Margret Carde
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Margret Carde

I am often surprised by color. It is there, waiting to be noticed. The experience of color burns through ordinary recognition until the geography of thought no longer matters. The deep, velvet blue lobelia; the golden aspen against dark evergreen; the purple shadow on an adobe wall... We cannot notice color like this every minute. We have dogs to feed, telephones to answer, friends to support, children to raise. The color I speak of is sacred – not a part of the ordinary world.

Light creates the condition for this mysterious shift from the routine to a personal experience of soul, but we can walk straight past the offering and never see or feel the gift. That is because there is a second component to the experience; we also need to be unhinged from our agendas, ever so slightly, to let the light in. I don’t know how the chemistry works, but I do know how it feels. The experience is very simply an outward affirmation of inward reality. The blessing is not always happy: it can be aching sadness, a deep yearning, or the joy of Wordsworth’s vision: “. . . and then my heart with laughter fills, and dances with the daffodils.”

My paintings are not reproductions of a physical place. In fact, I am unable to remember visual things. I often begin with a photograph. Somewhere in the process of painting, I leave the photograph behind. My composition, light, and color decisions are dependent on what I see in the painting as I paint. The deeper I go, the more the painting reveals to me that sacred place. The moment when my inward reality is perfectly reflected in the painted image is the moment when the painting is finished. Really, any hungry viewer looking at a painting can have the same experience. This is my hope: that a viewer, looking at my painting, will be surprised by color and light and forget the daily-ness of life, in an experience of soul.


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Margret Carde - Late Afternoon Rain Oil Pastel on Panel, Paintings View on a wall Late Afternoon Rain, 2008
Oil Pastel on Panel
16" x 20"
$3050
Margret Carde


Late Afternoon Rain, 2008
Oil Pastel on Panel
16" x 20"
$3050
Margret Carde - South to the Sandias Oil on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall South to the Sandias, 2018
Oil on Canvas
18" x 24"
$3550
Margret Carde


South to the Sandias, 2018
Oil on Canvas
18" x 24"
$3550
Margret Carde - The Organ Mountains Oil on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall The Organ Mountains, 2018
Oil on Canvas
18" x 24"
$3550
Margret Carde


The Organ Mountains, 2018
Oil on Canvas
18" x 24"
$3550
Margret Carde - High Desert Oil on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall High Desert, 2018
Oil on Canvas
30" x 24"
$4550
Margret Carde


High Desert, 2018
Oil on Canvas
30" x 24"
$4550
Margret Carde - Brightening with the Dawn (diptych) Oil Pastel on Panel, Paintings View on a wall Brightening with the Dawn (diptych), 2012
Oil Pastel on Panel
30" x 44"
$6250
Margret Carde


Brightening with the Dawn (diptych), 2012
Oil Pastel on Panel
30" x 44"
$6250
Margret Carde - Lemon Fair Musings Oil on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Lemon Fair Musings, 2015
Oil on Canvas
16" x 20"
$3050
Margret Carde


Lemon Fair Musings, 2015
Oil on Canvas
16" x 20"
$3050
Margret Carde - The Lemon Fair in Autumn Oil on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall The Lemon Fair in Autumn, 2014
Oil on Canvas
24" x 30"
$4550
Margret Carde


The Lemon Fair in Autumn, 2014
Oil on Canvas
24" x 30"
$4550
Margret Carde - Over the Next Rise Oil Pastel on Panel, Paintings View on a wall Over the Next Rise, 2011
Oil Pastel on Panel
22" x 30"
$4400
Margret Carde


Over the Next Rise, 2011
Oil Pastel on Panel
22" x 30"
$4400
Margret Carde - Bosque Morning Oil Pastel on Panel, Paintings View on a wall Bosque Morning, 2005
Oil Pastel on Panel
18" x 24"
$3550
Margret Carde


Bosque Morning, 2005
Oil Pastel on Panel
18" x 24"
$3550
Margret Carde - Washed by the Sun Oil Pastel on Panel, Paintings View on a wall Washed by the Sun, 2012
Oil Pastel on Panel
24" x 36"
$5050
Margret Carde


Washed by the Sun, 2012
Oil Pastel on Panel
24" x 36"
$5050
Margret Carde - Arno Oil on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Arno, 2017
Oil on Canvas
24" x 36"
$5050
Margret Carde


Arno, 2017
Oil on Canvas
24" x 36"
$5050
Margret Carde - The Marsh at Dusk Oil on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall The Marsh at Dusk, 2016
Oil on Canvas
22" x 30"
$4400
Margret Carde


The Marsh at Dusk, 2016
Oil on Canvas
22" x 30"
$4400
Margret Carde - Lift Me as a Cloud Oil Pastel on Panel, Paintings View on a wall Lift Me as a Cloud, 2008
Oil Pastel on Panel
16" x 20"
$3050
Margret Carde


Lift Me as a Cloud, 2008
Oil Pastel on Panel
16" x 20"
$3050
Margret Carde - Volunteers Oil Pastel on Panel, Paintings View on a wall Volunteers, 2011
Oil Pastel on Panel
18" x 24"
$3550
Margret Carde


Volunteers, 2011
Oil Pastel on Panel
18" x 24"
$3550
Margret Carde - Looking East at Sunset Oil on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Looking East at Sunset, 2015
Oil on Canvas
18" x 24"
$3550
Margret Carde


Looking East at Sunset, 2015
Oil on Canvas
18" x 24"
$3550
Margret Carde - Into Grace Oil on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Into Grace, 2015
Oil on Canvas
24" x 24"
$4050
Margret Carde


Into Grace, 2015
Oil on Canvas
24" x 24"
$4050

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