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December 2013 NEWSLETTER with latest exhibitions and gift ideas...

New Work Added 4 June 2013
Gallery One - A Riot of Colour
... 4 new en plein air paintings from Speyside in North East Highlands May 2013.

International Artist Magazine – Issue 90 April/May 2013
Master Painters of the World – Carole Baker

Folowing on from a feature length article in Feb/March 2012 issue of my work, I had an email from the Publisher of International Artist... please click on the images to read the article.

Dear Carole

I have admired your work from having seen it among our competition entries. I especially like the painting you entered in our competition and, as I am always looking out for the world's best artists to publish in International Artists magazine, I would like to invite you to appear in a future issue under the heading of Master Painters of the World.

The painting I would specifically like for you to describe about is Ocean Big and Beautiful.

If you would like to take up this opportunity to be seen by our 100,000 readers worldwide, please email me so we can take this further! Please be assured there is no charge involved

Vincent Miller

(On a slightly annoying note... you'll notice that I'm addressed as 'Carole' with an 'e' but they have managed to spell it wrong in the contents page and heading!! Hey ho!)

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New Gallery...Emporium in Lichfield
My work can now be seen at Emporium Gallery, 32 Bird Street, Lichfield, Staffs WS13 6PR.

New Year News 2013

My last little message just before Christmas....

Today I have updated my website with some new images, dates of exhibitions, art fairs and demonstrations for 2013. I am taking part in some new fairs (Landmark in Teddington) and doing the old favourites too... Like Patchings Festival. I am also showing my work in several new galleries.

It’s been a another good year for me thanks to your support. I consider my ability to paint and create to be an amazing gift I’ve been blessed with, I don’t take a second for granted and it’s wonderful to be able to share it with the people who follow me.

And my work takes me to some fine and beautiful places... In January I am running a painting workshop in the Cayman Islands, requested by the Visual Art Society in Grand Cayman. A wonderful opportunity to see and experience some new and amazing sights.

My new workshop programme kicks off on 7 February and runs throughout the year.
You can download the programme at  
Next year I am running a few ‘en plein air’ workshops around Cannock Chase and Lichfield areas... A chance to paint outdoors with a small group of like minded people, helping you to simplify the landscape and make exciting visual notes and paintings.
Already places are booking up with just 4 places left on each of the February courses, so if you’re keen to attend, don’t leave it too late before reserving your place.

I’m away for much of January but my answer phone and Vinny (my better half) will be here to take messages. If you want to book a workshop, it’s best to send your booking form and payment in the post and I will allocate places on a first-come-first-served basis on my return.

Have a great Christmas and New Year and I look forward to seeing you in 2013.

Best wishes
Carole X

New Work Added 29 May 2012
Gallery One - Woodland Charm



Dusk Returns
Acrylic on canvas
Cool Caroling Trees
Acrylic on canvas

International artist status for Carole Baker

Click on the images to enlarge.

Chase Terrace Artist, Carole Baker has had her work featured in the International Artist magazine... a publication with over a 100,000 circulation worldwide. It is a bi-monthly magazine featuring talented artists from around the world and Carole’s work has been showcased over 10 pages detailing her thought processes behind her creative methods and painting techniques.

Her work was spotted by the Editor-in-Chief based in Sydney, Australia when she previously entered one of the competitions in the magazine. This worldwide publicity is likely to open new markets for Carole.

Having just returned from a two month working holiday around the world, Carole is holding her first exhibition of the year in the Corridor Gallery, Guildhall, Lichfield on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 March. There will be an opportunity to see the published article and chat to Carole directly about her work.


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Highly Commended Award from the RBSA - October 2011

News from Carole...
"I had some wonderful news last week when I attended the Private View of the Members and Associates Exhibition at the RBSA where I also have a solo show running in the Craft Gallery (until 29.10.11).... I was presented with a ‘Highly Commended’ Award for my painting ‘Mountain Dark and Tall’. It’s the first award of this kind I have won since becoming a full member of the RBSA."



New Work added 10 October 2011

Carole has been working on more new originals to add to the Highland Light collection both in watercolour & mixed media and acrylic - new images ... click here and scroll right down towards the bottom of the page.

