"4 O'Clock on Rock Candy Mountain" textured abstract landscape © Carol Nelson Fine Art

"4 O'Clock on Rock Candy Mountain", 8x8, by Carol Nelson

This is a demo painting I did for some students in my studio.  The cool thing about this painting is the substrate.  It's a burlap canvas panel I found at Hobby Lobby.

I've never seen panels like that before.  Since I'm all about texture, the burlap panel is right up my alley.  To contrast with all that matte texture, I used embossed foil for the "sun."  The shine doesn't show in the photo very well, but looks great in person.

For more information about this painting, click here to go to my website.

"Industrial Chic" mixed media abstract painting © Carol Nelson Fine Art

"Industrial Chic" 24x24 mixed media by Carol Nelson

This is one of my early attempts at mixed media.  I was shocked and delighted when it was included in the FAV 15% for the July Bold Brush Painting competition sponsored by Fine Art Studios Online.

This painting was purchased by the City of Aurora, CO for their permanent collection, but you can still have your own version.

I have added this image to my Canvas Minis collection where each
mini is only $20.  Click here for more information on Canvas Mini

"Sunny Day" mixed media tree collage painting © Carol Nelson Fine Art

"Sunny Day" 5x7 mixed media on panel
I did this tree demo for some students studying with me privately in my studio here in Colorado.  Students love doing these tree collages, and, happily, most are successful in creating a great painting.

The unusual thing about this one, is that I based it on a Hansa Yellow Medium under painting.  I hardly ever use Hansa Yellow by itself unless I'm painting daffodils - it's just SO BRIGHT.  It's also somewhat opaque.

My favorite yellow is made by thinning Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold.  (I'm referring to Golden Fluid Acrylics here.)  The Nickel Azo yellow is much warmer and just works better for me most of the time.

Being a primary yellow, it is very bright and cheerful, and who doesn't want bright and cheerful these days?

For more information about this painting, click here to go to my website.

"Blue Trees" mixed media collage painting © Carol Nelson Fine Art

Blue Trees, 16x8 inches

At my recent workshop in Phoenix, I showed the class this easy method of making tree canopies with a variety of texture compounds.

For more information, click here to go to my website.

"Copper Curls" mixed media abstract with metals © Carol Nelson Fine Art

"Copper Curls" 6x6 mixed media

This is a little mixed media piece I did to take to my Metals and Mixed Media class in a few weeks at Art Unraveled in Phoenix.  I will be teaching how to use metals in a mixed media painting.

For more information, click here to go to my website.

"Twilight Dance" acrylic abstracted tree landscape © Carol Nelson Fine Art

"Twilight Dance" 36x24

This is a tree landscape in which I experimented with pouring and dripping on the canvas to simulate distant tree branches.  These drips were partially covered up when I painted in the foreground trees.  I like the abstracted effect of the loose, drippy background.

As with all my tree paintings, I paid attention to the value contrasts of light-on-dark and dark-on-light.

I painted this while we were spending a week at our condo in Breckenridge.  The couple that went with us loved it, and bought it on the spot.  Would that all sales came that easily.

For more information, click here to go to my website.

"Billboard 3" mixed media abstract collage © CArol Nelson Fine Art

"Billboard 3" 14x9 mixed media

This painting was started in my last workshop in Wisconsin.  I had the class work with printed papers, altered papers, stencils, gestural marks and model their composition after a painting by Robert Rauschenberg. 
It was fun to see all their work which was similar, yet had a lot of their own touches added in.
For more information, click here to go to my website.

I like the message here:

The Magic Bank Account

Imagine that you had won the following *PRIZE* in a contest: Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400 in your private account for your use. However, this prize has 5 rules:  
1. Everything that you didn't spend during each day would be taken away from you.

2. You may not simply transfer money into some other account. 

3. You may only spend it.

4. Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400 for that day.

5. The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say,“Game Over!".  It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.  


What would you personally do?

You would buy anything and everything you wanted right? Not only for yourself, but for all the people you love and care for. Even for people you don't know, because you couldn't possibly spend it all on yourself, right?
You would try to spend every penny, and use it all, because you knew it would be replenished in the morning, right?


Shocked ??? YES!


Each of us is already a winner of this *PRIZE*. We just can't seem to see it.


1. Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life.
2. And when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is NOT credited to us.

3. What we haven't used up that day is forever lost.

4. Yesterday is forever gone.
5. Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time WITHOUT WARNING...

SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds?

Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars. Think about it and remember to enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think.




So take care of yourself, be happy, love deeply and enjoy life!

Here's wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day. Start “spending" ....... 

June Newsletter from Carol Nelson Fine Art

Hello Subscribers and Art Lovers,

It's about time I cranked out another newsletter
to let you know what's going on in my studio.

Since I talked to you three months ago, I've
traveled to Dallas, TX, and Dillman's Resort in
Wisconsin for workshops, and Taos, NM, just for fun.
Here's my group in Dallas working away.

       Workshop slaves in Dallas

This is the sunrise from my plane window on the
way to Dallas.  Looks like a painting, right?

    Sunrise from a plane


In Wisconsin, my cabin had a great view
of the sunset on White Sand Lake.  And,
YES, I heard loons calling.  I'm an old
Minnesota girl, so love the sound of loons.

      Dillman's sunset


While in Taos, my friend Chris Giroux wanted to stop
at a gem and mineral store - she uses rocks, shells,
fossils in her mixed media paintings.

I found this amazing piece of petrified wood that
became the inspiration for a painting.

         rock             "Wood Rock" 36x24

And that's not all.  The other side of this piece of
petrified wood is just as pretty, so I have another
inspiration to work from.  There are so many rocks
that look like an abstract painting - it's a great
place to get ideas.


If you're in the Denver area:
This weekend is the Art Students League of Denver
big outdoor show - the SUMMER ART MARKET
I'll be in booth #6 at about 4th and Grant.
Click here for more info.

Also for Denver area artists:  I often get students
from out of state who would like to share semi-private
instruction in my studio.  If you're interested in
being an "oncall" student, drop me an email so I
can add your name to the list.


My painting, "Billboard 2" won an award in the Bold
Brush Painting Competition.  The idea behind this
hodge podge painting is DECONSTRUCTING a mixed media
piece so you see remnants of what was torn away -
similar to the way an outdoor sign board or poster
board looks.



New Website:  I decided to make a new website devoted
specifically to my geologic and southwestern style
paintings.  It's called SouthwestAbstractArt.com
It has some of the same work as on my regular website,
but this is not as busy, and looks pretty good I think.
Click on the above link to take a look.


Recent sales have all been on the internet or from
students at my workshops.  Here's a few that just left:




I'll leave you with one glorious shot of the Spanish
broom plant which is going crazy in my back yard right
now.  I wish the blooms lasted longer than two or three
weeks, but it's great while it lasts.


Warm regards,