Plein Air in Kansas & Immigrants

Title: Silo – Sunrise March 2017 I love to paint outdoors when the weather lets me. I live in Kansas so the weather and wind is well known for being very harsh in every season. Sometimes I paint what it feels like outside to me rather than what a scene may actually look like. 👇🏻 Example below.

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4×4″ oil on canvas

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This year Im focusing on painting the landscape or things found around home or in nature exclusively through plein air or my photography. I hope you will follow along or join me on this year long journey. I am a daily painter and crave new challenges to incorporate into my sessions as each daily painting is a new exercise in learning.

Most of us love vintage/antique items and I’m blessed to have a steady abundance in those things. I’m a person of simple means and most of the things I have accumulated were given to me or handed down through the generations from my family or friends and are in one way or another meaningful to me.  The things I have are not particularly valuable monetarily but to me they hold memories and nostalgia which make them symbols usually  about ; faith, love, a life event, struggle or hardship, birth or even death .  My family as well as many of your families immigrated to this country. Mine from Scotland in the 1800’s. Many of my ancestors died during wartime. It is a miracle I am even here at all so I try to make the best of what I have and do what I can do to connect with people and share good thoughts and art. 🌿

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Anyway, besides all of that..this is a discipline challenge for me through painting and in renewing my appreciation for the things I have. Also for the record , I love the people in my life also – I’m just a terrible portrait painter. 😁 We cant have it all can we?!

I hope you come back and check my progress and/or share your thoughts.

-Michele Bruce Carter

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Tornado Season and Art

Tornado season is upon us in #kansas and many of the midwestern states. #beautifulanddeadly #tornado #art #oiloncanvas today’s painting.

Hear the winds cry as they rush past, the glory of springtime has come at last. They foretell the gifts summer will yield – flowers in the garden, grain in the field.

4×6″ oil on canvas $32

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Good afternoon from #kansas. Prayers and peace to those families who may have lost loved ones yesterday livestock and property. #kansasfires #wildfires #tornado #morningwalk

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Summer isn’t supposed to last forever…

 

“Cold front is approaching”, is the prettiest phrase I’ve heard in months. Summer isn’t meant to last forever dear. 

I’m setting the stage in my studio for some instant inspiration , a pathway to winters door and some nature inspired artwork. I think some can relate to this type of experience. ☺️

 

Autumn danced in like a fairy queen touching her wand ever so lightly over the farm,changing everything,creeping along in a graceful,quiet,assured way,sweeping the pathways clean that lead to winters door.

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New 

Listing this today 4×4 inch oil on canvas.
The print is available here 

 

 

Old Book Collection Marilyn Sentiment.
 
 
 

 

 

Turquoise Mountain and Independence Day Shop Update

Im still working on updating pictures and descriptions in my Etsy stop this week which I recommend doing every few months. Theres always room for improvement in most everything. The downside of that is I havent been able to paint anything for a week and a half and I am getting itchy fingers. People who enjoy working with their hands will understand this 😉 Anyway some current improvements posted here. My shop link: http://etsy.me/29ijrj2 @studio313 Im still working on eliminating my tendency to be repetitive in my descriptions – not finished yet – its a process-dont judge =P

Bw Angus Print

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The Turquoise Mountain Textured Abstract (below) was a palette knife painting that I photo processed later. I darkened the darks in foreground using the quick select tool and a curves (color) adjustment layer. I lightened the background a touch using the shadow/highlights filter. I did some slight burning of the side of the rock face in the center then sharpened the whole thing. The original had mostly earth tones which is ok – just wanted something to go with this BA blue velvet couch lol.

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Turquoise Mountain

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Timeless and Hopeful Horse

There’s usually some adjectives I try to work into telling a story through photography not always but sometimes.I think of words like timeless, hopeful, uplifting or regal etc. I dont like to be measured by the sum of my editing tools so I drain the color and look for the story in the content alone. This was a good representation of those adjectives for me. I have a pretty big imagination. I bet you could find them too if you look. 😉 http://fineartamerica.com/products/timeless-and-hopeful-horse-michele-carter-framed-print.html

Mid-May Photoplay -Update from The4c

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Funnel Cloud that chased my daughter through the yard and tore out the top of the tree then vanished. #Kansas #tornadoalley

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My walking partner. Four miles a day; rain, snow or shine. Very ambitious cat.

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Twilight Camp: Mixed Media I finished over the weekend. #livetoexplore #in2nature  http://michele-carter.pixels.com/featured/twilight-camp-michele-bruce-carter.html

Digital Download of Twilight Camp is here: Digital Download – Printable

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Above edit from a photograph I took in Chase County Kansas – Print hereimage

Foretold by a Crow & Saved by a Hawk

It may seem strange to some that I am outdoors in all types of weather.. Rain, snow and sleet are a little more tolerable to me than when the temps reach over 100 degrees. But its true the devil IS in the details. If I do not get out and clear my mind of how many times 7 goes into 27 and 612 for my sons math assignment and  how many test and quizzes I will be grading later for my 10th grader, I start to lose the drive that leads to a productive and creative life.

And if i had not been reeled back into the peace of nature by the screeching of the hawk outside my open window. All would be lost again! Very busy school days at the 4C.

Anyway it is pouring this afternoon across the Kansas hills and valleys. This area which is either farm or range land is not known for its great woodlands it is quite the opposite. Although the tree-lines which grow naturally in the draws and run offs that mostly consist of Elm, Locust, Oak and Cottonwood are lush and leafing out. The underbrush is a tangle of sumac, ragweed ,ivy and naturally a new crop of Elm saplings. Well to make a long story short I realized in the silver pouring  rain under the dark skies I was standing in a thicket of eeriness!

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Do you ever look into a the woods and think you see or feel something or someone staring back at you? I swear in the steady rain, I saw a brownish black mane of hair blowing with the wind behind a tree that was well over 4 feet taller than me. I stood staring at it to move but I freaked out and decided not to wait it out as I am completely unarmed and unable to defend myself if it were a threat of some sort. I have seen many big cat tracks around this area and it is teeming with other wildlife I have seen such as turkey and deer, goose and duck, eagle, coyote and fox.

Anyway lesson learned. DO not leave home without your machete, sidearm or some type of fixed blade. =P

My teenage daughter offers her opinion to “What is”; A hairy bipedal cryptozoological creature!  Personally I dont think Kansas’ open prairies and fairly  limited woodlands are great habitat for Bigfoots (Bigfeet?). But I dont know maybe there is a ” Prairie Bigfoot.” Something to think about.

In the Studio Today:

After all of that, I was able to put a couple of thoughts together for a poem about this photo I took. I added a few zillion layers to the photo to get the effect I wanted. It is in my store here for Instant Digital Download. I dont always have time or the space to push traditional paint around on a daily basis so I use all means available for a little creativity.
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Signs of Summer

Colorful blooms upon the vine

lure the winged bright eyes.

While nature with a lavish hand

spreads grandeur throughout the land.

Sweet is the smell of flowers,

soft is the sound of rain.

Crows foretell what the summer will yield;

flowers, the garden and the grain in the field.

-Michele  Bruce-Carter 2016