'Highland Light' - feed back from the shows!

Over half of the collection has already sold and there's still 5 exhibitions to go before the end of the year! But it isn't just about selling (of course that pays the bills!!) ... it is about people having access to the work, a chance to take time to enjoy the paintings, techniques and feelings they can evoke. Here are some of the comments left by visitors to the exhibitions...

"Inspiring and full of memories of these beautfiul places.... thank you."

"Stunningly vibrant – almost takes your breath away; and then calm and serene with gentle colours!"

"Wonderful collection Carole, really enjoyed it"

"I can feel the wind and the weather. Such vibrancy."

" Thank you for evoking memories of these wonderful mountains. Very impressive interpretation of the landscape."

"Fabulous free style - quite unique. I could have stayed all day!"

"I am amazed at your paintings loveliness. I have bought one... to cherish and remind me of Scotland and many holidays there. Thank you."

"I have visited Wester Ross and was entranced by the view of the Torridon Peaks and lochs from the Pass of the Cattle. This exhibition has strengthened my memories of that magical time."

"Fabulous colours - wonderful light - a pleasure to view."

"Loved the wide open spaciousness - having visited this area it captures the wild remoteness of the places. Super - thanks."

"Magical use of colour. I wish I had your technique!"

– featuring 2 paintings of
Carole Baker's
plus other featured artists
Mike Bernard
Jeremy Barlow
Peter Graham
and many more!
Click here

New Work Added 8 August 2011
Gallery One - Abstract

Black Sea
Acrylic on board • 33x33cm

Mixed media on paper • 33x33cm

Acrylic on board • 33x33cm


Rich Sky' is the finished painting that Carole demonstrated in acrylics at the Great Atlantic Gallery in Falmouth on Saturday 21 May 2011... to see the demonstration in full click here.


New Work Added 21 June 2011
Gallery One - Highland Light - scroll right the way down to the bottom to see the new paintings...

Rich Sky (Silver Sands of Morar)
50x50cm • Acrylic on box canvas

The Vale Below (Isle of Skye)
50x50cm • Acrylic on box canvas

Silent Hills (Isle of Skye)
16x16cm • Acrylic on board

Pondering II (Silver Sands of Morar)
16x16cm • Acrylic on board

Hills Swept Bare
16x16cm • Acrylic on board

Glint of Loch II (Applecross)
16x16cm • Acrylic on board

'Flowery Nook II (Carsaig, Argyll)
16x16cm • Acrylic on board

Clouds Hide (Glenbrittle, Isle of Skye)
16x16cm • Acrylic on board

New Work Added 26 April 2011
Gallery One - Highland Light

'Shadows Lay'
Isle of Skye)
33x33cm • Acrylic on board

'Across the Shores'
(Silver Sands of Morar)
76x76cm• Acrylic on box canvas

'Faint Tracks'
(Silver Sands of Morar)
76x76cm• Acrylic on box canvas

'Highland Light' - things are notching up a gear in Falmouth...

The Great Atlantic Gallery in Falmouth is gearing itself up for hosting the next Highland Light solo exhibition and is producing a catalogue to promote the event and organising a Private View on Sunday 8 May at 2-4pm where you will get the opportunity to meet Carole and buy the artwork before it is open to the general public.

You will also get the chance to see Carole demonstrate one of her moody and atmospheric paintings in acrylic in the gallery on Saturday 21 May from 12noon til 3pm.

For more information / a copy of the catalogue contact Carole on 01543 676895 or Michael Jay on 01326 318452 / 01736 788911


New Work Added 21 April 2011
Gallery Two - Flowers
Spring Tulips
Watercolour and ink on paper • 33x33cm



Highland Light comes to Lichfield...

Chase Terrace Artist, Carole Baker will be showing a selection of her brand new big, bold and vibrant canvases based on the Highlands and islands of Scotland at her Spring exhibition in Lichfield.

Since returning from Scotland last May, Carole has been working non-stop producing over 100 completed works of art – collectively called ‘Highland Light’, which is a major touring exhibition. A selection of the work can be seen at no less than 5 solo exhibitions during 2011 at highly prestigious galleries throughout the UK.  Each Art Fair and Solo Exhibition will be quite different and will be worth a visit to each one.

