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  -- You will receive a brochure with maps to more than 60 artist studios for the fee!  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.

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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 " 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.