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.
| 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!
| 27 December, 2017 18:08
One thing I have learned is that people love collecting shells and love paintings of shells too.
When painting shells, don't be afraid to use a lot of different colors, even colors that are not usually found
in that particular type of shell. Have fun with color, and a variety of colors. Also be creative in choosing the
background color of your shell painting. This is one subject that you can really play with.
This acrylic painting on canvas is an example of using color with sand dollars which usually are white or cream.
I chose a palette of yellow, blue and red to make these sand dollars colorful and fun. The very dark holes in the sand
dollars help the viewer to know what type of shell it is. It is painted on a 12x24 inch canvas and framed on top, Yes, on top
of a gold frame with a unique design. For more information, go to my website, www.carolynburger.com, to learn more about
this special painting, made for those who love seashells and color.
| 15 December, 2017 19:48
This is the third year for this unique outdoor art show which is sponsored by our local church on Marco Island. It is an outreach program for the local community through the arts by Wesley United Methodist Church.
It is unique because there is no fee for the artists to participate in the show. All they have to do is complete a registration form giving their address, email, website, phone number and the type of art they make. All art must be original, and made by the artist.
Second, the church provides a free lunch during the festival to all visitors and the artists. It consists of a hotdog and bun, cookies, chips, fruit and a soda or water. Any donations made are then given to the local Marco Island Center for the Artists to support the art classes they offer to local children. This year the donations were over five hundred dollars.
And third, the church choir and other members come and sing Christmas carols while they walk through the festival. Everyone seems to enjoy this part of the festival, and like to take pictures of the singers.
Each year the festival improves and has more artists and visitors. We are hoping it continues to grow and that the community shows more and more support each year.
Here are a few photos of this year's festival held on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017.
Hyla Crane, Director of our local Center for the Arts.
Church members at the Welcome Table.
Here I am with my husband, trying to find some shade during the show.