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Detail of "Elle Blue Dog" by Carol Carter

The Puppy Project: 130 Dog Portraits in Watercolor > While Covid19 is the challenge of our lifetime, our pets have helped us through with their love and affection. The Puppy Project by Carol Carter illustrates how important our beloved pets are in times of need: particularly through this trying pandemic.

How to paint with watercolor - Carol Carter
Carol Carter is on the faculty of the 2nd Annual Watercolor Live virtual art conference. Register early at!

Editor’s Note: Carol Carter is on the faculty of the 2nd Annual WATERCOLOR LIVE virtual art conference, January 27-29, 2022, with a Beginner’s Day on January 26.

From “The Puppy Project” organizers: 

One hundred and thirty watercolors will be displayed. Each dog portrayed has come from a request put on social media for every owner to send a picture of their beloved pet. Each portrait is unique capturing the essence. This work celebrate how our pets help us cope through the stress of these trying times.

Pandemics, in particular, while global in scale – evoke a range of intensely personal emotional reactions. Feelings of uncertainty, fear and grief are amplified. Dogs are a great comfort to so many. In eras of upheaval, artists have found connection and resilience by making art and in so doing, contributed valuable insight into human history.

Carol Carter, “Napping Dogs,” watercolor, 15 x 22 inches

The Puppy Project offers viewers a heartfelt expression of how our beloved dogs have helped us through the difficult pandemic.

Carol Carter’s bold, expressive figurative works reinforce the tension between recognizable imagery and luscious, loose abstracted paint application. “It is Carter’s process, more than any one work, which illuminates the ideal of beauty. It is her approach and results that teach and engage her audiences that distinguish her oeuvre,” writes Rusty Freeman, Director Visual Arts, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts.

Ralston Purina will be providing dog bowls and dog treats. Dogs are welcome.

Carol Carter, “Greyhound,” Watercolor, 7 x 5 inches

“The 2020 pandemic will change the way we see art forever – artists and writers have already begun doing the work of illuminating new shifts and losses, documenting the small kindnesses and cruelties, the large failures of leadership, technology and society. One thing seems certain: We will never look at ourselves as a culture in the same way again.” – Megan O’Grady, New York Times, April 8, 2020

Carol Carter: “The Puppy Project”
December 3-4, 2021
St. Louis, Missouri

Carol Carter, "Gantry," watercolor, 15 x 11 inches
Carol Carter, “Gantry,” watercolor, 15 x 11 inches
Dog portraits - Carol Carter, "Boston Terrier," Watercolor, 7 x 5 inches
Carol Carter, “Boston Terrier,” Watercolor, 7 x 5 inches

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