The Gallery at Town Center Show – thru Nov. 17th

Heather Carr Susan Aurand I have a show going on now through Nov. 17th, in Lake Forest Park, WA, at The Gallery at Town Center.  Also featured is Susan Aurand, a mixed media assemblage artist.  If you are in the greater Seattle area, please come and check us out!  It’s quite a colorful show. 🙂

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Alice in Wonderland pieces by me, and an assemblage piece by Susan Aurand

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The Color Run in Seattle – Becoming A Human Canvas

Heather Carr 2012Instead of posting sketches today, I thought I’d share my weekend with you.  I participated in The Color Run with my daughter on Mother’s Day, here in Seattle.  We were walking canvases!

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The Color Run is a 5K (3.1 mile) race.  But it is really more about getting “dirty” than running fast, because at various checkpoints along the race you are doused in highly pigmented powder.  A lot of people walked s l o w l y, to get as colorful as possible.  I even saw people rolling around in the street!

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I imagine it will take a while for the streets to recover.  I saw a crew trying to sweep up the powder… it looked like an impossible task.

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We had a great time.  I do feel a bit like I spent too many hours in a smokey bar today, but I attribute that mostly to my daughter who took aim at my face with a fistful of powder… The actual race staff tried to avoid doing that…

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Taking pictures while participating was a bit of a challenge because my camera was inside a waterproof camera bag, which got in the way of the lens a bit, not to mention that the whole thing got so covered in dust, so I couldn’t tell what I was shooting!

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I would love to attend this race just to take photos.  Because I was with my daughter, I kept my picture taking to a minimum.  But there were endless opportunities for great shots…

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What better way to clean off than in a fountain!

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I got some funny looks on the drive home…

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I’ll be back next week with a new post, and updates on my latest paintings.  I’m working on commissions this week and I need every free second I can find…

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Gotta RUN now, have a great week!

P.S.  A HUGE thank you to my Mom, who made it possible for me to attend the run with my daughter!

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.

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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.

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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!

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

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Gustav’s Branch

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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.

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

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Side view – The Owl and The Pussycat

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Swinging – ah, summertime.

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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!

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Bubbles!

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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!

Flora Bowley Rocks!

One weekend in November, I was one of the lucky few who got to attend a Flora Bowley painting workshop here in Seattle.  She is truly awesome. There is nothing I love more than having hours and hours of uninterrupted painting time, surrounded by creative, like-minded souls.  And who better to lead you on an intuitive painting journey, than Flora?!

Both GIANT paintings that I worked on came to be, just by playing. I tried not to influence them by making plans too early on.  Or over-thinking things.  They were definitely shaped, however, by the overwhelming bliss of having a weekend to put being a mom on hold, and the knowledge that I was going to be visiting NYC for the first time ever, soon after my class.  I recently finished up both of the paintings.  What do you think?

big city – 30″x30″ – in progress and finished!

letting go –  30″ x 30″ – in progress and finished!