Friday, May 22, 2015

"Happy" by Karla Nolan, framed watercolor painting




"Happy" is a small framed in gold, matted in off-white, watercolor painting of just that, a very happy red poppy.  One of my favorite subjects to paint, I have seen a few red oriental poppies blooming around town.  It has been so rainy, so wet, so soggy here, I'm amazed that they've dared to open, sans sun!

Should you be interested in purchasing this 7"x5" (mat/framed size) work for $95, please call Meg at 970-484-7862 or visit EsScentuals when you are in town at 142 South College, in the heart of downtown Fort Collins, Colorado.  Tell her Karla sent you! 

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

Saturday, May 16, 2015

"Solo" by Karla Nolan, unframed oil pastel painting


I don't know if you've noticed but SPRING IS HERE!  Hooray!  That means iris and I really like iris.  So does my husband, we have them planted all over the garden.  This is my second oil pastel painting and I'm pleased with how it turned out, although there is so much to learn in this medium.  Whew!  Art means never stop learning..............that doesn't sound right, but you get the idea, right?

"Solo", 12"x9" unframed oil pastel painting on sanded paper, write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information


"Classic Venice Dusk" by Karla Nolan, unframed miniature palette knife oil painting


This is a little painting, miniature, just something to remind me of the beauty of Venice, Italy.  There's no other place like it, positively mesmerizing.

"Classic Venice Dusk", 4"x4" unframed miniature palette knife oil painting on panel, write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information


Saturday, May 9, 2015

"Santa Fe Doors: Yellow Door in Wooded Area" by Karla Nolan, matted watercolor painting


A brief return to my matted, watercolor Santa Fe doors series. I thought that a yellow door might cheer me up with all of this wretched rainy weather here in Colorado.  Adobe and yellow wood, with woods behind.  A bit mysterious, don't you think?  Especially in Santa Fe with all of the red and turquoise around.  Out of the ordinary.

"Santa Fe Doors: Yellow Door in Wooded Area", matted watercolor and ink painting, approximately 4.5"x3.5" image in off-white mat to fit 10"x8" frame,  write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information

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


Friday, May 8, 2015

"Vibrance" by Karla Nolan, unframed palette knife oil painting






Another Colorado Rocky Mountain sunset, this with particularly vibrant colors, hence the name! This one is big enough, once framed, for a fireplace mantel!  More of my "I Love Colorado!" series.

"Vibrance", 18"x24" unframed palette knife oil painting on panel, write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information


Saturday, May 2, 2015

"Another Look at Red Mountain" by Karla Nolan, unframed oil pastel painting




My first attempt at painting with oil pastels.  A repeat subject.  Red Mountain the southwestern part of the state of Colorado.  I painted with soft pastels for years and occasionally yearn to return to them.  However, oil pastels beckoned because we were going on vacation and they were easier to haul.  Yet another experiment for me.  And since I am crazy over this particular subject, it was a fun and very educational experience.  I just love Colorado!

"Another Look at Red Mountain", 12"x9" unframed oil pastel painting on sanded paper, write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information


Friday, May 1, 2015

"Twilight Over the Rocky Mountains" by Karla Nolan, miniature unframed palette knife oil painting




 A little gem of a painting, miniature, actually, this is to me the quintessential Rocky Mountain/Colorado sunset.  I have always been struck at how the mountains are a dark silhouette while the remains of the sun and the successive colors over that, then the various blues of the skies are layered.  I love Colorado!

"Twilight Over the Rocky Mountains", 5"x7" unframed palette knife oil painting on panel, write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information


Saturday, April 25, 2015

"Hill Town Spring (Italy)" by Karla Nolan, unframed palette knife oil painting


Ah, Italy, hill towns, Tuscany, and Spring!  Fields full of red poppies, unbelievably vibrant.  The curvy and steep roads leading into the town of Cortona.  The old buildings, rugged stones from years ago.  Just have to love this place!

"Hill Town Spring (Italy)", 4.5"x5.25" unframed palette knife oil painting on panel, write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information


Thursday, April 23, 2015

"Just Sailing Along" by Karla Nolan, framed painting on glass




We have just returned from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and please keep in mind, I am not used to seeing so much water around us!  We are happily landlocked in northern Colorado but being near the H2O is quite refreshing and enjoyed our time there.  I painted this painting on glass some time ago and thought I'd show it to you here, in honor of all the blues that we saw while on vacation!  Best seen in person, of course, as are most paintings on glass.
 
"Just Sailing Along", 10.25"x17.5" measured edge to edge glass, framed as shown, write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information


Saturday, April 4, 2015

"Last Glimpse of the Sun" by Karla Nolan unframed palette knife oil painting



Looming over the water, just coming into view, the last rays of the sun, the sun itself, dipping behind the water, moon on the rise.  These are the breathless moments of a sunset.

