Category: StudioJournal

James Matthews, enslaved man finds refuge in Hallowell.

—a color study for one figure in the Hallowell Mural. acrylic on panel, 24 x 18— In the ongoing Hallowell Mural research, Sam Webber, our grand historian, introduced me to the story of James Matthews—a man from South Carolina, born

Celebrity Mural

Work continues on, what, for now, we are calling the Celebrity Mural, because if includes the likes of Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, Ellen Degeneris, Marilyn Monroe..a cast of over 30 people of note. This is acrylic on canvas, about

drawing studies | Hallowell Mural

Currently working on studies and design for another mural.  This will be a large almost 1000 square foot mural for downtown Hallowell, telling the story of this enchanting town where we live.   Here are a just a handful of the

Carnival Mural

New 2 Mural Project with John Gable. Currently Jack Gable and I are collaborating on a 2 mural project for a venue out of Maine.  Here are some detail images of the work-in-progress.   Jack and I are splitting the work,

Greeting Card Shop

My wife Jen Greta Cart has started an online greeting card shop with her very popular paintings at JenGretaCart.com.  Her work is beautiful, a combination of real and fantasy, magic and quietly normal all adding up to a lovely charm.

detail from mural in Augusta Capital Judicial Center

Hallowell History Mural

The history mural has begun! I am designing and painting a new history mural for my home town of Hallowell, Maine.  This is going to be 38 x 30 feet on an exterior wall at the north entrance to town. 

feet studies

Feet, feet and more feet.  Drawing this lower extremity is fun.  Feet can be very expressive.  We are used to hand gestures in paintings but feet can be story tellers too. I am working on a new dance painting where

Street Art Show

Street Art Show, 7.5 x 13 inches, pencil on watercolor paper This morning I was digging through my flat files to find an older watercolor I did (Autumn Cemetery)—couldn’t remember if I had sold it or still had it tucked

just sketching

Some evenings it is good just to sit and sketch or doodle.  I like to just noodle around with a pencil and without trying to plan a new painting.  If we get too locked tight, always producing, producing, producing, it

reviewing anatomy

While I am not a strict anatomist—I am perfectly happy to distort the human form if it fits my painting idea—I do, however, love the study of the human form.  Changing the human form to fit my paintings is important. 

Art Podcasts with John Dalton

If you are looking for some interesting podcast interviews with artists from around the world you should check out John Dalton’s podcasts called Gently Does It. Kudos to John Dalton for all he does. His focus in on talented figurative

Art, a 5 step program

Art needs a strange alchemy of several factors.   Imagination, skill, content, vision and perhaps, as some today are saying, empathy.  None of these elements by itself is enough to become Art in CAPS. Imagination won’t suffice alone.  Without skill riding

Carpet Wall

Just added my new carpet to my studio–to my wall. I have a nine foot square wall built in my studio that I use for painting, as a permanent easel.  I use it for large mural projects, well, small paintings

Venus Exhibit Review

excerpt from article art review in New City: “In one of the most poignant pieces, New England artist Christopher Cart presents a nude woman turning away from her mirror in confusion and dismay—perhaps she just realized that she is no

Composition playground

Composition is one of those aspects of paint learning that will never be complete.  You can never sign off and say, “Well, I learned that now on to painting”.  Composition possibilities are endless and fascinating. An art friend and I

Making technique organic to the work

One of my goals lately is to make my technique organic, to the story in the piece, not try to impose one technique or process on the entire composition, but rather to have each bit of the vision speak in

Vincent Millay

Portrait of Edna St Vincent Millay, oil on canvas 2017 I painted this portrait for the Millay Poetry Festival in Rockland, Maine in 2017.  This is my vision of what she might have looked like had she not died in

A paradox? A paradox?

A paradox? A paradox, A most ingenious paradox! We’ve quips and quibbles heard in flocks, But none to beat this paradox! A paradox, a paradox, A most ingenious paradox. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, This paradox. Pirates

dreams of flying

Sometimes just playing with dark lines on white paper is the best.  It feels like magic when you take a blank page and with a few spare lines you tell a full story.  …and for now back to the brushes,

less is less in a good way.

In the sketch pad lately I have been paring things down to the barest essentials.  Trying to tell my stories with less and less.  Merging forms; enveloping them in shadow and bleached out light.  Or trimming things to the most