Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Fine Art America - Winter Scene

Here is my newest piece a plein air piece that I started out in the sunshine and finished sitting in the car. I was in Sedona a week or so ago and another winter storm blew in. I it available as a print on Fine Art America- and since I just lowered my prices on FAA! You can order it as a print or framed all on the same website. Go to FAA

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Fine Art America- Lower Prices for 2011

To help jump start 2011 I went onto my Fine Art America site where you can order reproductions of many of my oil painting, photographs and monoprints and dropped prices dramatically. Really dropped them. I want them to be affordable and good quality. FAA makes a good product already I just needed to fiddle with the dollar signs! Take advantage of it and take a look when you have a chance. You can order just a poster, printed on canvas, or all framed up and matted.
I found that I really miss the mono-printing, it was so freeing and just plain fun. I would use color much more boldly and without concern. Hopefully I will have some new pieces to post this New Year of wood cuts and monoprints. I will also be plein air painting in Irvine California getting ready for a fundraising show for the Irvine Preserves in Ca. Can't wait! I will post that new work as soon as it is ready to frame up.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Handmade Walnut Pochade Box

I am so excited to show this to you all. Jerry Pond is a friend of mine, an amazing painter, and also a very skilled woodworker. Being a plein air painter, Jerry knows what we all need in a good travel pochade box. He has designed these boxes and then hand builds them. They are made with great care and attention to detail. Besides the travel box he also makes little thumb-boxes.
This size is perfect for when you don't want to drag around your tripod. Or if you want to remain a less conspicuous, say in a coffee shop painting the people around you.
Jerry's prices are more than reasonable, his craftmanship is excellent. Jerry would be happy to talk with you and answer questions you might have.
Here are the details.
You can contact Jerry Pond at 928-634-1212 or 928-310-5832

Thumb box is offered in two sizes, 5"x7" and 6x8". It will accommodate 20mm and 22mm tubes. Holds two panels, w/tripod adapter, in black walnut. $125.00 & 150.00 plus shipping.

Standard pochade
8"x10" & 9x12" , in black walnut. Holds two panels, with tripod adapter.Will accommodate standard size tubes. $175.00 $200.00 plus shipping.

In Stock: (2) 5x7", (2) 6"x8", in black walnut. (1 ) 8'x10, (2) 9"x12),l in ash.

A thumb box provides opportunity to paint anywhere, with out need for a tripod. I recommend sitting .sketch pencils, standard ,chrome finish ,wood ,cocobolo. 30.00. miniature ,chrome finish,wood,same or choose type. 25.00.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Arizona Fall Colors

I finally got out to paint. Went down to the Farm at South Mountain to capture this little tree and its wonderful fall color. There was no wind, and you could hear the leaves as they fell. 11"x 14" oil o board.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

March Garden Show at the Shemer

Join me for a fun outdoor show at the Shemer on March 19th, 2011. I am so excited about being asked to show with this group of artists. My booth will be filled with new paintings, many of them florals, and some new designs in accessories including bags and purses. Mark your calendars to head to Camelback & Arcadia in Phoenix. Email me if you would like an invitation mailed to you. I will have more information on my Facebook page and here on my blog.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Art and Wine with Barbara Schoepf

With the cool fall air comes the start of the season for classes at the Farm at South Mountain. So just wanted to let you know about the upcoming schedule of events

Art and Wine - Friday November 12 and December 3rd $30 supplies and wine included 5:30 ish to 7:30 ish

Art and Lunch - Saturdays November 13, 20 and 27 $20 supplies included - Farm lunch $12 optional 10:30 to 12:30

Come relax in the beautiful environs of the farm and leave with a piece of art to take home
No experience is required, just bring your self and your smile.

If you would like to register please reply, class size is limited
Hope you can join us !
Barbara Schoepf
The Farm at South Mountain

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Monday Painters

Wanted to spread the word!!

We are the Monday Painters (plein air). It is a new group. We will start meeting on Monday, November 1st and meet every Monday through April, weather permitting!

We will meet on Mondays at 8:30 a.m. at Starbucks on Tatum and Shea (NE corner). Decide at that time where we go to paint and head out and do it!!

Paint from 9 to noon. Bring your lunch and we will eat and do a critique. You can put a painting in the critique if you want or not, no requirement.

I am sure the same people will not show up every Monday but this is casual, no worries group!