The new paintings are in acrylics, watercolour and mixed media; bold, vibrant colours are fast becoming a trademark of Carole’s work, which has been produced as a book, and will be available to buy at the Spring Exhibition.

Once again fellow artist Bob Russon will be showing his unique work based on photography of man-made and natural objects making interesting abstract and semi-abstract pieces.

Both artists will be available to discuss their work and talk about their inspiration.

The Spring Exhibition runs from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 April in the Corridor Gallery, Guildhall, Lichfield, open each day 10am-5pm and admission is free.
For more information visit or call 01543 676895.

March 2011 news...

The Highland Light Collection goes live today - 14 March! and the book is NOW AVAILABLE to buy.

Look out the for March issued of 'Streets Adhead' Magazine - a glossy magazine with a circulation of 33,000 copies which go to the Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield, Lichfield, Burton areas - they are doing a double page spread on Carole's Highland Light Collection and her work.

Also look out for the April issue of 'BTN' Magazine again doing a double page spread promoting the first Solo Exhibition of Highland Light at Ingleby Gallery in Derbyshire. The publication is a quality, free A4 colour magazine specifically targeted at Burton on Trent and the surrounding areas.


Highland Light is a stunning collection of paintings that Carole Baker has been working on throughout 2010 and will continue well into 2011. The work can been seen at 4 solo exhibitions at prestigious venues in 2011 as well as group shows, art fairs and open studios. Each exhibition will vary and be updated for the next show. The whole colection can be viewed here very soon. For a list of 2011 events click here..

The exhibitions will be supported by a 36 page booklet - Highland Light avaiable to purchase and a large selection of greetings cards and limited editiion prints on request.

Now showing at Traynor Fine Arts
A selection of Carole's work can be seen at Traynor Fine Arts
8 Victoria Place, Terrace Road North, Binfield, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG42 5JB
Tel: 01344 425508

New Work Added 1 November 2010...
Commissions – Have a look at the two latest paintings Carole has been commissioned to do... 'Eva' and 'Freddie'.


St Just-in-Penwith and Falmouth, Cornwall
have taken 7 of Carole's paintings and are showing them in their Falmouth and
St Just Galleries as way of introducing her to their client base before hosting one of her solo touring exhibitions in 2011 at their Falmouth Gallery.... details to follow!


Following Carole's trip to Scotland in April, the first viewing of 6 of her brand new acrylics will be shown in the Winter Mixed Show at

Star Brae, Off Argyll Square,
Oban PA34 4AZ
from 19 November 2010
Kranenburg Fine Art Gallery is based in Oban in Argyll and specialise in contemporary fine art, with regular exhibitions of paintings by both local artists.... especially John Lowrie Morrison (Jolomo) and artists painting outside of Scotland.

"Having visited John Morrison at his studio, he took some time looking through my sketchbooks, recognising places and telling me about them and it was on his recommendation that I visit the Kranenburg Gallery on my way up through Oban. I was subsequently invited to send some work up for this winter's show."


New Work Added 12 October 2010...
Gallery One - Abstracts
Finding Darkness
Acrylic on canvas • 60x60cm

Wild Side
Mixed media on paper• 33x33cm

September 2010 - Open Studio
Click here and then scroll down to see photo's of the event...

Press Release - Staffordshire Life magazine

October 2010 ... In Staffordshire Life Magazine
Staffordshire features writer, James Montgomery talks to Carole Baker about life, emotions and most importantly – art
Click on the images below to enlarge.
The magazine can be bought from all good newsagents.

Hope you enjoy it!!

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Press Release Monday 9 August 2010

New Work Added 13 July 2010...
Gallery One - Australia / New Zealand
Thundering Creek (Shotover River, New Zealand)
Acrylic on board, 33x33cm
White Capped Sea (Johanna Beach, Australia)
Acrylic on box canvas, 91x91cm

Now showing at the Harrison Lord Gallery
A selection of Carole's work can be seen in the Summer Exhibition at The Harrison Lord Gallery,
5 Bradford Road, Brighouse, West Yorkshire, HD6 1RW
Tel. 01484 722462 W:

Calendar News - a message from Carole
Updated 6.7.10

I have some great news to tell you...

