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
 

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Friday, September 19, 2014

"Delicate Arch, Utah", watercolor painting in 8"x10" mat





There are many arches in The Arches National Monument outside of Moab, Utah, but this maybe the most famous.  Cliffs, arches, trails abound.  Bright blue skies overhead, red rocks, earth below, as well as ochres, yellows, golds, oranges.. It's a bit like a different planet and, of course, well worth the visit.  Amazing what Mama Nature does!


"Delicate Arch, Utah", watercolor painting, approximately 3.5"x4.5" image in off-white mat to fit 8"x10" frame, $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, September 16, 2014

"Peppy Pansies", original watercolor painting matted to 8"x10"



Just less than a week until autumn officially begins.  Hard to believe, this summer has flown by!  The pansies will thrive for a little while longer, thankfully.  These were not the easiest to paint, the colors varied so much in the petals.  They are a fine reminder of warm weather, I believe. 

"Peppy Pansies", watercolor painting, approximately 3.5"x4.5" image in off-white mat to fit 18"x10" frame, $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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Saturday, September 13, 2014

"Sunny Day Cliffs of Moher", original watercolor miniature painting matted to 5"x7"




The Cliffs of Moher are among Ireland's most famous sights.  Traveling up the coast to see them, they were was so covered in fog we couldn't get into the parking lot (we couldn't really see anything!).  The next day we attempted again to visit the cliffs and this time succeeded in our quest.  There wasn't as much sun that day as there is denoted in the above watercolor painting, but it was an exhilarating experience being so close to the cliffs and the water.  Highly recommended!

"Sunny Day Cliffs of Moher", original watercolor and ink miniature painting matted to 5"x7", $54 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 12, 2014

"Sunset Waves", 4"x12" unframed palette knife oil painting




There just is nothing much more satisfying than seeing a sunset over the Rocky Mountains here in Colorado.  They are favorites for painting material, of course, and I just never grow weary of them.  You never know what you'll see and it occasionally seems to be raining color! 

"Sunset Waves", 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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Saturday, September 6, 2014

"Cherished Travel Memory: Red Mountain", 8"x12" watercolor matted to 12"x16"





The southwestern portion of Colorado has many beautiful passes and colorful, high mountains, but this is absolutely my favorite:  Red Mountain.  It is between Silverton and Ouray, on the road to the Million Dollar Highway and Durango, as well as the always fascinating Anasazi ruins at Mesa Verde.  Red Mountain is loaded with iron ore, surrounded by evergreens and aspens; there is no bad view of it.  (I love it, can you tell?)

"Cherished Travel Memory:  Red Mountain", watercolor painting approximately 8"x12 " image in white mat to fit 12"x16" frame, $145 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, September 4, 2014

"Shy", framed, matted 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 7"x5" (mat size) work for $95, 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


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

"Beachy Head Revisited", 14"x11" unframed palette knife oil painting





This painting is a larger version of a previous palette knife oil painting.  I guess I was just practicing the first time, right?  This part of England is absolutely beautiful, as are many other areas, but I was surprised at how hot and humid it was! One can look across the English Channel towards France.   Many folks were strolling up and down the edges of these white cliffs and we were lucky enough to find an ice cream stand near the top of this particular section.  They certainly were steep cliffs, glad I had the nerve to look over the edge and not fall!  Whew! 

"Beachy Head Revisited", 14"x11" unframed palette knife oil painting, $300 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, August 29, 2014

"Dark Hills, Bright Skies", palette knife and brush watercolor painting, matted to fit 8"x10" frame





This is another experimental piece in watercolor using both brush and palette knives.  Always up for a new challenge, eh?  The paper is a bit rougher than others I've tried, hence the more textured sky.  Bottom line:  I AM HAVING FUN!

 "Dark Hills, Bright Skies",  palette knife and brush watercolor painting, approximately 5"x7" image in beige mat to fit 8"x10" frame, $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, August 26, 2014

"Snowflakes and Moonlight", watercolor painting in 10"x8" mat




One thing I'm learning about watercolor painting, you need to have an adventurous and experimental nature!  I wasn't sure how this one would turn out but am happy with it -- it reminds me of wintertime when the snow is flying -- but with a full moon, of course!  Pop it into a frame, hang in on the wall, all the matting work is finished for you!  (The "suede" mat is a paler blue-grey than it might show in the photo.)

"Snowflakes and Moonlight", watercolor painting, approximately 3.5"x4.5" image in blue-grey "suede" 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
 
 

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

"Chicken Little Was Right (Colorado Sunset)", matted watercolor painting






If memory serves me correctly, Chicken Little believed that the sky was falling.  Well, in this case, it appears to be happening.  This is how the sun sets in our fair state of Colorado some evenings!  

"Chicken Little Was Right (Colorado Sunset)", watercolor painting, 7.5"x9.75" image in off-white mat to fit 11"x14" frame, $145 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, 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



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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



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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



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