's white feathers is a dramatic contrast. They are usually found in groups so I try to create paintings with two or more ibis. You can paint them in the surf, at the beach, in a park with green vegetation, or flying. Just be careful to choose a palette that will create a painting with colors that go well with the birds' red/orange legs and beaks.
This is my most recent ibis painting with a limited palette of lemon yellow, quinacridone crimson, burnt sienna, cerulean blue, and payne's gray.
"Ibis in the Waves" Oil 12" x 12"
| 05 May, 2018 11:07
Realistic abstracts are contemporary abstract paintings that remind the viewer of a realistic setting or object. Many people, when looking at an abstract painting, identify specific parts of the painting that look like a real object, scene or person. I tend to paint these types of paintings, especially when painting scenes of Florida. Such is the newest abstract that I recently finished.
Called "Sky & Water", one can easily identify the general scene of Florida's billowy clouds, the water meeting the sky and the sea grasses often found in the shallow water near the shore. Painted on a square canvas, this acrylic painting becomes more fun to look at day by day. The reflection of the sky on the water with its pink, and various hues of blue, tie it all together..
You can learn more about this 24"x24" acrylic painting at my website: www.carolynburger.com.
| 09 March, 2018 20:13
Last weekend, March 3-4, I participated in an outdoor art festival held in Goodland, Florida. Weather was absolutely gorgeous
and visitors and artists alike were raving about the beautiful weekend. I enjoyed meeting the visitors, especially those who were
visiting from the north, trying to escape the cold weather up there at this time.
My schedule for the remainder of August is listed below in case you are coming to visit the Marco Island area this month.
Saturday, March 17th: Left Bank Festival at the Marco Island Center for the Art
Saturday, March 24th: Brushes & Paint Outdoor Art Show at the Marco Island Historical Musuem
| 31 January, 2018 17:26
The white birds that live in Florida are a lot of fun to paint. The artist can be creative in using various colors for shading the feathers that can be quite beautiful. We have a lot of white egrets and white ibis that live in the mangroves and actually live among the people at the beaches and around Marco Island, especially on empty lots. The ibis usually travel in groups and after a rain, will look for grubs to eat in the green lawns all over the island,
These beautiful birds are not really afraid of people but will fly away if one gets too close to them. They like to visit Mackle Park, our community park that is in the central part of the island. Mackle Park has a lake that attracts the birds, and also locals who enjoy the walking path around the lake.
I will be painting at Mackle Park during our annual event called "Wet Paint Live" which is sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce. Each year local artists paint in various locations on Marco Island on one specific day which will be February 15th this year. The location of each artist is posted in the local newspapers and many people drive around to visit the artists and see what they are painting...Each artist paints from 9am to 3pm and then frames the art and delivers it to the Rose History Auditorium by Marco Island Historical Museum. These wet paintings will be auctioned off at 7pm to raise money for scholarships for local students.
I am hoping to find some birds at Mackle Park to put in my painting on Feb. 15th. Here are some photos of our local birds.
They are beautiful, aren't they!