Escondido Municipal Contemporary Realism Show

If you haven’t attended the Escondido Municipal Gallery’s show of Contemporary Realism yet, you still have time! The show is there for viewing from May 13th till June 4th, 2016. Cathy Carey’s painting of “Somebody New to Love” (Above) was chosen as first place in the Contemporary Realism show, and is there if you want to see it in person. By going you are not only supporting Cathy Carey, but also 30 other regional artists selected to be in the show! Assistant of Cathy Carey,

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

Spring Art Studio Tour

This weekend the Art Studio Tour is back and we are ready with new paintings to present and another organization to benefit. We are very excited to see everyone stop by this Saturday and Sunday (April 30th and May 1st) from 10 am to 4pm, we are going to be displaying Cathy Carey’s handmade jewelry, paintings, and more! If you would like to learn more about this event feel free to check out the Art Studio San Diego Facebook page, there you can see the event, dates, and more in

Agave Paintings by Cathy Carey

My garden in Southern California where the drought has made itself a home, used to be lush with Mediterranean flowering plants! Once we started water rationing, I redid my hilltop garden to be a succulent haven. I have Agave, Aloe, and every kind of succulent you can imagine! Avian Observatory 20 x 24 oil by Cathy Carey ©2015 End of the Century 30 x 40 by Cathy Carey ©2014 Coyote Joy close up – 36 x 36 oil painting by Cathy Carey While I was designing the garden, I imagined w

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

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

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

New Paintings Finished in June

I was able to reach my goal of 4 – 5 finished paintings. June was a good month, I got a lot done. Finished three older paintings from Santa Fe: the “Enchanted Circle” Series. Plus four new paintings and worked with the terrific people at La Playa Gallery in La Jolla Shores to include my jewelry and paintings in their Summer Solstice art show. My painting “High Country: The Protector” won First Place in the Escondido Municipal Gallery show “Local Color”. Photo Bomb Fox by Cath

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

Fresh from the Easel

I have an Open Studio Tour coming up this weekend and these are the newest paintings to come off the easel – just in time! If you are in the Southern California area come on by! 2014 spring studio tour New Paintings from April 2014 Golden Moon Walk 16 x 20 oil by Cathy Carey ©2014 Coyote Joy 36 x 36 oil by Cathy Carey ©2014 Coyote Night in the Elfin Forest 24 x 30 oil by Cathy Carey ©2014 The River Between Worlds 24 x 30 oil by Cathy Carey ©2014 http://www.artstudiosandiego.c

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

Glen Ivy and Borrego Desert

Glen Ivy Borrego p1.jpg Glen Ivy and Borrego Desert are inspirational spots for me,  where I can be in the quiet and see the palms sway, without being too far from home. There are so many different shapes, sizes and colors to draw from. Each one tells a story. Glen Ivy Borrego p14.jpg Glen Ivy Borrego p13.jpg Glen Ivy Borrego p12.jpg As well as the myriad of palms there are so many cactus, agave and succulents in the desert to keep my imagination busy. Glen Ivy Borrego

New Coyote painting evolves

I was delighted to sell my original coyote painting – “Coyote Wonderland” in just  a few days, because a kind friend – Debra Baldwin the author of many terrific succulent gardening books (Succulents Simplified, Designing with Succulents and Succulent container Gardens), shared it on her Facebook page! Because so many people loved that painting, and I wasn’t ready to let go of my coyote on the hill, I immediately began another. This one is titled “Love the Good Earth”. See if

Huntington Gardens Collage & Watercolor Sketchbook 2009

Huntington Garden 2009 – April 2009 p 2 For our anniversary in 2009, Brian and I got a really fun new camera. He was going to use it to take pictures of  nebulas on his telescope and I was going to get my paintings photographed professionally without the professional cost. Huntington Garden 2009 – Iris Profusion p 3 We decided to go to the Huntington Gardens to try out the new toy, and I made this sketchbook from a combination of photos, collage and watercolor. I made paper f

Succulent Garden Inspiration

My succulent garden continues to provide me with endless hours of  work and Inspiration! I’ve finished  the winter  re-build of the garden and have been painting scenes from it in oil. I love all the textures and pattens on succulents, aloes and agaves. I use the reality of the plant as a starting point and take it from there in terms of composition and color. My painting ideas are about things like working in the garden and showing the hands at work. Reaching out is about ne


I had the great fortune to be allowed to paint in the gardens at SunnyLand in Rancho Mirage last week. It was a beautiful sunny day and I had a great time. The gardens are laid out in a patterns of succulents, agave’s, aloe’s, and cactus. The background is the beautiful mountains, and in the winter you can see the snow crusted caps, after a good rain in the desert. There were a few others painters, but it was heaven to be able to paint for several hours un-disturbed. Here are

Getting Ready for the Garden and Art Studio Tour

Every fall and spring I open my studio for a tour of my studio and gardens. For the last few years I’ve raised money with a suggested $10 admission for our local Escondido Humane Society. Last April we raised $1500! Succulent garden The first thing I get working on as soon as it cools off is to spruce up the garden. I’ve been putting in some long hours up top replanting and making some new succulent beds. I need to make it as drought tolerant as possible so I’m combining drou