Carrie L. Lewis

Biography

Carrie L. Lewis has been drawing and painting for over 35 years. Her interest in art began very early, with parents providing crayons and paper. She sold her first horse portrait at the age of seventeen and has been painting beautifully detailed portraits of horses for clients all over the United States ever since.

Her oil painting technique draws from the work Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) and William Bouguereau (1825-1905). In addition to borrowing their techniques, she uses as many classical materials as possible, including best possible oil paints.

Carrie also works in colored pencil using many of the same techniques used for oil painting.

Carrie has participated in exhibits in such locations as Lone Star Park Race Track, Grand Prairie, Texas and Remington Park Race Track, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In 2003, she participated in Village Place, a one-time show in Louisville, Kentucky during Kentucky Derby weekend.

Since the early 90s, she has worked with the Michigan Harness Horseman's Association, donating custom portraits to their annual benefit auction. Monies raised during this annual art auction help fund a scholarship for the son or daughter of a member horseman.

In 2007, Carrie's painting, "A New Day", was short listed in the Shadwell Estates Ltd. 2007-08 Stallion Brochure Competition.

"I have always loved horses. It is a joy born within, placed deep inside by God above.

"Classical art has been a love since my first encounter with it. The works of such Great Masters as Rembrandt, Vermeer and Bouguereau have the ability to stir the soul and inspire my own creativity like no other art form.

"I suppose, given those two passions, it was natural that I should eventually learn and adapt the techniques of those Old Masters to my own attempts at capturing the spirit of the horse in oils."

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your art books?
I've been in search of how-to books for my favorite mediums for almost as long as I've been drawing and painting. The first books in my collection were the old Walter Foster books, beginning with the How to Draw Horses book. I kept all of those books until my 40s and referred to them periodically. Sometimes just to look at the excellent illustrations.

As my skills advanced and my style took shape, I began looking for books written for artists who wanted to paint in a realist style, using classical methods. Add to that my interest in colored pencils at a time before colored pencils were cool, and I had great difficulty finding art how-to books that addressed all those requirements.

Eventually, I decided to write my own books for those artists and would-be artists who were following in my footsteps and looking for the same kind of help I once (and often still) look for.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've been keeping an art blog since 2004 or 2005. The posts that were the most popular were the step-by-step posts describing my working process with oils and, later, colored pencils. The most popular page on the blog is currently a rather detailed step-by-step for a colored pencil drawing.

It was a short step from that demonstration to writing art books.

As an established blogger, it was an even shorter step from publishing via a blog to publishing books independently. You might say it was the next logical step.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Carrie L. Lewis online


Books

Oil Painting: Painting An Autumn Landscape
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 7,120. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Art - how to
Oil Painting: Painting An Autumn Landscape walks artists of all skill levels through the process of painting an autumn landscape one step at a time. Includes the artist's comments on selecting the subject for a landscape painting, deciding whether or not to draw the landscape, and choosing and preparing the painting surface. Step by step instructions detail the painting process.
Colored Pencils: The Direct Method Step by Step
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 11,340. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Art - how to
Equine artist Carrie L. Lewis teaches artists of all skill levels how to draw horses in a landscape using the direct method of drawing with colored pencils. Step-by-step instruction with over 50 illustrations.
Colored Pencils: The Complementary Method Step by Step
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Price: Free! Words: 4,420. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Art - how to
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Equine artist Carrie L. Lewis describes step-by-step the process she uses to create colored pencil drawings using the complementary under drawing method.

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