Something New…


So, besides this new painting, guess what else I am doing that is BRAND NEW?!

I now have a professional FACEBOOK page!

Come check it out, follow me…or leave a friendly review of my art.

6 x 8
Acrylic on Birch Panel
$48 (available at Etsy)

Aloe is a succulent plant known for it’s healing properties. I don’t know about you but sometimes the best thing for me physically is a good cry or laugh. Hence the title, Aloe-Ha (ha, ha, ha…) This piece was painted as a reminder to laugh, to open my eyes to the small things around me, even an aloe plant, which are healing and life affirming.

If you are interested in helping me name another succulent painting, check out THIS Instagram Post

I’ll be honest…

Privately Owned / Artist Available for Bridal Bouquet Comissions
Abstract Bridal Bouquet / Acrylic / Privately Owned / Artist Available for Bridal Bouquet Comissions

I’ll be honest. I was growing a little impatient waiting for Spring. Winter is hard for me and this year I didn’t have skiing to distract me every week (since we moved from New Mexico to North Carolina the skiing days severely decreased, but the beach days will increase so I can’t complain). So, this the very first day of Spring finds me already having painted a lot of flowers. Not to get too philosophical but something I really love and learn from about flowers is…they bloom when they are ready, when it’s they’re time. You can whisper sweet nothings to them, give them warm baths to encourage them but those tight little buds of potential can’t be forced to bloom in a minute. If only I was so patient and loving with myself while I wait for my dreams and potential to bloom. Birthing is like that too. Babies can be encouraged but aint’ nothing like the stubbornness of Mother Nature. So, if you happen to be dreaming and waiting like me, don’t forget to cherish the blooms around you, especially those sister blooms. Girlfriends be blooming out their strength, beauty, wisdom and dreams all over the place. So, you go girls! if it’s your time, I hope you enjoy every moment of your blooming. I’ll join you in the meantime by trying to be kind to myself while I allow my potential and dreams to grow.

South African Bloom / watercolor / available on etsy shop

A Woodsy Winter Wonderland

I love the holiday season for so many reasons!  But we can go into that in another post another time. So, last year we were living in the desert of Albuquerque, New Mexico, a magical place where my theme for our Christmas was “A Cactus Christmas”. This year I’m embracing our new home in Durham, North Carolina for the inspiration of this year’s theme and I thought I was having so much fun I dare not keep all the fun to myself. So, I’m sharing.

And, now for the moment I’ve been waiting for,…

I want to show you what I’ve been hinting at on Instagram

and working on the last month or so, my latest project.



I’m so excited. It’s really nice, quality paper.  24 lb, text weight linen paper, 100% recyclable

  • Textured paper with a crosshatch pattern similar to linen
  • Full color edge to edge printing
  • Width: 30”
  • Length: Multiple choices: 1) 7.5 feet  2) 15 ft.  or  3) 30 ft.

This year’s wrapping paper theme is Woodsy Winter WonderlandThere are 2 options:

  1. Birch Trees
    Birch Trees
    Birch Trees


  2. Winter Berries
Winter Berries

Length guide:

  • 7.5′ roll wraps 4.5 shirt-sized boxes
  • 15′ roll wraps 9 shirt-sized boxes
  • 30′ roll wraps 18 shirt-sized boxes

If you are like me, after you shop for all your gifts, you then find yourself without anything to wrap with and no energy to go back out into the crowds to purchase the necessary gift tags, ribbon and tissue paper.

Here’s where I can help you.

So, yes you can just Direct Message me on Instagram or email me that you’d like to make an order or in just a few clicks be done with ALL of this and ORDER ONLINE NOW (takes 5 min and you can use credit or paypal) at my CarlyeCreates Etsy Shop .


