Friday, September 13, 2019


Butler Institute's 83rd National Midyear 2019
Honorable Mention


Ohio Watercolor Society 2019
Blick Artist Materials Award
Travel show

Sandscrest Artists Retreat 2019

15 lucky artists enjoyed our 2019 retreat


Ursuline's Summer Mash Up  2019

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

2019 Sandscrest Artist Retreat
This is the flyer, designed by Cindy Allman, for our retreat this year and I'm so looking forward to this gathering .  Some changes but the same relaxing renewing experience we artists need and look forward to.  I'll be emailing this flyer to everyone on my list.  If you  wish to be included or have any questions, 
please call me at 440-213 8047

Monday, February 11, 2019

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme

Connection the Dots

While I really enjoy Yupo, it requires a frame and careful handling so It's just fun to slap paint on a big canvas and there are several paintings under this one. Standing with big arm movement is so invigorating and freeing.

The Persisters Painters 2nd Annual show "Poetic License" followed in 2018.  In the previous show, one of my paintings was "Sandcastles" an abstract of a granddaughter playing in the sand. I imagined her daydreaming as I did while listening to "Clarks Fairy Tale Theater" on the big radio before TV.  Eyes closed I saw vivid pictures of princesses, elves, witches, castles and the prince of course.  
My fascination with these tales lives on as I imagined, with great glee, the sight of Baba Yaga for this years show.  We sought to turn words into pictures as described in the gallery card. What fun!

Our next show will be "Common Threads" Sept. 30 - Oct. 27, 2019  and Cinderella will follow my fairy tail thread into this show.

More History

At the end of 2016 several old dear art friends and a few new friends all felt the need to recognize our common bonds and use our art voices in support of each other and women everywhere.  We were able to reserve the Medina Library for October 2017.
  We all went off in our separate ways with our theme " Torn Edges, Bonded Spirits" to visualize our
 thoughts.  We amazed each other months later as we hung our show.  Each interpretation was so unique and so insightful.  It was also the "Me too" time!
Missing from our group photo is Thelma K. Miller,  WWII  W.A.S.P. pilot who has persisted for now 96 years and my long time, treasured, painting buddy. Her work is over my right shoulder and next to my "Crazy Quilt"


Coexist was 2017 and Glass Ceiling was 2018 and I'll need a crystal ball for 2019.


Coexist was my entry for OWS in 2018 at the Columbus Museum of Art.  Again I was trying to display a variety of acceptable mediums for entries to the OWS annual show.  The title speaks for itself.  I believe art can be and say more than just look pretty over the couch. 

2019 Back to blogging!

Glass Ceiling

This painting was selected for the OWS Annual 2019 show.
Scraps and slices of all different mediums and techniques have been woven to display the variety of acceptable water media permitted and encouraged for OWS entries.  While the words watercolor society seem to imply only transparent traditional water color, instead all water soluble paint except oil and on a variety of substrates are accepted.  The jurors are looking for creativity and something new and unusual.
Some see Glass Ceiling as architecture.  I was feeling the long climbing of ladders we women do to break the barriers of "Glass Ceilings".  What do you see? 

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Cosmic Rhythm Ohio Watercolor Society 2016

Carol J Stevens         22"x22"          Mixed water media

  "Cosmic Rhythm" was selected for OWS 2016 by juror Carrie Burns Brown and awarded the LEACH FENKER MEMORIAL AWARD. It will be on display with her other selections at the Riffe Gallery in Columbus OH, October 27, 2016 through January 7 ,2017 as Ohio Watercolor Society presents their 39th Annual Juried Exibition.  
There is also the Jurors Workshop June 7 thru 10, 2016 and show opening, Awards banquet on October 29, 1016.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

More Yupo


20 x 26 "              water media on yupo


20 x 26             watercolor on yupo


5.5 x 5.5 "       water media on yupo


9 x 12 "     mixed water media

Paintings on Yupo  have many different "looks".  Adding and then subtracting  paint from the surface leads to endless play. While trimming  " Memories"  down to fit a show category, I noticed how beautiful the scraps were, so I began slicing and trimming others and weaving  until I had what reminded me of the potholders
I made as a child,  more play!

Saturday, February 20, 2016


Carol J. Stevens    20 x 26 "      water media on Yupo


Water media simply wipes off this slick plastic "paper" and you're right back to a totally white paper. This would seem to make it an unlikely substrate for a watercolor painting.  What seems to be a terrible disadvantage has become a real fascination for artists all over the world.  The joy of lifting, pushing, puddling, stamping, brushing, rolling, marking and just plain playing has led to an abundadance of  creativity with techniques and styles never ending.
"Unwound" is my experiment with masking tape and Yupo and was part of the National Watercolor Society's 2015 Annual Show in San Pedro CA.

Here are more Yupo " looks"

Carol J Stevens         20 x 36"    water media on Yupo

Carol J. Stevens         20 x 26 "   watercolor on Yupo

Carol J. Stevens    20 X 26"    water media on Yupo

                                  Carol J. Stevens           20 X 26"     water media on Yu 


Carol J. Stevens        10 X 13 "  acrylic on Yupo

Carol J. Stevens         5 X 7"           wc on Yupo


This last example is a card sent to a dear skiing friend.  I treasure the memory of his excitement every morning as he watched this sunrise while driving up the mountain to meet his buddies "The Over-the- Hill-Gang"  for coffee and then racing through the trees, down the slopes while singing "Oh Lord it's
Hard to Be Humble"
Of course they'd already lost me back by the creek!

Other examples of  my Yupo work already on this blog are:  Scarab, Wish You Were Here, No Wake Zone, and Sand Castles.

My "Painting on Yupo" demo for the Eustis Art League will be on March 12, 2016,  2:00 at the
Lake Eustis Museum of Art
The workshop will be the following Saturday March 19, 2016 .  1:30 - 4:00, also at LEMA

Friday, February 19, 2016


JUNE 26 - 30 2016

Sandscrest Retreat Center
Wheeling, WV

This retreat is located in the beautiful rolling hills of the West Virginia countryside and includes 12 delicious meals, quaint accommodations and work space.  
Marilyn Hughey Phillis, who  has led so many  wonderful OWS seminars and  retreats by sharing and encouraging creativity,  will be on hand to continue inspiring and suggesting some thought provoking ideas and projects.  Most time will be left for self direction with a quiet work space, play space! Then share
  your adventures and fun with other artists over a gourmet dinner.
I'll be assisting Marilyn any way I can. 
540.00   Please call me 440-213-8047 for mailing instructions

Wednesday, December 30, 2015


Carol J. Stevens  2015         20 x  30"          mixed media collage


                                © Carol J. Stevens 2005     20 x 30        water media collage

This painting  "Lizard" was part of a collection created in 2005 for an internet
sales site.  I needed to produce 15 paintings in just a month.
With my usual process, paintings evolve over much time, sometimes years.
So I felt the entire collection was incomplete "Motel Art".  I strive to make my paintings more than decorative.  The site was not what it promised to be and soon failed so these paintings were
left to steep in time on the shelf and I've enjoyed bringing many of them
to completion with time and thought.
Now in 2015, it was "Lizard's" turn to be resolved and unfold to become