Thursday, January 31, 2013

Rain Dance in Red Original oil paintings by Karen Tarlton

 Rain Dance in Red
Singing in the Rain

I have to admit, when it rains I like to snuggle up by the fire 
with a good book
Dancing is fun!
Take a chance
be brave
live in the moment.

These lively ladies just listed. I hope they inspire you!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Spring Birds Original oil painting by Karen Tarlton

Spring Birds

Ready for Spring?
Here's a little burst of color to liven up your gloomy winter's day.

“I enjoy the spring more than the autumn now. One does, I think, as one gets older.”
~Virginia Woolf

I've been busy loading images on FINE ART AMERICA
My favorites are now available in prints and giclees in all sizes:
check it out: and search me! 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Original oil painting Venice Afternnoon by Karen Tarlton

Venice Afternoon

Listing tomorrow and it's a magical place to go and just watch the world go by.
A cup of coffee or a glass of wine, better yet
and watch the light change on the water
and feel the antiquity.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Original oil painting - Roses for my Valentine by Karen Tarlton

Roses for my Valentine

Vibrant Reds make the painting come to life!
These pretties not only mean "true LOVE" but will last forever
No fading and no watering :)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Original oil painting Texas Longhorn by Karen Tarlton

Texas Longhorn Steer

A bright textured background sets this longhorn apart from the rest!
I'm still busy, busy with commissions this month
but I do enjoy it.
Here are is one just completed that I really like:

Please contact me for your own special painting!
and now prints of all kinds are available at

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Montmartre Paris original oil painting by Karen Tarlton

Paris Staircase

Valentine's day is around the corner and I can't think of a more romantic
place than Paris.
This is one of my favorite spots and has been painted by many artists,
some famous like Van Gogh and others.
Part of the romance of this city is the rich history.
You can just sit on these steps and feel it.
Hope to go back one day!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Original palette knife oil paintings by Karen Tarlton

 Red Poppy

My Valentine

I thought I better paint a few smaller works!
One bright red and one chilly blue
but both great valentine gifts of love
to brighten someone's day.

Love is unpredictable Love is uncontainable
Love is reliable Love is infallible 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Original oil painting Provence Lavender Breeze by Karen Tarlton

Provence, France Lavender Breeze

Bright, cheerful and light with expressive palette knife work.
This is Provence; great light and the rich scent of lavender in the air.
We didn't get to take a trip there this year but I'm hoping by next year.
It's been awhile and it's time to see my favorite places again.
Until then, I have the canvas to bring it to light!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Original oil painting Angel with Flowers by Karen Tarlton

Angel with Flowers
I've painted another lovely angel inspired by my daughters.
Our oldest goes back to college in two more days
but she is always on my mind.

You can view many more angels and other past works on 
my Pinterest boards.
The images are building up and I may need to delete a few.
I've been painting a painting a day for over 7 years now.....Wow
I just took out my calculator and that's over 2548 paintings.

I figure I have a few years left in me!

I'm walking down at the beach today to get some inspiring beach photos.
It's supposed to be a beautiful 72 degrees later today....Yay!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Original oil painting Owl portrait by Karen Tarlton

Whimsical Oil

I'm VERY excited to announce my newest licensing partner for 2013! Dianoche Designs is now offering some of my designs on Illuminated Wall Art ~

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Original oil painting A Stroll in the Park couple landscape by Karen Tarlton

Stroll in the Park

 Well our oldest daughter is 20 years old today.
I am still in shock.
Blink your eyes and she's two and again and she's 20.
We stroll through life together
Hoping to hold on to every moment a minute longer

So this painting is symbolic of our journey together.
We all have a similar one I think.
It's a celebration!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Original oil paintings Winter by Karen Tarlton

 Winter Poetry

Winter Romance

New winter scenes just dry!
I started these a few weeks ago, as soon as the temp started to dip
but it's been so cold that they have taken awhile to dry.

All the soft grey/blue colors of the snow and sky
really help the brilliant gold colors
of the lights glow!
Baby it's cold outside

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Original oil painting Downhill Ski Racer by Karen Tarlton

Downhill Ski Racer

I've been inspired by all this cold weather here in Southern California
and remembering the old days growing up in Tahoe and watching my 
husband race down the mountain (back when we were young)
It's in the low 50's as a high so I'm up in my sunny studio where it's the brightest and warmest
painting snow scenes!
more to come!!!!!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Original oil painting The Lion by Karen Tarlton

The Lion
Another new animal inspiration!
So grand this animal.....must be painted thick!
I've had inquiries lately about frames so here's  few tidbits on the topic:
Go with your style:  I love the French and rather shabby chic style, so I love a weathered gold frame, with or without art in it! This lion would be handsome in an elegant antique gold frame.  
Like a great black dress,  gold is truly timeless !  
Also always hang your art, framed or not, at eye level. People shouldn't have to crank their necks up to see it floating up near the ceiling. And by that I mean slightly taller than my eyes, so at about 5'10" or so.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Original oil painting Abstract Cow and Paris Kiss by Karen Tarlton

 Holy Cow
She makes me smile ;)
Paris Kiss in the Rain
These are two new favorites that are just dry and listed.
I got carried away in abstraction on both of these 
and I love the plays of blue, and gold with bright pops of red!
Paris....what's not to love?

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Original oil paintings Lion and Sailboat by Karen Tarlton

Come Sail Away
The Lion

I'm listing some new smaller works, while also trying to complete a few larger 
paintings to list this month.
2013 is here with a roar!
It seems like time soars by so quickly lately.
I'm enjoying painting colorful animals this month
with whimsy and impressionistic charm.

"I gave my beauty and my youth to men. I am going to give my wisdom and experience to animals."
~Brigitte Bardot

Friday, January 4, 2013

Original oil painting Ladies in the Rain palette knife impressionism by Karen Tarlton

Ladies in the Rain
It's a large rainy day painting!
Lots of whimsy and I hope this brings a smile on a chilly winter day.
Make sure and check out my updated website
You'll see lots of new donations added to my charity page and I always love to contribute
so let me know if you have a great cause!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Owl and Longhorn original oil paintings by Karen Tarlton

 Little Owl
Texas Longhorn

Starting the new year with a few of my favorites!
Some of you know I have an owl thing so here is my latest
and a colorful longhorn because you gotta love a's those eyes!
Wish I had those lashes.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Original oil painting Wild Fox by Karen Tarlton

Wild Fox 

My maiden name is Fox so of course I love to paint this animal.
It's been a great start to the New Year.
Took a nice long walk on the beach to clear my mind
and think about my new goals and ideas for this year.
I find if you write them down they will come to be,
and I always tell my daughters to do this every year or more often.

I don't have any huge resolutions other than these three:
Tell each person I love, each day, how important they are to me and appreciated and loved.
And take the time to work out each day in some way.
Paint just about every day from the heart.

Each of us needs find our own way, our passion and inspiration.
Life never has just one certain path.
Choose your way with your heart and your mind and don't hesitate.
Keep the faith and have a great year!
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