Basically we are just prompting plein air painting. Just meet up and go paint. No phone calls, no emails … no complications. No planning ahead, just meet up and paint!!

If you are interested, just show up!!

Examples of painting sites we might consider:
Needle Rock

Pima/Dynamite area

McDowell Mt Park

Bush Hwy

Saguaro Lake area

Downtown Scottsdale

Bring any location ideas and make a suggestion!

Let’s paint!!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Fine Art America

Both of these photos are available in several print sizes at Fine Art America. You will also find prints available for several of my paintings. FAA handles everything, framing or not framed, lots of choices. Fine Art America-Cindy Carrillo

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

What I did on my summer vacation-All Used Up

What I did on my summer vacation-
rather than be on the show "Hoarders" I thought I better get rid of my fabric stash on my own and have fun at the same time. I have always loved sewing and my favorite clothes are usually made of denim. Here is my post on the blog

Cindy Carrillo takes old jeans, leather jackets, canvas, linens, crocheted lace, what ever is available on her sewing table and creates something new. Messenger bags, hand bags, hobo bags, duffle bags, Pod & Pad bags, evening purses and clutches- no two are alike.

All are durable, taking advantage of the natural way denim frays and fades and making the most out of it. Each piece is guaranteed to fray more, fade more and get better with age.

Watch for new lines- Repurposed Leather bags, Baby Blues, and EyePad bags.
Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page and watch the slide show of our Fall line!

Want to know more?

Friday, September 24, 2010

Photographs from Colorado - C.Carrillo

"Need a Tow?"- This colorful old tow truck photo is available on Put in Cindy Carrillo and up should come small thumbnails of several new photos available as reproductions on canvas or photo paper. You can order them framed or sent to you rolled in a tube.
The photo below is from four different pictures taken of old doors in Victor, Colorado. It is called "Passage Ways" and also available as a print or printed on canvas. FAM can mat and frame your print for a very reasonable cost.
Photographers would love the little town of Victor, Co. There are so many old ranches and homes that dot the landscape, old mining equipment just left to sit and rust out and of course wonderful old trucks. The town has a very rich history and is at an elevation of 10,000 feet. Yes, you will need a nap every afternoon.

Fine Art America- Photographs-C.Carrillo

both of these images were taken in Colorado this summer. The cool cruiser was on Pearl St. in Boulder. The funky old tow truck was on Main St. in Victor, Colorado where I was attending the Victor Celebrates the Arts in August 2010. Both these images are available at Just put in Cindy Carrillo to see my page where you can order reproductions of several of my paintings and photographs.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Vote now for "Retired in Victor Colorado"

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Victor Celebrates the Arts-3rd Place-"Retired in Victor"

Yea~! This little 10" x 8" oil called "Retired in Victor" won 3rd Place in the Professional category at Victor Celebrates the Arts. Thank you Tony for the "reviewing prospectives" talk we had just before I painted this old truck! No longer afraid of painting vehicles- I was reeeeeal good at avoiding them but no longer need to. The folks at the VCTA had a nice dinner for all the artists. If you are looking for fancy smancy this is not the Paint out for you, if you want friendly, open people, great views, wonderful old buildings, mountain flowers, real icecream milk shakes- head to Victor to paint.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Earthwood Gallery- Boulder, Colorado

This painting "Playful Dancing Shadows' 24" x 36" oil on canvas is available at the Earthwood Gallery in Boulder, Colorado.
Ask for Ron or Ann at 303-444-3838

Painting Colorado Barns

This painting is going home with me, this lovely old red barn is just east of Hwy. 25 south of Castle Rock, Colorado. This won't count for the Victor competition as it is out of the boundary painting range. It is a keeper painted late afternoon.

"Working Farm" oil on board
16" x 12"

Victor Celebrates the Arts 2010

Paintings ready to turn in with one more to go that I will paint today.
"The Lucky Buck Bar"
10" 8" oil

"Needs Paint" 9" x 12" oil


"American Eagle Mine"
11" x 14" oil

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Paintings of Colorado Barns

I am having a great time painting old barns we find along the road. This beauty is just east of I 25, south of Castle Rock, Colorado. Headed to Victor tomorrow to paint an old truck. All my pieces have to be turned in on Friday. This painting here I am saving to take home-

