Trouble in Mind…

Trouble in Mind…I’m blue

Trouble in mind, I’m blue
But I won’t be blue always,
’cause the sun’s gonna shine
In my backdoor some day.

I’m all alone at midnight
And my lamp is burnin’ low
Ain’t never had so much
Trouble in my life before.

Trouble in mind, that’s true
I have almost lost my mind,
Life ain’t worth livin,
Sometimes I feel like dyin’.

Goin’ down to the river
Gonna take my ol’ rockin’ chair
And if the blues don’t leave me
I’ll rock away from there.

I listened to the Nina Simone version of Trouble in Mind while painting this…

Acrylic and Sharpie on wood

Life is Art – Art is Life

heather carr painting acrylic artists people walkingThis is my favorite painting from 2013.  It is acrylic and pastel on canvas that I mounted on wood. I’m so happy to finally be sharing it. (I am really behind on posts!)

This painting is a conversation between two artists. They are speaking in Russian. It says: жизнь – это искусство, life – this is art. I see it as a circular conversation, saying that life is art, and art is life. They are one in the same.


Lost in My Mind

Heather Carr painting acrylic lost in my mind girl lady woman sad melancholy thoughts daydream I finally got a decent photograph of this piece… so here it is!  Lost in My Mind, a self-portrait.  I finished it in late winter.  My inspiration was a sketch I found by Klimt.  The painting is acrylic on a 30″ square canvas.

Heather Carr detail painting lost in my mind acrylic melancholy thought daydream

You can see a one minute movie of this piece as a work in progress (as well as work on another piece) >>> here.


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Vanishing – An almost finished painting…

Heather Carr acrylic painting girl woman self portrait skeletal skeleton sad
I’ve been working on a bunch of paintings.  It’s killing me that I haven’t had time to post them… And, for the next three weeks I’m going to have very little time for painting…  argh!  I’m not going to think about that now…

This is what i worked on last Friday…

Above: detail from, Vanishing, a self-portrait

30″ x 30″ acrylic paint and markers

Here’s some process pics and the almost finished piece:

Here is the almost completed piece, there are just a few things that I want to tweak: Heather Carr acrylic painting girl woman skeleton skeletal sad


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New Painting – Shows at Shoreline City Hall Gallery and Oasis Art Gallery thru July

Heather Carr Acrylic painting 2012

I finished this painting Monday, just in time to deliver it to the Shoreline City Hall Gallery (along with 9 other paintings) for a 4-person group show called Creatures and Places that starts today!  This painting, Better Watch Out,  is 16″ x 20″ on wood.  It says “watch out” in Russian on the arm.  I really can’t believe where it ended considering its earlier stages, which I’m not sure I want to share…  it started out as a goofy looking lion-like creature.   I liked parts of it, but… I felt like the images weren’t interacting quite right, the colors weren’t working for me, and frankly, despite the menacing figure in the background, it was just too happy!  It got worse when I consulted my daughter, and she encouraged me to add the baby lion in the foreground – which, admittedly, works compositionally.

Heather Carr Acrylic painting 2012

I love painting with my Open Studio Group, but I only have this opportunity once a week.  I find it very helpful being surrounded by the energy of a room full of people creating, even if we are all quietly doing our own thing.  Creating in a vacuum is hard, especially when that vacuum includes two children who are constantly up to something, a house that desperately needs tending to, and a husband who is afraid to have an objective opinion regarding anything art related.  This is where bravery and going with your gut will get you to finish line.  I just started re-drawing, covering up and pulling things forward and pushing them back until I finally felt… not just content, but really pleased with my piece.

The underpainting for this piece was done at Artfest in Jesse Reno’s class, but this is as far  as I got before the class was over.  I did finish another painting in his class, which you can see here.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the process photos.  I wish I’d taken more, but I was too busy attacking my canvas.

Heather Carr Acrylic painting 2012

There will be a reception at the Shoreline City Hall Gallery (on the 3rd floor) from 5 – 6:30 p.m.  If you are in the neighborhood, please stop in and say Hello.  The show will be up until July 27th.  This show features ten of my darker, macabre and emotional pieces.  Unfortunately, due to this being a public space, I was not allowed to include Flightless in the show.  Need to find a private gallery for that one…

My other show that is taking place now at Oasis Art Gallery in Wallingford, Seattle is the polar opposite of the one in Shoreline.  The Oasis Gallery Show is up until July 7th, and features many bright, playful paintings.  Unfortunately, they are closing their doors after our show, so come in while you can!

