Carol Carpenter Watercolors

Carol and Fellow New Mexican Artists Featured in Albuquerque Journal Article

Here is an excerpt from:

Fluidity and spontaneity: New Mexico Watercolor Society moves annual fall exhibition online

Albuquerque Journal, Sunday, October 11th, 2020

BY KATHALEEN ROBERTS / JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

Albuquerque’s Carol Carpenter brought a watercolor still life of daffodils inspired by Presbyterian Hospital’s “Daffodil Days” annual fundraiser. She comes from three generations of women artists.

“That was my mother’s tea set,” she said of the composition. “It’s sitting on my buffet. The yellow and blue-grey worked very well together.”

Carpenter donates a painting to the hospital annually.

“They think they’re calming,” she said.

“Golden Fall” by Jay Leutwyler. (Courtesy of The Artist)

“Every once in a while, I’ll get a note from a family in intensive care (saying) that it was soothing to them,” she continued. “What a gift, being able to make somebody comfortable. They keep asking me every year.”

Carpenter learned about painting while attending art classes with her mother as a small child.

“I just thought that every mom was an artist,” she said. “I would draw the figures.”

When she began painting in New Mexico, she headed to the pueblos.

“I would take hundreds of photos,” she said. “It was just overwhelming; the light, the color on those buildings was just incredible for me.”

She usually begins with drawings to map the composition. Painting silver can be tricky.

“It’s a combination of your lights and darks,” she said. “You want to have that light come through. Mainly, it’s going with the reflection of the flower. You have to have a lot of the white and the paper; you see little flickers.”