Allan +Bertram, the makers of the Academy Calendar in which my work has been selected for the past 4 years, have made their selection for the 2012 calendar... But not just one painting... TWO! My work features along side artists such as Mike Bernard, Robert Kelsey, Pam Carter, Peter Graham and Jeremy Barlow.

These are the two paintings:
‘Shingle Plain, Cuckmere Haven’
Acrylic on box canvas •  500x500mm
The South Downs made quite an impression on me when I rode there on horseback for the first time a few years ago. I have since returned many times riding over the Downs, reaching places you wouldn't otherwise see. Cuckmere Haven lies on the coast at the point where the Downs meet the sea. The dramatic chalk landscape with a characteristic cliffy coastline is constantly changing and the shingle beach and rockpools offers great tranquillity. It allowed me to be creative with texture and expressive with colour.

This is one of my brand new paintings of Scotland which will be seen for the first time towards the end of the year as part of my Highlands and Islands Exhibition.

‘Warm Light, Croft in Argyll’
Acrylic on board • 325x325mm
Two weeks in the Highlands just isn't enough time!! However, two weeks I had and very productive I was! I travelled up through Dumfries and Galloway, Glasgow and along Loch Lomond to the beautiful village of Tayvallich in Argyll. ‘Warm Light’ was inspired by one of the many crofts on the hillsides I spotted along the way. Even though it was Spring time, the colours were wintry - deep reds and oranges, very emotive.

I now have a proof of next year’s calendar... If anyone would like to have a look, I’ll have it with me at the Lichfield Arts Festival on 10 July.

I have lots more good news which I’ll let you know about very soon.


New Work Added 12 May 2010...
Gallery One - Australia / New Zealand
Lonley Cloud (Mount Cook, South Island, New Zealand)
Acrylic on box canvas • 101x40cm
Orange Poppies (Lake Wakitipu, South Island)
Acrylic on board • 28x39cm
Changing Shadows (Milford Sound, South Island New Zealand)
Acrylic on canvas • 50x50cm

Gallery One - Abstract
Flying High
Acrylic on canvas • 60x60cm

Patchings 2010 Exhibition -
The Artist Category

Carole has received a letter from Sally Bulgin, the Editor of the Artist magazine, informing her that her painting - 'Many Miles...' has been accepted in the prestigious Patchings Exhibition - Artist Category this year. The painting will be shown at Patchings Art Centre in Calverton, Nottinghamshire from 10 June to 11 July.

'At the End of the Rainbow' has also been Highly Commended and will be shown on the Patchings website from June 10. Both paintings are from Carole's Australia/New Zealand collection.

The opening of the exhibition runs concurrently with the 17th Patchings Art, Craft and Design Festival where you can see Carole demonstrating throughout the 4-day festival.


Many Mile... (Low Isles, Queensland)
Acrylic on box canvas • 122x76cm



    At the End of the Rainbow
(Erskine Falls, Lorne)
Acrylic on box canvas • 50x50cm

Highlands & Islands May 2010

Two weeks in the Highlands just isn't enough time!! However, 2 weeks I had and very productive I was!

I travelled up through Dumfries and Galloway, Glasgow and along Loch Lomond to the beautiful village of Tayvallich in Argyll. I had lots of walks planned for this region and a plan to visit John Lowrie Morrison who lives nearby.

One of Scotland’s most popular artists - also known as Jolomo - I have been an admirer of his work for many years and often use examples of his work in my teachings. His spectacular career has been captured in film on DVD and for the BBC, he holds about 11 solo exhibitions a year which makes him one of the most prolific artists I know. John donates a percentage of his sales to charity and makes significant donations of art work to charity each year.

It was an inspiring visit to John’s large, light and airy studio: racks of paintings lined the walls ready to go to exhibition, paintings drying and work in progress. He showed great interest in my sketchbook and recognised places I’d painted and suggested places to go like Crinan where old tugs and boats are moored and where there’s a ‘wee lighthouse’. My thanks go to John for sparing his very precious time with me.

