February 2016 Newsletter: Maui and the “What If ?” Exhibit

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View of Maui from the lava fields near Kanaloa (January 24, 2016)

Three years ago …

… when asked what I wanted to do with the rest of my life I replied, “I want to travel to places I’ve never been.  I want to explore those places with brush and pen.  I want to share my experience of the land, the people and the plants with those who wish to listen.  I want to become a better artist and share what I learn with those who also wish to become better artists. And, of course, I want to spend time growing closer to loved ones.

I am living the life I wish to live and it gets better all the time.  While New Jersey was buried in snow, I was exploring Maui with Maria Woodford Spillane.  Everyone felt terribly sorry for us when Newark Airport shut down and we had to extend our stay by three glorious days.View of Lanai from West Maui en plein air ink watercolor chriscarterartist 012116 900

View of island, Lanai, from Kaanapali.

I’ve edited two short videos shot with a GoPro while exploring West Maui on a peppy, salmon-colored scooter.  The first video includes footage of me painting near Kahakuloa.  The second is footage of bending into the turns on what becomes an extremely narrow road known to some as The Death Road of Maui.  The views along the way are outrageously beautiful. 


I sketched a lot during the travel to and from Maui as well as at night during the Arbonne International social events….  the National Vice Presidents meet in Maui every year.  Maria became a NVP in 2015 and will be traveling to Maui every year from now on.  (Hopefully, I’ll be able to tag along again.)

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During the day, I sketched less than I would have liked. It was impossible to sit still for very long. I wanted to see what was around every tree and under every lump of lava.As a result, I had 3,000 photos to sort through when I arrived back in New Jersey.  

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My favorite photos are posted in an album on Flickr: Click here to view album Maui – January 2016 

Fortunately, prior to leaving for Maui, I had packed all the paintings for the February/March solo exhibit, “What If?”, in Cambridge, Maryland.  A couple of days after returning to winter in New Jersey, Deb and I headed south to deliver the paintings.  Thank you Deb!  I needed two cars to carry the multitude of paintings in spite of having delivered a carload in early December.  More than one hundred paintings hang in the show.

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The director of Dorchester Center for the Arts, Mickey Love, interviewed me on her weekly radio program A Love for the Arts.  She will be sending me a recording of the interview so that I can post it on my website for those of you who didn’t get a chance to hear it.  This Saturday, February 13, 2016, I will be doing an all day demonstration at Dorchester Center for the Arts.  Local artist, William Dennehy, will be acting as my apprentice (he refers to it as my guinea pig), painting with me throughout the day.  The public is invited to drop in at any time to view the progress of the paintings. The official opening reception will be held in the evening as part of Second Saturday in Cambridge.

At the end of February, I head south again to teach a Drawing workshop at the Four Gates Wellness Center in Columbia, Maryland.  In March, I return to teach a Playful Watercolor Techniques workshop at DCA as well as an art therapy workshop at an acute care mental health facility in Cambridge.   So many exciting events!

April and May will find me in New Jersey, teaching workshops in Fairfield (April 5, 12 & 19), painting in my studio and en plein air, planting my garden and preparing for my daughter, Nicole’s wedding in mid-May!  The exciting events continue!



Queen of Diamonds paintingFebruary 27-28, 2016 – Four Gates Wellness Center, Columbia, Maryland  In Love with Lines! 

Drawing is a joyful way to explore the world, simplify the complex and investigate the details that capture your attention and interest.  Learn how to use line as a guide to explore your surroundings, both the ordinary and the unfamiliar.

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strata 7 abstract watercolorMarch 12, 2016 – Dorchester Center for the Arts – Cambridge, Maryland – Playful Watercolor Techniques

Experiment with a variety of techniques to enhance your unique creativity and style. Explore wet in wet, glazing, splattering, dry brush, pushing the puddle and atomizing.

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Click here to view Materials List. 



April 5, 12 & 19, 2016 – ART @ 1275 Studio & Gallery LLC … details to follow.


October 3-6, 2016 – The Court Cupboard Craft Gallery, Monmouthshire, Wales, UK Creative Colour / Expressive Design.

Full colour with a limited palette – Playful Color using color schemes – Elements of Art: design vs. composition – Personal Mood and Expression

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View from Le Bassin de Neptune, Versailles, France

October 7, 2016 – The Court Cupboard Craft Gallery, Monmouthshire, Wales, UK Impetuous Ink with a Splash of Watercolour

Delightful sketchbook techniques that will have you drawing daily.  Each artist will receive a fountain pen and learn how to clean and care for it.

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February 13, 2016 – Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge, Maryland

All day demonstration showing how I work intuitively in my studio throwing, splashing, atomizing and playing with paint.  The public is invited to drop in throughout the day to watch the progress of several paintings I will be working on.


February – March 2016 – Solo Exhibit – Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge, MD

November 2016 – January 2017 – Solo Exhibit – Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Morristown Medical Center, Morristown, NJ