. . . exploration, experimentation and creating art daily. Whatever. Danny Gregory’s book Everyday Matters crossed the desk and I started keeping a sketchbook and then got back to painting. This blog serves as a record for me of my progress.

My passion is painting from direct observation in both oil and gouache, indoors and out, sometimes in the rain, never in the ice. (Note: I’ve now painted in ice and snow, but I’m not making a habit out of it!)  I like the vitality and physicality of plein air painting. It hints of extreme sport with police encounters, slippery slopes and lightning storms.

Summer of 2007, after time in the similar but oh so different world of illustration followed by a  detour in the world of child rearing, I returned to oil painting. The abstract expressionism of my education seemed so last century.  I leapt even further back with a wooden French easel and headed out into the fresh air. I’m intrigued by contradictions, carrying a 19th century art kit into the 21st century wondering what makes a piece of the moment.

I squeeze these activities into a life already full as Keeper of Hearth and Home, and full time employee (the day job) in addition to my role as Mistress of the Latin Flash Cards (now retired) and Bedtime Enforcer. My past jobs have included site planner on an archaeological dig in Norwich England, a gopher for a modern dance company, graphic designer and illustrator.

This blog’s header art is a segment of an acrylic painting (48X30), one of a series of three. I created these in November 2006 for Dewey Library, MIT. The self-portrait was created in Adobe Illustrator.

7 Responses to “About . . .”


  1. 1 plehar January 25, 2007 at 10:24 pm

    great blog.
    I’ll check it out every day.
    Tried to leave a picture, but it wouldn’t take.
    Will email it anyway.

    Phil Lehar

  2. 2 Phil Lehar August 7, 2007 at 10:38 am

    Hi,

    Nice to see you’re settling in.
    If you don’t have a scanner, the camera might work.
    Try Marcro mode (tulip icon) or text mode (TEXT icon)

    Eddie made potato pancakes last nite.

  3. 3 sbrescia February 24, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Fabulous! I’m enjoying your blog, paintings and wit. Keep it coming!
    When and were is your show again???? 🙂
    -S

  4. 5 Judybec December 10, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    I am really enjoying your blog! glad I found it — I plan to visit regularly.

  5. 6 nannus July 15, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    I have to admit I am a last century person: I normally prefer the abstract stuff (and I am following some quite interesting abstract painters, so it is also alife in this century) :-). However, I find some of your paintings rather cool.

  6. 7 ngruskin January 4, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Hi Carol, I enjoy your blog and admire your work. I have a question for you regarding C. Kehoe’s, N. McCarthy’s and S. Lichtman’s classes (trying to decide which to take!), but can’t find contact info for you. If you have a moment, could you please email me at ngruskin@usa.net? Many thanks in advance! –Nancy


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