From Argyll I travelled up to Shieldaig in Strathcarron, Ross-shire, nestled amongst the Torridon Mountains. My very good friends, Ann and Thomas run a top class bed & breakfast called ‘Aurora’ which opened in 2006 and is one of a number of new style professional bed and breakfasts in the Highlands & Islands. Not a hotel, nor the archetypal B & B but contemporary, friendly & special, enough in fact, to be recommended by Alastair Sawday in his "Special Places to Stay" guide. Please click on the link above to find out more... I more than recommend this place... Ann and Thomas made me extremely welcome and I truly didn’t want to leave!! Again, huge thanks go them for their kindness and hospitality.

As supporters of mine, Ann and Thomas have a couple of original 'Carole Baker's' on their walls and they have agreed to take some of my prints of the work I do of the area, and offer them for sale at the B&B. For more details, please email me via the 'Contact' button.

For me, the essence of Scotland can be found in Wester Ross, particularly in the area surrounding Loch Torridon. The mountains here are some of the oldest on the planet, and their sandstone terracing gives them a cathedral-like quality. The ridges of Ben Alligin, Ben Eighe and Liathach offer some challenging routes for the hill walker and there are many other equally stunning mountains set amongst some of the most remote country in Europe. It was totally inspiring and I almost filled one sketch book just here.

From Wester Ross, I moved onto the Isle of Skye. The weather wasn’t that kind, with rain and gales being the main feature! However, it offered more interesting and evocative mood and atmosphere than a clear sky and again, another sketch book was filled.

Altogether I completed over 100 sketches some of which I am going to publish as prints. I will be working these sketches up into finished work in acrylics and mixed media during the next year. I expect to be showing some of the first work by the end of the year/beginning of 2011. I am now posting the sketches on Facebook - 'Art of Carole Baker' - to become a fan click here.


Inspiration from the Highlands
I am heading up to the Highlands - Argyll, Torridon Mountains and the Isle of Skye for 2 weeks from 19th April to get some new inspiration. I am taking my sketchbooks and camera and also hope to complete some finished work in acrylics and mixed media. I am camping while I'm there so that I have the freedom to see the sun rise and get the best bits of the day. The work I produce from this trip will form a major new body of work to be launched towards the end of 2010/beginning 2011. What this space!

New Work Added 14 April 2010...
Gallery One - Light
Quiet Light Cannock Chase
Acrylic on board • 60x40cm
Winter Hours Gentleshaw Common, Winter 2010
Watercolour on paper • 28x39cm

New Work Added 22 March 2010...
Two more new acrylic paintings of Gentleshaw Common when the snow was down... I continued to be inspired...
Gallery One - Light
Blue Edged Light, Gentleshaw Common
Acrylic on board • 33x33cm
Chilled Winter, Gentleshaw Common
Acrylic on board • 33x33cm

A new loose painting of fresh flowers...
Iris and Lilac
Watercolour and ink on paper • 33x33cm

A couple of 'en plein' watercolours of Priest's Cove, Cornwall at sunrise as the mist began to clear and befor anyone else was around... peaceful.
Fisherman's Huts, Priest's Cove
Watercolour on paper • 28x39cm
athering Pebbles, Priest's Cove
Watercolour on paper • 28x39cm

PayPal now up and runing...
As of 17 March 2010!

Pay by PayPal, Debit or Credit Card...
I am currently working on getting Paypal on my website... so if you see a painting you like you can order it and pay for it online!! Watch this space...

New Image Added 15 March 2010
Gallery One - Australia/New Zealand
Your Hand in Mine (En route to Lake Tekapo, South Island NZ)
Acrylic on box canvas • 40x101cm

New Image Added 8 March 2010
Gallery One - Light

A Thousand Shadows (Inspired by the snow on Gentlesaw Common)
Acrylic on board • 60x40cm

New Images Added 6 February 2010
Check out the new images added...

Gallery One - Light

Mid Winter Miracles
(Inspired by the snow on Gentlesaw Common)
Watercolour and collage on paper • 28x39cm
Shining White (Inspired by the snow on Gentlesaw Common)
Watercolour on paper • 28x39cm

New Images Added 4 February 2010
Check out the new images added...
Gallery One - Light
3 new winter scenes of Cannock Chase and Gentleshaw Common

New Images Added 26 January 2010
Check out the new images added...

