Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A happy day of painting at summer's end


Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater artwork coming along


By adding some shoe boxes to the canvas it lends the 3-D affect I'm trying to achieve.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater

Frank Lloyd Wright's home he built in nature is a beautiful home. It is filled with natural stone and wood all topped off with a stream running right through the lower level of the house. I am making a scrapboard of the cantilevered structures that compose the home. I can't wait to start using shoe box tops to extend the architecture out in 3D from the canvas. Here, I have painted some of the trees. Cheers!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A Star is Born

Greetings friends. Today, I am in between paintings so I took the time off to paint an antique piece of wood. I love turquoise blue. The wooden star is an antique I picked up at a sale. It had hung its dusty grey color in my studio for a couple of years just waiting to be created anew. Squirting out some paint onto my palette, I was able to paint the star so it shines just bright enough. You're a star!


This wooden antique star gets a fresh lease on life with bright shade of blue.


                                                              "V" is for Victory.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Pittsburgh skyline -- it's a wrap

It's so thrilling and exciting to sit back after a painting is complete and look at it from different points of view. When I examined the painting from 10 feet away, it felt complete. Then, when I looked at it close up, my eye went to the colors and forms of the buildings. I felt comfortable that everything was in place. I hope you enjoy looking at the many colors and forms of the Pittsburgh skyline.


The Pittsburgh Skyline in acrylic by Carol Labashosky

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

New painting begins

Hi everyone! I wanted to show you a new painting and see how its progressing. I started with a photo my niece gave me of the Pittsburgh skyline. Using acrylic paints, I tried to capture the sky with its tones of pink, grey and orange. Then, using black paint, I blocked in some of the buildings in the distance. When I'm painting I get down close to the paper on the buildings to try to make straight lines but sometimes making curvy lines just the same -- that's okay, though :)

Friday, June 9, 2017

The movie Hunger Games' beautiful costumes on display

Costumes are works of art. The textures of the material, colors, jewels and details makes me want to touch the material. These costumes were part of the wardrobe of the Hunger Games cast to include Jennifer Lawrence's wedding dress, "Effie Trinket's" colorful sparkly dress and a boldly printed suit jacket worn by another actor. The exhibit of the Hunger Games wardrobe appeared at Louisville's Frazier Museum. Jennifer Lawrence is from Kentucky by the way. Enjoy! I'm so glad I got to the exhibit. Creates some inspiration -- my favorite is the wedding dress.


Friday, May 12, 2017

Pittsburgh Skyline Painting in progress -- how exciting!


Hello !  I have begun a new painting on handmade cotton paper using acrylic paints. It is of the Pittsburgh skyline at dusk. The colors of the sunset are  so beautiful -- orange, light blue fading to a lilac-colored purple, warm yelow, and pink. Getting back into the studio with a new piece of artwork is great news. I was in a bit of a creative block. My oil painting had been going well as I taught myself new things about painting in oils. For one thing, the oil painting clean up is well, excuse me -- a real pain in the ass. Cleaning up acrylic paints, like the picture below, is soooo easy. Each medium has its own character. I've also decided to try to sketch more often after I sit down after dinner. That should put me in a good place to create artworks. A sketch a day, keeps the doldrums at bay.