Archive for March, 2009


“Not everything is black and white”… Watercolor Painting

   Thoughts of Spring…

                         … working in Colour

Tulipa II (Mixed Media)
Tulipa III (Mixed Media)
Spring!  One of my favorite seasons.  I must say that I miss Springtime in Michigan, though.  After those seemingly long, cold and snowy winters, I always looked forward to the spring thaw when I would clear away the last of the fall leaves that had remained in my flower garden and await the daffodils and crocus’ poking their blossoms through the soil… and with them the tulips…a first sign of spring for me. 
Although my more recent work has been in black and white, Not Everything is Black and White.  I’ve been painting again and Spring Dance (after Tulipa II) and Spring Melody (after Tulipa III) are the happy result. They are watercolour with a bit of Chinese White which provides a sense of opacity in select areas of the paintings.  I just began The Bouquet (after Tulipa, Preparing the Bouquet) today… so more to come.  You can view the entire Tulipa Series in Charcoal Pencil on my website at  
Spring Dance (after Tulipa II). Watercolour.
Spring Melody (after Tulipa III). Watercolour.

Spring is here… time for Tulipa

Among the daffodils and crocus poking their blossoms through the just-thawed soil in the garden, the first signs of spring include the Tulip.

I have long been attracted to the distinct beauty of the red and white Parrot Tulip.  I am mesmerized by the high contrast as well as the ruffled edge of this Tulip’s petals which provide a strong sense of movement to the viewer.  

Tulipa I

In drawing the Parrot Tulip, I attempted to emphasize that strong color contrast and the undulating petal-edge movement.  I’ve enjoyed creating each drawing in The Tulipa Series, finding each more challenging than the last.  The Tulipa Series includes:  Tulipa I; Tulipa II; Tulipa III; Tulipa, Preparing the Bouquet; Emerging from the Night, and Anatomy of the Bulb.

  Although the Tulipa drawings, to a certain extent, are representational, I consider them abstract drawings due to the high contrast of the blacks and greys of the charcoal on smooth white Bristol board. 

To view The Tulipa Series, please click here.
Tulipa I.  Charcoal Pencil.


Art History Changed My Direction

During my K-12 education, missing were the Biblical terminology, names and locations that I heard in Sunday school, church and at home. As for most of us, there was a distinct separation between church and state in my educational experience.

Mary Magdalene and the Other Mary at the Tomb

While attending community college, once I had changed my major from elementary education to fine art, I enrolled in a required art history course. For the first time in my entire educational experience, I was learning about Solomon’s temple and the Jericho wall. Names and locations that until now had been withheld from “school” were being spoken in my college classroom. I suddenly realized that I hadn’t completely believed the teachings that were taught at church–that my secular education carried more weight, was more credible–that I associated “truth” with the classroom. As a result of that art history course, I decided to learn “The Whole, Complete Truth” that semester, starting with a Christmas request for a Bible with a concordance. My art history course totally changed the direction of my life and the rest, as we say, is history.

Originally published in Chiaroscuro Magazine now located here at

Mary Magdalene and the Other Mary at the Tomb. Charcoal Pencil.


God, The Original Creative Visual Artist

As a visual artist, once I became a Christian I was acutely aware of the absence of the visual arts in the lives, homes and churches of many Protestants.   In my quest to find evidence of art and artists in the scriptures, my research led me to the book of Exodus. There, I found that God is a visual artist who had an aesthetic vision for the building and furnishing of the tabernacle, and that He commissioned artists to execute His vision.

Artistic Abstraction

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, see, I have called by name Bezaleel… I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, and in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship. And I, behold, I have given with him Aholiab… and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee: the tabernacle of the congregation, and the ark of the testimony… and all the furniture of the tabernacle… and the altar… and the holy garments for Aaron the priest… according to all that I have commanded thee shall they do. Exodus 31:1-11 KJV

In addition, I found that God commissioned the embroidery of pomegranates on the priests’ robes in the colors of blue, purple, and scarlet.

And beneath upon the hem of it thou shalt make pomegranates of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet… Exodus 28:33 KJV

In nature, pomegranates are purple and scarlet, but they are not blue. The fact that God commissioned blue pomegranates is evidence that He viewed them from an abstract point of view, altering their natural color in the embroidered representation on the priests’ robes from His vantage point as an abstract visual artist… definitely something to ponder.

Originally published in Chiaroscuro Magazine now located here at

Artistic Abstraction.  Mixed Media.


Carol Taylor Black and White… The ART BLOG!

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to Carol Taylor Black and White… The ART BLOG!  I am a visual artist and I love drawing and painting. Although my preferred medium is charcoal pencil on Bristol paper, I enjoy working in Caran d’Ache Aquarelle and mixed media as well.
The exploration of scriptural references to art and artists is particularly interesting to me and I work both representationally and abstractly using the portrait, figure, living creatures and their artifacts, nature, and still life as my impetus.  I marvel at God’s creation.  My greatest desire is that the attention of those who view my artwork will be drawn to God and that they will see Him through my artwork.
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