Gallery One - South Downs (and Abstract Gallery)
Sand Patterns
(Inspired by the beach huts at Seaford)
Acrylic on canvas • 60x60cm

Gallery One - Australia & New Zealand (and Abstract Gallery
Imaginary Lines (Inspired by ballooning over Yarra Valley, Australia)
Acrylic on canvas • 60x60cm

Gallery One - Australia & New Zealand
Embrace (Lake Tekapo, South Island NZ)
Watercolour and pastel on paper • 33x33cm

Gallery One - Light
Several new winter scenes of Cannock Chase and Derbyshire

Gallery Two - Wales
Canopy of Green, Fairy Glen
Acrylic on board • 26x13cm

Gallery Two - Woodland
Three new woodland scenes

Gallery One - Abstract
Inert Creations
Acrylic on board • 18x18cm

January 2010 Now showing at Inspires Gallery
A selection of Carole's work can be seen at INSPIRES GALLERY,
27 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford, OX1 2HU
Telephone/Fax 01865 556555

Very latest... October 2009
Paintings in acrylic, mixed media and watercolour of my trip to Australia and New Zealand
The work I have completed so far is inspired by the coastline and countryside of Queensland, Sydney and the Great Ocean Road. This is an ongoing project and I’m really looking forward to completing some exciting work of New Zealand... So keep an eye on this page as I will update it regularly.
Many of the pieces featured on this page are currently being shown at Ferrers Gallery (details below) until 26 November.

Scilly Paintings October 2009
I have been adding to my ‘Scilly Collection’ throughout the year and have some brand new mixed media work which I’ve added to my website...
Although I’ve only visited the islands once (however, another visit is planned for next year!), I really do understand why people go back time and again. I will never get tired of painting the isles.

Light September 2009
Gentleshaw Common continues to be a constant source of inspiration to me as I walk there every day with Ted. There’s some interesting new foreground paintings I’ve completed this summer and some that I completed on location...   – scroll down the page to get to the latest work.

St Just Holiday October 2009!!!
September and October were extremely busy for me, working round the clock getting enough work produced for various art fairs and exhibitions as well as preparing for demos and workshops! However, I managed to squeeze a week away to one of my favourite places... St Just in Penrith in Cornwall. I got plenty of walking done along the beautiful coastal paths with Vinny and Ted and of course, I did lots of painting! I can't help be inspired this very special place and no doubt there will be some new paintings before the end of the year!

Painting Demonstration – Thursday 16 April
Thanks to all who came to the painting demo last Thursday at Holy Cross in Lichfield.

Once again it was a productive evening, full of lots of questions and chocolate biscuits!!

As pomised, here is the final result... version 1 was as the painitng was left on the evening. 'Waves Howl, Bryher'' on the right, is the finished version. Carole has worked into the painting overall with the brush, added more detail around the rocks and forground and lightened the sky slightly.

You can see ths painting in Carole's 'Through the Window' solo exhibition at Burton Library until May 2.

(April 2009)

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Version 1

'Waves Hows, Bryher'
(finished painting)

More good news on the calendar front...
Allen and Bertram, the calendar makers have chosen 'The Sea Awakes' (the painting featured below for the painting demo in September) for their 2011 Academy Calendar.
(April 2009)

Painting Demonstration – Thursday 11 September
Carole regularly holds painting demonstrations for art clubs and societies all over the Midlands and also organises a few of her own throughout the year in Lichfield.

Thursday 11th saw a good crowd show who were made up of art buyers, amateur artists and general public with an interest in art. It was a lively session with lots of questions asked.

Carole chose to paint a seascape as part of her latest project... 'Shoreline Series 1' which is inspired by her travels abroad and in the UK. From her sketches and compositional plans she worked on 3mm mdf primed with 3 coats of white emulsion and gesso both sides. She worked in broad strokes, blocking in colour and gradually building up the layers. Techniques such as spattering with a bristle fan brush were used and an impasto paint was applied in the foreground which she drew into with the end of a brush.

