Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Art Squared Event - Louisville Visual Art

I participated in last week's Art Squared exhibit. All artists painted or created an 8 x 8 inch canvas and each artwork was for sale. Proceeds will support art classes for children sponsored by Louisville Visual Arts. My fine artwork was a take on Frank Lloyd Wright's stain glass window designs used in the Willet House, Chicago. This was a fun event to participate in. I enjoyed looking at all the artists work -- more than 300 artworks were displayed.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Green and Gold - A new Scrapboarding fine art piece in progress

Using a board --  having covered in bright acrylic paints -- I am now mounting scrapbook paper of gold and yellow upon it. Beautiful spring colors! -- Blessings, Carol Labashosky

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Painting at the Mellwood Art Fair - March 4, 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Artist Carol Labashosky will exhibit at Mellwood Art Show March 4

I will be  a participating artist at the Mellwood Art Fair this Saturday, March 4th, at the Mellwood Arts Center, 1860 Mellwood Ave., Louisville. Please stop by to meet  me and see my fine art. I will be doing oil painting demonstrations on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in the second floor main room where the art show is located. My fine art paintings are done "Plein Air" (outdoors), and they will be exhibited along with new thoroughbred race horse photos, all available for purchase. While you're at Mellwood Arts Center, you may want to follow the maze to my art studio, "Barking Dog Enterprises Suite No. 136" and peer through the glass windows to see more artwork. I'm one of the "old-timers" at Mellwood with my studio on site 10 years there. Email me with any questions at carollabashosky@gmail.com
Looking forward to the show and seeing you - Artist Carol Labashosky
Plein air painting in progress of the Mellwood Art Center Courtyard.

A photo of the courtyard -- the painting above looks realistic!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Using cut and paste text for "Revolution"

When we think of cut and paste, it stands to reason this would be done on the computer. On this fine art piece, I cut out the letters to form the word, "Revolution." This was the final addition to the painting which was done in acrylics. I thought about painting the letters on the paper, but I preferred the cut and paste look -- but it was tricky not to get glue all over the place, though. Completed, you can now see how the elements fit together to form a flag, representing the unity, the age of America using an antiqued look. Do you see the bullet hole in the middle?

I intended this painting to serve as a reminder for all the blood that has been shed to keep the country united.  Alas, now there is so much strife… choosing sides far to the right or far to the left, during  the election…the new presidency of Mr. Trump. Police are being targeted. All kinds of lives are newly "mattering "  Hashtag ###

“matter.” Life matters. More protesters and riots. Angry people and politicians who are rogues, who are renegades. Don't pay to much mind to it, though. America has gone through many many worse times! The Civil War, where brother against brother fought, the stock market crash and its subsequent depression. Coffee was rationed. And so were stockings! Do you find your predicament troubling? I couldn't deal with a coffee ration. So, if I get down and feeling blue, I somehow end up painting to get me through it. This painting shouts out -- look out ! -- we are still Americans, ya’ know.

We are the United States of America. Let's not divide, but find unity in the "Stars and Stripes, Forever."


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A new painting, "Revolution," begins

I have just started a new fine art painting, acrylic on cotton handmade paper called "Revolution." The muted hues of red, cream, rust, blue, and white cast an antique look. That's what I'm striving for. This past summer I took a trip out east and traveled the Revolutionary Road in Pennsylvania -- lots of history and sites along this historic pathway and gateway to America.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Artist Carol Labashosky to participate in Open Studio Weekend

Greetings! I am so excited to be a participating artist in Louisville Visual Art Association's Open Studio weeked Nov. 5-6.  Please join me at my studio and gallery Barking Dog Enterprises #136 in the Mellwood Arts Center, 1860 Mellwood Ave. Nov. 5 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Nov. 6 noon-4 p.m. Many fine art pieces, and "Scrapboards" will be on display and on sale. See my new thoroughbred horse photo display. Questions? Email me at carollabashosky@gmail.com  -- You will receive a brochure with maps to more than 60 artist studios for the fee!
http://www.louisvillevisualart.org/open-studio-weekend/  to get a guide map. The money supports LVA's children art program.
I  will be doing artist demos both days.Looking forward to seeing you! The Emerald City fine art scrapboard will be featured in all its shimmering green glory -- plus the Yellow Brick Road.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Learning to oil paint brings new challenges -- and opportunities!

    First came the apple. Then came I. (Afterward, I ate the apple. And it was done.) 
    Plopping myself down on a lawn chair on the screened-in porch, I picked up my paintbrush and hesitantly dabbed it into the blue and red paint to make a purple-like mix on the brush. This color is what I use to make the "sketch" of the apple. I paint the light and dark areas that I see, on the canvas with a light or dark shade of this purple color. That saves the time of making a pencil and paper sketch. Maybe I'll try that someday -- not today.
     I find the dark and light areas of the apple by squinting at it. That in itself, is a new way of looking at objects that I've learned this year,   
     My paint has been too thick of late, so next time I will thin it down by using the mineral spirits; or the Almond Oil, my artist friend, Sharon Rusch Shaver, uses exclusively.

     It's satisfying and engaging to get out my painting gear and hunker down to make a small simple painting. Honestly, it wasn't easy! I like the way the oil paint goes smoothly onto the Senso linen canvas, too.... much different than a white canvas.
     This weekend, I will try to get motivated to take out my paints again. 
     Little by little. Small things and small steps are great and wonderful things. A brush moving on canvas. Easy. Take it easy. The weekend has arrived.