Monday, December 15, 2014

"Multiple Irises" by Karla Nolan, framed painting on glass







While we're far from Spring, it's always on my mind.  The irises soar towards the sun in multiple colors and Mother Nature makes her own bouquets.  I suppose we can wait three months and several days for this bounty...but it's not easy!

"Multiple Irises", 20"x16" painting on glass (measured edge to edge glass) in frame shown, $960 includes s/h in continental U.S., Paypal accepted, click button below or write me for more information at KarlaNolan@gmail.com

 

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Friday, December 12, 2014

"Smoldering Sunset" by Karla Nolan, palette knife oil painting





This is seriously one of my all time favorite paintings.  It's basically my back yard at sunset in the winter.  I painted it a while back, lost track of it (yes, that happens in my studio, sadly), found it again recently and was thrilled to see it again.  In fact, I'm almost tempted to not sell it but someone out there needs this for some oomph in his or her life!

"Smoldering Sunset", 8"x10" unframed palette knife oil painting on linen panel, $160 includes s/h in continental U.S., click Paypal button below or write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information


 

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Monday, December 8, 2014

"Sailing at Sunset II", palette knife oil painting by Karla Nolan




Years ago my younger daughter and I visited Seattle, Washington -- so much water!  You must remember we live in northern Colorado and are hardly surrounded by the H2O!  I loved the sunsets we saw, the colors from the skies bouncing off the water -- and the sailboats -- well, that's just not that common a sight in my life (having said that, we do live near Horsetooth Reservoir, so I guess I could make more of a point to see sailboats, but I get seasick!)  So, this is an ode to the Northwest part of our country.

"Sailing at Sunset II", 8"x10" unframed palette knife oil painting on linen panel, $160 includes s/h in continental U.S., click Paypal button below or write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information

 

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Friday, December 5, 2014

"Red Skies" by Karla Nolan, framed painting on glass




I like red and I like drama in skies.  Hence the above painting (bottom photo is the close up).  Sunsets are my favorite genre to paint and you never see or paint the same one twice!  I usually have mountains involved in these art works, as I live right by them and sometimes it's almost as if there is a bounce back in the colors.  Paintings on glass are nerve wracking because it is so easy to get overly enthusiastic and mess it all up but I'm pleased with this outcome.  And it comes already framed (in a basic black frame), ready for the nail in your wall!

"Red Skies", 8"x10" (measured edge to edge glass) in frame shown, $240 includes s/h in continental U.S., Paypal accepted, click button below or write me for more information at KarlaNolan@gmail.com


Thursday, December 4, 2014

"Funnel Cloud at Sunset" by Karla Nolan, original watercolor painting




 I'm certain that you've heard of artistic license -- this time I took the liberty of applying it!  I made up this scene and had a blast doing so, although I wouldn't wish for a funnel cloud to appear in the sky at this time of day or any other!  The color and the water did what they wanted and I went along with them (this time!).  Hope you enjoy the view!

"Funnel Cloud at Sunset",10x8" original watercolor painting, $120
 includes s/h in continental U.S., click Paypal button below or write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information
 

Thanks for viewing my art!  Greetings from Fort Collins, Colorado

Monday, December 1, 2014

"Poppy Field Near Aveyron, France" by Karla Nolan, matted watercolor painting



I've been flipping between watercolor painting and painting onto glass lately.  It's not that I can't make up my mind, I rather enjoy the variety.  I know some folks say "stick with one genre or medium" but that's simply not in my nature.  It's educational, at least for me, to go back and forth and even sparks my imagination and experimentation!  Yes, it's yet another poppy painting, and yes, it's another painting of France, but, hey, why not?  Can you have too much of a happy flower or lovely country (along with Italy, of course, and, while I'm at it, Israel, England, Wales, Ireland....need I say more?)

"Poppy Field Near Aveyron, France" by Karla Nolan, matted 8"x10" watercolor painting, $75 includes s/h in continental U.S., click Paypal button below or write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information



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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

"Windswept Indian Paintbrush" by Karla Nolan, framed painting on glass



Oops, at it again, I guess, that painting on glass and all!  This is my take on the famous Indian Paintbrush flowers, a flowering plant indigenous to the western U.S., always a delight to see blooming alongside the road, on hikes, climbing up a mountain....I've seen them recently in Colorado and Wyoming and they occur in varying colors, primarily red but sometimes with an orange hue.   