As promised, Carole has posted the painting as it looked at the end of the evening... Version 1 below left, the point at which the demonstration ended and it was time for her to leave the painting and come back to it fresh the next day.

Version 2 is the finished painting – 'The Sea Awakes' – with a fresh approach the next day Carole added more definition to the multi-coloured pebbles on the beach and made other small adjustments to enhance the composiiton. She also added some acrylic ink applied directly from the dropper in complimentary colours.

And of course, when the painting was dropped into it's frame... it made all the difference. This painting, together with the whole brand new collection of Shoreline Series 1, will be on show for the first time at the Staffordshire Open Studios Event in the Corridor Gallery, Guild Hall, Lichfield on Friday 26 - Sunday 28 September.

The next demonstration is Thursday 16 Aprll 2009. To reserve your place call Carole on 01543 676895
(September 2008)

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Award Winner at the new
Burntwood Open Exhibition 2008

An art exhibition in Burntwood could become an annual affair after the huge success of its inaugural event. Hundreds of people flocked to the Burntwood Open Art exhibition, which took place in July at Chase Terrace Technology College.

The exhibition displayed artwork created by professional and amateur artists from the local area and all artwork was entered into the Burntwood Open Art Exhibiton Awards of which The Framework Award was presented to Carole Baker for her painting 'Wild Breeze' which can viewed on Gallery One – The Roaches

    Wild Breeze - Winner of The Framework Award 2008

Elected full member of the RBSA - April 2008

Following the recent Candidates Exhibition, Carole was successfully elected to a Full Member of the RBSA. Six of her latest paintings of Ireland were selected with the help and guidance of Brian Fletcher and Graham Blaine.

The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists is one of the oldest Art Societies in the UK. As early as 1807, Samuel Lines opened an Academy teaching students, several of whom became famous in the art world. Having purchased Dakota House in St. Paul's Square, The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists now displays the best of Midlands' Artists and Craftsmen.

?Since becoming an Associate Member in 2003 Carole actively promoted the Society at every opportunity particularly through her website. She participates in as many of the Open / Prize / Members and Associates Exhibitions as possibile and trys to attend all of the Preview Evenings.

At her solo exhibiton in the Craft Gallery in January 2008, she held a painting demonstration over one weekend and sent out 450 invitations promoting the event. This brought in a number of people on both days who re-arranged the furniture in the gallery to enable them to sit and watch the whole demonstration!

In 2006 and 2007 Carole ran one of the Professional Development Seminars – ‘Shout About It’, a seminar on how to market yourself as an artist. The Society’s involvement in the project helped in raising their profile with Birmingham City Council and Arts Council which was of great benefit to the RBSA.

New Inspiration!
Carole's next painting trip is to the Isles of Scily in October... for the peace and serenity, the sunlight, the wild flowers, the birds, beaches and rock pools... watch this space!

Carole says.... "Then in 2009, I am embarking on an epic journey to Asia, Australia and New Zealand ... sketching, photographing and painting along the way. Out of this journey will come a major body of expressive and innovative paintings.

Artist Demonstration – Wednesday 30 January
Carole regularly holds artist demonstrations for art clubs and societies all over the Midlands but this was the first time she held one in Lichfield ... there was a good turnout. The audience, who were made up of art buyers, amateur artists and general public with an interest in art, was lively, asked lots of questions and made the evening a pleasant one.

Carole chose to paint a seascape of Achill Island from her Ireland trip last September. From her sketches and composiitonal plans, working on 3mm mdf primed with 3 coats of white emulsion both sides, she began painting on a base colour of cadmium red. Using a limited palette of Prussian Blue, Cobolt Blue, Indian Yellow and Burnt Sienna, Carole worked on the painting as a whole, blocking in colours, working boldly and building up the layers.

Version 1 below left, is the point at which the demonstration ended and it was time for her to leave the painting and come back to it fresh the next day.

Version 2 is the finished painting – 'A Sea Breeze, Achill Island' – a fresh approach the next day allowed her to fill in the gaps and add details, making small adjustments to enhance the composiiton and add greater definition.

