Archive for April, 2009


Experimenting with Short Videos… Drawings, Paintings, and Playing



There’s nothing more enjoyable than experimenting with new art forms… and a couple of nights ago, I began experimenting with the iMovie application on my new MacBook! In the life of the ARTIST (that would be me), one thing leads to the next, hmmmm… and here’s what happened. I created a short movie, “Painting Fantasy Parrot Tulips,” about a watercolour painting that I’m working on taken from “Tulipa III,” an image that I have previously drawn in charcoal pencil that is in my Artwork gallery here on my website. 

Then, I created my new Art Video Journal: CarolsNewArtTimes (my new YouTube site), and uploaded the movie. Quickly realizing what fun I’ve been missing, I created 3 more movies. I realize that they are simply quick studies… they need the ambient sound deleted and perhaps music and/or VOs added… They are “Tulipa Series,” “Pencil Portraits” and “Experimental Film-Preshy” (my black and white Tuxedo cat pictured above). 

You can view them on CarolsNewArtTimes at:

I’ll be interested in your views on them.

Originally published on my website July 12, 2008.

Precious. Photograph.


Shoes, shoes and more shoes! What’s Better than Charcoal Pencil Victorian Shoe Drawings?

 Mesdames Pompes I   

I absolutely love shoes! Italian, leather, black shoes in particular. For total comfort, it’s American-made SAS leather shoes in all configurations (and the SAS walking shoe would have been my choice had I been walking around Galilee with Jesus!). I’ve found that if I take particularly good care of my shoes, they will last for 10+ years.  Of course, that means   Mesdames Pompes IIMesdames Pompes IIIdiligent cleaning and storage, but it’s certainly worth a bit of effort.

When it comes to inspiration for drawing, it was the collectible Victorian Fenton glass shoe that began my glass and ceramic shoe collection that caught my eye last December. Preparing for a Christmas exhibition, I decided to draw 3 versions of a Victorian shoe, and  Mesdames Pompes I, II, and III are the happy result. Considering framing these charcoal pencil shoe drawings in something other than my traditional black museum framing, I went with bright red aluminum and WOW! they looked mah-velous hanging in that Christmas exhibition.

Having recently completed the 6th charcoal pencil drawing of The Tulipa  Series, you’ll observe evidence of the Tulipa in the Mesdames Pompes  drawings as well.

Photograph on left, view out of my studio window.


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