"Windswept Indian Paintbrush", 6"x6" (measured edge to edge glass) in frame shown, $125 includes s/h in continental U.S., Paypal accepted, click button below or write me for more information at KarlaNolan@gmail.com
 

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Monday, November 24, 2014

"Purple Mountains, Amber Waves", 8"x10.5" original watercolor painting




I have always loved the song, "America, The Beautiful" and thought it might be an appropriate gesture for this special week, Thanksgiving and all, to salute this wonderful country in which we live.  I believe that the song was inspired by Pike's Peak here in Colorado and written by Katharine Lee Bates in 1893.

"Purple Mountains, Amber Waves", 8"x10.5" original watercolor painting, $125
 includes s/h in continental U.S., click Paypal button below or write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information
 

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

"Chilis of New Mexico", framed painting on glass







Recently I've had renewed interest in my framed paintings on glass from a few Daily Painters website visitors, so I thought I'd acquaint you with my "Chilis of New Mexico" -- yes, hot and spicy, habenero, Anaheim, Poblano, jalapeno -- you name it, any of them could be in this painting!  Unfortunately, try as I may, the heat of the chilis wipes me out, it's an embarrassment to see!  Oh well, I still love the Mexican foods! 

"Chilis of New Mexico", 9"x12" (measured edge to edge glass) in black frame, $325 includes s/h in continental U.S., Paypal accepted, click button below or write me for more information at KarlaNolan@gmail.com


Thanks for viewing my art!  Greetings from Fort Collins, Colorado

Thursday, November 20, 2014

"Green Hills of Ireland", 9.5"x13" original watercolor painting




There are so many shades and hues of green in Ireland, I don't believe that one could name them all.  Accompanied by the grey clouds overhead, there are subtle, rolling hills, walls of stone separating lots, quaint old houses surrounded by bushes and trees, wildflowers growing in the green (!) meadows.  What glorious memories I have!  

"Green Hills of Ireland", 9.5"x13" original watercolor painting, $135
 includes s/h in continental U.S., click Paypal button below or write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information
 

Thanks for viewing my art!  Greetings from Fort Collins, Colorado

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

"Winter Arrived Early in Colorado", original watercolor painting

Well, the title says it all!  

"Winter Arrived Early in Colorado", 7.25"x6.75" original watercolor painting, $70
 includes s/h in continental U.S., click Paypal button below or write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information

Saturday, November 15, 2014

"See the Sea Anemones", original watercolor painting





Well, one might say I'm in uncharted waters!  I couldn't resist taking immense artistic license and stirring up the oceans, rivers, lakes, estuaries a bit -- I'm combining all water creatures in a few original watercolor paintings and am having a blast doing so.  The world is one big place and "they" say that the oceans are the new frontier!  (The lower picture is a close up....)

"See the Sea Anemones", 10.25"x5.5" original watercolor painting, $85
 includes s/h in continental U.S., click Paypal button below or write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information
 
 

Thanks for viewing my art!  Greetings from Fort Collins, Colorado

Friday, November 14, 2014

"Santa Fe Doors: Arch Over Blue", matted watercolor and ink painting





Another in my Santa Fe doors series.  Painting these doors have had me wanting to visit this charming city once again but with the early winter snows, I think I'll wait until it warms up a bit!  I believe that Santa Fe's altitude is even higher than ours is in Fort Collins!  It can get bitterly cold even though it's about seven hours south of us!  Go figure...

"Santa Fe Doors: Arch Over Blue", matted watercolor and ink painting, approximately 3.5"x4.5" image in off-white mat to fit 8"x10" frame, $100 includes s/h in continental U.S., click Paypal button below or write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information
 
 

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

"Trees In Change", original watercolor painting




Well, we quickly went from fabulous Fall to wild Winter here in norther Colorado!  Whew!  Why do changing leaves just need to be red, yellow, orange or brown?  Why not aqua or turquoise?  Huh?  Had fun, fun and more fun with this one -- check out the real leaves pressed into the paper....

"Trees In Change", original watercolor painting, 8.5"x10.5", $125 includes s/h in continental U.S., click Paypal button below or write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information

 

Thanks for viewing my art!  Greetings from Fort Collins, Colorado

Saturday, November 8, 2014

"Pink Water Lily", original watercolor painting




We live in what I call "a little slice of Paradise", Fort Collins, Colorado.  This sweet town has all sorts of horticultural delights including a huge test garden, Colorado State University Horticultural Department, multitudes of greenhouses and gardens.  But one of my favorite spots to visit is The Gardens on Spring Creek, less than two miles from our house.  This past summer I did a solo tour through the Gardens and found this sweet pink water lily, just floating along.  Here it is for you to ponder.  I enjoyed painting it and learned a few lessons about watercolor painting as the painting progressed.  It is one tough medium!

