Morning Scribbler Begins!

Art, Drawings, Morning Scribbler

I started a new sketchbook series this morning. I call it Morning Scribblers. Here’s the intro that shows one of my handmade sketchbooks made from used file folders. It also shows the tools I used in this morning’s sketch. I’ll be posting the actual sketching of the sketch in a separate video. I’m hoping that this short video will inspire a few of you to make your own sketchbooks and begin your day by picking up a pen or brush. It might mean getting up a little bit earlier. I guarantee you that your sketching skills will improve drastically and you will begin to design your sketchbook pages with a more experimental attitude that will lead to greater creativity, personal expression … and JOY!

Video Link: Morning Scribbler Intro

Video Link: Sketching the stone vase and dried flowers (The first few seconds are the same as the intro … keep watching.)

Preparing for Wales


February 18, 2019

On occasion, timing is perfect. I leave for Wales in five weeks and I’ve ten weeks worth of “to do before I go” projects to complete. One is filing my taxes, another is sorting through and simplifying my multiple websites and blogs, and the third is making sure that I have everything prepared for the workshops I’ll be teaching in several schools in Swansea and the two I’ll be teaching at Chapel Cottage Studios in Abergavenny. While juggling between the last two, I realized Bizarre Horizons can be more than a think pad and a place to file away projects in process. This is a perfect place to post additional thoughts, images and sketches that might be helpful or inspiring to those who follow my current projects, travels and art.

I’ll be adding both photographs and sketches from the last three years of my trips to England and Wales in my “Projects” section of this blog.

While I’m in England, I’ll continue to post every now and then on Bizarre Horizons, adding to the portfolios listed on the Projects Page.

Weaving the image using sharpened skills and decades of observing nature: plant, animal and mineral.

Architecture, Art, Bizarre Horizons Magazine, Geometry, Nature, Paintings

December 31, 2015

departure oil on paper ChrisCarterArtist 2004 900

A dozen years ago my mother passed, only hours before the year turned to 2004.  Before crossing over, she had opened the door to my morning visions and breathed new life into my art just as she had given me new life at birth.

Morning-Dance-oil-on-canvas-chris-carter-artist-orbs-series 900

Adolf Konrad, my lifelong mentor, died two weeks later on January 14, 2004.  For almost a year following their deaths, neither my mother nor Adolf cut the silver threads that connected me to to them.  My mother’s spirit filled my light-filled studio with the antics of a young girl while Adolf’s spirit stood by my side guiding my brush as it carried oil to the canvas.

In 2004 Nicole and I traveled together from Northern Portugal to Barcelona, Spain, an adventure inspired by the multitude of traveling adventures my mother and I had shared through my life and throughout the lives of my children.

Barcelona Oil Paintings chriscarterartist Spain 900

In March, the mountains and hills of Northern Portugal are covered in thorny bushes in full bloom, more brilliant than orange marigolds.  The eggs of the chickens are the same, rich color of orange due to a diet of corn and cabbage.

Two years prior to our trip I had discovered the architecture of Gaudi in a book beside the bed in the guest room where I slept during the weekend of a fundraising event where I sold my handmade notecards and giclée prints.

An hour after landing in Portugal a bomb exploded on a train in Madrid.

Victim Madrid Bombing March 11 2004 oil painting ChrisCarterArtist 900

As we drove across the spring landscape hugging the mountains of northern Spain, still barren from the winter chill and streaked with the otherwordly shadows seen in Dali’s paintings, black flags hung from the windows of every town, village and city, an entire country in mourning.

While in Barcelona, we discovered the art of Vieira da Silva (Portuguese-French Abstract Painter 1908-1992).  Upon our return, her work influenced a series of painting inspired by her ability to capture space and movement using only variations of white oil paint and lines.

Vieira da Silva inspired paintings ChrisCarterArtist 900

Sometimes it takes years, even a decade, for a planted seed to sprout and grow strong.  Perhaps it needs the right conditions, circumstances and nutrients.  Perhaps it needs the gardener to become more patient, while being less circumspect.

The year 2016 is my year of becoming a masterful gardener in more ways than one.  My garden will nurture body, mind and spirit.

Gallery of Muted Hues

Architecture, Art, Bizarre Horizons Magazine, Color Schemes, Drawings, Gallery, Geometry, Nature, Paintings, Photography

April 14, 2015

Palais Longchamp Grotto Sculptures, Marseille, France - June 2014

Gallery of Neutral Colors

Architecture, Art, Bizarre Horizons Magazine, Color Schemes, Drawings, Gallery, Geometry, Nature, Paintings, Photography

April 14, 2015

Reflections in Bus Window, Avignon, France - April 2009

Gallery of Reflections

Architecture, Art, Bizarre Horizons Magazine, Drawings, Gallery, Geometry, Paintings, Photography

April 14, 2015

Gallery of Trees

Art, Bizarre Horizons Magazine, Drawings, Gallery, Geometry, Nature, Paintings, Photography

April 14, 2015

Gallery of Doorways and Windows

Architecture, Art, Bizarre Horizons Magazine, Drawings, Gallery, Geometry, Paintings, Photography

April 13, 2015

Along the Saone River, France - en plein air watercolor sketchbook painting 2009

The Thinking Pad

Art, Bizarre Horizons Magazine, Drawings, Geometry, Nature, Paintings, Photography

Climbing Yellow Spur, Eldorado Canyon, Boulder, CO, 1977

Climbing Yellow Spur, Eldorado Canyon, Boulder, CO, 1977

Half Dome, Yosemite - watercolor sketchbook drawing 1977

Half Dome, Yosemite – watercolor sketchbook drawing 1977

April 12, 2015

Starting another blog was at the bottom of my priority list until I offered to help Brook start a blog.  I stumbled upon the Bindery Theme and the wheels of my brain-machine began to turn.  The possibility of a blog helping me to define my visual projects more clearly and to view my ramblings with an objective eye, while satisfying my urge to document everything with photos, sketches and words, has led me to this post.  I am picking up where I left off three years ago when I started Bizarre Horizons. The purpose is different, but the name is equally as appropriate.  As always, the learning curve is more painful than I like, but so are many tasks that lead to worthwhile experiences.  this will forever be a work in progress.  You are welcome to join me and to experience exploring the world and the people in it through my eyes, my hands, my tools and thoughts.

Photograph Sand Dollar Beach CA November 2014

Sand Dollar Beach, California, November 2014