September 30, 2023


How Art Works

Featured Artist Carl McKinley | Artsy Shark

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Watercolorist Carl McKinley shares a basic assortment of wildlife work and his story of a protracted profession devoted to artwork. See extra by visiting his website.


watercolor painting of a wooded lane by Carl McKinley

“Down Reminiscence Lane” watercolor, 11″ x 15″


My spouse Julia and I dwell in Cecilia, Kentucky, a small rural city about 50 miles south of Louisville, and have a gallery in our residence. I’ve been portray in watercolor for so long as I can bear in mind. I’m 88 years outdated now.


Watercolor of a rural scene with a buck by Carl McKinley

“Buck within the Corn” watercolor, 11″ x 14″


I’ve no formal coaching. Any expertise I could have comes from God. I’ve painted a wide range of topics, however my actual love is birds.


Watercolor of a blue jay and babies by Carl McKinley

“Blue Jay and Infants Vignette” watercolor, 11″ x 14″


My favourite medium is watercolor. It appears to stream so properly, and the colours might be vivid or subdued. Most of my watercolors are small, with consideration to element. In my early years I used to be impressed by wildlife artists Carl Brenders and Roger Tory Peterson. I’ve all the time wished to loosen up, however ended up with the little brushes and shut up particulars, like hair and feathers.


Watercolor painting of kestrels by Carl McKinley

“Kestrels” watercolor,12″ x 16″


Earlier on, I experimented with pen and ink drawings, then some oil work, then to watercolor. After selecting watercolor and occasional acrylics, my spouse and I participated in lots of artwork festivals and competitions. The artwork festivals had been enjoyable and we met and made many pals. The parents you meet at these exhibits have experiences and useful recommendation that will assist additional an artwork profession. I might encourage anybody beginning out to think about doing artwork exhibits.


Watercolor painting of a goldfinch by Carl McKinley

“Goldfinch” watercolor, 8″ x 10″


I used to be honored to be the recipient of 2007 Artist of the Yr award from The Central Kentucky Artwork Guild, and 2007 Better of Present on the Regional Positive Artwork Present in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. I’m at the moment a member in The Central Kentucky Artwork Guild, Kentucky Arts Council, Kentucky Crafted The Market, ArtPal and Positive Arts America.


"Baby Snow" watercolor, 8" x 10"

“Child Snow” watercolor, 8″ x 10″


Throughout the pandemic I did a sequence of small work known as My Corona Assortment. I’m now engaged on a sequence known as My Whimsical Interval. It is a sequence of 5″ x 7″ work of strange caricatures. These little work might be completed shortly. I’ve a cervical drawback, which permits me to work solely a short while.


Watercolor painting of a wolf by Carl McKinley

“On Alert” watercolor, 11″ x 14″


I exploit these work to create greeting playing cards and small artwork prints. In our gallery, we have now hand painted ceramics of wildlife, native People and others. I additionally do customized image framing.


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