Sunday, May 29, 2011

Karen Tarlton Original oil painting City Lights abstract impressionism palette knife art

City Lights

Dedicated to all our service men and women....."the land of the free because of the brave".
Hope everyone has a great Memorial day weekend!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Karen Tarlton Original oil painting "Rain Dance"

Rain Dance
I feel like dancing in the rain today!  Just in a great is good.
I hope this whimsical little painting brings a smile!   Check out this link.  I am so honored to be the featured artist in this beautiful gallery in Florida.  Lots of beautiful art in this gallery!

"One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks." ~Jack Penn

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Art Train Reception

The Art Train was a success!  We loaded at least 150 people on the Nevada State Railroad Historic train to shop for art to benefit the High School students of Nevada Scholarship Fund for the arts. We cruised along for a desert tour and watched the sunset, while drinking wine and enjoying the sites.  Just wonderful!

My silent auction item "The Power of Three" went to this lovely couple....great bidders!
I was delighted to take part and hope to participate next year as well!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Karen Tarlton Original oil painting - Abstract Spring Rain

TWO LARGE 24x30 canvases.  I love these because they can be arranged so many different ways and even look great hung individually!
I am painting more and more abstracts every chance I get!  Love them hanging in my home and I love painting them....thanks for checking in and hope to hear from you!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Hydrangeas by Karen Tarlton



One of my favorite flowers! There are so many beautiful almost irridecent colors in this flower that it is perfect to paint. I love how it changes color as the summer progresses. My 30 year old plant in Arlington VA changes from pink to blue and the blooms are the size of cabbages!
Lots of rich thick oil on this for added texture!

"The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life." ~William Faulkner

Monday, May 16, 2011

Karen Tarlton Original oil painting Sunlit Meadow Palette knife art

Sunlit Meadow

I am very pleased with this one.  I have an art show coming up and have been painting as many of my favorite type of landscapes as possible in the last few weeks.  this particular painting might be a bit large for the show so I'll need to work on a few smaller paintings!

The art show is in Boulder City on a real train!  It's called the art train and the proceeds are to benefit the Silver Sage Foundation for high school students in the Visual arts!

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Mark Twain

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Karen Tarlton Original oil painting Spring Birds and Blooms - impasto palette knife


It's getting warmer around here and the birds are out and about making lots of nests and lots of noise and I love it!  Flowers are blooming and everything is turning green. 
This painting is influenced by nature and has unique texture and design.  Available's almost dry!

Karen Tarlton Original oil painting Big Sur California

Large 24x30

I love this painting and love this place!  The iceplant was in full bloom when I visited a few weeks ago and I took full advantage!  Beautiful cliffs and the sound of surf call to be painted and so I painted it large and rich in texture! 

Just watched the news tonight and although I'm sitting here in dry as a bone thoughts are with all my friends in the South along that raging Mississippi!  God bless!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Karen Tarlton Original oil painting California Golden Coast

Title:  California Golden Coast

Painted purely with palette knife after my trip to Monterey and Santa Barbara.  Beautiful coastline lit up with blooming iceplant and cypress trees in Monterey and lovely Eucalyptus trees in Santa Barbara.  Lots of texture and color and a beautiful place!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Karen Tarlton Original oil painting - Beach Baby - impasto palette knife oil


I'm feeling nostalgic this Mother's Day eve.   My girls are all grown up....18 and 16  and I don't know whether to cry for joy for what wonderful young women they have become, or sob in sadness for the fact that they are young women and not my little babies anymore.

I'm sure I'm not the only mother with this story and these empty nest feelings.  Our oldest is off to college in a few months.  So this is the long winded inspiration for my new series of Summer beach baby paintings!  Makes me happy to paint these and I'm hoping they make someone else smile too.  Many more in the works, but this is one of my favorites!!

Happy Mother's Day!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Karen Tarlton Original oil painting - California Surfing - impasto art

California Surfing

I painted this after my recent trip to San Diego over Spring break!  Lots of great surfing all along the coast and great sight seeing too!
Painted super thick and chunky!  Sides are painted so it's ready to hang!

"I am an artist… I am here to live out loud." Emile Zola

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Karen Tarlton Original oil painting Paris Night

Paris Night
“There is one thing one has to have: either a soul that is cheerful by nature, or a soul made cheerful by work, love, art, and knowledge.”
Paris.....ooh la la!!!!  Love to use bold color and thick chunky impasto in my night scenes!  Finished this one last week so it will soon be dry!  I'm working on some new beach scenes so keep checking back!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Monterey trip and Mike's Big Sur Marathon

 Mike just finished the Big Sur Marathon in 3 hours and 39 minutes!  It was 2700 feet of vertical too, but that wasn't enough so we rented bikes and rode around the coast!  It was a perfect day today!
 I'm surrounded by beauty and so inspired!  This iceplant is in full bloom all along the cliffs of Monterey and is truly spectacular so I had to paint a little pochade while Mike took a little nap on the beach!  He deserved it!
I'll paint this scene larger when I get back to my studio!  And many more beautiful beach scenes that are waiting in my head to be painted!!!! I can't wait!
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