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
 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

"Poppy Face", framed original pastel painting




This is an older painting but I still love it.  It's pretty detailed if you stand directly in front of it, but back up and you "get the picture"!  Papaveri, coquelicot, poppies -- call them what you will, they are always happy! 

"Poppy Face" 14"x18" original pastel painting, FRAMED as shown, $750 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, August 14, 2014

"Yellow Glow Within", watercolor painting



If you have followed me with any of my varied artwork media, you know that no matter what, I cannot resist painting a sunset.  They enthrall me completely.  It doesn't hurt that I live within a mile or two of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, either, I get to view some winners!

"Yellow Glow Within", watercolor painting, 4.5"x6.75" image in off-white 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






Wednesday, August 13, 2014

"Looking From Estes Park Towards Rocky Mountains National Park", unframed palette knife oil painting




Colorado is a state with many altitudes -- the eastern plains runs long and flat, high prairie, gradually climbing to the Mile High City and environs.  Denver is almost exactly a mile above sea level and one can tell this with the thinner air both in breathing in the oxygen and sunning -- you'll have a harder time with the breathing aspect and you'll burn to a crisp much more quickly!  We live right next to the foothills in Fort Collins, just over an hour north of Denver.  Driving up the Big Thompson Canyon to Estes Park, you'll see the fields, meadows and foliage before the great mountain peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park.  This is my (oil painting) take on it.  And there's a lot more to Colorado than just mountains.  More on that later.

"Looking From Estes Park Towards Rocky Mountains National Park", 10"x20"  unframed palette knife oil painting on canvas panel, $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, August 9, 2014

"Majestic", 4"x12" unframed palette knife oil painting





Having the Rocky Mountains to the west of us makes for some amazing sunsets, especially with the silhouette of the peaks below.  I love the dusks that have just a tinge of blue in them, more pinks, corals, yellows than anything.  I would have to say that they are "majestic"!

"Majestic", 4"x12" unframed palette knife oil painting on gallery wrapped canvas, available at Grand Lake Art Gallery in Grand Lake, Colorado 
(phone:  970-627-3104 for more information)

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

Thursday, August 7, 2014

"Opera Pink Hollyhocks", original watercolor painting






Isn't life just one big experiment, really?  As if I needed any new challenges!  My father painted in watercolors, one of my best friends does also, and I have decided to acquaint myself with this medium.  Game on, right?  I have never painted hollyhocks before, so this is a double whammy!  It's matted and ready to pop into a 10"x8" frame, put it on the nail in that wall....

"Opera Pink Hollyhocks", watercolor painting, 4.5"x6.75" image in off-white 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 2, 2014

"The Arches of Utah Beckon", 4"x12" unframed palette knife oil painting on gallery wrapped canvas





I love the red earth and blue skies of the West.  The U.S has so many varied regions in it but the wide open skies and the ruddy orange and vermillion tones of  Terra Firma speak to my memories.  I hope we go back to Utah soon and see the Arches, Capitol Reef, Zion and so on................

"The Arches of Utah Beckon", 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



Thursday, July 31, 2014

"Salmon on Green", 5"x7"' unframed palette knife oil painting





Well, I must say that as much as I love poppies, they can be a pain in the you know what to paint -- especially salmon colored gems!  However, I feel I did a decent job with this one, inspired by the neighbor from across the street and her garden!  A challenge, ad that is actually a good thing! 

"Salmon on Green", 5"x7" unframed palette knife oil painting on gessoed 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

Saturday, July 26, 2014

"As the Sun Slips Behind the Loire River" by Karla Nolan, 18"x24" unframed palette knife oil painting


A number of years ago my husband and I traveled through the Loire Valley to visit Amboise.  We settled in to our tiny room, rested from the ordeals of the car travel, and prepared to dine.  As we were walking towards our restaurant, the sun was just beginning to slip behind the river.  With patience and persistence, we saw the magnificent results of another day, reflections above and below the water line. 

"As the Sun Slips Behind the Loire River", 18"x24" unframed palette knife oil painting on canvas panel, $865 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, July 23, 2014

"Warm Hues of Utah", original watercolor painting




Well, sometimes you just have got to try something new and I did that today!  This is my first watercolor painting, it's tiny, 4"x4", and I gave it to my husband as a thank you for all of his support of me, particularly the last three difficult years.  I have always liked watercolor paintings and have been inspired by John Mendoza, Sibyl Stork, my own father, Alfred Koppel, and my dear friend, Melaney Hartman.  

Here's to many more fun times in watercolor (along with all the other media, of course!)

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



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




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



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

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