sketch from middle school- micheal jackson inspiration

I remember I was always obsessed with Micheal Jackson.. I had a Micheal Jackson Doll fashioned with the Red Jacket from his 80s videos.. i remeber doing this drawing after watching a live performance of him on tv of the song "Heal the World" 

Thank you all for sharing in my journey of creation. I am humbled to be living my truth everyday. Aloha nui loa to my collectors who have always believed in me. - Carrie Able

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starting a new underdrawing😃

Detail of underdrawing for a new oil on linen work


new oil on linen works

           Carrie Able , Garden (1),  Oil on stretched linen, 10" x 10"      

          Carrie Able, Garden (1), Oil on stretched linen, 10" x 10"



                Carrie Able  , Garden (2),   Oil on stretched linen, 10" x 10"    


          Carrie Able, Garden (2), Oil on stretched linen, 10" x 10"


early figure study

You can tell this is a figure study from my youth as i was avoidng rendering fully the hands and feet..  which is funny as i know i was fully capable of depicting them, but they were my least favorite part.  Now i quite enjoy depicting hands and feet.


Young Artist Contest

I am excited to announce the contest for 13-14 year old artists for a $50 USD for Blick art supplies. All mediums are welcome. Please submit one photo image representative of the work along with a brief description of the art process (media used and technique) to  Please share this with the young artists in your life. The due date is Wednesday May 20th and the winner will be announced at the beginning of the summer.

Why this age you ask? It was around this age that I began doing paid commissions and winning awards for my art. This age is a defining moment in a young artists life to know that being a working artist can be a reality and not just a dream.




foreshortened figuration

foreshortened figuration always finds its way into my work...... the start of an underdrawing for an oil in linen 


starting something beautiful....

Underdrawing for an oil painting with my favorite stretched belgian linen..   

 (yes im ambidextrous which comes in hand depending on which hand is injured)


drawing the ladies...

Im a fan of figure drawing from life using grey paper & white + black graphite.  It is easier to begin with a neutral surface and then isolate shadows and highlights.  

figure sketch, Carrie Able

figure sketch, Carrie Able

This is also helpful with oil painting to begin with a neutral surface, which is why I typically always begin painting an entire glaze of a mid tone color before begining. 

Is that a painting? drawing? or a fine art print?


Even native English speakers confuse the art terminology painting, print and drawing.  

Painting uses a separate tool to apply a wet medium to a surface. (oil, acrylic, watercolor) Whereas drawing implies that the tool used also contains the pigment, which is applied directly to its surface. (pencil, pen, charcoal)

Interestingly, in English painting is both the verb and the noun for what's created, as well as in drawing it is both of the verb and the noun for what is created.

The definition of a fine art print is debatable. Historically, the most valuable prints are those where an artist's process is involved (lithograph, serigraph, woodblock cut print, linoleum cut print, etching) and they are numbered limited editions typically of 200 or less, where edition 1/200 would be the most valueable.

Hope this little tidbit helps some english art word confusion!