Inspired by J.M.W. Turner, Georgia O'Keefe, Massimo Cruciani, Edgar Degas and many others, I am pleased to be an artist painting in oils (palette knife and brush), soft pastels, paintings on glass and now watercolors. My landscapes are driven by my travel memories. My flowers are inspired by the actual thing -- I once had a pressed and dried flower business. And my skies -- my hero is Turner. What more can I say?
My motto: "Life is short, use color!" I hope you enjoy my show.
There is nothing like fresh produce. Grown in the region, picked at the height of ripeness -- I enjoy going to the local farmers' markets during the warm months around here in northern Colorado. Can you imagine my delight when we went to Provence, France, specifically Gordes this day, and saw this absolutely incredible vegetable stand just waiting for the picking and photographing? Lavender, eggplants, different types of tomatoes, fennel, onions, and so on....yum, a meal in the making, both in the kitchen and in the art studio. This painting honestly took at eternity to paint and I learned much by trial and error. I hope you enjoy viewing it as much as I did painting it! Au revoir for now!
"Vegetable Stand, Gordes, Provence, France", 12"x16" palette knife and brush oil painting on gessoed panel, sold unframed, $385, Paypal, s/h to be determined at time of sale, write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information
Walking down a flight of stairs and then directly outdoors from the bed and breakfast in Venice, there was a small canal -- not like the Grand Canal where the vaporettos run (like buses on water) -- just a small side street, if you will. Here floated a small yellow boat, next to an old red brick building, under the red geraniums, waiting, waiting, waiting for its owner to take it further out onto the water -- maybe owner would be planning to pick up some groceries, get to work, meet up with friends? I'll never know, but it was a Venetian sort of comfort to see this yellow vehicle ready for the day....
"Yellow Boat Waiting, Venice, Italy", 8"x6" miniature oil painting on canvas, $95 includes s/h in the continental U.S.
Paypal preferred, write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information -- as always, thank you for looking!
Recently we traveled to Northern Italy and stayed at a B&B in Plesio, on Lake Como (Lago di Como in Italian, the most musical of languages). I was quite surprised at the size of the lake, miles longer than I dreamed it would be. My husband does all the research and makes the reservations for dwellings on our trips, I'm sort of like the little puppy dog, tagging along. Mind you, I do make my special requests periodically, but I'm a perfectly happy camper with him lining things up. Maybe I'm lazy. Naaah!
Piero and Fiametta were the most wonderful, gracious hosts at their bed and breakfast. This was our view from the front door of our one bedroom apartment. It was breathtaking! Piero also paints and Fiametta is an avid and enthusiastic cook. We had the most splendid of times in Northern Italy, close to the Alps. I hope I've done this one evening justice and conveyed to you the warmth of that special time.
"Dusk on Lake Como", 5"x7" unframed oil painting on canvas, $70 includes s/h in continental U.S., contact me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information, Paypal preferred
Oh, this was just so much fun to paint -- and to research! I'm a lucky lady, my husband and I went to Italy, to the Piedmont region where the nebbia grapes grow and Barolo wines originate. We walked around this tiny little village for a bit -- it's really small, so we didn't walk at that long -- and came to the edge of the town by the stone wall. There it was, the moon, in its full glory during the day. The hills were distant, the next town over just shone, and I was just glad to be where I was at the moment, with my sweetheart and in Italy. What more could a woman want? (Other than homemade Italian food and drop dead wonderful wines, of course!)
"Castiglione Falletto and the Full Moon", 8"x6" palette knife and brush oil painting on canvas, $95 includes s/h in continental U.S., Paypal accepted, e-mail me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more info....thanks for looking!
A number of years ago I painted "Poppy Progress" in pastel. This depicted the early stages of the poppy pod, on to the bud stage just before the flower opened, and then the fully opened poppy itself. I decided to try this again, but in a more complex layout. This time the subject is: lily pads.
My husband and I traveled to Maui a number of years ago and addition to touring the Road to Hana, going to a luau, and being touristy, we also visited a tropical garden. This was my very first viewing of lily pads and, although I have painted them onto glass, I don't believe I ever attempted to paint them in oil. I must say, it was a very difficult, challenging task but, as it came together over many hours, I feel that it worked. Yaay!
"Lily Pad Progress", 12"x16" palette knife, brush, oil painting on gessoed panel, $385 plus s/h to be determined, write me at KarlaNolan@mail.com for more information. Thanks for looking!
Flowers are so much fun and yet so challenging to paint. We've only grown dahlias here and there, in fact it's been years since we've planted them in our garden. Now that I've finished this painting, I may just have to look into making this effort again, as I fell in love with all the colors in this particular flower. More dreams of spring, although it's not even winter. Can you tell my favorite season?