"Last Glimpse of the Sun", 8"x10" unframed palette knife oil painting on canvas, write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information


Thursday, April 2, 2015

"Clouds of Coral" by Karla Nolan, unframed palette knife oil painting






Being a sunset fan, I have found that there are so many colors in the clouds and they change so quickly, sometimes one has to make choices in what to represent.  Coral colors in the clouds seem to move through the skies fast, they're hard to catch with a camera for a reference photograph.  So, what does an artist do?  She uses her artistic license, of course!  If you can, enlarge this painting, as you'll see many colors in it that could be missed at first glance.

"Clouds of Coral", 8"x10" unframed palette knife oil painting on canvas,  write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information


Saturday, March 28, 2015

"Poppies As Far As You Can See!" by Karla Nolan, unframed palette knife oil painting





Back on the poppy trail again.  Visit France or Italy in May, it's almost guaranteed to see something similar to the painting above!  Worth the trip, truly!

"Poppies As Far As You Can See!", 4"x6" unframed palette knife oil painting on linen panel, $48 includes s/h in continental U.S. click Paypal button below or write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information

Thursday, March 26, 2015

"Embers Sunset" by Karla Nolan, unframed palette knife oil painting


Okay, I'll admit it, I have never seen this scene!  I have quite the imagination, huh?  I can just envision a volcanic exploding over a mountain range, although it's a scary thought, I'll admit.  Always having fun with the paints.

"Embers Sunset", 9"x7.25" unframed palette knife oil painting on panel,  write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information


Saturday, March 21, 2015

"Up On the Rooftop...In Italy!" by Karla Nolan, unframed palette knife oil painting




Years ago in Montepulciano, Italy, at dusk, we saw the residents of the roofs venturing out to view the sun go down.  I never forgot that fun time, watching those who could actually fly over the town, villas, orchards, vineyards, getting ready to settle in for the night in the enchanted countryside.  You might try singing the title, it's fun!

"Up On the Rooftop...In Italy!", 12"x16" unframed palette knife oil painting on panel,  write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information


Friday, March 20, 2015

"Down in the Valley" by Karla Nolan, unframed palette knife oil painting



Driving south to Salida, along the Collegiate Range, I couldn't help but notice the houses nestled below the foothills and mountains.  This was during the fall, the colors were just beginning to turn, and I wondered, what would it be like to live down in that valley?  This question will never be answered, as I have no plans to move anytime soon, but to me it's the sort of place that so many visitors to Colorado just dream about owning!

"Down in the Valley", 18"x24" unframed palette knife oil painting on canvas,  write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information



Saturday, March 14, 2015

"Santa Fe Spring" by Karla Nolan, unframed palette knife oil painting






 Well, this painting took an eternity to paint to my satisfaction.  I wondered if the process would ever end!  Canyon Road is the most famous art gallery road in Santa Fe and there was a gallery behind this fabulous blooming decorate crabtree.  Years ago I painted it in pastel and finally succumbed to the urge to paint it in oils with primarily palette knives and an occasional brushstroke.  This has been sitting in my head, tempting me forever, and finally, here it is ready for framing and a wall.  Whew!


"Santa Fe Spring", 16"x20" unframed palette knife oil painting on canvas panel,  write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for price and more information


Friday, March 13, 2015

"Sunset Sail" by Karla Nolan, unframed miniature palette knife oil painting


Another sunset, this with a sailboat and a different ocean -- the Pacific!  I'll take any ocean or bay or river, as long as I can look up at the skies and see the ever changing clouds.  Throw in a boat, and, wow, what great painting material!

"Sunset Sail", 4"x6" unframed miniature palette knife oil painting on linen panel, $48 includes s/h in continental U.S., click Paypal button below or write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information

 


Saturday, March 7, 2015

"Newport Sunset" by Karla Nolan, unframed miniature palette knife oil painting




About a decade ago I visited my dear friend Missy in Newport, Rhode Island.  I love ocean sunsets and while we were preparing for dinner, having a glass of wine and an appetizer, I glanced outside the restaurant and, lo and behold, the sun was just beginning its trip down behind the Atlantic Ocean for another day.  I must have photographed 30 different phases of this sunset, being completely smitten with the wondrous sight.  Here is one of those quick seconds for you.  

"Newport Sunset", 4"x6" unframed miniature palette knife oil painting on canvas, $48 includes s/h in continental U.S., click Paypal button below or write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information

 

Friday, March 6, 2015

"Aurora Borealis Over the Mountains" by Karla Nolan, unframed miniature palette knife oil painting

 


A disclaimer here, this is not the real aurora borealis, it's my imagination!  I had fun with this one, mixing colors in and out, deepening the silhouette of the mountain range with trees in view.  A little bit of artistic license, possibly, but a whole lot of fun to paint!

"Aurora Borealis Over the Mountains", 5"x7" unframed miniature palette knife oil painting on panel, $70 includes s/h in continental U.S., click Paypal button below or write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information

 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

"Maui Beach Surf and Clouds" by Karla Nolan, unframed miniature palette knife oil painting


My husband and I traveled to Hawaii some years ago and stayed on the island of Maui.  There is just nothing in the world more soothing to me than the pounding of the ocean as the waves crash heading to the shore.  When I painted this miniature, my travel memories kicked in and there I was, lying on the beach once again, blissed out by the incredible sounds.  Ah, gotta love the ocean!  (I am, of course, landlocked in my own paradise, but painting revives the good memories...)