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Victor Celebrates the Arts

I am in Victor Colorado painting for the Victor Celebrates the Arts. All our freshly painted pieces are due in on Friday morning framed and ready to sell. This little old school house even had a bell tower still intact. The old mining town has restored building in the downtown area, old ranches, deserted building, old mining equipment and beautiful scenery. The weather is perfect with around 74 degrees a few showers here and there. I find that the coolest part of painting the old equipment is to focus on the structure and use it to create a good strong composition. We'll see how well it works- more postings later. If you are on Facebook you can check out my facebook page for more pictures.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Honorable Mention from Jean Stern-Irvine Director

This painting won an "Honorable Mention" from Jean Stern the curator of the Irvine Museum in California. It sold and it headed off to a new home in England as a memory of a vacation in California. Just the way I like it to happen.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Fog Laiden Moraine Park

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

SOCALPAPA Newport Beach, Calif.

This painting was done while I was in Laguna toward the end of the day when parents were taking down umbrellas, gathering towels and bringing in the kids. This scene has been painted by so many artists for obvious reasons, the rocks, moving surf, changing sky, all elements to make us crazy trying to capture the whole essence of what we are seeing.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Western Light- Earthwood Gallery Colorado

"Western Light" Exhibit of artwork at the Earthwood Gallery.
These paintings are on their way to the Earthwood Gallery in Estes Park, Colorado. Here are three of my newest pieces- "Thirsty Desert" 8" x 6" oil, "Tumbling Waters" 14" x 11" oil, "Just Passing Through" 8"x 6" oil. The first gallery opening for this show is Sat. August 7, there is a second reception on August 28th. I will be at the second reception and also will be painting in town on that Saturday. The gallery is located at 141 E. Elkhorn Ave.- For purchase information on any of these pieces you can call Ron or Ann Wilcock at 970-577-8100.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Laguna Beach Painting & Moraine Park oil

This painting was done at the Rocky Mountain National Park this July. It is at Moraine Park- it had rained everyday but still really beautiful. The fog hung so low over the peaks and just rolled slowly over the meadow. This is the Fall River- it is one of my favorite spots. Oil, 20x 16" "Fog in Moraine Park" and will be hanging at the Estes Park, Earthwood Gallery in

This painting was done last week in Laguna Beach- the sun was just starting to go down and the beachgoers were taking in their umbrellas and gathering their kids. This has been entered into a SocalPapa Show- have to wait to see if it made it in. I hope so, I need another excuse to drive back to the beach. Their gallery in at the ferry dock in Newport Beach.
"Summers Day" 14" x 11"

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Plein Air Southwest 2010/11

Yea! I was accepted into Plein Air Southwest 2010/11. We are given set dates to paint with in, we can paint in 5 states in the Western US. I love these sort of shows, it is a challenge to myself to make each painting better than the last one and to push myself to not use tried and true techniques. It is always awesome to see the work of the other artists- so much to learn from them.
Check out to see the names of the artists in the show and where we will be painting.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Fine Art

I just uploaded the pic of "Peonies Study" on Fine Art America- it is available only as a greeting card as of now. Their cards are glossy and on good quality card stock- not the flimsy stuff. Go to then click on Artists- and then put in my name. Under location you can put in Tempe also. This little 12" x 6" oil on canvas can be purchased at the Earthwood Gallery in Boulder, Colorado. Ask for Ann or Ron at 303-444-3838

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Best of Show & Peoples Choice Awards at the Women of the West, Earthwood Gallery Boulder, Co.

Wow what a fun reception at the Earthwood Gallery in Boulder last night. Here are us gals - the Women of the West. Me, Dawn Normandi, Coni Grant and Margaret Jensen. Each of us have very different styles but all share the love of painting outdoors from life. I won the Peoples Choice and the Best of Show Awards so of course that made it all even more fun. This gallery is located on the Pearl Street , it is closed off to traffic and lined with large trees.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Rocky Mountain National Park & Earthwood Gallery

I am in Rocky Mountain National Park- 63 degrees misty with the occasional sprinkles. Finished a painting under the back hood of my van. I will post that soon. This place is like a picture book with one scene after the other that is too amazing. So much to paint and draw and photograph. The Women of the West show opening is tonight at the Earthwood Collections in Boulder, Colorado. My new still lifes are in this show- we will see how they are received. We are all loving the weather. Huge billowy clouds form in just minutes. I have learned that the weather in this part of Colorado changes so fast. You need to always have a good jacket and hat in the car and sunblock for the intense sunshine. They don't seem to have a lot of air up here either. I am out of breath all the time.

