Mixed Media Portraits with Pam Carriker

I’m so excited to share the cover of my new book with you!

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

Book Description:

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.

This book was a labor of love. I’ve spent the last few days going over the final author review and I’m so thankful to North Light for allowing me to create the book I envisioned.

Guest Post at Create Mixed-Media

I was invited to be a guest blogger at Create Mixed-Media

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My post is all about drawing faces and there is a link to a podcast I did with Rice Freeman-Zachary as well. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to stop by and visit, there is always a lot going on at that site, full of good things!

Come and see what inspires me to draw faces, how to get better at it, and ways to make it easier to Pursue Portraits!

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Online Workshop Giveaway(s)!!!

I’m really excited about my two upcoming online workshops and the main reason is because it’s the only time I’m teaching online this year! I’d so hate for you to miss the fun. I love doing online classes buy my schedule is just too full right now to more than this. Now, I know it’s durning the summer (all summer long if you take both sessions) but the awesome thing about these classes is that you have the option to purchase a DVD of all of the video lessons from inside the workshop! So if you don’t have time to do all of the workshop this summer you can pop in, say hi and download the written materials, purchase a DVD and do the class later at your own pace, no worries! Almost every person opted for the DVD last year, most just to have on hand to revisit the material later. And seriously, I guarantee you that as soon as registration closes there will be people wanting in-it happens every year! So don’t get busy and forget to sign up today!


Artful Gathering strives very hard to bring an Art Retreat atmosphere to the whole event. There will be book signings, giveaways, raffles, door prizes and more!


1st Session Workhsop


2nd Session Workshop

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Still Pursuing Portraits DVD Jacket

Optional DVD that can only be purchased in the class!


Workshop Handouts that you can download and print out!

Sponsor Prize

My Sponsor Giveaway (includes a signed copy of my new book hot off the press in September!

So what am I giving away? TWO OF MY WORKSHOPS!!! Your choice of either A Cut Above or Still Pursuing Portraits!!! And if you’ve already paid for the workshop, you will get a refund! Oh, and that’s not all…

I will also draw two names to each receive a FREE DVD if they purchase one of my classes.

So what do you have to do to enter? Leave a comment including your FIRST and LAST NAME and or contact info ( so I can tell you that you’ve won!) and I’m going to ask that you tweet, facebook or blog about this giveaway. Now I’m not going to be checking to see that you did, I’m just asking that you help me share the news about Artful Gathering and my workshop giveaway. Just a quick link share would be awesome!


Back to School

Since school’s started back up I’m afraid I’ve woefully neglected my blog. All those projects that kept getting put off this summer caught up with me as I’m sure many of you can relate to! I felt like summer was over much too quickly and was even a bit down about it but I finally surrendered to the soon coming of Fall and have been spending hours each day in my studio.

 ‘I Surrender’ 16 x20 canvas

I’ve been working like a mad woman since day one of back to school. Some things I can’t share yet, but I’m thrilled with the progress and will hopefully be able to show them to you soon.

‘Scarlet’s Letter’ 16 x20 wood panel

I have been working on finishing up many WIP’s in the midst of my projects. I like to do a little ‘Spring Cleaning’ in the Fall, so I gathered up several pieces that had been started but not finished and set about getting them done. I’m very excited to be vending at Art Is You in Stamford the first week in October and along with products I’ll be bringing some original artwork.

‘In Remembrance’ 5 x 7 paper

Like many of you, life is all about making decisions on what you can and can’t do, so selling artwork has been on the back burner for some time. My Etsy shop has dust bunnies in it and I’m not sure if/when I’ll ever focus on that venue, but selling some artwork at the art retreats this next year is something I’m going to take on.

‘Facing Forward’ 5 x 7 paper

So with the start of school  I’m in a ‘New Year’ kind of mood, finishing things up, starting new things, planning, executing those plans and venturing out a bit more. I hope you are doing the same and looking forward to cooler weather and more studio time~

Poetic Portraits Giveaway!

I’ve been wanting to give away some of my new stamps since they came out at the beginning of July, but life got hectic as I finished up the manuscript for my book, traveled to Arizona to teach at Art Unraveled, to Washington twice for family events and I just finished up proposals for some of next years art retreats with only a day to spare before the deadline!

That’s how it is at times and I’m sure you can relate as we all can get so busy. Even our own artwork can take a backseat at times, but I want to encourage you to use your art journaling to fill the void when more complete works of art cannot be created.

I decided to use one of my new stamps to jumpstart a journal page I needed to do for the Sketchbook Challenge theme of ‘Shelter’. This made journaling with limited time doable and fun as I let the page unfold.

I hope you’ll take a minute to click on the above link to see the completed page and check out all of the wonderful inspiration at The Sketchbook Challenge~

Now, for the giveaway…

It’s simple, for every 50 comments I’ll give away a stamp from my new line of Poetic Portraits stamps!! So just take a moment and leave a comment about what creativity you’ve been up to this summer and spread the word because I’d love to give away a lot of stamps!!

For a look at the complete line, you can go HERE

I will draw names on Friday the 17th!!!