Saturday, May 30, 2015

Kimono Series #6

Another of the Kimono series.  These 14x11 (mostly) pieces are now showing as a group at Saltwater Artists Gallery in Pemaquid Maine.  Again, this work is repurposed original paintings collaged into a kimono shape, mounted on cradled board and varnished for protection.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Kimono Series #5

Here is another in the Kimono series.  My repurposed original paintings have become new designs to create a series of 12 14x11 works.  Each is mounted on cradled board and varnished for protection.

Thursday, May 28, 2015



Transformer is 11x14, painted in acrylic and mounted on cradled board.  It, too, has been accepted into the juried show "Abstractions" at River Arts Gallery in Damariscotta.  The juror, Dozier Bell, accepted this work as well as yesterday's piece, "Alumnae". 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015



This painting was just chosen to be part of the juried show "Abstraction" at River Arts Gallery in Damariscotta, Maine.  The juror was Dozier Bell, a well known contemporary artist.  I am honored to be among those selected for this show.

The painting is 24x24 on canvas, acrylic.  I plan to make it into a series.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Titans

"The Titans"

As  promised, this is another painting from the series "Gods of the Ancients" which is showing at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Brunswick Maine.  Stop by if you are in the area.  This painting is acrylic and collage on canvas, 24x30, framed as you saw in yesterday's post.  These pieces are all done from a model using gesture drawings.  After than the drawings serve as inspiration for the ideas for a new painting.

 A gesture drawing is a work of art defined by rapid execution. Typical situations involve an artist drawing a series of poses taken by a model in a short amount of time, often as little as 30 seconds, or as long as 2 minutes. The primary purpose of gesture drawing is to facilitate the study of the human figure in motion. The  practice allows an artist to draw strenuous or spontaneous poses that cannot be held by the model long enough for an elaborate study, and reinforces the importance of movement, action, and direction. The rapidity of execution suggests an aesthetic which is most concerned with the essence of the pose, and an economy of means in its representation, rather than a careful study of modeling of light on the form.
If you are interested in this painting, please contact me.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Zeus and Athena

"Zeus and the Titan" and "Athena and the Gorgon"

I am going to brag a bit today.  On Thursday I hung 13 paintings at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Brunswick Maine.  The show is in the fellowship hall and one room just off the hall.  These two paintings are from a group of four called "Gods of the Ancients".  They are acrylic and collage on canvas. Each is 24" tall.  Zeus is 15 inches wide and Athena 8 inches wide.  Both are framed.

I will put up another piece in the show tomorrow.  If you have any interest in these pieces please contact me.

Thursday, May 14, 2015


"Reflections", 6x9, oil on Yupo.  This slick paper gives me options for gloss and glass that are fun to experiment with.  The bottle is a funky shape and the ink well a darker cobalt.  I worked to get the idea of still life on glass. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Study in Yellow

"Study in Yellow", 11x10, oil on paper.  For this painting I was interested in getting a variety of yellows against a neutral background, but also keeping with some complementary tones.  I don't usually paint on paper but this works and has a different look compared to canvas or board.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sunflower in Crock

"Sunflower in Crock", 12x6, oil on canvas board.  Sunflowers in the market now.  This is my second canvas like this.  Kinda fun for a change.  Hope you like it!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mom's Vase with Marble

"Mom's Vase with Marble", oil on canvas board, 12x6.  This vase belonged to my mother.  I have had it 20+ years now.  I love it and paint it to remember her.  Marbles intrigued me.  This one is opaque.  As always I have tried to be thoughtful in my color choices.  Light was from at least two sources and bit difficult to pin down.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Bath House, DP #20

"Bath House", oil on canvas, 8"x10".

This is a scene in Bath, Maine.  The buildings are old and beautiful.  It was painted outdoors ("en plein aire) in one sitting, wet in wet ("alla prima").  I was interested in the color and the shadow and finding the light.

Please go to www.carolwileystudio to see more of my work.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Sunflower, DP #19

Sunflower, 6x8, oil on canvas board, mounted on wood.  I love this little vase and thought this Sunflower from the market would be just perfect!  This was painted in natural light in my studio.

