Friday, October 24, 2014

Welcome Norm Robins have just received paintings by New Bern artist Norm Robins!

Norm Robins studied at the Art Students' League in New York and also with Edgar Whitney, considered one of the greatest watercolor teachers of our time. Norm has followed in his footsteps as a teacher and creative artist. In addition, he has taken lessons in Japanese brush painting at the Nippon House with an old Zen Master. 

While always involved in art, Robins earned a living as a sign painter and worked on murals and billboards in New York City. Since coming to North Carolina, he concentrates on painting in such mediums as watercolor, gouache, pastels, oils and acrylics.
Robins has exhibited at the Nassau Museum and the National Art League, both in New York; the paintings and photos that he took during the Korean War are hanging in the permanent archives of the Asian Arts Institute in NY. Robins has won numerous awards both in New York and North Carolina, most recent being an award from the Regional Fine Arts Show in Beaufort County.

He was also recently commissioned and completed an impressive mural in Stardust, a Morehead City waterfront restaurant. His work has been collected by many banks and collectors throughout the east coast, such as the Home Savings Bank in NC and the First South Bank in New Bern, NC. 

As a teacher, Robins feels that his greatest accomplishment is working with and teaching cartooning to at-risk children and watching their creativity develop. Some of Norm's hobbies are making bird houses and painting Hebrew and Oriental Calligraphy. 

His subjects often depict musicians, water and farm scenes.
To view more visit our website by clicking here.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

It was a GREAT weekend painting with Dan Nelson

We had a great weekend at our Plein Air Workshop with Dan Nelson.

This is a painting Dan did as a demonstration that he did over the course of the weekend.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Train Trip

I took my first train trip in 1969, since then I take a train whenever I can - here are a few of the trips I've taken by train

       Jackson Michigan to Mexico City
       Selma North Carolina to Philadelphia Pennsylvania
       Toledo Ohio to Berkley California
       Cumbrea and Toltec in New Mexico
       Durango and Silverton in Colorado
       Newark International to Penn Station NYC
       Paris Metro to Versailles
       Philadelphia International to City Center to Manyunk

I've drawn pictures of depots and trains located all over the country, too many to mention.

My latest trip was was from New Bern to Charleston South Carolina, to visit my niece. I love the way a train moves along, the sound of the locomotive (steam is the best) and the whistle. It's not the fastest way to go but sometimes you just need to slow down.

Right off the bat I loved the fact that I could walk out my door and around the corner, just over a block, and catch the Amtrak bus which took me to meet the train in Wilson, NC.

This is the Wilson, NC depot.

A nice painting inside the Wilson, NC Terminal

A mosaic lady sculpture, there is a similar one in Chapel Hill I did a painting of.

I chose business class because people said it was quieter and no kids. Not that I don't like kids but the whole point of traveling this was for me was to relax, stare out the window and maybe read a little and be quiet.

There was quite a lot of activity in Wilson, more people traveling north than south. The depot is very nice and in the middle of town so if you get there early there are places you can walk to.

Business class was as advertised, the seats were large and comfortable, tons of leg room, wifi and 120v plugs.

I read, dozed and just chilled out.

It was wonderful.

The only disappointment was the depot in North Charleston, how can a city with such beautiful architecture have the most boring depot seen on this trip?

Yes I could have flown much faster, and driven a little bit faster but this was so much more relaxing than either of those.

For people who live in a metropolitan area, you are probably saying whats the big deal. For those of us that choose to live in more remote areas it's a treat to be able to get around without driving or flying.

The southbound train is late and guess it usually is so the ride home was delayed but that was ok too. A long as I have a book or my laptop I can keep busy. That is the only problem with this east coast route, Amtrak shares the tracks with CSX and they take precedence.

What does riding the train have to do with Carolina Creations or art?

Sometimes you just need to do something different to recharge, get ideas for the shop, look in other shops and galleries to see what we are or aren't missing, and always, always look at the scenery for inspiration of things to paint.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

October 2014 Newsletter from Carolina Creations

We've been publishing a newsletter for the past 22 years and an email newsletter for 15! Here is a preview of some of it....

To read the newsletter live, with the links, click here.

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Thank you for your support.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Painting Demonstration this Friday October 10 2014 with Sally Sutton

Stop in this Friday October 10 to meet one of our favorite artists Sally Sutton! She will be demonstrating during ArtCrawl from 5-8 pm.

We have represented Sally since 2008 and she has taught workshops through our gallery. Sally received her BFA from California State University, Long Beach and an MFA from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. Sutton's work has been exhibited in Tokyo at the Genkan Gallery of the Tokyo American Club, in the Meiji Gallery in Ginza, and in numerous shows in the United States.  Her paintings can be found in private and corporate collections nationally and abroad.  

Hope to see you Friday Night!

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

We've all been touched by it.  Help find a cure.

Or help someone you know get through it.

Visit the Susan G. Komen Foundation website to read how you can help.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Great Gifts I Sachets

This will be the first in an intermittent series of items we have found that make nice or fun inexpensive gifts.

