New Movie!

We hope everyone had a wonderful Independence Day, and stayed safe! The studio has been very busy, and we are excited to unveil June’s painting to you. Today we want to show you the new movie we’ve made about which artists inspire Cathy Carey’s art work style. If you’ve ever wondered what brought her artwork to life, you’re about to find out! You can view the new film at this link, or on Cathy Carey’s Facebook page. SOLD – Gorgeous Gorge 20 x 24,  $1300 Unframed $1420 Framed

The Source of Inspiration

Cathy Carey has a lot of experience that influences her artwork, and there are many things she has learned that influence her style. But today we can solve the mystery of where the influence for artwork comes from! If you’d like to see a recent video made of her inspiration you can check it out, here. Or click this image to view: Assistant of Cathy Carey, Cass ________________________________________________ If you have any questions, comments, ideas or want to commission a p

Great News !

We were waiting for the news, and we’ve got it! Cathy will be showing in the San Diego County fair this year and we are so excited. The paintings being displayed are Swami’s Agave, Palm Springs Poolside(Right), White Rabbit in Wonderland – Arizona Jack, and Living in the Golden Present! White Rabbit in Wonderland – Arizona Jack by Cathy Carey 40 x 30 oil $2820 framed Swami’s Agave by Cathy Carey 30 x 30 oil $2470 framed Palm Springs Poolside (right) by Cathy Carey 20 x 24 oil

Color(s) of the year!

Because Cathy is enthusiastic about the colors she uses in her expressive style, we are here to tell you about what exactly is in style season this year! Cathy uses a variety of vibrant colors that usually have the viewer feel the expression of happiness. If you haven’t checked it out, Pantone has announced that Rose Quartz and Serenity are 2016’s colors! They are expected to become popular in clothing trends and art work. This is a very different direction compared to the co

July Paintings!

Last months paintings were put in two parts, but this time we are just gonna display them all at once! In the beginning of 2015, I developed the plan to paint five new paintings every month. I have kept up with this plan, and this month is going so well I’m already working on August Paintings! “Evening Song” Painting by Cathy Carey 2015© “Evening Song” Oil on linen 24″ x 20″ $1200 unframed $1350 framed There is a little valley along the Rio Grande, that is a beautiful little

Maui Watercolor Sketches: Part 2

About a week ago I showed you Part 1 to my Maui Watercolor sketch book from when I vacationed in Maui and sketched all of the beautiful sights! Here’s part two with even more to share. Maui Watercolor This was an elegant view, to see the palm trees thriving with the islands climate and the land receiving the water the ocean has to offer. Maui Watercolor We could see the volcanoes and islands blending together in the distance. Maui Watercolor There were many beautiful plants,

The Expressive Color Paintings of Cathy Carey

I have been creating my style from many different elements. I have been inspired by Monet, Matisse, and Van Gogh. If you look at my paintings, can you see these influences? Ocean View – Matisse Windows Series by Cathy Carey ©2014 Surf Sup oil by Cathy Carey ©2015 Songs of the Good Earth by Cathy Carey ©2014 Another aspect of my style, is the way I do the drawing stage. I fill sketchbooks with blind and modified contour drawings, then scan them into my computer and create a co

The Garden is Ready for my Art Studio and Garden tour Dec 6 & 7!

The garden has been re-done into a desert paradise. I’ve been working towards this for 2 years and the Palo Verde Trees, Mesquite, Tipu, Texas Lilacs, Bottle Brush, Potato Vine Tree and Honeysuckle look beautiful!  Come tour my studio and gardens and help the animals at the San Diego Humane Society. This year I’m donating $5 for every $10 donation, so help out if you can! A sneak peak of the garden… Colorful Succulent Garden. For more info and directions go to: http://artstud

Cathy Carey Art Studio & Garden Tour Dec 6 and 7, 2014

Escondido Artist Opens studio to Benefit San Diego Humane Society December 6 and 7, 2014 from 10 am – 4 pm each day at 2048 Ridgecrest Place Escondido CA 92029 Cathy Carey open Studio tour Dec 6 & 7 2014 Enjoy an opportunity to meet  Cathy, view her latest work, stroll the beautiful gardens and support the animals at the Escondido Humane Society. The events of the day will also offer delicious appetizers and tasty beverages. A suggested donation of $10 will go directly to sup

Finishing up – The Look

My two Golden Retrievers, Yogi (the blond) and Sazi (the redhead), like to spend time with my students in the studio, helping everyone feel extra creative. Sometimes I glance over at them and get “The Look”. What does this look mean? To me, it is the “you are not paying enough attention to us, attention must be paid!” The Look – oil by Cathy Carey ©2014 16 x 20 What do you think it means? The Look – oil by Cathy Carey ©2014 close up To see more of my work visit

