Saturday, January 30, 2016

"Crimson Fields" by Karla Nolan, watercolor and ink painting






After a small hiatus, I am back.  Life can get pretty busy sometimes, but I have a bright outlook!  This painting is just a sentimental remembrance of the endless poppy fields which I love so much, what, a trip down memory lane in the fields of Italy or France in the springtime!

"Crimson Fields", 8.25"x11.5" watercolor and ink (unmatted), $150 which includes s/h in continental U.S., contact me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information, Paypal accepted

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

"Quartet" by Karla Nolan, original watercolor and ink painting on paper






I feel that you can see the past, present and future in this poppy painting.  Fitting for the season, eh?  The seeds have formed from the flower having bloomed, ready to throw to the next generation.  The poppies are in various stages of bloom and there are a couple of buds just ready to burst open!  Ah, Mama Nature strikes again!

"Quartet", 9.5"x7.5" watercolor and ink (unmatted), $115 which includes s/h in continental U.S., contact me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information, Paypal accepted

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

"Poppies Times Eight" by Karla Nolan, original framed and matted watercolor and ink painting





Here's another original watercolor and ink painting to show you from my recent show at the sweetest shop in town here in Fort Collins, Colorado!  Mind you, we are going on 12" of snow here in town, which makes me ache for spring!  Anyway, feel free to touch base with EsScentuals for more information on this little painting.

"Poppies Times Eight"", original 5"x7" watercolor and ink painting, matted and framed as shown, $75, contact EsScentuals at 970-484-7862 for more information

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Saturday, December 12, 2015

"Mountain Forecast" by Karla Nolan palette knife oil painting on canvas







Inspired by looking out my northern Colorado windows!  This is what has been happening all day, snow, snow, and more snow on the way.  I guess it's winter!

"Mountain Forecast" 18"x24" palette knife oil painting on canvas, $750 includes s/h in continental U.S., Paypal accepted, contact me for more information at KarlaNolan@gmail.com

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

"One Poppy" by Karla Nolan, framed and matted original watercolor painting





 Just a single red poppy on the background of happy dots, this original watercolor and ink painting on paper is already framed and matte and ready to hang on the wall!  This is another artwork from my "Poppy Love" show at EsScentuals here in Fort Collins, Colorado, the loveliest store in town.

"One Poppy", original 10"x8" watercolor and ink painting, matted and framed as shown, $125, contact EsScentuals at 970-484-7862 for more information

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

"Happy Fields" by Karla Nolan, original framed and matted watercolor and ink painting




This is a wonderfully priced framed and matted artwork available at EsScentuals in Fort Collins, Colorado, owned by beautifully designed by my dear friend, Meg.  It is, of course, depicting my dearly loved Italian and French poppy fields and will, as the title attests, make you happy (I hope)!

"Happy Fields" original 5"x7" watercolor and ink painting, matted and framed as shown, $75 contact EsScentuals at 970-484-7862 for more information

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

"Orange Skies, Yellow Moon" by Karla Nolan, palette knife oil painting


 A full moon in orange skies with mountains in the foreground, this is a small palette knife oil painting that was a delight to paint.  I love the skies, the moon, the sun, the mountains and I'm on a mission to share that appreciation with you!

"Orange Skies, Yellow Moon", 6"x8" palette knife oil painting on canvas, $90 includes s/h in continental U.S., Paypal accepted, contact me for more information at KarlaNolan@gmail.com

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

"Poppy Field Near Trevi, Italy" by Karla Nolan, original watercolor and ink painting on paper





 From the moon to the poppy fields again (my last blog was a lunar blog) -- we were near this field but above it when we first saw it, standing near a wall in Trevi, Italy.  Visiting in May, the delightful red flowers were everywhere and we drove all around so I could get some reference photos.  Luckily we were successful in navigating to this field, so here you go, some more poppies from me to you!