You could let me help you with a HOLIDAY WRAPPING KIT

Each kit will include:

  • Your choice of either “Birch Trees” or “Winter Berries” Fine Art Linen Wrapping Paper (15 ft. x 30 in)
  • 20 Individually pre-strung and hand painted gift tags to match your choice of paper
  • 16-20 sheets of color coordinating tissue paper
  • 3 types of various sized decorative ribbons and decorative tape




So to give you a realistic picture here’s what we all normally spend collecting these things. These are conservative amounts. The only place you will spend less is most likely the  Dollar Tree Store.

Gasoline to nearest Target (10 miles each way)                                             $4.34

Time Spent Shopping (if fast & only take 1 hr/ min. wage is only 7.25 but your time is more valuable that that)     $20

1 roll of normal, ordinary, easy to tear Wrapping Paper                                                                                            $6.99

20 gift tags mass produced who knows where and by what machine (10/$4 so 20/$8)                                            $8.00

Ribbon you have to pick, choose and match yourself                                                                                               $20

Tissue Paper (who are we kidding, by now you’re just grapping some plain white so you can get home)              $4.99

A bottle of Tylenol (cause now you are waiting in line for another hour with your kids asking for snacks and toys) $6.49

The hour of your life you spent in line                                                                                                                        $20

TOTAL:  You’ve escaped with supplies, a headache and MOST of your sanity for                                     $90.81*

*Don’t forget anything or you will have to go back and add more gas & time spent

OR you could order exactly what you want and for only $9.09 more you will:

  • be supporting the ARTS & a local artist’s dreams.
  • Have beautiful, quality fine art paper that all your family & friends will Oooo and Aahhh over.
  • Save yourself the extra trip and the extra headache
  • A beautifully color coordinated, themed and uniquely creative WOODSY WINTER WONDERLAND underneath your Tree (or whatever your family puts their holiday gifts under).


  • 30 inches x 7.5 ft.  $25.
  • 30 in x 15 ft.   $50.
  • 30 in x 30 ft.   $100   $85 BEST VALUE with a $15 discount




Durty Bull Brewery 206 Broadway St. #104
Durty Bull Brewery
206 Broadway St. #104


I am excited to partner with MAKE Studio and local Brewery, Durty Bull for a night of painting and yummies. Yours truly will teach you step by step how to recreate your own version of one of my birch tree paintings. AND instead of a typical canvas we will paint on an eco-friendly birch wood panel.  No painting experience necessary. Impress your friends with the masterpiece you take home. So come grab a friend and a beer and have some fun.

This is a great gift to give someone! The gift of time spent together, fun, a painting lesson from a local professional artist, their own painting  to take home AND a great memory with YOU.

Also as an added plus, Durham’s own CHIRBA CHIRBA (“The Dumpling Truck”) Food Truck will be there!

7-9 PM

Only $40 /per person

Sign up by Monday Oct. 17th and receive $5 off OR sign up with a friend and you will each receive $10 off.




*If you can’t make it out to this one, stay tuned on my Instagram Account for any other upcoming local events.*


The End. (for now)

And the last chapter of this month’s ART Adventure Story comes to a wonderful close after going through 5 different…


I’m exhausted but had a lot of fun, so thanks for your support.

To show my appreciation for your company on this fun trip, I am going to keep the special #SEPTEMBER #30paintigsin30days prices up for another week in my EtsyShop. So, if a certain painting or two hit home with you, now is the best time to click on over and take that baby into your home.

Hope you enjoy these last 5.

Next week I will have a collage up of all 30 paintings and a New Fun Event for any of you who are LOCAL to Durham, NC. Hint: It involves a new local Brewery.

Faith's Window
Faith’s Window
Faithfulness = sexy
Faithfulness = sexy
Unexpected Beauty
Home of My Heart /Love
Home of My Heart /Love

Chapter 5: Road Trip


30 in 30
Road Trip

This chapter’ road trips took us through Fun & Laughter. But, much like a good road trip it wasn’t all fun and games. I also painted; trust, freedom and transformation.

I’m not going to try and go into it all right here, but there are a lot of pretty crappy things happening in the world and even in my own state of North Carolina. Black brothers killed by police officers, refugees fleeing from their homes and all they know only to be rejected , unwanted and treated as inconvenient. Children went hungry this week. People acted in retaliation and hate.

