Art Bar Class

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Last night’s class at Art Bar, sponsored by the Arts Alliance, was a blast. Such a great turn out and absolutely amazing paintings by everyone. Thank you everyone who attended. If you’d like to be informed of future events, please enter your e-mail and subscribe so you will receive e-mail notifications. And don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and Instagram.

ART BAR! Pouring Acrylic Painting Class hosted by The Arts Alliance (sold out)

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DEFINITION: – ART BAR – the gathering of wonderful people, making wondering art projects, eating wonderful food and drinking wonderful drinks…together.

Pouring Acrylic Painting Class with Carolyn McGowan

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

$25.00 per person

ALL materials provided.

Pouring is a form of painting using fluid acrylic paints.

In fluid acrylic painting, you don’t apply the paint with a brush or palette knife, but rather use gravity to move the paint by pouring, puddling, and dripping onto a substrate (Canvas). It’s a lot of fun (and somewhat addicting!), and a great way to spark your creative energy.

United Way 360⁰ – donation of ‘Sandstone Cascades’

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“Sandstone Cascades”, Acrylic on 20X20 gallery wrapped canvas, 2017

This painting was inspired by the colors of the mountains and cascading water at Lisbon Falls during a trip earlier this year to South Africa.

I donated this piece to be auctioned this Friday, August 18th to the United Way 360⁰: Giving & Art United – an art auction & reception aimed at tackling the issue of child poverty in the community. 30+ original pieces from local artists across the Greater Cincinnati region are up for auction and all proceeds from the auction will be directed to the work of the Child Poverty Collaborative.


Liberty Center Arts Festival

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Come see me at the second annual Liberty Center Arts Festival on Saturday, June 10th, 12-8pm!

Come see artisans from around the region line the streets at Liberty Center for the second year in a row to show off their many works and creations! Contemporary music, free kids crafts and activities, and live music by Jeff Henry from noon-4pm and Jim Gillum from 4-8pm. I hope to see you there! 

Blue Leopards

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I must be missing Africa. I see leopard spots in my paintings tonight. I was fortunate enough to see eight leopards including three cubs during my recent trip to Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve. It’s one trip I can check off from the bucket list but I feel Mother Africa calling me. I guess I’ll add it back as Trip Two to Africa. As for the paintings, Africa continues to inspire me and I think ‘Blue Leopards” is fitting. 

Last Pour of the Day

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Something I like to do at the end of a painting day is to mix all of my remaining paint onto one canvas. I call it “the last pour.”  Sometimes it’s awful but most of the time I’m pleasantly surprised at the beautiful painting that emerges. I think tonights is a keeper. It’s still drying so there’s always a chance it won’t dry like the pictures but keeping my fingers crossed. 

Pink Flowers in Vase

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My friend Linda was visiting from Colorado and asked to see my ‘hammer flower’ technique and so began ‘Pink Flowers in Vase’.

The painting changed quite a bit over time: the vase was smaller and a darker shade of blue, the table was black and there were fewer flowers and less greenery.  But I continued to work on it, taking breaks so I could get a fresh perspective, making a few changes at a time.  This painting makes me feel happy, and hope makes you feel happy too 😉