Waterfalls are everywhere- tumbling with huge rocks- rocks the size of a van. The next picture is of a double rainbow- with the colors as pure as paint. This place is totally worth planning a family trip to. Stay in Boulder or Estes Park and bring your hiking shoes and camera.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

"Best in Plein Air" LPAPA 2010

Laguna Plein Air Painters was the first big plein air group that I joined maybe 6 years ago. I applied for their big annual show and have been turned down each year. Most years I realize now my work was not at that level, some years I thought I had strong work. But this year, I got in. My painting "Spring Melt", 11" x 14" oil on canvas is one of my favorite pieces. I am still pinching myself. "Best of Plein Air" will be at the Esther Wells Collection in Laguna Beach, the reception on July 17th, 2010. Photos of the reception will be on this blog. This painting was done in Payson Az. a day after a big storm. The sun came out and snow was melting and dropping off the tree limbs. Lot of popping, dripping sounds. And cold.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

"Women of the West" Boulder, Colorado

Yea! Road trip coming up- taking up all the new paintings created for the Women of the West Show at the Earthwood Gallery in Boulder, Colorado. The opening reception is on July 9th from 6:00- 9:00pm. If you are in the area at all please try to come by and see my newest pieces. This will be the first time I am showing floral still lifes and I am really excited about that. There are 3 wet canvas in front of fans as I write. Two pieces I used some beautiful pink peonies (florist shop-can't grow these here!) and today I will work with sunflowers. There will be several landscapes from New Mexico and Colorado scenes. Check out the Earthwood Gallery website to see the other 6 artists painting samples. Each of us is very different. The other artists are Sarah Rogers, Margaret Jensen, Maggie Hellmann, Coni Grant, and Dawn Normandi.
This little painting is called "Peonies Study", 6" x 12" oil on canvas. If you are interested in purchasing any of the works in the show including this piece contact Ron Wilcocks at 303-444-3838. Pictures of all the paintings headed for this show will be posted by July 2, 2010.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Stuck in a Rut

I have been in a painting rut lately, I will complete a real nice piece, then I can't even put down the shapes right. It has been real frustrating to say the least. All artists have this and we all complain about it. I have stumbled upon some help by accident. My background in college was as a 3D artist, ceramics, fabrics and wood. I love to sew and can make anything. I was motivated to learn when my dad told me that he would buy all the fabric I wanted if I sewed my own clothes (I was 12). So instead of the dorky things mom bought I was able to make plenty of mini's to wear to school. I recently pulled out some lovely fabrics making a dress for my grandaughter, one thing lead to another and I have been a sewing feend for the last several weeks. I have always loved the textures, and variety of colors fabrics come in- much like why I love oil paints. After several days of non-stop sewing I was in California at Crystal Cove. As I started to put down the paint I realized I was using much of the same color combos I had been sewing with- and these were colors out of my usual comfort zone. Surprisingly I moved along with ease really enjoying the new colors. I did a view looking away from the ocean and back at the little yellow house in the back of the property- I think it is a keeper.(the Eucaliptus were painted in Whittier, Ca. ) Moral of this long story- getting your hands into another medium than your paints can get the fuzzy brain to work in new ways. Both mediums complement the other not detract. A bit later I will show you my creations that came out of old denim, ugly tossed out ties and some tacky old leather jackets. New life came out of these items and renewed me at the same time. Watch for All Used Up coming to this blog soon.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Art of Helping

I think that for the most part artist's tend to be way to self-centered. Then there comes an exception- set up by John Burton. John was one of my teachers and helped me on my path as an artist. Wonderful artwork by some of our best artists will be up for an auction. The minimum bid is $300.00 and ALL the money goes to benefit the victims of the earthquake in Chile. Here is your chance to purchase a beautiful piece of art AND help others. A win-win combo- Also to see Johns artwork go to

Friday, April 9, 2010

Traveling Hwy.1 Amazing views & rubber ducks

Looking south on Hwy 1 as we move up to San Fransisco and my gallery opening in Crockett. The views were amazing and that does not say enough for the beauty. Stayed in Cambria and found this Rubber Ducky Store, yes, all rubber ducks from all kinds of colleges, professions, personalities, crazy stuff. The opening at the Socalpapa gallery went great. Lots of traffic as it is located right in the Fun Zone in Newport. My 10 paintings have been delivered at the Epperson Gallery and the opening reception is Saturday night. It is a neat little town, cool old buildings that have been restored, we have been exploring. All good.