"Poppy Field Near Trevi, Italy", 5.5"x8.5" watercolor (unmatted), $85 which includes s/h in continental U.S., contact me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information, Paypal accepted

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Monday, November 23, 2015

"Flying to The Moon" by Karla Nolan, palette knife oil painting on gallery wrapped canvas





Some more lunar fun.  This is a sizeable painting, perfect for over that sofa that needs freshening.  And who says a moon can't be pink?  Hints of waterfalls, obvious mountains, a bit more rugged terrain maybe?  Drifty atmosphere in the sky....and so on.
"Flying to The Moon", 24"x36" palette knife oil painting on gallery wrapped canvas, $1250, Paypal accepted, contact me for more information at KarlaNolan@gmail.com

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Friday, November 20, 2015

"Poppies at Paestum (Italy)" by Karla Nolan, original watercolor and ink painting




 Located in the southern part of Italy are ancient Greek ruins and, what else, poppies growing near them!  They are a marvelous site to see, the combination of blue skies, cypress, the actual Greek ruins surrounded by field stone walls, and the bright red poppies, seemingly unfazed by history long gone by.  Visit this extraordinary site if you can, you won't regret it.

"Poppies at Paestum (Italy)", 8.5"x5.5" watercolor (unmatted), $85 which includes s/h in continental U.S., contact me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information, Paypal accepted

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Friday, November 6, 2015

"Carmine Hills" by Karla Nolan, original watercolor painting on paper




 You know, sometimes simpler just seems to be better and in the case of this watercolor painting, it seems to work!  Almost pure color, although at a close up view you'll see different hues and shades of reds.  Ah, I just love color!

"Carmine Hills", 10.5"x4.75" watercolor (unmatted), $95 which includes s/h in continental U.S., contact me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information, Paypal accepted

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

"Vermilion Hills" by Karla Nolan, watercolor on paper



This painting is something of a compilation of the many poppy fields I've seen in both Italy and France.  Lots of red, wouldn't you say?  How can these beautiful flowers not make one smile?  I love seeing them!

"Vermilion Hills", 9.5"x4.75" watercolor (unmatted), $85 which includes s/h in continental U.S., contact me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information, Paypal accepted

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Friday, October 30, 2015

"Poppies for D" by Karla Nolan, watercolor and ink painting on paper




Yes, more poppies!  Experimental for me, as watercolor always is and will be (hard to control the water part of it!), I started this painting in Rome and finished it in Fort Collins, having a great time in the meantime!  More coming, as I really do enjoy playing with the colors and the ink outlines.  
 
"Poppies for D", 5"x8.5" watercolor and ink painting on paper, SOLD but commissions accepted, contact me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information, Paypal accepted

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

"Seaside Moon" by Karla Nolan, 8"x10" palette knife oil painting




Many moons ago (no pun intended!), I visited my dear friend Missy in Newport, Rhode Island.  We went to a golf club for dinner that had quite the view, very reflective as the sun descended over the water.  This is my attempt to capture a sliver of time during that sundown.  I like it.  I hope you do, also.  By the way, I do not play golf, have no ambition to do so, as I know how my right arm would hate me, it already does from painting!  

"Seaside Moon, 8"x10" palette knife oil painting on canvas panel, Paypal accepted, contact me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

"Lilac Skies, Full Moon and Mountains" by Karla Nolan, palette knife oil painting




 A return (again!) to the Lunar-tique series.  I had a very difficult time capturing the colors of the sky while photographing this particular artwork but finally feel that they are representative of this piece.  It's always hard to get exactly the right shades for the skies and incorporate other elements accurately but I didn't go for accuracy with this moon.  I prefer the imagination!

"Lilac Skies, Full Moon and Mountains", 16"x20" palette knife oil painting on canvas panel, Paypal accepted, contact me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com

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Friday, October 16, 2015

"Near Najac, France" by Karla Nolan, watercolor painting (unmatted)





It was May of 2013, a very difficult time in life as my father had passed away.  We escaped to France.  May is poppy month and we were fortunate enough to be able to view the many coquelicot fields around this little village, Najac.  Seeing these happy hills of red soothed my shattered nerves a bit.  Looking back, I recall the emotions of losing a beloved person, those feelings never leave.  But France helped.

