The paintings shown here are all oil on linen, although I also work in pastels and pencil.

 On the surface I often paint flowers and landscapes. But under that is a whole life's evolution. In the Seventies I started a farm in Albion and worked hard to learn the lost art of homesteading (living simply and caring for plants and animals). In the Eighties I began to paint seriously and put the farming aside for a while. There wasn't time to travel, exhibit, and paint full-time while tending a farm. This has meant balancing my time. Farming and gardening cycles alternate with painting cycles and all these activities feed each other.

 Gradually life and art have begun to blend. As I go out my cabin door in the morning on my way to milk the goats I notice clematis blossoms glowing as they climb up the cabin's side. Later in the afternoon light I set up my easel and paint the giant purple flower. Or I drive along Navarro Ridge on my way to work and "see" the red cows lounging in the spring green grass. Later I'll go back to paint them. Winter is a time for still-lifes, perhaps a painting of the braid of onions that I grew last summer hanging by my sink. And the flow between art and life goes both ways. As I build a new cabin I find that my art skills of composition, proportion and especially patience are all needed there.

 I'm happy to be able to create these paintings as reminders of life here at Turtle Time Farm.


Carmen Goodyear

Albion, CA 95410

 

 

 



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