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
 

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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
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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
 
 

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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

 

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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

 

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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


 

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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
 
 

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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

 

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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

 
 

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"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
 
 

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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
 
 


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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
 
 

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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




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