And of course, when the painting was dropped into it's frame... it made all the difference. This painting will be on show at the Spring Exhibition in the Corridor Gallery,
Guild Hall, Lichfield on 4-6 April 2008.

The next demonstration in Lichfield is on Thursday 17 April 2008 7–9pm – please call 01543 676895 to book a place.

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Version 1 – 'A Sea Breeze, Achill Island'   Version 2 (finished)
– 'A Sea Breeze, Achill Island'

Painting Perfection –
painting demonstration at Ferrers Gallery

Artist Carole Baker comes to Ferrers Gallery at Staunton Harold, Leicestershire.

On Saturday 23rd February from 1pm visitors will able to watch Carole at work when she visits the Ferrers Gallery to demonstrate her creativity and share with us all the behind the scenes knowledge on what goes in to produce her inspirational artworks. Selections of her latest paintings, inspired by a recent horse-riding expedition through France, are on display in the gallery’s Nature Focus exhibition.

‘Carole’s work draws you in and takes you to far away places, her being here will offer a unique opportunity to find out first hand what inspires each piece.’

Ally Thorne, Gallery Manager

A selection of her beautiful French scenes will continue to be on display for all to escape to until 6th April 2008. Ferrers Gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday from 11am – 5pm. For more information please contact 01332 863337.

Front covers!
Three of Carole's painting have been published on the front of a set of books on Christianity... published by Authentic Media for the author Jonathan Lamb.

New work for 2008

– Tour of Ireland

Carole spent a week touring Ireland in September 2007 with her sketch book and camera gathering lots of new source material in readiness for her next project. She visited Achill Island on the west coast, Westport, Galway, the Dingle Penninsula, the Ring of Kerry and finally Kinsale. It was a whistle stop tour but one that gave her a clear feeling for the place and where she would like to spend more time in the future.

Her Irish work can be viewed online (click on Gallery One - Ireland) and will be on show at the Spring Exhibition in the Corridor Gallery, Lichfield and the RBSA, both in April. It was also featured in Art of England magazine in June 2008.

Now showing at Artifex Gallery
A selection of Carole's work can be seen at Artifex Gallery, Mitchell Centre for Art and Craft, Weeford Road, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B75 6NA.
Tel: 0121 323 3776

Calendar 2008, 2009 and 2010
Corporate calendar makers 'Allan & Bertram Ltd' from Hertfordshire have spotted Carole's work on the web and have selected one of her paintings to be published in their 2008, 2009 and 2010 'Academy' calendar.

8000 calendars will be printed and sold through the trade and feature twelve fine art reproductions from some of Britain's leading contemporary artists many of whom exhibit at prestigious London galleries. The images are specially selected to give diversity of theme and art-style.
The calendar is reproduced to incredible definition using special techniques, combining intense colour and fine detail to give outstanding clarity and depth.

Great news about the 2008 calendar! Not only have the publishers used Carole's painting for MAY 2008, but they have also used it on the front cover!


2008 Calendar
'A Better Tomorrow'
Acrylic on box canvas

"In this painting of Langdale Pass in the Lake District, I have tried to capture the drama of ever changing light and its effect on the landscape."
Carole Baker RBSA


2009 Calendar
'Go With the Clouds'
Acrylic on box canvas

"My affinity with the countryside leaves me with no lack of inspiration when it comes to painting. I spend many hours walking and sketching which helps me to capture the atmosphere and feeling of a place. The day I sketched this view of Lake Windermere from the spectacular viewpoint of Gummers How, the rain was starting to ease and the low cloud began to reveal the autumnal colours and textures. I used broad brush strokes, built up layers of paint and created a painterly effect using an impasto technique where the paint comes out of the canvas."
Carole Baker RBSA


2010 Calendar
'Fuscia Hedgerows'
Acrylic on board

?"After a week spent touring Ireland with my sketch book and camera gathering new source material, I was enveloped by the mood and atmosphere of the place. The wild flowers including fuscias which grew along the roadside and in the hedgerows, inspired this painting. Back in the studio, I began with a Carmin Red background and built up the painting in many layers giving it texture and depth, creating an emotional response to the subject. I like areas of my work to be fairly ambiguous – to make the viewer do some work and use their imagination."