"Pink Water Lily", original watercolor painting, 4.75"x8", $60 includes s/h in continental U.S., click Paypal button below or write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information

Friday, November 7, 2014

"Blue Mountain Water Falls", original watercolor painting




Water is so difficult to paint, in my opinion. I inadvertently started painting a waterfall while playing with watercolors.  I did not mean to start this, but, what the heck, why not proceed?  I rather like it --- I don't know if there are mountains named "Blue Mountain" here in Colorado, but there is one now -- on paper, anyway!
  
"Blue Mountain Water Falls", original watercolor painting, 4.75"x8.5", $60 includes s/h in continental U.S., click Paypal button below or write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information

 

Thanks for viewing my art!  Greetings from Fort Collins, Colorado

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

"Hot Hot Hot", original matted watercolor painting



We were in northern California recently, specifically Sonoma.  What a sweet town, you should visit it, really!  I slid into the alley off the main square and returned to see the bouganvillea I saw a few years back.  Still blooming away, still impossible to paint, but easy to photograph.  So, my approach here is catch the color.....that's what it's all about, isn't it?  "Life is short, use color!" is my motto.  What's yours?


"Hot Hot Hot", original watercolor painting, matted to 8"x10", $55 includes s/h in continental U.S., click Paypal button below or write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information


 

Thanks for viewing my art!  Greetings from Fort Collins, Colorado

Saturday, November 1, 2014

"Colorado: Hidden Mountain Gems", original watercolor painting




Playing around with watercolors again.  I've seen shows on the Travel Channel and the Weather Channel about gem hunting and have been intrigued by the topic.  There are prospectors hunting for aquamarines on Mount Antero here in Colorado.  I think they are unusually brave, as this state is known for sudden changes in weather -- old saying, "if you wait 15 minutes, it'll change" is true.  I don't think I'd make a good prospector, honestly, but hopefully you can envision all the gems in Mama Earth, inspired by the colors in my painting.  It was fun!

"Colorado:  Hidden Mountain Gems", original watercolor painting, 10.5"x8", $125 includes s/h in continental U.S., click Paypal button below or write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information
 
 

Thanks for viewing my art!  Greetings from Fort Collins, Colorado

Monday, October 27, 2014

"Blue Mist Falling", original watercolor painting





There is a weather phenomeon called "virga" which means wisps of precipitation evaporating before reaching the ground.  I've found that the most interesting time of day for one to observe this is, of course, at sunset!  You know my passion for those early evening skies, don't you?  Here it is, presented as a blue mist, falling, in watercolor.

"Blue Mist Falling", original watercolor painting, 11.5"x15", $175 includes s/h in continental U.S., click Paypal button below or write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information

 

Thanks for viewing my art!  Greetings from Fort Collins, Colorado

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

"Santa Fe Doors: The Bell", matted original watercolor and ink painting







My husband and I are on vacation in California and I am behind in my art blog posts, so here goes, another taste of Santa Fe, doors, adobe and such.  As I recall, the skies were quite blue the day I saw this door, it was a hot and dry day but knowing the way adobe walls are built, good insulation, I knew it would be nice and cool inside the rooms of this building...and it was..  This was actually an outside courtside wall, a small patio was located behind it, then the room in which we stayed.  I don't know the significance of the bell, it was just there, but the whole scene was charming, which is what I remember best about Santa Fe:  the charm and ambience of the city.  

"Santa Fe Doors: The Bell", matted watercolor and ink painting, approximately 3.5"x4.5" image in off-white mat to fit 8"x10" frame, $100 includes s/h in continental U.S., click Paypal button below or write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information

 
 

Thanks for viewing my art!  Greetings from Fort Collins, Colorado

"Echinacea Quintet, Cheyenne Spirit", original watercolor painting




The end of summer/beginning of fall is an adventure in the flower garden.  I saw this Cheyenne Spirit echinacea at nearby Gardens On Spring Creek, an horticultural paradise in the center of Fort Collins, Colorado (which is the home of Colorado State University, known for the horticultural program at the college).  Every time I visit the Gardens I am inspired to paint and plant more.  We have many sorts of flowers in our own garden but it's hard to believe that so many other varieties would also grow for us.  It's change from sunny to shady in the back yard, the growth of the trees and bushes has been rampant but I have the great fortune of being able to walk through Spring Creek and learn even more about the floral kingdom.  So lucky!  

"Echinacea Quintet, Cheyenne Spirit", 7"x8" original watercolor painting, $85 includes s/h in continental U.S., click Paypal button below or write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information
 
 

Thanks for viewing my art!  Greetings from Fort Collins, Colorado




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