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.



Friday, June 24, 2016

Plein Air painting in the Rocky Mountains

I would like to thank Sharon Rusch Shaver, a talented painter and adventure artist, for giving me the motivation to paint outdoors in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.  I have never felt so inspired and joyful. She taught me and several artists a different way to look at the mountains and the outdoors. She taught us to capture the mountains and scenery on a canvas with oil paints. The challenge -- which I embraced -- was to get a painting done in approximately two hours, and then, just, step away! For me, I would lay down the brush, and say, "Done," I'm out." What I have on the canvas, it is what I saw -- my interpretation and style. I have a painting style. How thrilling! Each of us had a unique style. We helped and motivated each other. 

Plein Air painting is challenging! Just as she said it would be. Sharon diligently corralled the team of painters each morning (after coffee) and hustled us out to a beautiful site where we set up our easels and hunkered down and painted. One day it rained. The wind blew so hard another day, Sharon's painting blew off its easel and had to be fished out of a lake. 

I have never felt such a feeling of calm and excitement at the same time! It takes courage to go forth and live my own dream in spite of life's challenges. It takes strength to carry all the supplies, paints, tripod, art box and back pack through a marsh, too. Thanks Sharon and thanks to Dan, her "Sherpa" husband, for inspiring me to live large and live joyfully.

Visit Sharon and become an Adventure Artist at  http://sharonruschshaver.com/


Oil paintings from the Rocky Mountains, Colorado, by Carol Labashosky





This last piece is done in oil pastels. I just couldn't get enough and stayed in the Rocky Mountains another day.




Thursday, April 28, 2016

There's no place like home -- in my studio

My studio is my happy place. Beauty and Peace fill the air among the artwork on the walls, on the floor on easels, propped up against the wall or in sketchbooks.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road; I'm done.
I have finished the Yellow Brick Road and Emerald City scrapboard. It still needs a title. I like "My Crazy Imagination" because I kept imagining how more and more glass, or tiles, fabric, or paints could be put upon the board! More and more! The piece is so heavy. I will need to have my dear husband drill some holes for some strong wire. My heart too gets a little heavy when I complete a piece -- I've truly put my heart into it. Yet, my heart lightens as I evolve, or involve into a new creation. I say this because the art takes over me. My mind, hands, posture, fingers -- all of me. I am in the moment.

I'd like to share some pictures of "My crazy imagination." I hope you find that "...my imagination" can inspire yours. Allow your thoughts to travel upon the yellow brick road. It's paved with the grace we receive from God to create! Get on it!

All that glimmers is green, my favorite color.


 ..A Heart,

...A Brain,

...The Nerve,

...A home

The tin man, the scarecrow, the lion and Dorothy, have had these all along.


Monday, March 14, 2016

The Wonderful World of Oz

I am continuing to add embellishments to the Emerald City scrapboard. I used fabric like a red hem or something one would use on curtains to appear like poppies. The once colorful sky has been muted by metallic paints. It gives the sky a hazy glow, and the white half circle makes the emerald city stand out.

The joy of art is in the imagination. I never know how or where something -- what something? -- will be laid out and glued down upon the board. The unknown is what's appealing.

Close up of the green plastic bottles which were originally intended for lotions and such.


To the right is the iridescent green glass which mimics what is opposite, in this case, art hanging on the wall.


Monday, February 29, 2016

Sketching between fine art projects

Advocating for sketching, my thoughts are that artists and creators need a break from major projects like paintings or detail work of any sort.


I found a photo of a bird in a Kentucky natural resources publication. The positioning of the photograph of the bird on the cover of the magazine was unusual in its depth and colors.


Once my pencil began to glide across the Arches of France paper, I was filled with joy and a fountain of creativity. I was happy while drawing. I had a few visitors and some children come into the studio to check things out while I sketched. I had to sharpen my charcoal pencil with a box cutter, but that worked well. No need for an ancillary pencil sharpener.


Here's how the drawing played out. I drew the bird all in one session. Creating art in this fashion, meaning, get it done in a couple hours max was VERY fulfilling.



Monday, January 25, 2016

From Another Galaxy

 

From Another Galaxy

 
This heavenly photograph appeared on a scientific facebook page. I couldn't resist downloading it. The colors, textures, water color effects are all stunning. The post stated it was a new galaxy or something to that affect. It is a glorious photo and lends itself to art. Maybe I'll paint it! What are the beams of light in the middle? What is this????? Where??? I'd like to have a fly-by.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Emerald City -- I Am An Architect

Greetings!

Somewhere over the rainbow, a piece of art begins to take shape. Here, in my art studio, my happy place. I had not been in studio in a month, and it's great to get back to creating art. Below, you can see how glass tiles are adhered to the scrapboard to simulate the buildings of the Wizard of Oz' Emerald City. Also in the pictures, you can see some of the other elements, like the brick road, plastic lotion bottles gluded together to build the city. I like the green sequins and paint and pastels smoothed or smeared together. For the holiday traveling, I have my art journal -- so I'll keep my hands busy with more art. Ahhh, I feel so much better after a stint in the studio. No matter how long, fifteen minutes, here or there. A couple of hours? That's enough, already. And, the craft room downstairs is a blessed haven.

  -- Carol