Saturday, July 19, 2014

"Looking North, Beachy Head", unframed palette knife oil painting




We love to travel to foreign lands and see new sights.  I never dreamed I'd ever get to southeastern England, the Kent ("garden of England" -- like England isn't a garden everywhere!).  We took part of a day to drive to Beachy Head, right on the English Channel.  It was an exquisite sight to see, the water, the rocks below, the lighthouse, the cliffs bright white!  I'm so pleased to have had this experience and would urge everyone who visits the U.K. to go there.  Imagine the history!  

"Looking North, Beachy Head", unframed palette knife oil painting on linen panel, $70 includes s/h in continental U.S., click Paypal button below or write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

"Busy Night Skies", 4"x12" unframed palette knife oil painting on gallery wrapped canvas




My take on painting in any medium is this:  have fun!  Don't take yourself too seriously.  Experiment.  Try not to stress (good luck with that!)..  

"Busy Night Skies" is my interpretation in palette knife oils of what any given moment in the skies -- moon shimmering through the clouds, possible lightning strikes occurring, clouds rolling in, satellites blipping over the landscape.  And of course it all occurs over my beloved Rocky Mountains!  I had fun!  

"Busy Night Skies", 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




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Thursday, June 26, 2014

"Furioso (Furious)", 4x12" unframed palette knife oil painting on gallery wrapped canvas




This is the sort of sunset I'm used to seeing in the summer evenings here in northern Colorado.  Sometimes it almost seems as if the clouds have their own personalities, whirling about in the atmospheric winds overhead.  Bright, bold colors with blue hues, hints of turquoise, the silhouette of the foothills leading to the Rocky Mountains, the Continental Divide, the backbone of North America.  Am I a lucky girl or what???  

"Furioso (Furious)", 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

Saturday, June 21, 2014

"Moon at Midnight", unframed palette knife oil painting





Yes, I am at it again, another night sky scene.  There is always so much happening in those dark skies, the moon shining, the stars shooting, the hint of a possible storm.  I am most intrigued, as I hope you are, also, by the mystery of the night!  

"Moon at Midnight", 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

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

"Searing", unframed palette knife oil painting




 Luckily it hasn't gotten this hot so far this summer -- but you know the kind of day I'm talking about, don't you?  The "you can fry the egg on the sidewalk" sort of day, searing, mind boggling heat.  Not a cloud in the sky.  The living isn't necessarily so easy when you're sweating your way through the day!  Well, for the first time in the 27 years  that we've lived in our sweet Fort Collins, we have air conditioning in our house and, while I'm not in any hurry to use it, it is comforting (no pun intended) to know we have access to cooler temperatures. 

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

Monday, May 19, 2014

"Feroce (Fierce))", 4"x4" unframed miniature palette knife oil painting


This is a fierce sunset, the sort that just glows at you, reminding you that the day has ended, it may have been a tough one, but you carry on, nonetheless.  Or at least that's my take on this painting.  Yup, some days are like that!  

"Feroce (Fierce)", 4"x4" unframed miniature palette knife oil painting on gesso panel, $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

Friday, May 16, 2014

"Fuoco (Fire)", 4"x12" unframed palette knife oil painting on gallery wrapped canvas





 John Denver wrote about the fire in the sky and I've seen it occurring here in Colorado many times over the Rocky Mountains silhouette.  A brilliant red at one point in the sundown, it is surrounded by oranges, yellows, turquoise (if you look hard) and blues and just absolutely captures the emotions. 

"Fuoco (Fire)", 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

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

"Blue Moon", unframed palette knife oil painting



I noticed the other night that we had a full moon.  It was just before our snowstorm struck, yet again delaying Spring.  Weather is rarely dull here in Colorado; wait 20 minutes, it'll change.  Then I started thinking about the "blue moon" -- two full moons in one month.  I have no idea if this is the month for such an occurrence but I am enraptured with painting moonscapes.  They are just so much fun!  Here's one for you....

"Blue Moon", 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

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

"Rocky Mountain Sunset: Clouds in Motion", unframed palette knife oil painting


Well, it's time of year again, amazing northern Colorado sunsets to view.  It's easier with Daylight Savings Time, dinner's finished and I can out my front door and see incredible sights.  The clouds move quickly some evenings and that's inspiring -- can me if you can!  

"Rocky Mountain Sunset:  Clouds in Motion", 8"x24" unframed palette knife oil painting on gallery wrapped canvas, $395 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, April 29, 2014

"Inspired by the Hydrangeas of Wales", unframed palette knife oil painting



Yes, I AM part Welsh!  My mother's family came from a tiny town near Aberystwyth, a university town, and my husband, two daughters and I have been to visit our distant relatives, one time meeting my father there, also, he loved the Welsh relatives...with good reason.  Whilst there (don't I sound fancy!), I had the pleasure of viewing many beautifully hued hydrangeas blooming in a garden in Tenby, in the month of July, no less.  It was much cooler than we had anticipated, the weather was much like that of Scotland, cool, misty, foggy, and green, with a great deal of sheep and lambs about..  I loved it!  And my relatives there are wonderful, I hope we do get to see them again.  (I am also Jewish, so you can imagine how difficult life is with the native languages, Hebrew and Welsh, virtually impossible for me to learn either.  Oh well.)  

