Friday, October 10, 2014

"Icelandic Poppy", framed and matted original watercolor painting





My dear friend, Meg, owns EsScentuals, a unique boutique here in Fort Collins, Colorado.  She displays my flower paintings, be they in pastel, oil, or now watercolor.  I recently brought in several new pieces of my favorite flower:  poppies, coquelicot, papaveri.  The languages may differ but the sounds are bright and happy.  Should you be interested in purchasing this 10"x8" (mat size) work for $195, please call her at 970-484-7862 or visit EsScentuals when you are in town at 142 South College, in the heart of downtown.  Tell her Karla sent you! 

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

Thursday, October 9, 2014

"Gold in Those Red Hills", original watercolor painting





A little more experimentation on the old watercolor paper!  I really enjoyed painting this one -- "gold in them thar hills" sounds a bit tacky but -- it just reminded me so much of the southwestern part of the U.S., part Colorado, Utah, Arizona and so on.  You just never know what lies in the red rocks, hills, cliffs, with the turquoise skies overhead.  To me these are the quintessential Western colors of our terrain out here.  Happy, happy! 

"Gold in Those Red Hills", original watercolor painting, 5"x8.5", $65 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, October 3, 2014

"Sunset Gold", original watercolor painting



Ah, more watercolor experimentation with the skies, the sunsets in particular.  Don't all sunsets have a bit of magic in them?  They shift so quickly, sometimes they are breathtaking, literally!  November happens to be my favorite month to observe them, just before starting dinner, closing out another day.  (The lower picture is a close up view.)

"Sunset Gold", original watercolor painting, 12"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


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

"Busy in The Poppy Fields", watercolor painting



 This watercolor painting has multiple layers of colors on it, tons of flowers, too!  Just imagine how active it must be for a flower to emerge from the earth, other plants surrounding it, blue skies overhead.  May is just the best time for the European poppies in France and Italy and we are delighted to have all different sorts in our own garden during our summer months.  Lovin' those poppies!

"Busy in The Poppy Fields", watercolor painting, 8.25"x11.5", $150 includes s/h in continental U.S., click Paypal button below or write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information

Saturday, September 27, 2014

"Red Poppy Quartet", original watercolor painting




This was a good experience, I've learned a lot about watercolor painting and am enjoying it most days.  There are those "off" days, of course, but one encounters them in any endeavor and that does not exclude any form of art media!  Oh my!  I love the poppies, always have, any kind -- hope you like this painting as much as I do, a great time painting.  Isn't that what it's all about?  
 
"Red Poppy Quartet", watercolor painting, 5"x9", $90 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, September 26, 2014

"Santa Fe Doors: Old Wood, Painted Adobe", watercolor and ink painting matted to 8"x10"




Another in the series of the Santa Fe doors.  This is the land of enchantment, so they say, and I am in agreement.  I have no idea who painted the adobe wall, it's not really a door, but it is enchanting as is the heavy old wooden door to the left.  It seemed to take forever to paint this small piece, trying to get it right but no too right!  If it's "too right", why it's a photograph and that wasn't my goal, I'd rather you get the gist of the atmosphere in sweet Santa Fe!

"Santa Fe Door: Old Wood and Painted Adobe", 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

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

"Santa Fe Door: Cobalt" by Karla Nolan, watercolor and ink painting, matted to 8"x10"







Santa Fe, New Mexico, is an extraordinary town.  It is so old, one of the very first towns in North America, long before it became the United States.  Most living structures are adobe and Canyon Road is probably the most famous road due to the large amount of art galleries located on it.  Some of the houses have  amazing doors so I decided to devote some watercolor and ink time to them.  Here is my first door -- a bright blue cobalt wooden arch of a door.  I've painted five more so far, so get ready for an occasional post to entice you to visit wondrous Santa Fe.  

"Santa Fe Door: Cobalt", 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

"Santa Fe Door: Cobalt", watercolor and ink painting, matted to 8"x10"







Santa Fe, New Mexico, is an extraordinary town.  It is so old, one of the very first towns in North America, long before it became the United States.  Most living structures are adobe and Canyon Road is probably the most famous road due to the large amount of art galleries located on it.  Some of the houses have  amazing doors so I decided to devote some watercolor and ink time to them.  Here is my first door -- a bright blue cobalt wooden arch of a door.  I've painted five more so far, so get ready for an occasional post to entice you to visit wondrous Santa Fe.  

"Santa Fe Door: Cobalt", 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

Saturday, September 20, 2014

"Cheyenne Spirit Echinacea (Coneflower)", unframed palette knife oil painting



This is a simple painting -- there are a number of colors in the petals of this particular type of coneflower (Latin name:  echinacea) and I wanted the focus to be on the flower itself.  You might know of this plant for its alleged herbal effects, an immune system booster, used for centuries in naturopathy  It also grows well where we live and, I believe, this may be a hybrid of the traditional purple flower that is so well known.  There is a bit more color here, with more reds and oranges merging into the long petals. 

"Cheyenne Spirit Echinacea (Coneflower)", 10"x8" unframed palette knife oil painting, $160 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, September 19, 2014

"Delicate Arch, Utah", watercolor painting in 8"x10" mat





There are many arches in The Arches National Monument outside of Moab, Utah, but this maybe the most famous.  Cliffs, arches, trails abound.  Bright blue skies overhead, red rocks, earth below, as well as ochres, yellows, golds, oranges.. It's a bit like a different planet and, of course, well worth the visit.  Amazing what Mama Nature does!