"Maui Beach Surf and Clouds", 4"x6" unframed miniature palette knife oil painting on canvas, $48 includes s/h in continental U.S., click Paypal button below or write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information

 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

"Sparkly Western Sunset" by Karla Nolan, unframed miniature palette knife oil painting




 I painted this sunset a while back with my handy palette knives and couldn't decide on a name for it.  Looking at it in different lighting situations, I kept notice how sparkly it was, a high gloss varnish added to the colors greatly.  Thus the name was born:  "Sparkly Western Sunset" -- because that is what it is, full of life and color!  A sweet miniature...

"Sparkly Western Sunset", 5"x7" unframed miniature palette knife oil painting on canvas, $70 includes s/h in continental U.S., click Paypal button below or write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information


 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

"Rocky Mountain Dusk" by Karla Nolan unframed palette knife oil painting




This is a larger painting, 16"x20" unframed.  It is the quintessential Rocky Mountain scene, so typically Colorado.  If you want to get an idea of what it is like to live near the mountains, just look at this painting, I think you'll get the hang of it!  It really can be dramatic as the last rays of the sun appear over the forthcoming mountain silhouette.

"Rocky Mountain Dusk", 16"x20" unframed palette knife oil painting on canvas, $640 includes s/h in continental U.S., click Paypal button below or write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information


 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

"Daybreak!", by Karla Nolan, 18"x24" unframed palette knife oil painting


I love painting the skies.  I don't like early morning, however, and have missed many a pretty dawn here in Colorado.  Silhouettes of bushes and trees have always intrigued me.  So I thought I'd bite the bullet and put together an early morning scene.  Maybe I'll reconsider and start rising earlier.  (I doubt it!)

"Daybreak!", 18"x24" unframed palette knife oil painting on canvas, $700 includes s/h in continental U.S., click Paypal button below or write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information
 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

"Moonlight Mountain Triptych" by Karla Nolan, framed painting on glass





Quite a task, this painting on glass.  It took forever to compose and then execute but I'm very satisfied, happy, with the results.  The photos don't do it just but then this is the sort of artwork best seen in person, I guess. 

"Moonlight Mountain Triptych",10"x22" painting on glass (measured edge to edge glass) in frame shown, $675 includes s/h in continental U.S., Paypal accepted, click button below or write me for more information at KarlaNolan@gmail.com

 


Thursday, February 12, 2015

"I Want to Live Here!" by Karla Nolan, unframed palette knife oil painting




Colorado is my favorite state in this country.  Not only was I born here but I plan to die here.  Fort Collins, here in the northern part of the state, is my "little slice of paradise".  Life here is good.  We have the plains, the high prairie, the mountains, the rugged and rocky terrain of the western part of the state, also.  I feel very fortunate.  The paintings says it all.

"I Want to Live Here!", 4"x6" unframed palette knife oil painting on canvas, $48 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, February 7, 2015

"Peach Iris Duo" by Karla Nola, framed painting on glass



The neighbors across the street have the most magnificent peach irises, I was inspired to paint them onto glass, surround them blue skies and green leaves.  I'm happy with the results, are you?

"Peach Iris Duo", 11"x14" painting on glass (measured edge to edge glass) in frame shown, $400 includes s/h in continental U.S., Paypal accepted, click button below or write me for more information at KarlaNolan@gmail.com

 



Thursday, February 5, 2015

"Mysterious Rocky Mountain Sunset" by Karla Nolan framed painting on glass





Well, this is a mysterious art post!  I haven't quite decided what exactly is occurring in the sky of this painting on glass, so decided to "go with the flow, the mystery of it all".  I see many things happening in this sunset and I hope that you do, also.  I see no sense in defining everything that happens with these crazy glass paints!  

"Mysterious Rocky Mountain Sunset", 11"x"14" framed painting on glass (measured edge to edge glass), $450 includes s/h in continental U.S., Paypal accepted, click button below or write me for more information at KarlaNolan@gmail.com


 



Saturday, January 31, 2015

"Poppies and Hills" by Karla Nolan, framed painting on glass





Yes, here are more poppies, but these are painted directly onto the glass and the framing technique I use gives them dimensional aspects not usually seen in paintings on canvas.  These actually look three dimensional from some angles.  Always playing around with the glass paints and having a blast doing so!

"Poppies and Hills", 5"x7" painting on glass (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

 

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


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

"Ocean Waves" by Karla Nolan, framed painting on glass





The ocean never fails to fascinate me.  Being landlocked in Colorado, but happily so, I especially like looking at the waves breaking and the skies overhead.  It can be turmoil to paint, but, hey, why not give it a try, onto glass, no less!

"Ocean Waves", 5"x7" painting on glass (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

 

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



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