"Near Najac, France", 9"x6.5" watercolor (unmatted), contact me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information, Paypal accepted

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Monday, October 12, 2015

"Papaveri Trio" by Karla Nolan, matted watercolor and ink painting





Yup, still at it with the watercolor and ink paintings.  My neck hates me, though.  I am more accustomed to standing, hopefully straight, and painting with a palette knife on canvas.  I just have been enjoying this media, remembering my dad's passion for painting with watercolor and ink, not the same subject matter, but the memories are great.  And you know me, I can't get enough of bright red poppies! 

"Papaveri Trio", approximately 4"x6" watercolor and ink painting matted in an off-white 8"x10" mat, contact me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information, Paypal accepted

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Friday, October 9, 2015

"Italy: Cypress and Poppies" by Karla Nolan, watercolor and ink painting







Fond memories of Italy again, irresistible!  I cannot speak the Italian language except for basic phrases (grazie, prego, bellissima) and, while I can remember an occasional phrase for a short while, I have all but given up learning this Latin based lingo.  However, my friend Patrizia is encouraging me to learn a bit more and I'm enjoying a book or two written by Tim Parks (an English gentleman who has lived and worked in Italy for 30 years) in which I can pick up a phrase here and there.  The moral of this story:  (1) never give up on learning something new and (2) visit Italy, for goodness sakes, do you know what you are missing?

"Italy: Cypress and Poppies", 7"x5" watercolor and ink painting matted in an off-white 8"x10" mat, contact me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information, Paypal accepted

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

"Roman Holiday Poppies" by Karla Nolan, matted watercolor and ink painting





There's no better time than the present, or so I thought while staying recently in Italy.  I picked up those watercolors and ink pens, put my mind to it, and produced these poppies.  Quite a switch from my recent lunar mindset, eh?  What fun I had!

"Roman Holiday Poppies", 5"x7" watercolor and ink painting matted in an off-white 8"x10" mat, contact me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information, Paypal accepted

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

"Coral Moon Behind Mountains" by Karla Nolan, palette knife oil painting




Wow!  Talk about synchronicity and timing and such!  The blood moon that occurred in recent days is all over the media and, amazingly, I am still in my lunar-tique phase, as you may have noticed from recent posts.  This painting is especially experimental, with the unusual lower mountains.  Challenging to paint, I'll say, but I am enjoying the final result.  What do you think?

"Coral Moon Behind Mountains", 11"14" palette knife oil painting on gessoed panel, Paypal accepted, contact me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com

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Monday, September 14, 2015

"Moonrise" by Karla Nolan, palette knife oil painting on gallery wrapped canvas


 Several months ago I was contacted by a woman who had located my artworks on-line.  She had looked for some time for an artist to fulfill her vision of a moon rising over mountains and she found me!  Well, to be honest, I was a bit skeptical, as she informed me that she didn't want a lot of color in this painting.  I wasn't sure I could go without a lot of color, as that is sort of my trademark, but I thought about it and decided to stretch my boundaries.  We stayed in touch and gradually worked through quite the process, as it was also the largest painting I have done.  It was thrilling to have this experience and you might have noticed, if you read my blogs, that I am still in the throes of being obsessed by moons rising over the horizon!  Thank you, Deborah, this has been such a worthwhile and fun effort!

"Moonrise", 36"x48" palette knife oil painting on gallery wrapped canvas, sold, commissions accepted  Paypal, contact me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com

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Friday, August 28, 2015

"Golden Moon" by Karla Nolan, palette knife oil painting on linen panel




Another in my "Lunar"tique series, this is the golden moon we see in our Rocky Mountain skies on occasion.  Of course, no two moonrises are the same and we are due for a full moon this weekend.  Perhaps it will look something like this painting!

"Golden Moon", 8"x10" palette knife oil painting on linen panel, contact me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information, Paypal accepted

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Monday, August 24, 2015

"Lady Moon" by Karla Nolan, palette knife oil painting


Another painting in my "Lunar" Series, this has a more feminine quality to it, hence the name "Lady Moon".  I'm experimenting with different colors and palette knife styles, in addition to playing with various media to hasten drying or remove paint.  Isn't life just one big experiment, in some sense?  Not to get too heavy here....