First in this series are these scented botanical wax sachets. They can be hung in closets or placed in drawers, but they're so pretty you may not want to put them away In fact we are going to put them on our Christmas tree!

Each sachet is strung with a suede cord and sweetly packaged.

You'll love these heavenly scented botanical wax sachets. 
You'll find all the best fragrances, making this collection a must have for you and yours.

Beach House
This Beach House sachet set will have you imagining the perfect summer day spent shell collecting at the beach. The fragrance reminds of a soft ocean mist blowing across delicate seaside flowers as willowy sea grass dances in the warm salty breeze. The botanicals in the wax include shells and starfish. Each sachet is strung with a suede cord and enclosed in a charmingly packaged box. Set of two.

The Black Vetiver and Oak fragrance offers a warm and luxurious fragrance that will envelop you in a velvet cloak of exotic saffron, rich cognac, green woody vetiver and sensual patchouli. This pairs nicely with hints of geranium, cyclamen flowers and tree moss, highlighting the earthy richness. This is the perfect fragrance to warm your spirit on wintery nights. The botanicals in the wax include birch branches, coral bell stalks, cosmos flowers, and oak leaves.

A festive blend of sparkling mandarin oranges, deliciously tart cranberries and succulent red currants delightfully underscored by fresh ground ginger and frosted cedar. Made with: : birch twigs, cones, pepperberries, pine needles, essential and high quality fragrance oils, proprietary wax blend. 

The Spicy Apple fragrance is simply amazing, which is probably the reason it is always the best seller from Rosy Rings. It offers fresh, juicy and crisp Macintosh apple mingled with a spicy blend of cardamom seed, ground nutmeg, fresh cinnamon and clove bud. Sweet tonka bean, vanilla extract and forest balsam softly chime in, but the stars in this scent are apple and cinnamon. The botanicals in the wax include apple slices, bay leaves, and cinnamon sticks.

The Petal and Vine sachet offers green stemmy notes giving way to a sweet, flowery body of hyacinth, trumpet flower and wild orchid. The botanicals in the wax include calendula, cosmos flowers, and gingko leaves. 

We have a lot of beautiful scented gift ideas on our website!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Barking Spider Bells and Ornaments

Our Christmas ornaments and decorated eggs are a departure from our traditional stoneware. They are available in a glossy snow white color featuring bright reds, blues, purples and greens, with silver and gold accents. Because they are handmade, no two are alike, and all are very lightweight for hanging on a tree. Our friends have told us that these ornaments have become cherished family heirlooms that will be passed on for generations. We hope you will feel the same.

Rebecca and Jon have been working together as Barking Spider Pottery for nearly forty years. Their passive solar studio and home is built above the Toe River in the mountains of Western North Carolina. 
They have twin twenty-seven-year-old sons Alexander and Christopher.
Rebecca was born in 1951 in West Chester, PA. She holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and has taken classes at West Chester State, Alfred University, and Penland School of Crafts. Together with Jon she has exhibited in numerous local and national shows.
Bells are $24 and are 2" tall

Ornaments are 4" and are $30

Jon was born in 1941 in Brooklyn, NY. He was trained as an engineer at The Cooper Union and holds a PhD from Columbia University. After working on the anti-ballistic missile project at Bell Laboratories and teaching engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, he took a ceramics class at Penland School of Crafts, where he met Rebecca. He’s been a potter ever since.

They live just down the road from Penland.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Notecards at Carolina Creations by Printmaker Rigel Stuhmiller

I am a Bay-Area based printmaker and illustrator. In my work I try to capture the beauty, curiosity, and wonder I see in the world.

In addition to doing freelance illustration, I also have created a line of notecards.

A healthy community is important to me.  A portion of my time each year is donated to select non-profits that build a strong community.  Sales of my artwork have raised over $10,000 for charity. When designing my products I choose environmentally friendly options sourced as locally as possible.

The Printmaking Process 

To create a block print, I first start by drawing an image on a block of linoleum. Linoleum is a material made from linseed oil and wood or cork dust. The image must be drawn backwards, as it will leave a mirror image when printed.

Next I carve out all the negative space in the image. The linoleum that remains will catch the ink and form the final image.

When all the negative space is carved away, I ink the linoleum block with a roller, or "brayer".

To print the piece by hand, I place a piece of paper over the block and rub the back of the paper with a wooden spoon. This transfers the ink to the paper.

The final print is revealed.

 To print the piece on the press, I place the inked block on the bed of the press and place a piece of paper on it. 

Then I cover it with press felts and roll it through the press. 

The metal roller of the press applies a large amount of pressure to the paper and plate, transferring the ink to the paper.

To make a multi-color print, I use a few different techniques.
One involves carving multiple linoleum blocks, each of which will print one area of color. 

In this example, I have carved five different blocks. One block can be painted with multiple colors, which can result in a more complex and painterly print.

Here are some of the beautiful cards we have at Carolina Creations by Rigel.

Stop in and check them out!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thought for the day

Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future... a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for."

Maya Angelou

This is a painting I did on one such day.