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

Thursday, February 20, 2014

"Lightning From the Heavens", palette knife oil painting




The power of Mother Nature is enormous.  Looking above to the skies, there are multiple layers of energy and color, simultaneously beckoning to our eyes -- just take a look, realize how huge the skies are, the atmosphere above, the earth below.  Sky paintings are easily among my favorites to paint.  As a friend of mine from Virginia says:  "Pow! Zap! Kaboom!"  I say hooray for the elements...they are a blast to work with!

"Lightning From the Heavens", 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

Monday, February 17, 2014

"Just Before the Rain Falls", miniature palette knife oil painting



Okay, I know that I'm jumping the gun a little bit, it's still winter and we have snow on the ground to prove it, but Spring is just around the corner and that means rainfall.  I love that period of time just before the precipitation starts, just before the rain falls, that "ozone" smell in the air.  Don't you?  


"Just Before the Rain Falls", 5"x7" miniature 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



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

Friday, February 14, 2014

"Windswept Lightning Over the Rockies", miniature palette knife oil painting



A miniature palette knife oil painting, this little gem was more difficult to paint than one might think.  Trying to get a "wind" feeling, add in the lightning bolts and still imply snow on the top of mountains plus an impending storm -- all at once, of course -- well, I think I may have pulled it off!  I had a blast painting this one....


"Windswept Lightning Over the Rockies", 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

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

"Snow Trees at Night", palette knife oil painting


Okay, it's winter here in my sweet Colorado, it's really cold here and there are two or three feet of snow or more in the nearby foothills.  What does this look like at night, pitch black, maybe just a hint of moonlight?  I don't honestly depict Nature as it actually is, I'd be a photographer if I did that, but this is my creative imagination at work....looks sort of inviting if you have warm clothing, huh? 


"Snow Trees at Night", 14"x11" palette knife oil painting on canvas 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

Friday, February 7, 2014

"Walk Into the Poppy Fields" by Karla Nolan, palette knife oil painting




I usually don't paint large artworks.  They take forever and try my patience.  However, I do want to paint large paintings more frequently.  Finding the right subject matter can be difficult and planning the whole scene just as trying.  However, I have worked on this painting off and on over a couple of years and am finally reasonably satisfied.  Who doesn't enjoy a walk into an Italian poppy field in Tuscany? 

"Walk Into the Poppy Fields", 24"x36" 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



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

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

"Ireland's Rocky Coastline", palette knife oil painting



This scene is near Dingle, Slea Head, in Ireland.  It is a larger Irish painting than I've done in a while and it took a bit of forever to paint it -- I went back many, many times to get the shadows and rocks done to my satisfaction.  I'm happy with the results, all it needs now is a good frame and a good home.  Don't forget, St. Patrick's Day is next month, we're all Irish for a day! 

"Ireland's Rocky Coastline", 12"x16" palette knife oil painting on gesso board, $385 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 3, 2014

"Orange Spark", unframed miniature palette knife oil painting, colorado, broncos, sunset, rocky mountains





Okay, okay, the Broncos lost.  I'm not a gung-ho football fan by any means, but many relatives and friends who are near and dear to me really did look forward to the Super Bowl and the idea of the Broncos winning.  I know they're disappointed, so this art blog is for them -- there's always next year!  (The lower photo is an example of the artwork framed, please note that it's sold unframed.)

"Orange Spark", 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



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

Thursday, January 30, 2014

"Ah, Venezia!", palette knife oil painting



I guess Italy must be on my mind these days, having recently posted a Tuscan poppy fields and now a sunset in Venice.  Italy is one of the most wonderful places on the planet, I have had the best times there with the delicious food, wonderful wines, and lively and enchanting people.  Venice is a true gem, the canals and sights are mind boggling.  Do go there if you can!  

"Ah, Venezia!", 14"x11" 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

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

"Tuscan Spring" framed palette knife oil painting


Well, it's been a while since I've blogged and posted my artwork.  I needed to take a brief hiatus to attend to some family matters but I'm hoping to be posting more regularly again. 

Can you guess what season I'd prefer to be in right now?  Hint, it's not winter!  Our forecast 1" snowfall turned out to be a half foot deep where we live.  So my mind returns to Tuscany, Italy, in the springtime where the fields are red with papaveri, the red European flowers in bloom everywhere.  This art piece comes framed up in a clean and simple gold frame, ready to go on your wall. 

"Tuscan Spring", 10"x20" framed palette knife oil painting, $525 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 16, 2013

"First Snowflakes Over Rocky Mountains", UNFRAMED miniature palette knife oil painting




Okay, this could be titled "Second Snowflakes...." because it has snowed already this year --you  get the gist of the painting, I know!  Winter's only a couple of days away but it is bright, a bit warm, and sunny today.  I know that won't last!  For you snow lovers out there, this one's for you! 

I have taken a quick pic of this unframed painting in a matted gold frame, to give you a hint of what it could look like on your wall! (Imagine a linen mat, please.)

"First Snowflakes Over Rocky Mountains", 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

Friday, December 13, 2013

"Nestled In Cinque Terre", UNFRAMED miniature palette knife oil painting




Well, another whirlwind tour of Italy here!  Cinque Terre was a delightful place to visit a number of years ago -- the food, the view, the hikes, the water along the cliffs.  Unbelievable.  I would urge you to take the time to visit it and make sure you have the anchovy dishes, freshly prepared, they are unlike anything you've ever had, just wonderful!  

I have taken a quick pic of this unframed painting in a gold frame, to give you a hint of what it could look like on your wall!  Ciao for now!

"Nestled In Cinque Terre", 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

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