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.

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
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.