"Inspired by the Hydrangeas of Wales", 11"x14" unframed palette knife oil painting on gesso board, $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

Saturday, April 26, 2014

"Ode to the Glass Menagerie I", framed painting on glass



Do you recall reading "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams in high school?  I do and I was taken with the imagery he presented when the main character had pleurisy -- she call it "blue roses".  That phrase has always remained with me, it was so novel then and still is now.  I know that there are many different blue flowers, even a blue poppy, but I have yet to see a true blue rose!  This is my ode to his phrasing.

"Ode to the Glass Menagerie I", 4"x4" framed painting on glass, available at Wile Hands, Jackson, Wyoming (wildhands.com)

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

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

"Six Red Poppies Sitting in the Sun", 20"x10" unframed palette knife oil painting



I guess this is what happens when one has grandchildren -- you start doing a sing song bit!  I could just hear myself telling them about these poppies, reaching towards the warmth of the sun -- in fact, we just planted poppy seeds in four trays around the garden.  Here's to hoping for good growth, both with grandchildren and poppy flowers! 

"Six Red Poppies Sitting in the Sun", 20"x10" unframed palette knife oil painting on gallery wrapped canvas, $395 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, April 19, 2014

"Spring in Colorado, Shooting Stars", palette knife oil painting

 
 
Finally!  It has been forever since I have blogged, due to neck and arm problems, along with failing computer issues.  So, back to it, already!  These are my sweet shooting stars that will bloom shortly in our back yard.  I first saw these magnificent wildflowers hiking in the foothills and mountains many years ago and at that time I had no idea that you could purchase them at a nursery or garden store.  Well, I'm glad I discovered this, as they will cheer up any day here in northern Colorado.  Happy Spring! 
 
"Spring in Colorado, Shooting Stars", 10"x8" unframed palette knife oil painting on gesso board, $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

Saturday, April 5, 2014

"Early Spring Lightning and Thunderstorm", unframed palette knife oil painting on gesso board




Well, you know the old saying, "April showers bring May flowers"?  It happens here in Northern Colorado, that's for sure, those thunder and lightning storms bring the much needed moisture to the foothills, mountains, and plains.  This is a bit of a dramatic stretch as I'm not an art literalist, but a firm believer in artistic license.  It's more fun!

"Early Spring Lightning and Thunderstorm", 8"x10" unframed palette knife oil painting on gesso board, $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

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

"Seattle Sunset Reflections", unframed palette knife oil painting



Visiting Seattle, Washington, a number of years ago was a real treat.  I'd never been to the Northwest portion of the U.S., and I loved the waterfront views.  The clouds at sunset were still vibrant, it was early summertime, and catching the reflections of the clouds just over the mountains but in the water, before the sun was too far West, was challenging to paint.  Knowing when to stop painting is always difficult, hopefully these reflections weren't taken too far!

"Seattle Sunset Reflections", 8"x10" unframed palette knife oil painting on gesso board, $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

Saturday, March 29, 2014

"Moon Rise", unframed palette knife oil painting on gallery wrapped canvas




I found some 4"x12" ready made canvases recently and have just gone to town with them.  They don't need to be framed, necessarily, have light colored painted borders, but would look great in a frame, also.  The moon just shows up in the sky sometimes around dusk, thought it'd be fun to capture that.  And who can resist a sunset over the mountains?  I can't! 

"Moon Rise", 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

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

"Impromptu Ballerina Rose Bouquet", 14"x11" unframed palette knife oil painting


I studied oil painting with Daniel Edmondson some time ago, a marvelous teacher and fine person.  He paints the most beautiful still life paintings, something I never felt I could even approach with a brush or palette knife.  I was inspired, however, more than I knew, to attempt a more "rugged" or less refined painting recently, with the thought of the pink ballerina rose bush planted in front of our house as the subject matter.  Dan has a more representational approach and I just tend to abstract my realism, as you can see!  (I might add here, he teaches some amazing painting classes via DVDs, you might want to check into these....he's on Facebook with more information....)

