Ten Things You Need to Know About North Carolina Painter, Todd Carignan

February 26, 2016 3 Comments

Ten Things You Need to Know About North Carolina Painter, Todd Carignan

Todd Carignan is a pretty cool guy and this confirms it.
1. Todd's playlist......I listen to a lot of music, my recent purchases include AWOLNATION, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, The Refused, Melody Gardot, Alabama Shakes and Childish Gambino. I like music that is textured and cinematic. I tend to put a wide range of music genres on when I paint. I like everything from jazz to metal, hip hop to classical to punk.

2. Todd's childhood icon.......Batman.

3.  Who Todd would want to buy his art....I'd be honored to have J. J. Abrams purchase a piece of art from me. I'd like to be a part of that positive energy he's riding right now. 

4. The best piece of advice Todd's ever received from a mentor.....The words of wisdom I'm trying to take advantage of right now come from Zhang Wenxin through Dan Beck. For a painting to have life, it must embrace change.  Change color. Change value. Change texture. Etc. That is good advice for life as well. Change, stretch, grow!
5. Todd's favorite artist's gizmo...... My Mabef French half-easel is great. A classic design made of quality wood. It travels around with me in the trunk of my car. 

6. What excites Todd, artistically speaking.....I love finding new amazing artists.
We live in an incredible age of information. An artist, who may have been a footnote in art history books of the past, could now have a library of information about them. I love my art books! 

7. Todd's pet peeve is ......A painting with flashy brush strokes, but the artist can't draw. I believe drawing skill is the foundation for all great paintings. That includes abstractions. 

8. Where Todd would love to paint.....I've painted in Italy, England, the Netherlands, Ireland, Vietnam and southeastern United States. Tops on my bucket list would include France and Spain. Iceland and New Zealand are in there as well. 
9. Todd's spirit animal is.....The tiger. Its principles include patience and focus as well as confidence and ferocity.

10. Todd knew he wanted to be an artist.....I probably decided by 8th grade that being an artist was my future. I had always been good at drawing, I love to read, and I love movies and theater. So when a friend introduced me to comic books, and I saw its link to all those art forms, and that a powerful story could be done by one individual,  I knew it was for me. Then I found out some of my favorite sequential artists have heavy influences from "fine" artists, and many have transitioned into gallery art. That storytelling aspect of art still influences my paintings. I never see my paintings as static images, but rather a still frame in a greater story, always moving and changing. 



3 Responses

 Jon Haug
Jon Haug

April 08, 2016

Enjoyed your Cape Fear River painting at the Azelea Festival Art show. I agree with you that many painters seem to lack drawing ability, but you certainly do not. Recently I have abandoned any sketching on the canvas and find it so refreshing to “draw” with paint.

Marsha Deane
Marsha Deane

March 10, 2016

I am an artist; and am active locally in Morehead City. Love the movement and boldness of color in your work.
Plein aire painting is definitely challenging ; weather wind etc. ;but a fresh experience,beining in the midst of what you are painting. Marsha Deane

Anne VB Kurowski
Anne VB Kurowski

March 09, 2016

Loved reading these. Keep up the great work

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