I’ll leave you with a few photos that my husband, Randy Stewart, took of my work at the Oasis Gallery.

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Oasis Art Show and New Paintings!

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I’ve burned the midnight oil ever since I returned from Artfest to get ready for my two upcoming shows.  The first one, at Oasis Art Gallery in Wallingford, starts Saturday.  I’ve been up late every night painting, varnishing and making prints.  I’m totally exhausted and battling a cold.  Guess that’s what I get for trying to have a second full-time job in my off-hours.  To make things more challenging, both my kids are on vacation this week.  Mommy really needing to write her blog post is not an acceptable excuse for not playing corner store by my son’s account, so during the day things happen in short bursts.  Well, without further ado, here’s what I’ve been up to!

I’ve been playing around a bit with abstract painting.  These will be up at the Oasis show.  Ugh, I just realized that I forgot to photograph one of my pieces, which I’ve already sent to the gallery. Doh!

Heather Carr 2012 acrylic

Roots – this painting has some metallic and translucent paint. Had a bit of trouble photographing it.

Heather Carr acrylic painting 2012

Gustav’s Branch

Heather Carr acrylic painting 2012

The Battle of Sun and Rain/No Color Left Behind

I’ve been playing around with the paintings that I started in Mindy Lacefield’s awesome class at Artfest, and created some more using her colorful techniques.

Heather Carr painting 2012

The Owl and The Pussycat – tweaked a bit since you last saw it…

Heather Carr painting 2012 acrylic mixed media

Side view – The Owl and The Pussycat

Heather Carr painting 2012 acrylic mixed media

Swinging – ah, summertime.

Heather Carr painting 2012 acrylic mixed media

Two Heads are Better… This started out as a two-headed bird, but the body just wasn’t working for me, I think this works better!

Heather Carr painting 2012 acrylic mixed media


Heather Carr painting 2012 acrylic mixed media

Unicorn Rainbow – I miss the 80s…

Cat Power – inspired by my daughter’s love of cats. The pencil drawing is by my daughter, Olivia.

My second show this year starts May 1st.  I’ll tell you more about it soon.  Thanks for stopping by!

A Million Things To Do

My head is swimming right now.  In late winter, my children constantly pass cold viruses back and forth.  So all bets are off.  I cannot count on having any time for myself.  Even at 3 a.m.  At times like these, I am thankful for all of the artist-moms that I have met in the last few years that prove it can be done.  The mutual kvetching doesn’t hurt either.

I have three gallery shows coming up.  Two of them begin at the end of April.  That’s right.  They overlap.  So I am in total panic mode at the moment.  One of the galleries doesn’t take racy or macabre works, so my two shows will be quite different – presuming the other gallery will hang my edgier works.  It is actually being debated at Shoreline City Hall.  (A story for another day…)

So today, I thought I’d share my works in progress.  There are a lot of them, many still in the underpainting stage.  I’d appreciate any feedback.

Heather Carr underpainting work in progress

I’d like this to remain an abstract piece when finished – 2’x3′

Heather Carr underpainting work in progress

inspired by my daughter

Heather Carr underpainting work in progress

i want to put her in some striped socks! 😛

Heather Carr underpainting work in progress

gorilla and the egg man. this one might be done…

Heather Carr underpainting work in progress

hearing the universe… she will have headphones on…

Heather Carr underpainting work in progress

I see a child in the middle of this one. Do you?

Heather Carr underpainting work in progress

wondering where this will go…

A Midsummer Dream

It’s been a rough week.  Not much time for artistic endeavors.  My daughter is on mid-winter break and my 3-year-old son has been sick for several days.  So, I thought I’d share this painting that I finished last week.

It started out as a wooden board that had papers collaged all over it.  I did this partly because the wood grain can be hard to paint over.  Also, I like the textures and patterns that peek through when it’s painted.  I randomly covered the paper with paint, and stared at it for a long time, waiting for shapes to emerge.  I saw some marks that looked like they could be antlers, and the face of a deer.  So I outlined these, and drew a general outline of a body.  As I started to play more, I became bored with the idea of just a deer, so I merged the features of a woman with the animal.

Sometimes I have a clear plan from the start when I paint, but I like the challenge and surprises that not having a plan can bring.

Unfortunately, I don’t have photos from the earliest stages, but you can still see the progression here:

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shapes emerging

painting mixed media Heather Carr work in progress

the ugly teenager phase

painting mixed media Heather Carr work in progress

getting closer