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Mixed Media Portraits with Pam Carriker will be released in March 2015 and is now available for pre order on amazon.

Set your portraits apart from the rest!

Portraits can be an intimidating subject. But not with Art At the Speed of Life author and workshop instructor Pam Carriker as your teacher. She helps you take on faces one quick sketch at a time for faster, easier, more enjoyable drawing and painting. Not your average book on drawing the face, Mixed Media Portraits With Pam Carriker shows easy ways to draw more realistic faces in your own signature style. The goal is not an immaculate finished portrait, but a continually growing collection of personal, expressive sketches that you can use and reuse in your mixed-media work.

Inside you’ll find:

An easy-to-learn face-mapping technique that allows you to draw faces from your imagination, without a model or photo in front of you
Mini-demonstrations breaking down each facial feature
Simple color combinations for mixing both realistic and out-of-the-ordinary skin tones
15 step-by-step projects featuring original ways to use your portraits as starting points for mixed-media masterpieces
Tons of expert tips, from selecting the right pencil for the job to creating self-portraits, working with reference photos and using transfer techniques
In the true spirit of mixed media, this book is all about combining, layering and experimenting in your pursuit of portrait nirvana. It will get you out of your comfort zone and into the habit of making faces that are truly and uniquely your own.

Creating Art at the Speed of Life

My Second book is now officially released!

It was recently named one of Amazon’s 2013 Best Books in the /CraftHome/Garden category!!!

best books 2013

Artist and author Pam Carriker offers uninhibited mixed-media play that will inspire you to look at your work in a new way, helping you to figure out what works for you! An art-making workshop in a book, Creating Art at the Speed of Life will guide you through thirty days of creativity.

Order your copy today and . . .

  • Explore each element Pam explains in a series of exercises, complete with worksheets to help you evaluate your work.
  • Get to know well-known contributing artists as they share work designed to invigorate your own creations in the “open studio” at the end of each chapter
  • Assess artwork, experiment, and grow into a more confident artist will guidance that packs a punch long after you’ve worked through the book.
  • Create your own art journal while using a variety of mixed-media techniques and explore seven important elements of art: color, texture, shape, space, depth, mark making, and shading

Create art every day with expert guidance from fan-favorite artist Pam Carriker!

Need high-energy inspiration when your life gets crazy and your art keeps getting pushed to the back burner? Offering terrific mixed-media art projects, as well as tips for getting organized and inspired, Art at the Speed of Life is a treasure chest of ideas for the artist whose creative goals sometimes get stymied by the frantic pace of modern life. Author and mixed-media artist Pam Carriker proves that art and life can coexist peacefully, productively, and happily. Making things every day can be a joyful reality instead of just wishful thinking.

Each chapter in Art at the Speed of Life includes both essays and project ideas from a variety of contributors, including Paulette Insall, Nancy Lefko, and Brandi Butcher-Isley. The projects are inspiring, yet easy to complete on a tight schedule, and include techniques such as assemblage, image transfer, and collage. A bonus seven-day journal project helps you track your work as you go. With a unique combination of time management tips and advice, inspiring essays, and projects designed to fit into busy schedules, Art at the Speed of Life will help you live your dream of making art every day.

Signed Copies are Available in my Etsy Shop


If you purchased a book elsewhere and would like to have a signed bookplate send a self addressed stamped envelope to

Pam Carriker

1930 W. Buena Vista ST

Springfield,MO 65810

Contributing Artists

Book Reviews

Suzan Tuttle

Jenny Doh

Seth Apter

MaryBeth Shaw

Paint, Draw, Blend

Making a Mark

Mark Lipinski January 12, 2011 episode

Art at the Speed of Life

Author Event Barnes & Noble
We welcome author Pam Carriker to sign and discuss her book Art at the Speed of Life.

Tuesday March 08, 2011 6:00 PM
Springfield, MO
3055 South Glenstone, Springfield, MO 65804

February 2011 it hit the shelves!

My first peek at the book!

October 2009 signing on the dotted line!