"Dazzling Dahlia", 8"x10" palette knife and brush oil painting on linen panel, $160 includes s/h in continental U.S., write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information...and thanks for looking!
Honesty is important. This image just showed up in my mind one day and I decided to paint it. I have no "reference" other than my memory. Mind you, I see so many sunsets...they seem to merge together, show up, and I need to apply them to a canvas! Does that make sense? It does to me -- looking at classical art (such as Cassat, Monet, Manet, Picasso, Degas...you get the gist), up and coming/contemporary art (Kassan, Edmondson, Vlandereen, Tyler, Hartman)...ar this just seems to come togetherr in some sort of seed form and it evolves from there in my head....I don't want to copy anyone, just want to be myself, in my own realm, no imitation (although, yes, that is flattering, but not for me!)....So, just ride along, please, and enjoy the show as much as you can!
"Soft Tinged Mountain Dusk, 8"x10" oil painting on linen canvas, palette knife, brush, $160 includes s/h in the continental U.S., write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information, thanks for looking!
Okay, I'll be brutally honest here. I have painted this scene before, a number of times, in fact. I never tire of it. Between Silverton and Durango, Colorado, sits Red Mountain Pass. My husband and I went through here in the mid-1970s and have been here since that long time ago. The falls here in the Rocky Mountains are different from Back East. The aspens tends to flutter around in their vibrant gold and yellow tones, rarely orange or red, but that does occur occasionally. The skies are bright blue, the underbrush turning hues of ochre. I love this time of year, be it on the plains, the foothills, or the mountains of my sweet state. I hope you get the feeling of autumn, before the high piles of snow, blizzards, and cold just around the bend.
"Red Mountain Colorado Fall", 7"x5" palette knife and brush oil painting on canvas panel,
$70 includes s/h in the continental U.S., Paypal accepted, contact me
at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more info -- and thanks for looking!
Oh, this was just so much fun to paint! After an 18 month absence, I was a bit unnerved about the prospect of putting palette knife into oil, never mind onto canvas, but I have always enjoyed seeing irises in springtime, so I thought, why not? The colors are just vivid as can be and with the prospect of winter around the corner, we all need a bit of cheer!
"Abstracted Iris Trio", 4"x6" palette knife oil painting on linen panel, $48 includes s/h in the continental U.S., Paypal accepted, contact me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more info -- and thanks for looking!
Skies fascinate me. Living near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, I've seen many beautiful sunset over the mountains. This particular evening I was standing and looking in an easterly direction, by the trail which begins at the end of our street. Some dusks appear in layers, it seems, and the moon was almost full this January evening. Twilight seemed to be sparkling through the leafless branches, the air was chilled, the quiet of nighttime just minutes away.
"January Moonrise", 14"x11" unframed oil painting, $300 plus s/h to be determined, write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information. Thanks for looking!
Well, we waited a very long time to take our dream trip to Israel. I'll admit it, I was rattled by the thought of going to a nation which is surrounded by other countries who aren't so fond of it -- but once I was on the airplane, I calmed down considerably. Accept your fate, nothing's going to happen, you'll never get to do this again, not rationalizations but reality. We stayed five nights in Jerusalem in a section named Yemin Moshe, one of the most beautiful parts of the world I've ever seen, full of old stone buildings, old stone pathways and steps, and flowers blooming everywhere, particularly my all time favorite, bougainvillea.
As you can see from the painting, we saw a wide range of colors in the Dead Sea -- and, yes, we did float in it, very buoyant feeling there. The little tour bus full of English speaking folks from all over the world made its way past the Dead Sea to Masada, another painting subject for the future. All I can say is, I am thrilled that we finally made it to the other side of the world, a place in which I felt safe every day and inspired by the young men and women in uniform, the religious and archaeological sites and a world class museum filled with Pissaro, Cezanne, Van Gogh and Judaica from centuries gone by.
While in Israel, we visited my cousins, visited the tunnels under the Western Wall, visited the Lower and the Upper Galilee, and had a marvelous time with one of my best friends from high school, Rachael, and her dear husband, Harvey. Life is so short, go see your friends and relatives, okay????
"Dead Sea Colors", 8"x10" oil painting, $160 includes s/h in continental U.S., Paypal accepted, write KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information -- thanks for looking!
Well, folks, I'm finally back!!!! What a haul it has been, rather unbelievable. I was diagnosed with Stage One breast cancer in the spring of 2011 and, boy, did it take a toll on me and my family...I sympathize and empathize with anyone who has been afflicted with this disease or any other form of cancer, of course.
It was the week before last that I resumed painting -- 22 hours of cleaning out odds and ends from my modest art studio preceded the return to art work. It has been both fun and challenging trying to remember how to proceed in producing a piece of art, so bear with me, if you would!
"Venice Canal Twilight", 6"x4", oil on linen panel, unframed, $48 includes s&h, please contact me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information