Carolina Design Studios

Carolina Design Studios creates designs for licensing.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Barefoot Studios - Our name has changed and we have moved....

Sail Away
In an attempt to simplify my life and my business, I have consolidated my design business and am now using our DBA name from my old stationery business. This better suits the direction of the company. We are now again Barefoot Studios!

My blog can now be found at : or visit my website at
Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Summer Art Camp

The temperature here in the Carolinas has not reached 50 degrees in days. We actually have snow piled up in a few place. Around here that rarely happens because it usually warms up and melts within hours or at least a day. That said, it is time to begin planning for summer art camp. The Artistic Playground conducts two or three weekly sessions every summer for kids grades 2 - 8 ish. Last summer we painted lighthouses, went on a field trip to the Mint Art + Craft Museum and as always, had a gallery show for the parents on the last day. We learn a little art history, talk about techniques, discuss a historical or current 'artist of the day' and usually have a daily inspirational quote. Aside from all the learning, the kids turned out some spectacular work! We focus on the process, the creativity and the fun rather than the end result. But, you know what, because of that, the end result usually is fabulous. The fun and creativity just shine right through. 
This year, we have a lot more fun and creativity in store as we move into mixed media projects and do some oil painting. Check us out the pictures from last year:

Saturday, January 30, 2010

SNOW (and ice) in the Carolinas

Snow here is a pretty big deal. Newscasters talk about it, radio hosts talk about it, we ALL talk about it for the day or so prior to the event actually taking place. Sometimes we even close the schools BEFORE the snow arrives. Of course, sometimes it never actually snows but misses us completely. Well, this time it did snow. I think maybe two inches - max.  Many churches are closed tomorrow and my kids are hoping that there will be no school on Monday. Since underneath that dusting of white powder is another half-inch or so of ice there may not be. Yes, I think the ice is the real problem, not the snow. Anyway, it was like having a free gift, a free day just added to your life for no reason. Everything was cancelled - my kid's basketball games, Odyssey of the Mind practice, church tomorrow, youth group tomorrow. I love it! No place to go and all the time in the world to draw, paint, and create. Enjoy!

Monday, January 18, 2010

2010 Food Trends

Here's one of our recipe card designs. It also is very cute on an invitation to a nice winter gathering, whether it be soup, lowcountry boil or some other warm, toasty back-to-basics recipe. Speaking of recipes, Epicurious posted their top food trends for 2010. Apparently, bacon is on it's way out. And I just found out how 'in' it was. How did I miss that? I LOVE bacon and apparently it has been served as an appetizer alone, brought to cocktail parties as a snack and has been an 'it' item for 2009. I missed the whole trend. I follow trends very closely but usually the ones that have more to do with my work, you know...colors, styles,etc. I don't draw much bacon so no need to follow, really. Of course I do have some good news. FRIED CHICKEN is hot! Anyone who has ever been to Price's Chicken Coop in Charlotte, NC knows that it has ALWAYS been hot! So, let's see what else...This is sort of a no-brainer given the state of the economy but potlucks are back. When was the last time you had banana pudding, homemade potato salad and grandma's homemade blackberry cobbler? Yum-myyyyy! No surprise here, but home-brewed beers are in for 2010. The best yet though, for all you southerners...whoopie pies!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Goodbye Cupcakes & Cocktails

In addition to my licensing business, I have spent several years in the stationery business, designing, manufacturing and selling Cupcakes & Cocktails - A Paperie products. They have been found in retail stores across the country. Now, as many artists do, I am moving out of the manufacturing business. It is sad to see it go, but I have a renewed weight off my shoulders and a simpler vision for the future. I have been busy painting and selling my contemporary landscape oil paintings . Their loose painterly style is a fun complement to the more precise illustration business and the computer work that goes along with it. They can be purchased through a new local business which is a combination of an 'artcafe' and home art parties, which is a pretty cool concept. Check it out here I also have been teaching art classes to kids and adults and am helping to launch a local arts forum in our community.

Needless to say, my blog has been neglected but not my art licensing business. Now that I'm out of the manufacturing business I've been illustrating stationery and invitations for some of my former customers, which is very fun! I'm also in the process of illustrating a children's book that will be published in the upcoming months. I'm anxious to get some new collections completed and have some ideas for more! Welcome back! Stay warm.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Weddings & Graduations

The end of May...I've been drawing lots of graduation items! This drawing is for a graduated headed off to college. I thought it would be fun to customize the colors for different schools. We also have had two wedding this spring. The first one was held in beautiful Charleston, SC and was absolutely lovely. The second is upcoming and sure to be just as beautiful.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Art In Hand - Charlotte Project

I participated in a project that you may see in cities across the country. Fifty-five local artists designed one card for a complete deck that was published and sold through retailers in Charlotte. I was the Ace of Clubs. Very cool idea. The proceeds from the sale of the art went to The Creative Art Exchange & The Children's Arts Project in Cornelius. We went to the Launch Party last weekend. All paintings were displayed at The Creative Art Exchange and there was a silent auction. My artwork was chosen to be auctioned at the live auction that also took place. What a fun experience and a worthwhile cause!