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Cara Bevan
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
I'm a professional animal/wildlife artist specializing in acrylic paintings and life-like gourd sculpture. My preferred style is whimsical photo-realism, everything you see in my gallery are artworks. *** I DO NOT UPLOAD PHOTOGRAPHS (it prevents confusion ;))*** I accept commissions so you can have a special artwork that can be enjoyed for generations. I only use the highest quality paints and surfaces. Along with acrylics I also use colored pencil, graphite, and ink. Check out my website and Gourd Blogs!

If you want to see more frequent updates and artsy fartsy progress, follow me on these sites!
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Current Residence: NC, USA

Personal Quote: "If ART isn't from the HEART, then is it ART at all?"

Artsy Fartsy

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 2, 2016, 10:00 PM
Hi everyone! Just updating my journal with randomness.

What I'm up to: Sculpting random gourd things for a local one-woman show in September (in Asheboro, NC). I've been posting my works on Facebook and Instagram mostly, and then adding them here when I get the chance too. Not everything will make it on here, but I'll be posting highlights.

If you have suggestions on what you'd like to see me make, feel free to comment!
Recently completed or getting ready to make gourdies: fish, octopus, jellyfish, dragons, owls, mushrooms, tree, crane, frogs, robots, yeti, turtles, flowers - and more to come!


Artsy plans: More sculpting, some instructional teaching on gourd sculpture, shows, etc. I plan on illustrating more than painting animal portraiture in the future. ^_^ I like illustrating whimsically more now.
Event list:
*April 16th, Ghost Creek SC Gourd Show
*May 7th-8th, Kiln Opening in Randleman NC with Joseph Sands
*Last weekend in May, visiting Cherokee Gourd Festival
*August 18-20, Cedar Mountain NC Gourd Gathering
*November, PCI Fine Arts Festival (winston-salem NC), maybe Roy's Folks (High Point NC)
More to be determined. I never have anything to do during the summer. XD I'll make more art instead.

So dat's it, toodle-loo and have a great day!

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Lensations4Life Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
You are a very talented painter! I see you are a cat person too. I have 2 journal about black cats if you're interested in reading them. This month is black cat awareness month.
ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
:blush: Thank you! Oh yes, I love all kinds of cats, especially black cats! :iconbigheartplz: Cool!
Deutsche-Drache Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2016
Hello Cara:

Long time, no see.  How's your life been?  I've had a bit of an "adventure," but I believe I'm headed back into smoother waters.

ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey! It HAS been a long time! Hope your "adventure" wasn't too rough and tough. Real life can be a real kicker. :stare: I'm still artsy fartsy as usual, a hermit trying to make my way in the business that is art.
Deutsche-Drache Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016
Re the "adventure," I'm still alive, so I'm grateful for that.  I wrote about it in my journal, but began in Jan 2014 with (1) the final computer consulting contract I had was terminated by the new owners of the company, who wanted to go a different direction; followed by (2) a family member who became suicidal (but thankfully survived and is now thriving), and (3) the announcement that one of my sisters was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer, and who died from it about a year later.  Meanwhile, the psych who was treating me for ADD retired his practice, which thrust me headlong into a "drug holiday" which took nearly two years for me to adjust to the lack of meds.  This last one turned out to be a blessing, as once I came through it I discovered abilities that were being suppressed from the drugs.

And yes, I'm still working on my novel.  However, I'm taking a fundamentally different approach to it which is yielding excellent fruit.  I'll save the details for the journal, but I now have some 27 pages of single-spaced, handwritten notes that extensively describe character and plot development, along with the overall story arc.  I've also downloaded the outline from The Writer's Journey, which was derived from Joseph Campbell's excellent "Hero With A Thousand Faces."  (This, BTW, was the work that George Lucas closely followed while writing Star Wars.)  I'm almost finished typing up the handwritten notes, which I'll cut into "strips" of one idea per strip.  I'll organize these along the 12-phase Outline from Writer's Journey, and then "backfill in" with appropriate narrative.  At this point, the novel has never looked more promising, and everyone among my close contacts whom I have described these new results to are excited at what they're hearing.  They are convinced, more than ever, that I have a "clear and certain winner" on my hands, not the least of which is because it is now mirroring what is happening in the world and especially the USA.

I'm glad to hear that you are still doing and enjoying your art.  Also, because it's coming up again in my life, I'd like to resurrect the satyr picture I had mentioned to you about.  I still have the sketch you sent me, so I will annotate and email it back to you, and we can describe going from there.
ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
:o Wow, life really has been a roller coaster for you! I'd found it odd that you just vanished several years ago... real life has a way of doing that. I haven't been as active on DA either. But I'm glad you're back and doing much better! :)

Awesome! I'm glad you haven't given up on it. Sounds like you've put a ton of research and thought into it! Now the fun part, actually writing it. You can do it! If you need a test reader I'd be glad to read when you get it together. (and, you might want to read up on Non-Disclosure Agreements for anyone else who might want to test read. It would protect your work and ideas.) I've been doing a lot of study and work in the book market myself! ;)

I think I still have that satyr drawing around here somewhere... would take some digging to locate it! LOL
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StargazerBleu Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday :cake: :party:
Hope you are doing well :meow:
marcgosselin Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Happy birthday
behzadpainter Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Professional General Artist
happy birthday . best wishes for you
mecengineer Featured By Owner May 4, 2016
Happy Birthday!
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