September 28, 2023


Make Some Fun

Featured Artist Carl McKinley | Artsy Shark

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Watercolorist Carl McKinley shares a traditional 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 house. I’ve been portray in watercolor for so long as I can keep in mind. I’m 88 years previous 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’ll 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 will 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 needed 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 deciding on watercolor and occasional acrylics, my spouse and I participated in lots of artwork gala’s and competitions. The artwork gala’s have been enjoyable and we met and made many buddies. The oldsters you meet at these reveals have experiences and useful recommendation that will assist additional an artwork profession. I’d encourage anybody beginning out to think about doing artwork reveals.


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 12 months award from The Central Kentucky Artwork Guild, and 2007 Better of Present on the Regional Tremendous Artwork Present in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. I’m presently a member in The Central Kentucky Artwork Guild, Kentucky Arts Council, Kentucky Crafted The Market, ArtPal and Tremendous Arts America.


"Baby Snow" watercolor, 8" x 10"

“Child Snow” watercolor, 8″ x 10″


Through 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 will be completed rapidly. I’ve a cervical downside, 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 now have hand painted ceramics of wildlife, native People and others. I additionally do customized image framing.


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