October 2014 – In progress – on the easel

My first painting this month was of a place I walk the dogs, near Bernardo Mountain. I see quail in our yard and am always amused by the posturing of the parents and the little chicks tumbling across the path. The Dad reminds me of a crossing guard, holding back traffic while the family relocates. The Mom looks in a panic, trying to keep all the chicks moving and safe. The chicks look like they are stumbling out into the light of day from the dark under the bushes, barely abl

Speech for Poway art show September 13, 2014 by Cathy Carey

This show is a retrospective exhibit of the last 14 years of my painting career. In order to appreciate how my Expressive Colorist painting style has evolved, I want to talk about three painters who have influenced my style. Claude Monet was an Impressionist whose time period was (1840-1926), Vincent Van Gogh was a Post Impressionist whose time period was (1853 -1890) and Henri Matisse was a Fauve and Expressionist, whose time period was (1869-1954). In 2000 I was fortunate t

Thoughts about Thinking

Pretending something is real is a closer experience to reality than ignoring something that is real. Mayan Jungle by Cathy Carey ©2014 oil 20″ x 24′ To view more of my paintings visit #art #VisualArt #Painting #reality #thoughts #Color #CathyCarey

Cathy Carey Solo Show

Poway Performing Arts Center – September 3 – 27, 2014 Coyote Joy 36 x 36 oil by Cathy Carey ©2014 Join Cathy at the reception, September 13 from 1 – 3. Cathy will give a talk about her motivations, inspirations and the evolution of her process at 2:00pm. Paintings will be on display from September 3 – 27, 2014. Paintings from 2000 to 2014, oil paintings and pastels will be represented in this overview. This unique opportunity will allow viewers to see how Escondido artist Cat

Watercolor Sketches and the Oil Paintings They Inspired

This group of pictures is going to show how I use my watercolor sketches to create a large more detailed oil painting. In the watercolor sketch I am working fast, completing it in a less than an hour usually.In the oil painting it can take several weeks to a month depending on the size. I am using ideas I “noted” in my sketch and playing them out more fully. Here are some examples! Let the Sun Shine In oil 24″ x 30″ ©Cathy Carey Let the Sun Shine I – oil 24″ x 30″ ©Cathy Care

Santa Fe 2004/2005

Here is and older sketchbook done in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2004-2005. As with all the sketchbooks, they are a place to gather ideas and feelings of a place at the time I am there and to later go back and relive in the studio. This scene is the old Artisan store when it was on Canyon Road. I was teaching in their back room. I did an oil painting from this sketch, called “Let the Sun Shine In”. Santa Fe 2004/2005 p1 This painting is at the garden on Canyon road built by Bando

Elfin Forest Acrylic Workshop

Over the Weekend I held a painting workshop to benefit The Escondido Creek Conservancy. Isabel and I had a load of easels and supplies to pack in, and we were thankfully helped by Jeff Swenerton of the Escondido Creek Conservancy, and students. The creek runs through the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, one of San Diego’s hidden gems in North County. We headed down the path to the right into the Live Oak Grove. This is an awesome spot to hold an art class, hike, picnic or j

Coyote Joy

Last night as I was falling asleep with Yogi my Golden Retriever at my feet, I could hear the yelps and joyful little barks of a pack of puppy coyotes that live near our house. Their immature voices sound like they were born this spring perhaps. Coyote Joy oil painting by Cathy Carey ©2014 36″ x 36″ This painting, “Coyote Joy” is of a little coyote pup in the garden up top, loving the sun and living large in his wonderland environment. Done from a photo by Janet Kessler who w

A weekend trip to Laguna for Las Lagunas Art Show

Brian and I really enjoyed our getaway to Laguna last week! It started with the reception at Las Lagunas Gallery on 101 in Laguna. What a fun spot! It was a beautiful night, there was a rockin’ band and lots of people strolling the galleries for the Thursday night Art Walk. Brian and I at Las Lagunas reception April 3 2014 standing in front of my painting “Cahuilla Totems” The art show at Las Lagunas Gallery with my painting (shown below) runs through April 2014 – if you’re i

Cathy Carey Studio Garden Tour to Benefit Escondido Humane Society

Saturday, April 26, and Sunday April 27, 2014 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Runaway Day oil by Cathy Carey Enjoy an opportunity to meet  Cathy, view her latest work, stroll the beautiful gardens and support the animals at the Escondido Humane Society. The events of the day will also offer delicious appetizers and tasty beverages. A suggested donation of $10 will go directly to support the Escondido Humane Society. In thanks for the communities support of this event, everyone who do