Mar 24, 2015

Spring Break Paintings

Flow Blue Cup with Daffodil,  Oil on 6"x6" Linen Panel
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Raspberries in Blue and White Cup,  Oil on 6"x6" Linen Panel
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Seckel Pear ,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
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Strawberries in Silver Cup,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
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Mar 18, 2015

Inspiration: Whistler and His More than 50 Shades of Grey

 
Paperwhites in Glass,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
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No, I have not read the book or watched the movie that so many have been discussing. Instead, I watched the movie, James McNeill Whistler: The Case for Beauty. It was gorgeous, funny, insightful and very inspiring. I truly connected to his concept of portraying things that are appealing and that beautify our living spaces. In paying homage to such beauty in greys, I thought to paint a couple of paintings using a limited color pallet. 

Mint Julep Cup with Cherry,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
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Red Pear with Pear Half,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
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Mar 3, 2015

Is it Spring Yet?

Book Collection: Chanel with Peonies,  Oil on 6"x8" Linen Panel
SOLD 
Private Collection in Yukon, Oklahoma
This year, I have several hundreds of little things to be awaiting impatiently-- I have taken beekeeping class this winter and will soon be venturing at taking good care of a couple of hives.
* Please, note that due to inclement weather, paintings will be shipped up to 10 days (instead of the usual 5) after the auction has ended, so that they may be shipped one days with the best possible weather conditions. 

Lemon with Leaf Still Life,  Oil on 6"x6" Linen Panel
SOLD

Private Collection in Chelmsford, MA
            My anticipation for Spring time grows even stronger it seems as the days get colder. I understand that it is so very selfish to complain about our cold Oklahoma weather and our bits of snow and ice here and there seeing how bad friends to the east of the country have had it this winter. However, on this very selfish note, I  miss the warm weather, flowers in the garden and leaves covering our naked trees. I miss flip flops and the winds that smell of sweet grass. I even miss arguing with the darn bunny that has made its home in the center of my little flower bed. 
Pearl Onions with Flow Blue Bowl,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
SOLD 

Private Collection in Solano, NM

Feb 24, 2015

Snow Day Paintings

Cream Hydrangeas in Silver,  Oil on 6"x6" Linen Panel
SOLD 
Private Collection in Rockford, IL
Roses in Chanel No. 5,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
SOLD 

Private Collection in Pearland, TX
Peonies in Blue and White Ginger Jar,  Oil on 6"x6" Linen Panel
SOLD 
Private Collection in Rockford, IL

Feb 17, 2015

February Paintings

Red Pear,  Oil on 6"x6" Linen Panel
SOLD
Private Collection in 
New Canaan, CT
Pink Tulips in Glass Bowl,  Oil on 6"x6" Linen Panel
SOLD
Private Collection in Rockford, IL

Feb 6, 2015

Romance in Red, Blue and White

Red Roses in Silver, Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
SOLD
Private Collection in Watchung, NJ
Old English Roses in Blue and White,  Oil on 6"x6" Linen Panel
SOLD
Private Collection in Ramer, AL 
Daisies in Cobalt Ink Bottle, Oil on 6"x6" Linen Panel
SOLD
Private Collection in Tacoma, WA

Jan 30, 2015

Collections

Book Collection: Chanel,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
SOLD

Private Collection in Lebanon, IN 
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Yellow Daffodils,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
SOLD

Private Collection in Chelmsford, MA

Jan 20, 2015

Paintings from My Kitchen

Radish and Marble,  Oil on 6"x6" Linen Panel
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Pearl Onions with Bowl,  Oil on 5"x 7" Linen Panel
SOLD

Private Collection in Solano, NM
Asparagus with Lemon,  Oil on 4"x6" Linen Panel
SOLD

Private Collection in Nantucket, MA
Blue Ribbon and Rose,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
SOLD

Jan 1, 2015

Being Daring in this New Year

Rose in Red,  Oil on 9"x12" Linen Panel
Private Collection 

Woohoo... Yes, daring! Me! It was 3am and I had a commission for a 9"x12" painting, which in itself is such a frightening thought to me. So, I took colors that were left on my palette from the previous day's paintings and played with the colors. I really REALLY loved the resulting colors and gestural strokes and didn't want to make a mess of it by fussing with it too much. However it was not "me" and so came the pink rose (also from the previous day's paintings. I'm very pleased with the results and fortunately so, is my wonderful and daring patron.
I always look forward to painting berries. They each have such a wide variation of color that I could stare at them and never tire. So, what to pair them with? Don't you think these sweet little antique bowls are perfect for pairing with them? 
We should all be a bit more daring this New Year.
Thank you for the lovely visit.
Hugs,
Carolina
Still Life Raspberries in Bowl,  Oil on 4"x6" Linen Panel
SOLD

Private Collector in Doddinghurst, UK
Berries with Bowl Still Life,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
SOLD

Private Collection in Lebanon, IN

Dec 30, 2014

Playing to Fix Painter's Block and Happy New Year!