"Impromptu Ballerina Rose Bouquet", 14"x11" unframed palette knife oil painting on gessoed panel, $300 includes s/h in continental U.S., click Paypal button below or write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information

Thursday, March 20, 2014

"Awa'awapuhi Trail, Kauai, Where Sky Meets Ocean", unframed 11"x14" palette knife oil painting


I just recently rediscovered this artwork in my husband's office (aha!) and decided to post it here today because I finally realized that I was proud of how it turned out.  That could sound strange, I suppose, but sometimes when I attack the loaded palette knife to the panel, I'm not sure whether I will like the completed product.  That was the case here.  This was painted in 2009 after we had gone to Kauai and hiked the said trail in the title.  It was a form of torture both up and down that trail because it was tedious in both aspects.  Going down was dangerous, the fear of slipping and falling.  Returning to the top was agonizing because it was so steep and seemingly never ending.  Either way, here it is for you gaze upon, I hope you enjoy that incredible view!  Wow! 


"Awa'awapuhi Trail, Kauai, Where Sky Meets Ocean" 11"x14" unframed palette knife oil painting on gessoed panel, $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

Monday, March 17, 2014

"Poppy Progression", unframed 6"x6" miniature palette knife oil painting




From bud to just open to completely smiling at the sun, here are the red poppies once again.  Mother Nature does have a way with flowers, doesn't she?  Poppy seeds are so small, it's more than a miracle we have such lovely blooms!

"Poppy Progression", unframed 6"x6" miniature palette knife oil painting on gesso board, $72 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, March 14, 2014

"Seattle Sunset Sail", unframed 4"x6" miniature palette knife oil painting




Another take on Seattle, this time at dusk with the sailboats out on the water.  I guess I could easily drive up the road to Horsetooth Reservoir this summer and see a similar sight, however it certainly wouldn't be near the ocean, would it?  We are basically landlocked here.  That's okay, it gives me a good excuse to travel to the ocean once in a while, and I really do appreciate those opportunities.  Doesn't it look like fun out there? 

"Seattle Sunset Sail", unframed 4"x6" 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



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

Monday, March 10, 2014

"Yellow Water Lilies in Yellowstone National Park" by Karla Nolan, framed painting on glass




Well, this is kind of different, isn't it?  We were in Yellowstone a number of years ago, just driving along, looking at all the marvelous sights when I saw something that just didn't quite seem to fit in with what I expected to see in Wyoming.  Hawaii, yes, Wyoming, no.  Water lilies were in bloom in water near the road -- I got out of the car, went over, looked at almost black water, and there they were, floating on the pads, in that water.  I was amazed, and bright yellow, to boot!  We have been back to Yellowstone National Park since then, drove to the same spot, and, voila, they weren't anywhere to found.  Another amazing nature story from the mysterious planet called Earth!

"Yellow Water Lilies in Yellowstone National Park", 11"x14" measured edge to edge glass, framed painting on glass, $465 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, March 7, 2014

"Winning Threesome", 10"x8" framed painting on glass





It has been quite a while since I've posted any paintings on glass, so here is one for you to take in.  I've been concentrating on palette knife oil paintings lately but still enjoy the look of the glass works.  This particular piece comes framed up, the bottom photo is a close up of the poppies.  

"Winning Threesome", 10"x8" framed painting on glass, $240 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, March 3, 2014

"Glowing Clouds Near Seattle", 6"x4" miniature palette knife oil painting



I've only been to the northwestern part of the United States one time, but it was an impressive region to visit.  Luckily, it was springtime so there were some warm days.  I did notice how the clouds could just hang on one in Seattle, very unlike my beloved Colorado.  I'm so accustomed to blue skies and reddish/brown earth -- well, this terrain had floaty light grey or blue skies and the waters of the Pacific Ocean.  Delightful seafood, great sounds -- and, oh, by the way, did I mention some beautiful and inspiring sunsets?  

"Glowing Clouds Near Seattle", unframed 6"x4" 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




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

Thursday, February 27, 2014

"Crackling Sky", miniature palette knife oil painting





I can almost smell it in the air, springtime is around the corner, although you may not believe it today in my part of the woods -- it's gray and cloudy but warmer than it has been -- I'm just waiting for the sky to open up with rain, get a few bolts of lightning up there, roar of thunder.  Of course, I am jumping the gun, the official date is three weeks away for the season change and here in Colorado, the real date may as well be May.  I am such a dreamer!  (The top photo is the original painting, the bottom is an example of it framed.)

"Crackling Sky", unframed 4"x4" miniature palette knife oil painting on gesso board, $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

Monday, February 24, 2014

"Sand and Surf at Second Beach (RI)", palette knife oil painting



I have a dear friend who lives in Middletown, Rhode Island, right next to Newport.  She is so fortunate to have a house right around the corner from this particular beach, "Second Beach".  Am I envious?  You bet I am!  Every day she can go to the beach and listen to the pounding surf, view the changing skies, the ebb and flow of the waters.  There are fewer experiences more soothing than the sound and feel of the ocean.  I think I'm due for another visit!  

"Sand and Surf at Second Beach (RI)", 11"x14" palette knife oil painting on gesso board, $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

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