Next to tulips, sunflowers are my favorite.  I have other sunflower paintings I will post as time  goes by.

Still cold here in Maine, so cut flowers in the house are really helping give the illusion of spring.  
Daffodils just opened outside, so maybe I can paint them next.  

I am getting my home studio ready to open for the season.  Lots of work but full of promise.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Green and Red, DP #18

"Green and Red"  is another small oil painting on Yupo paper.  My objective was to paint in a limited complimentary palette.  After the set up my eyes kept focusing on the shadow which, of course, I included.  Oil on yupo is fun.  I recommend it.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Blustery Day, DP #17

I have not yet braved the cold spring weather to go out and paint "en plein aire" yet this year.  This small painting entitled "Blustery Day" was done last Fall.  I went to a local apple orchard here in Jefferson Maine to quickly paint this small 6"x8" oil on Yupo paper.  My easel got blown down twice and the painting almost landed on it's face, but I got the job done.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Kimono # 4, DP # 16

Kimono #4 is another in the series of 12 Kimonos I am preparing to show this summer starting at Saltwater  Artists Gallery in Pemaquid Maine.  The Gallery opens on Friday, May 22.  I will show these twelve 11"x14" works along with two large figurative works.  

Like the others this is a collage made of my original paintings.  They were cut up and reassembled in the form of a garment. 

I am building my website at Daily Paintworks.  You can get there by clicking the link below.  I will be adding many more paintings in the next few weeks.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Marble, Bottle and Shadow, DP #15

"Marble, Bottle and Shadow" is a 6'x6' monochromatic study of glass and marble.  Again I was captivated by the shadow.  It is painted in oil on Yupo paper, a very slick plastic paper that gives really interesting results.  I am quite happy with this little painting. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Kimono #2 (In the series of 12) DP #14

(Bidding starts at $150.00)

Kimono #2 measures 14"x11"; it is a collage mounted on cradled board.  Ready to hang!

It is part of a series of 12 collages assembled into the shape of a garment.  Each collage is created with reassembled paintings of mine.  This one is made of only one painting, a work that began its life as an oil painting on Yupo paper of a vase, an onion and two garlics straight from a friend's garden (or maybe the farmer's market?).  It was my first painting using this paper and I had no idea how to handle it, thus the unsuccessful painting.  However I rather like its rebirth as a collage.   

You can see two other examples of this series in previous Blogs dated March 26 and April 2 of this year.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Daily Painting Number 10

"The Diver" is a 5x7 charcoal and acrylic painting that was originally a larger less successful painting.  The painting was  dis-assembled into several small works.  The companion piece to this painting,  "The Bathers" has been sold.

As with most of my figurative work, this began as charcoal drawings in gesture form of a live model. It evolved into what you see now.  

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Radishes, DP #13


Radishes, 11x14, oil on canvas.  Even though this painting is no longer available, I thought it would be interesting to see another radish painting done a bit more abstractly and with bolder color.  This one was in a show last Fall at Damariscotta River Grill in Midcoast Maine.  It was purchased as a Christmas present.  It now resides in Santa Fe.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Radishes on Blue Background", DP #12

"Radishes on Blue Background" was painted after the leaves wilted.  Still interesting to me.  The rule is to always paint objects in odd numbers. They say it makes for a more interesting composition than even numbers.  Yesterday's post almost had an even number of radishes until a dot of an extra radish was inserted.  

This still life was painted in oil on canvas.  It measures 4"x6".

Monday, April 6, 2015

Radishes On Green Plate, DP #11

"Radishes on Green Plate" is a 5"x7" oil on canvas.  Radishes are so beautiful in the market.  Also Pears.  I love to bring them to the studio to paint.  The tricky part is getting them done before the leaves all wilt.