"Lady Moon", 11"x14" palette knife oil painting on gessoed panel, contact me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information, Paypal accepted

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Friday, August 21, 2015

"My Very Own Moonrise" by Karla Nolan, gallery wrapped oil painting


Well, it has been quite the summer, most unusual.  I'll spare you the details.  I have returned to painting finally and am writing my first blog since late May.  

A client contacted me a number of months ago to ask if I would paint a three foot by four foot moonrise painting.  I was astonished, as I have never painted such a large work, but gathered steam and enthusiasm and completed the chore at hand with great delight.  It was a wonderful experience stepping out of my comfort zone, as much of the painting was different hues and toes of grays.  I'm the color lady, normally!  Suffice it to say, I learned a lot!  I'll be posting a jpeg of that painting soon. (This is the first of the "Lunar Series" I'm showing.)

I was so happy with the result that my husband and I decided that we needed a moonrise painting, also.  It's been quite a while since I attempted anything for our own house, but here is the result.  I'm happy!  No, it's not for sale.  Sorry!  

"My Very Own Moonrise", 24"x36" gallery wrapped canvas oil painting, primarily palette knife

Friday, May 22, 2015

"Happy" by Karla Nolan, framed watercolor painting




"Happy" is a small framed in gold, matted in off-white, watercolor painting of just that, a very happy red poppy.  One of my favorite subjects to paint, I have seen a few red oriental poppies blooming around town.  It has been so rainy, so wet, so soggy here, I'm amazed that they've dared to open, sans sun!

Should you be interested in purchasing this 7"x5" (mat/framed size) work for $95, please call Meg at 970-484-7862 or visit EsScentuals when you are in town at 142 South College, in the heart of downtown Fort Collins, Colorado.  Tell her Karla sent you! 

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

Saturday, May 16, 2015

"Solo" by Karla Nolan, unframed oil pastel painting


I don't know if you've noticed but SPRING IS HERE!  Hooray!  That means iris and I really like iris.  So does my husband, we have them planted all over the garden.  This is my second oil pastel painting and I'm pleased with how it turned out, although there is so much to learn in this medium.  Whew!  Art means never stop learning..............that doesn't sound right, but you get the idea, right?

"Solo", 12"x9" unframed oil pastel painting on sanded paper, write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information


"Classic Venice Dusk" by Karla Nolan, unframed miniature palette knife oil painting


This is a little painting, miniature, just something to remind me of the beauty of Venice, Italy.  There's no other place like it, positively mesmerizing.

"Classic Venice Dusk", 4"x4" unframed miniature palette knife oil painting on panel, write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information


Saturday, May 9, 2015

"Santa Fe Doors: Yellow Door in Wooded Area" by Karla Nolan, matted watercolor painting


A brief return to my matted, watercolor Santa Fe doors series. I thought that a yellow door might cheer me up with all of this wretched rainy weather here in Colorado.  Adobe and yellow wood, with woods behind.  A bit mysterious, don't you think?  Especially in Santa Fe with all of the red and turquoise around.  Out of the ordinary.

"Santa Fe Doors: Yellow Door in Wooded Area", matted watercolor and ink painting, approximately 4.5"x3.5" image in off-white mat to fit 10"x8" frame,  write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information

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


Friday, May 8, 2015

"Vibrance" by Karla Nolan, unframed palette knife oil painting






Another Colorado Rocky Mountain sunset, this with particularly vibrant colors, hence the name! This one is big enough, once framed, for a fireplace mantel!  More of my "I Love Colorado!" series.

"Vibrance", 18"x24" unframed palette knife oil painting on panel, write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information


Saturday, May 2, 2015

"Another Look at Red Mountain" by Karla Nolan, unframed oil pastel painting




My first attempt at painting with oil pastels.  A repeat subject.  Red Mountain the southwestern part of the state of Colorado.  I painted with soft pastels for years and occasionally yearn to return to them.  However, oil pastels beckoned because we were going on vacation and they were easier to haul.  Yet another experiment for me.  And since I am crazy over this particular subject, it was a fun and very educational experience.  I just love Colorado!

"Another Look at Red Mountain", 12"x9" unframed oil pastel painting on sanded paper, write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information


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