That happens every week you say? And why are you talking about here and now?

Just because it happens doesn’t mean it’s o.k. or even o.k. with me. So, here is where I am saying I have hope for justice, I have prayers for peace, I have visions of people transforming and acting as neighbors, really learning to love each other, rather than hate one another. It’s hard to love, to hope and to have peace despite and within these days. But it’s worth the struggle. It’s worth the effort.

There is always hope, even during injustice, anger and pain.


Southwest Road Trip


Blue Road


Mountains That Made Me Laugh


Freedom road trip




Chapt. 4: I’ve got my trees all in a row…

This next 5 paintings where all of trees, although I think this 5 has the most diverse look to them of all of the paintings we’ve toured on this art adventure so far. This chapter has taken us from a country road to a tropical island. We’ve seen trees from a distance  in their rows and also up close, narrowing the perspective of the row to an individual tree or from underneath the canopy of trees. And lastly we’ve enjoyed the warmth of ‘Belonging’, glimpsed ‘Hope’, been ‘Awestruck’, basked in a tropical night’s ‘Peace’ and sat in ‘Simplicity’. if you missed any of these, here they are below or come follow me on Instagram to see all my past and future #30paintingsin30days @carlyecreates

sequoia tree




Peace in the Dark
Peace in the Dark


Row of Trees




Only 2 more chapters left in this art adventure. The next one is all about the Road. Cue Willie Nelson in your mind (what you don’t have a mental sound track?, well I highly recommend investing in one – it’s free and it exercises your imagination,- but I digress and reveal much too much of my quirkiness) singing “on the Road Again, just can’t wait to be on that road again…” come join me and see Daily on Instagram what I’m painting. @carlyecreates

Chapter 3: Wide Open Spaces

Five more paintings down and half way through.

This painting was the original idea for this section. these 5 do not look as similar as some of the other sets of 5 because I chose to explore different types of scapes that are all “open space”; beach, clouds, mountains, stars, and open road.

Original Wide Open Space
4 x 6 Acrylic on Birch panel
Cosmic Beauty
Healing Recieved
Healing Received

If you have a minute, come on over to my Etsy shop and read some of the descriptions for these, the stories behind the paintings.

We’re half way through the month so only half way through these #30paintingsin30days. And don’t forget to follow me on IG so that you can see each painting as newborns. I post them on IG each day. I hope you enjoy.

Sept 2016 30 in 30: Chapter 1

The Original Sound Painting
The Original Sound Painting


So here is the happy home of the Original Sound Painting, owned by a private collector, blogger and fellow artist @thepallettemuse. I painted it over a year ago of the North Carolina Sound, after spending a week basking in this view on Topsoil Island Beach. Since then, many people have commented that they really liked it.

So, that is why I picked it for one of the 5 paintings I would recreate in different moods, colors, styles, times of day and season. So here they are…the first 5 paintings of my 30 paintings in 30 days of September 2016.

Hope you enjoy.

p.s. They have all sold, so if you want a chance at first dibs on any of the future paintings, you should follow me on Instagram, @carlyecreates, where you will have immediate access to see and purchase any one of the next set of 5, or the whole set if you wish. Also on my IG account, you will get a sneak peek later today at which painting of mine I will be reinventing in 5 different ways the next 5 days.

Forgiveness 9 x12 Acrylic on Birch SOLD
9 x12
Acrylic on Birch


A Joyful Sound 8 x 8 Acrylic on Canvas SOLD
A Joyful Sound
8 x 8
Acrylic on Canvas


Serenity 20 x 20 Acrylic on Canvas SOLD
20 x 20
Acrylic on Canvas
Journey 18 x 18 Acrylic on Birch wood SOLD
18 x 18
Acrylic on Birch wood


Dreaming 12 x 12 Acrylic on Birch SOLD
12 x 12
Acrylic on Birch