The small still life paintings are done from set ups in the studio using natural light.  Tricky in the winter, but better now it is almost spring.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Daily Painting Number 9

"Girl in Caftan" is just off the easel.  I find painting Saturday while listening to the weekly opera is perfect!  Since I have been varnishing the 12 Kimonos and still thinking about these garments, I decided to combine my love of drawing figures with the garment.  Probably was also influenced by the Klimt painting that was the calendar page yesterday from a lovely book "A Year in Art" that I just received  from a friend.  Or maybe also wondering when "Woman in Gold" is coming to the local movie theatre.  Something....

This is an acrylic painting on cradled board, ready to hang.  It is 14x11.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Daily Painting Number 8

From a Series of 12 Collages "built" from my paintings.  Kimono #3 show the combination of two pieces cut and reassembled.  The shadow or afterimage to the left and below the kimono is deliberate.
This series is mounted on cradled board and ready to hang.

Again, the series was inspired by the work of Harold Garde and others.

I am rebuilding my website.  Hope it will be in good shape by the time spring actually comes to Maine.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Daily Painting 7

"Kimono 1" is the first of twelve collages in a series that I have just finished.  Each is made up of my original paintings that were cut and reassembled to the shape of a kimono.  They are mounted on cradled board and ready to hang unframed.  Each is distinctive.  I will post another tomorrow.

My first awareness of artists producing KIMONO series was a few years ago when I saw the small works of artist Harold Garde from Belfast Maine.  He is a true abstract expressionist and an inspiration to this aging artist.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Daily Painting Number 6


"The Models", 10"x8",  is a collage painted on paper with acrylic and oil pastel.  It was cropped from a larger, unsuccessful piece and then mounted on board.  This painting is not for sale because I gave it to my long time dear friend in North Carolina, Joyce Rodham.  We have known each other since junior high school (NOT middle school, folks)....a long, long time ago.  We attended Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia.  We keep in touch and see each other whenever we can.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Daily Painting Number 5

"Winter Tulips in the Window", oil on watercolor paper, 9" x 12",  depicts my yearning for spring to come here in midcoast Maine.  I often  buy tulips in February and March to keep up my spirits.  This bunch was sitting in a dormer window. I tucked a drape and a vinegar bottle behind it to add some variation. Thank  heavens for the sunshine!

Daily Painting Number Four

In case someone is thinking I only paint marbles and shadows, I am putting up "Fireman" an 8" x10"  oil painting of a boy I have not yet met.  Saw his photo taking up the entire computer screen in his grandmother's studio and had to paint him. 

Kim Hetherington, another artist, has a studio in Chevy Chase MD and also in Bremen Maine, near me.  The muse in her studio(s) always captures me.  I have done some work I really like when painting with her. 

The painting is no longer for sale.

Speaking of Maine.  It was 8 degrees at my home this morning and the wind was howling.  Time to paint some tulips!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Daily Painting Number Three

"Ceramic and Marble " 6"x9" was painted in oil on yupo paper with a limited palette. Again I was interested in the shadow.  And it seems these paintings are also a series of marble paintings!

Check out Daily Paint Works where I am building my gallery.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Daily Painting Number Two

"Blue Marble, Glass and Shadow" is a small 6"x6" oil painting on Yupo of a favorite glass jar, the paint brush from DP #1 and a blue marble.  Again I was fascinated by the shadow cast in my still life box. Yupo is a synthetic paper which is tough as nails and really fun to work on.

I am making progress getting my new website started at Daily Paint Works and getting Paypal going.  I have been distracted by some larger works I am preparing for a show in Brunswick Maine in May and a series of small collages entitled "Kimonos".  I will post these once they are finished.

For now I can be reached here or at


Monday, February 9, 2015

Daily Painting Number One

                                                Click to Bid

                          "Small Treasures" is a 6x6" oil painting on board 
                           of a favorite pitcher, paint brush, chunk of wood 
                           and opaque marble.  I set it up in my still life box 
                           so I could paint a limited palette and then became 
                           fascinated by the cast shadow.

                           I will be setting up paypal so people can buy my work.

                           For now I can be reached here or at

                                      I'm also putting together a new website using Daily 
                           Paintworks.  Hope to soon know what I am doing so this
                           will go smoothly.