Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Windswept Angel and New York original oil paintings by Karen Tarlton

A New York Frame of Mind

Windswept Angel
Both of these were painted last week before Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast.
I actually painted them before we even new about the storm
 must have had a feeling.
I hope all my friends are doing alright. Some I still haven't heard from which is worrisome.
Weather is so powerful.
Reminding us about all the important stuff.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Iris Flowers and Hummingbirds by Karen Tarlton

Breathtaking Blue Blooms

 The one on top is actually very large and the painting below small
but both are new favorites!
Crazy texture in both of these. 
This is a close up of the painting above
super thick!

Hummingbird Dance

I'm in love with these little guys.
Dancers of the air.
Wish I could.

My thoughts are with those in the path of Sandy today.
Batten down the hatches and stay safe!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Original oil landscape paintings by Karen Tarlton

 Autumn Twilight Glow

Bluebonnet Dance

I'm in the middle of a remodel so I'm painting from my 
dreamy designer color palette!
I'll have to upload pictures when it's finished but it's going to be a calm retreat of a room.
Lots of silvery blues and greys with warm accent colors.....this is what I like.
Tone on tone
Classic, colors.

I think both of these paintings will be right at home in there 
but really in any room!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Original oil painting Landscapes by Karen Tarlton

 Sailing Between the Pines

Lake Tahoe always inspires me.
I grew up there and if you haven't seen it, it's worth the trip.
I would say it's the prettiest Lake in the world but then I might be biased.
They don't call Emerald Bay, "emerald" for nothing though!

Love Blooms

Two new landscapes each with luscious peachy pinks and vivid greens and brilliant blues.
The beauty of things blooming:
Cherry Blossoms, Magnolias.....Love ;)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Violin Vision in Blue figurative impasto palette knife fine art by Karen

Violin Vision in Blue

I know the holiday season has begun
when I'm so busy painting
I don't have time to blog ;)

This is one of my favorite figurative works to date.
Impressionism is all about piecing colors together so that when
one is next to another they visually unite into something
The knife allows me to lay the paint like frosting.
Sculpting the color into form is what I do.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Running Free wild horses equine palette knife Oil painting by Karen Tarlton

Running Free

I never tire of painting these beautiful, graceful and powerful creatures!
This little piece is brand new and just listed!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

6x6 Whimsical Animal paintings - Hummingbird - Horse by Karen Tarlton

Spirit of a Horse

Dance of the Hummingbird

These little mini masterpieces make quite a statement hung in a grouping.
A small work of art is also a unique and personal gift so
check out my small works selection.
Just click on the image to shop!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Large Original oil painting Red Poppies by Karen

Red Poppies

Almost dry and ready to list.
I actually wouldn't mind holding on to this one for awhile!
I'm in love with all these thick shades of red on each bloom.

Let's talk frames!

I don't believe in matchy matchy anything
but escpecially not frames.
Don't be afraid to hang painting unframed too,
but if you love frames, keep these thoughts in mind:
The frame needs to:
1. compliment the art
2. Be your style (if you're not a gold person, don't get gold. There are always options)
3. Be the right size  for the painting. (Wider if a large piece and smaller for smaller works)
4. Be hung at eye level. Never hang art so that you have to look up too much. Eye level is perfect.
Please let me know if you have any other questions.
Frames as well as art are so much fun and can enrich your decor
and bring a smile, I hope!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Floral paintings in oil by Karen Tarlton - Iris and Sunflowers

 Blue Iris

Golden Sunflower

Some of my favorite shades of blue in these.
Periwinkle and cobalt
swirls and drags of thick oil.

I'm remodeling a bit right now. 
I moved everything out of my studio and upstairs to it's new home!
My new space is fantastic with much light, storage and several 
different work areas and painting areas.
Sometimes I work on more than one painting at a time.
It's good to be busy and never bored!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Original oil painting Spring Radiance by Karen Tarlton

Spring Radiance

The beauty of Colorful Trees, brilliant light and someone you care about on your arm.
Romance in the air.......

(I just finished a painting quite similar to this one, that you can purchase 
by American Greeting Cards in 2013.)
**I think it will make a nice Valentine's debut.**

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Night Owl - Original oil painting by Karen

Night Owl
After listening to one of the Society of Test Pilots speakers, Dr. Ken Dial, I am even more inspired by birds. His talk on the "Origins of flight" was fascinating and informative. 
More bird paintings in the works!
 Here is an example of how it might look
hanging on the wall.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Jackson Square New Orleans Starry Night by Karen

Jackson Square New Orleans Starry Night
Just recently finished this commission.
She requested Jackson Square Van Gogh style!
Vincent Willem van Gogh was a Dutch post-impressionist painter whose work, notable for its rough beauty, emotional honesty, and bold color, had a far-reaching influence on 20th century art
He is a personal favorite of mine and has influenced my art as well.
My Blog:
Galleries: City Lights Gallery, Las Vegas, NV
The Arlington Arts Gallery, Arlington Virginia
Galerie Severn, New Orleans Louisiana
The Stonehenge Gallery, Montgomery Alabama, SAC's Gallery, Montgomery Alabama,
Masterpiece Framing gallery, NY

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Pretty Peacock original oil painting by Karen

Pretty Peacock

I recently had the opportunity to listen to Dr. Ken Dial speak.
He is an expert on birds and spoke about the origin of flight as it is related to birds.
Fascinating and makes me want to paint many more bird paintings 
so you'll see some new ones added to my usual
peacocks, roosters, hummingbirds and owls.
As it turns out, the peacock may be the most flamboyant,
but the hummingbird is the bravest and most powerful!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Original oil painting Sunrise Fishing palette knife fine art by Karen

Sunrise Fishing

Luscious Fall colors in this painting to light up the room.
I'm not much of a fisherman (woman) myself but I understand the desire to fish.
I like the symbolism don't you?

I'm moving my studio this week....making more room
Cleaning out and cleaning up!
Trying to get all my knives and large paint tubes organized and neat for tomorrow so I can dive into painting first thing in the morning!
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