The Lost Art of the Painted Photograph with Corlis Caroll!

Corlis Carrol Lost art of the painted photograph ccfb

Corlis Carroll. What a dynamic soul! She has such a big heart, and she is as full of life as she can be! Corlis has mastered the art of the painted photograph. Be sure to stop by her show, it’s sure to be a treat!

Location: 1855 Western Avenue, (1 mile west of of Crossgates Mall), Albany, New York – Look for the colored bee boxes.

Corlis Carroll - Monhegan, Maine

One thing about Corlis, she is enthusiastic about her art. Her enthusiasm is contagious. She brings a smile to your face, and so do her paintings. She has a joie de vivre that cannot be denied!

There was a wonderful article in about Corlis, to read, click HERE.

Read about the process, from her Facebook page:

In 1990, at the University at Albany, Corlis Carroll took a class in “Alternative Methods in Photography”. Upon graduation from UAlbany, (Phi Beta Kappa, 1994, major in art), Corlis soon moved to a remote island off the coast of Maine and lived there summers, first working as a house keeper for lodging and wages. In her “off” hours, Corlis could be seen in the village, on the cliffs or in the forest with paints and easel. Beginning in 1981 with a camera, she later turned to painting in oil and gouache for the study of light, composition and color. In 2013, she returned to her earlier love of the painted photograph and found a new world and a treasure trove of beautiful possibilities.

The painted photograph is an art form that has only been seen minimally since middle-class women found a hobby in it during the early to mid-twentieth century, and portrait photographers used it to color the hair, cheeks and lips of their subjects.

It is how color was commonly achieved in Photography.

There are only two methods in painting that begin with the gray scale: Grisaille, a paint medium and the Painted Photograph.
Covering gray with color creates a palette that is oddly familiar and visually pleasing though slightly confusing. 

Corlis is often asked: “what am I looking at? Is it a painting? Is it a photograph?”

It is both.

A blip about the show, from Corlis Caroll’s Facebook page:

Stickley Furniture delivers 9 thousand dollars in gorgeous Furniture for the show TODAY. They have been so supportive, so generous. Thank you John Hanson, 10 year designer for Stickley. Your guidance and expertise is so appreciated. You and Stickley have been so supportive. See you tomorrow.

I was paid the highest compliment of my life yesterday by a gentleman and business owner who has been active in the arts for over 30 years in the Albany area.

He said: “You are a great artist.” 

Be still my heart. I wanted to cry. It was 1980 when I first picked up the camera. 35 years later and these are, without a doubt, the most wonderfully affirming words that I have ever heard.

Thank you Gary Weitzman, owner, Artforms, Guilderland, NY. You are too kind. 

12-6 through 12-9, from 3-7. The Irish Coffee, Cookies and Krause’s Chocolates are calling you…and the Art too, of course.

So grateful. Thank you for taking time out of your busy holiday schedule to take a look. Bring the children. They are my favorite people.

All images via Corlis F Caroll Facebook page, used with permission…

Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.

Catch you back here tomorrow!


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