"Delicate Arch, Utah", watercolor painting, approximately 3.5"x4.5" image in off-white mat to fit 8"x10" frame, $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, September 16, 2014

"Peppy Pansies", original watercolor painting matted to 8"x10"



Just less than a week until autumn officially begins.  Hard to believe, this summer has flown by!  The pansies will thrive for a little while longer, thankfully.  These were not the easiest to paint, the colors varied so much in the petals.  They are a fine reminder of warm weather, I believe. 

"Peppy Pansies", watercolor painting, approximately 3.5"x4.5" image in off-white mat to fit 18"x10" frame, $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






Saturday, September 13, 2014

"Sunny Day Cliffs of Moher", original watercolor miniature painting matted to 5"x7"




The Cliffs of Moher are among Ireland's most famous sights.  Traveling up the coast to see them, they were was so covered in fog we couldn't get into the parking lot (we couldn't really see anything!).  The next day we attempted again to visit the cliffs and this time succeeded in our quest.  There wasn't as much sun that day as there is denoted in the above watercolor painting, but it was an exhilarating experience being so close to the cliffs and the water.  Highly recommended!

"Sunny Day Cliffs of Moher", original watercolor and ink miniature painting matted to 5"x7", $54 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, September 12, 2014

"Sunset Waves", 4"x12" unframed palette knife oil painting




There just is nothing much more satisfying than seeing a sunset over the Rocky Mountains here in Colorado.  They are favorites for painting material, of course, and I just never grow weary of them.  You never know what you'll see and it occasionally seems to be raining color! 

"Sunset Waves", 4"x12" unframed palette knife oil painting on gallery wrapped canvas, $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


Saturday, September 6, 2014

"Cherished Travel Memory: Red Mountain", 8"x12" watercolor matted to 12"x16"





The southwestern portion of Colorado has many beautiful passes and colorful, high mountains, but this is absolutely my favorite:  Red Mountain.  It is between Silverton and Ouray, on the road to the Million Dollar Highway and Durango, as well as the always fascinating Anasazi ruins at Mesa Verde.  Red Mountain is loaded with iron ore, surrounded by evergreens and aspens; there is no bad view of it.  (I love it, can you tell?)

"Cherished Travel Memory:  Red Mountain", watercolor painting approximately 8"x12 " image in white mat to fit 12"x16" frame, $145 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

Thursday, September 4, 2014

"Shy", framed, matted watercolor painting



My dear friend, Meg, owns EsScentuals, a unique boutique here in Fort Collins, Colorado.  She displays my flower paintings, be they in pastel, oil, or now watercolor.  I recently brought in several new pieces of my favorite flower:  poppies, coquelicot, papaveri.  The languages may differ but the sounds are bright and happy.  Should you be interested in purchasing this 7"x5" (mat size) work for $95, please call her at 970-484-7862 or visit EsScentuals when you are in town at 142 South College, in the heart of downtown.  Tell her Karla sent you! 

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


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

"Beachy Head Revisited", 14"x11" unframed palette knife oil painting





This painting is a larger version of a previous palette knife oil painting.  I guess I was just practicing the first time, right?  This part of England is absolutely beautiful, as are many other areas, but I was surprised at how hot and humid it was! One can look across the English Channel towards France.   Many folks were strolling up and down the edges of these white cliffs and we were lucky enough to find an ice cream stand near the top of this particular section.  They certainly were steep cliffs, glad I had the nerve to look over the edge and not fall!  Whew! 

"Beachy Head Revisited", 14"x11" unframed palette knife oil painting, $300 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, August 29, 2014

"Dark Hills, Bright Skies", palette knife and brush watercolor painting, matted to fit 8"x10" frame





This is another experimental piece in watercolor using both brush and palette knives.  Always up for a new challenge, eh?  The paper is a bit rougher than others I've tried, hence the more textured sky.  Bottom line:  I AM HAVING FUN!

 "Dark Hills, Bright Skies",  palette knife and brush watercolor painting, approximately 5"x7" image in beige mat to fit 8"x10" frame, $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, August 26, 2014

"Snowflakes and Moonlight", watercolor painting in 10"x8" mat




One thing I'm learning about watercolor painting, you need to have an adventurous and experimental nature!  I wasn't sure how this one would turn out but am happy with it -- it reminds me of wintertime when the snow is flying -- but with a full moon, of course!  Pop it into a frame, hang in on the wall, all the matting work is finished for you!  (The "suede" mat is a paler blue-grey than it might show in the photo.)

"Snowflakes and Moonlight", watercolor painting, approximately 3.5"x4.5" image in blue-grey "suede" mat to fit 10"x8" frame, $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






Saturday, August 23, 2014

"Chicken Little Was Right (Colorado Sunset)", matted watercolor painting






If memory serves me correctly, Chicken Little believed that the sky was falling.  Well, in this case, it appears to be happening.  This is how the sun sets in our fair state of Colorado some evenings!  

"Chicken Little Was Right (Colorado Sunset)", watercolor painting, 7.5"x9.75" image in off-white mat to fit 11"x14" frame, $145 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, August 22, 2014

"Blues Skies", 36"x36" unframed palette knife oil painting on gallery wrapped canvas


Well, this is a biggie -- 3 feet by 3 feet, painted primarily in blue hues.  Hence, the name.  The clouds in Colorado are so beautiful, so numerous with the varying shades of the blues in the background, they light up everything!  Ready to hang, no need to frame unless you want to. 

"Blues Skies", 36"x36" unframed palette knife oil painting on gallery wrapped canvas, $1295 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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