Imaginary Mindscapes that Inspire Exploration
Curiosity is a treasure that Carol McIntyre has carried all of her life and into her paintings. Her current body of work, entitled “Unveiling the Invisible,” welcomes you to explore your inner world. The interplay of reality and fantasy, color and depth, shapes and texture creates what she calls a “harmonic mystery.”
Through her harmonic use of color and soft touch with the palette knife and brush, McIntyre’s imaginary mindscapes inspire you to stop and venture into spaces you may have not wandered before or perhaps to somewhere familiar.
Carol McIntyre, Spirit Dance, acrylic on panel, 36″ x 24″.
From beginning to end of McIntyre’s painting process, she is in a state of discovery as she responds to the shapes, lines and colors in the painting. As she begins to sense the ‘voice’ of the painting, she heightens certain shapes by making them the focal area or hides them beneath other layers. The multiple paint layers create a sense of mystery inviting you into the painting to experience its depth.
The other salient feature of McIntyre’s work is her use of color. Viewers frequently proclaim, “I love your colors!” Each painting has its own color chord and sings in harmony. In her work, she strives to evoke emotions while inviting you to ask questions. Her intent is to make you want to keep coming back so that you may explore your own spirit and what you want to become in this lifetime.
McIntyre paints with oils, acrylics and periodically collages papers. Her favorite tool is the palette knife. Unlike most palette knife painters who apply thick layers of paint, she uses it to skim across the textured layers she has applied with gesso. In fact, her first layers on the board or canvas are not paint but at least three layers of gesso which provides the initial texture of the painting.
As she paints, she alternates between her palette knives and brushes. Surprises often occur and textures appear organically which is all a part of the discovery and creative process.
Her painting “Riding the Waves”, (above) was selected as part of the FAV15% (jury’s favorite 15% of the entries) in the February 2016 BoldBrush Painting competition.
McIntyre has been the cover artist of Watercolor Magazine. Her work has been honored with awards in regional and national shows, and hangs in collections around the world. The large body of work she created commemorating the women of the 1800’s entitled, “No Time for Idle Hands,” traveled the west and mid-west.
At age 36, McIntyre unlocked the artistic vault that she had kept sealed for over 15 years. She traded her blue suits of corporate life in for an artist’s smock shortly after her late mother-in-law introduced her to watercolors. The Twin Cities (MN) offered fine art education through their network of art centers, the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, and workshops instructed by nationally known artists. The regional watercolor society captured her heart. Hence, McIntyre served as President of the Minnesota Watercolor Society (1992-94).
During the past 25+ years, McIntyre has been an ardent student of color and developed an approach to teaching color to artists that eliminates their frustration with color. She is passionate about bringing more beauty into the world via her teaching and her paintings. Her color expertise can be found at her blog website and via an online video course produced by Craftsy. In the fall of 2018, her color mixing instructional book “I Just Want to Paint: Mix the Colors You Want,” will be published.
Inner Wisdom, oil on panel, 40″ x 30″ x 1.5″.
Carol McIntyre is honored to be a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and granted (through juried processes) the associate memberships of the Pastel Society of America and the Oil Painters of America.
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