Still Life with Antler and Rose,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
SOLD
Private Collection in New York, NY 

A combination of things has triggered an awful painter's block. I have several commission pieces that have being sitting waiting to either completed or just started all together. There have been many times when I struggled with a painting or two, but then I would go on with a new painting and that seemed to give me a better perspective when I went back to the previous ones. However, this has not been the case this time. No matter what painting I started, I couldn't finish it. So, I just stopped painting for a few weeks, which is very rare.

Of course I missed playing with my brushes and paints dearly. So, in order to "fix" this block, I decided to just place whatever I grabbed first from my curio cabinet and combine them with some pears and roses (my favorites) and use these as props for still lifes with no plan. It was surprising how well it worked. Now, to get to commissions. Happy New Years to you and yours and thank you for being such a lovely part of my 2014.

Still Life with Glass Bottle and Pears,  Oil on 6"x6" Linen Panel
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Bosc  Pear,  Oil on 4"x6" Linen Panel
SOLD

Private Collection in Council Bluffs, IA

Dec 7, 2014

"Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans."

Peonies in  Glass,  Oil on 6"x8" Linen Panel
NFS
I hope your Autumn has been a lovely one and that winter plans are going smoothly.
As most likely it is for you, things have been busy and just when I am ready for a break something happens that puts a wrench in my plans. This time it was a strange damage to my wrist along bruising to my arm, which I am still not sure how I did it, but my thoughts are that it was all due to my raging war on the squirrels. I've been waiting to plant Rembrandt tulips, but every time I plant them, the bulbs are enjoyed instead by the squirrels. So, I purchase metal netting that was denser and stronger than chicken wire. So, I had to cut out the pieces, pull wire out in some places to form holes, so the plants would peak out of them and fold them down on the sides. I remember my hand hurting then, but I finished the job. A couple of days later, I started to feel the pain and the bruises started moving along the side of my arm. YUCK! It feels much better now and I am able to sit and paint without much pain. Arg those squirrels. :)

This wrench to my plans made me slow down and take a much needed break- a time to reflect, read, enjoy a few movies and just be. It was lovely.
I am so thankful for all your support and encouragement. You've helped made my year feel very successful.
I am starting a few paintings at $25.99 as my late "Black Friday".
Bittersweet with Chestnut,  Oil on 4"x6" Linen Panel
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Hero in Black,  Oil on 4"x6" Linen Panel
SOLD

Nov 2, 2014

Happy November

Pink Peonies in Green Glass,  Oil on 4"x6" Linen Panel
SOLD
Private Collection in Ramer, AL
Mint Julep Cup with Pomegranate Still Life,  Oil on 6"x6" Linen Panel
SOLD
Pumpkins and Sunflowers,  Oil on 6"x6" Linen Panel
SOLD

Oct 23, 2014

Celebrating the Warmth of Fall Colors

Seckel Pears,  Oil on 4"x6" Linen Panel
SOLD
Private Collection in Nantucket, MA  USA
Cinderella Pumpkin with Sunflower,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
SOLD

Private Collection in Hackettstown, NJ USA
Candle on Silver Holder,  Oil on 4"x6" Linen Panel
SOLD

Private Collection in Parker, TX USA

Oct 16, 2014

Hello, Fall!

Hayley's Wedding Flowers,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
COMMISSION
October Roses in Glass,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
SOLD

Private Collection in Pearland, Texas USA
Peonies in Silver Vase,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
SOLD
Private Collection in Del Mar, California USA

Sep 22, 2014

Going BIG!.... Sort of.

Tea with Chanel,  Oil on 6"x8" Linen Panel
SOLD
Private Collection in Del Mar, California USA
I working on painting on large canvases. However after years of jewelry making and learning to paint miniatures, I found it to be a challenge, but a very rewarding one. The painting above is one of my "large" paintings. This happened as a need to fit all the objects being painted. The vase with roses was just too large to get the detail I needed into a smaller panel. The tea cup is one of my favorites Tiffany and Co. collection. I love it's simplicity with just a touch of gold. Thank you for the kind visit to my blog. I hope you had a lovely time.
Roses in Silver Cup,  Oil on 6"x6" Linen Panel
SOLD 

Private Collection in Houston, Texas USA
Pink Rose in Glass Vase,  Oil on 4"x6" Linen Panel
SOLD 
Private Collection in Houston, Texas USA