•And the Winner is…

Jane Bell Lassiter!!!  Congratulations Jane.  Which one will you choose?

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Choose any of my works on paper and I’ll send it right out to you.  Lets connect via email to work out the details.

Thank you to all who have joined my tribe over the past couple of weeks and connected with me through my blog, newsletter, Facebook or Instagram.  If you want the most consistent and intimate (lots of works in progress and more of my daily artistic ventures) you must join me on IG.  It is my current obsession and brings me much joy.



If you have found me through reading my story on Flora Bowley’s blog or newsletter, I know that we share a lot in common.  I am thrilled and honored to share my story, and to be a part of a community of creative souls who cherish authentic expression and support one another graciously.  I want to get to know you, to further build my tribe of like minded creatives and art lovers.

Basking the the Glow, 2014.  Original acrylic painting on wood, 24 x 36", $1300.

Basking the the Glow, 2014. Original acrylic painting on wood, 24 x 36″, $1300.

I am offering up a GIVEAWAY and a 20% off SALE in honor of new connections.  (Marked prices are NOT reflective of the discount, just email me to purchase).  I accept credit cards and paypal.

To enter the GIVEAWAY, see details below.  Winner of the GIVEAWAY wins any ORIGINAL unframed Work on Paper worth $150.  That is right- you chose!  The CONTEST and SALE will end on August 31st and the winner of the GIVEAWAY will be announced here on my blog and notified via email.  I will ship anywhere.

1. Follow me on Instagram (carolynmackin) OR like my Facebook page (carolynmackinart).  {brownie points if you do both}

2. Sign up for my newsletter (via my blog, click link on top right).

3. OPTIONAL- To double your chances on winning- either tag 3 friends in IG with one of your favorite Carolyn Mackin paintings OR share your favorite Carolyn Mackin painting on your timeline.  use #carolynmackintribe

To read my story about the Bloom True Boston workshop, click here.

Thank you all for coming, I look forward to meeting you!




•Creating in Europe

Sea Bass and Limoncello, 2014 Original acrylic and oil pastel painting on paper, 16″ x 12″, $150.

I recently went on a 1 week holiday to Germany and Austria with my husband.  (It was my gift for my 40th birthday!).  I could not stand the idea of not being creative while I was gone, so I came up with a system that worked very well for me.  Here is what I did.

First, before I left home, I bought a notepad of 12 x 16″ paper made by Canson specifically for acrylic painting.  I then spent one evening painting what I will call a ‘base layer’ for each piece.  These paintings were just one layer and quick and spontaneous.

I then placed the dried ‘base layer’ paintings back into the notepad and slipped it into the laptop pouch of my Think Tank camera bag/backpack.  The 12 x 16″ pad just fits!

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I then used my oil pastels and paint markers to add detail every chance I got.  I created on airplanes, on trains, and even back in my hotel rooms.

I could not be happier with the results.  This method was simple and easy, and allowed me to immediately respond to the beauty and inspiration all around me as I experienced Germany and Austria for the first time.  It was so interesting how my journey manifested in my paintings.  ‘Sea Bass and Limoncello’ was created after an extraordinary dinner at an Italian restaurant in Munich, ‘Royal Crown and Castle Tour’ after touring a castle in Germany (the silver detail in the center looks like a crown to me), and ‘Vienna’s Architecture and Gardens’ came after walking through the magnificent and dramatic center of Vienna, called the Ring.  It is a joy to work intuitively, and to see my adventures reflected in these 10 works on paper.

•Studio Tour Sneak Peek!


Wellesley Studio Tour

Shhh- Sneak Peek for you…

I cannot wait to see many of you tomorrow and share all of my latest artwork.  There will many original paintings, photographs, and reproductions to purchase.  Also on display will be some old favorites from my archives.

My studio is in my home at 201 Weston Road in Wellesley, MA.  Look for the blue balloons.  We are open from 10am-5pm.  Please feel free to park in my driveway, or on the closet cross street, Curve St.

Check out this website to view the other locations.  Make a day of it if you can and see all 5 locales, or just pick a couple of favorite studios. http://wellesleystudiotour.wordpress.com/

Check out my bloghttps://carolynmackin.wordpress.com/

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Artwork, in my humble opinion, makes a unique a special Mother’s Day gift🙂

Cheers, Carolyn

•Announcing Wellesley Studio Tour 2014


A few of my artist friends and I opening our home studios next week, Saturday, May 10th, from 10am-5pm to meet, chat, sell, socialize and share our work with you.  If you are local and able to make it, we would LOVE to see you.  All are welcome and details can be found here- http://wellesleystudiotour.wordpress.com/


I have so much new work to share and am SO excited!!!!

•Cultivating 2014


The word I chose at the beginning of 2014 to set the stage of intention for this year is ‘cultivate’.  Cultivate means to grow, nurture and manifest- all so fitting for the new ventures I am tackling with great joy and enthusiasm this year.  Specifically, the continued development of my painting practice, the embracing and expanding of my art business, and the design and build of a major addition to our home.

Since January, I have have been involved in 3 online painting classes that have given me access to new tools, techniques, and virtual communities. A lot of cultivating has been going on over here!  I must admit, like many creative people, I am not a natural salesperson or entrepreneur.  However, armed with an undeniable passion for painting, and a deep desire to share it with others, I am finally excited about building a real business around my artwork.

Many hours have been spent at various local professional printers working out the specifics around how to get the best digital capture of my paintings, and then how best to print them.  I am a very picky about the quality of my reproductions, and cannot wait to be able to offer affordable prints of my work to you very soon.

One of the biggest surprises for me has been my obsession (at least I admit it) with the social media platform, ‘Instagram’.  For those of you not familiar with IG, it is image-centric and therefore great eye candy! It also makes it very easy to find and connect with people you don’t even know but share common interest with or are simply fascinated by.  For me, I discovered an ever expanding tribe of fellow artists and art lovers who continually feed my creative soul and provide inspiration daily.  You can find me on Instagram as carolynmackin of course, I would love to connect with you there:)  Please note, in order to make use of its full functionality, access it from your smart phone.

In progress painting, 48" x 36".

In progress painting, 48″ x 36″.

Finally, I have been making a lot of new work!  I am opening up my home studio to all on Saturday, May 10th, 2014.  I am SO excited about this.  A few artist friends in town are participating in our first ever ‘Wellesley Studio Tour’.  Check out our Blog for more info!

•Wellesley Square ArtWalk

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First off, thank you for all of your support surrounding the Wellesley Square ArtWalk.  Many of you offered words of encouragement, positive feedback and a couple of you bought pieces.  I had a steady stream of people come by for over 4 hours.  It was so much fun to connect with the local community, and to get a sense of what you are responding to in my work.  And a special shout out to the Wellesley real estate office of Benoit Mizner Simon, who graciously let me  take over their space for the weekend!

I was happy to know that the joy that I feel when I am painting is radiating through.  It is a fantastic feeling to be doing what I know I was born to do, and to be sharing it with others.  I attempt to live an authentic life, which for me means being creative because it feeds my soul and makes me feel as though I am doing what I was put here on earth to do.  Living authentically is not always about joy, but I find happiness much easier to cultivate when I am being true to myself.

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I feel so blessed to have the support of a wonderful artist group, called the Wellesley Women Artisans.  As can can see from the images above, it is very talented and diverse group of women.  You can find more info about these great artists if you visit our blog.

If you missed Art Walk, there is still more to see.  Two of my paintings are hanging in the window of the old Paper Source in Wellesley on the corner of Church and Abbott until December 21st.  Or, of course, you could always make an appointment and come and visit me at my home studio!

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