Sometimes, I Paint in a Prison…


Heather CarrWhile I could mean that metaphorically, in this case, I don’t.  I really do paint in a prison, well, ex-prison.  Once a week, I paint with a wonderful group of artists on a former military base.  The room we paint in has prison cells along its perimeter.  When I started painting there, there was still a cot, sink and toilet in every cell, but curtains instead of bars.

Heather Carr prison art studio

It’s a good reminder that I am free to paint what I want, and that even if I’m feeling stuck… well, I’m not as stuck as I could be!!!

The painting above is a work in progress.  I am missing Alice in Wonderland, now that I’ve finished my piano.  Just working on a bunch of small, fun pieces now – trying to get back in the groove after weeks of not having time to paint!

Heather Carr work in progress

The studio is really quite cheery, as long as you don’t ponder its history…  😛

Heather Carr art studio

When I want inspiration for a really dark piece, I’ll go sit in here awhile…

Well, that’s all for now.  I’m in a two person show, coming up in a few weeks.  More on that  soon.  I have an art page on Facebook now too, stop on by!


Sketchy Monday – Where Does The Time Go?

Heather Carr sketches sketch pen drawing

Ergh!  It’s time to get my kids from school already?  I’ve been moving so slowly this month, or rather, running in circles and getting no where.  Hope to have some new paintings to share soon….  I have a show coming up in October!

Heather Carr sketch russian drawing artTried to give this one the look of a wall using Snapseed filters.  The text says, “Don’t Mess With This” in Russian.  (At least I think so, my Russian is a little rusty!)

I just created a Facebook page, it would make my day if you liked it!  I’ll be posting more work in progress shots there, than I do here.  Hope to see you there!

Free Facebook Cards at MOO! A Good Deal for Starving Artists…

Heather Carr 2012

I love MOO’s MiniCards.  They are great business cards that don’t feel pretentious.  Also, they’re inexpensive and you can have a different design on every card.  I really like that since I paint in many different styles.  Anyway… I was placing a new order a few weeks back, and saw that they had these things called Facebook Cards.  Right now they are FREE, so I had to try them.  They use your cover photos from Facebook, plus your profile pic.  So I uploaded a bunch of cover photos, and got to ordering.

I think they’d be great for handing out at art retreats… I turned them into business cards by adding my URL in the message area on the back.  Here’s how they turned out:

Heather Carr 2012

I think they are pretty neat.  You can get to the Facebook offer here.

Also, if you’ve never ordered from MOO, and you want to help out this starving artist, place your first order through this link and get 10% off, and help me earn free cards. 🙂


On Sunday, I’m participating in The Color Run with my daughter.  I’m not, not, not a runner.  Not even close.  Mostly, I  wanted to do it for the chance to take pictures – people will be drenched in color while they run.  Hopefully it will be a blast… though getting up early on Mother’s Day? I’m not sure what I was thinking there…


I’m working on three commissioned paintings at the moment.  Two 3 foot squares, and one 4 foot square.  I love the early stages when I can just play and drip paint!  They have already evolved out of this stage now, I’ll share more pics after I work on them tomorrow…

Hope you have a great weekend!  See you next week.