Saturday, July 30, 2011

Colorful Bounty

Sold commission in Oil
Just finished this lovely commission for one of my favorite collectors back east. Painted it on linen for her and I just love linen. So lushious. The oil paint seems to paint itself on this beautiful fabric. I'm always happy to paint a painting just for you so please contact me if you have a special painting in mind.

Art makes the best gift and adds the perfect personal touch to a home!

Orange Cat in Morning Light

The story behind this painting is simply that I love animals.  For some reason cats seem to be attracted to me as well and I'm always taking in strays and finding them homes because I can't keep them....allergic.  This one belongs to my neighbor and I take care of him when my neighbor's on vacation.  He always drops by to visit....adorable.

"An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision."
James Whistler

Friday, July 29, 2011

Original oil painting by Karen Tarlton Birds painting impasto fine art

Spring Birds and Blooms

A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires.
Hedy Lamarr

Painted with a palette knife in colorful oils!  While I was painting today,  a of birds are darting in and out among the blooms outside my studio window.  I love to watch them interact. Even with the wind blowing on this hot summer day and the flowers bobbing up and down, these little birds are as agile as a fighter pilot- they can maneuver in so many directions while the trees and flowers blow in the wind.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Spring Bird Song by Karen Tarlton - original bird painting in oil

Spring Bird Song

Love the play of yellow/gold and pale blue/greens....soft and romantic.  Like sculpture on the canvas....this painting is very textural and rich.  I love the tactile, sculptural quality I can achieve, when I use my little palette knife to apply each buttery stroke to the canvas!
Hope you enjoy!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Original oil painting by Karen Tarlton - Under My Umbrella

Under My Umbrella

It's unbelievable weather around the country right now.  Some people getting way too much rain and some not nearly enough.  I'm in hot dry Vegas and very much miss the refreshing, cooling rain and so paint it now and again.  Lots of great texture and this is one of my favorites!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Red Poppies - original oil paintings by Karen Tarlton

 Poppy Dance

This painting is available for purchase!  May need a few extra days to dry....thick paint!!!


This painting is a sold commission painted for a collector.....please feel free to contact me for your own commissioned work!  I paint just about everything!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Colorful Cow original oil painting by Karen Tarlton

Colorful Cow
Oil                                      THIS PAINTING IS SOLD!

Love this guy!  There's something about a colorful cow that makes me smile!  Lots of thick paint and texture on this big eyed beauty!

My daughter just got her driver's license today and I watched her drive away in my car on her way to see Harry Potter for the third time?  Lost count.  I still don't know how it happened, but somehow when I wasn't paying any attention, she grew up!  Counting my blessings everyday and trying not to stay up late at night worrying too much!

More commissions to paint tomorrow....I promise to post!

Friday, July 15, 2011

New Commissions

 Blue Iris      Painted on commission
and a close up
More in the works!
Love this Van Goghish painting!  Painted for one of my favorite collectors!!!  Can't wait for you to see it!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Karen Tarlton original oil painting - Ocean Wave

Ocean Wave

Inspired by all my favorite places!
Cools me off painting this and just looking at it.  I love looking at the ocean.  I love the sound of the waves crashing on the beach and the feel of the cool ocean breeze in my hair.
I hope this inspires you!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Karen Tarlton Original oil painting - Dancing Pears - impressionistic fine art

Dancing Pears


Here are a couple recently finished whimsical still life paintings!
Fun color and rich texture.

Adds a bit of color to even a small kitchen area, framed or unframed!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Ravello Italy - Original oil painting by Karen Tarlton

Amalfi Italy Villa

I just returned from Italy and my favorite town on the Amalfi coast was a little town called Ravello. We stayed at Villa Scarpariello, right on the Mediterranean ocean. Perched on the side of a hill and reaching down to the ocean, this wonderful villa offers incredible hospitality along with amazing ocean views. Built on the site of, and incorporating into its design, a torre (tower) that was used in ancient times to watch for sea marauders. . Extra thick palette knife work and brilliant, whimsical color make this work unique!

Red Wine - impressionistic original oil painting by Karen Tarlton

Red Wine

I love fabulous deep red wine!  This painting is one of my favorite little still life pieces.  Part of my Amalfi coast series, inspired by all the fine wines of Ravello Italy!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Karen Tarlton Original oil painting - Positano Italy Sunset

Positano Italy

I just returned from the Amalfi coast a few days ago and this is the first of a new series from my trip! Positano is an amazing little town on the coast.
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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,
KR Designs, Fort Myers,FL
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