Sunday, December 30, 2012

Original oil painting Starry NIght Harbor Boats by Karen Tarlton

Starry Night Harbor Boats
Only one more day left until we turn the page on our calendars
and begin 2013
Hard to believe.
I still believe some of the things that were the most 
beautiful last year will be my favorites this year.
For example, I will always Love:
 a Starry sky
Reflective water
A warm fire and a cozy blanket
a really great cup of coffee
a really great glass of wine
a homemade meal
my child's embrace
my husband's smile

May your New year be as great as your old one.
Be safe!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Original oil painting The Phoenix by Karen Tarlton

Painted on commission
24x36 in oil

Symbolic in so many ways and a great to symbol to start out the New Year!
Happy 2013 and may your new year be filled with
new beginnings, energy and health.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Winter's Joy Original oil painting by Karen Tarlton

Winter's Joy

I love to feel the warmth of sunshine on a cold winter’s day.  I grew up in Lake Tahoe and as much as I looked forward to the snow of winter, I remember looking forward to sunbathing at the the lodge after a ski run, and closing my eyes, feeling the warm sun on my face. The blinding snow glistening in the sun makes me see bright colors dancing off the ground.
I hope 2013 brings fresh inspirations and joy! Enjoy the snow before it begins to melt and don't forget to reflect and learn from the year's trials and tribulations.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Abstract Rain Original oil painting by Karen Tarlton

Abstract Rain 

Lovely Rain came down today, which is always a blessing here in Southern California.
Now the fog has lifted and the sun is shining
and everything is bright and glistening!
Warm wishes and Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

December Poinsettia and Polar Bear Original oil painting by Karen Tarlton


Polar Bear

It's here....the loveliest time of year,
Wishing you all happiness, joy, and cheer.
May all your days be warm and bright,
And your nights enchanted by holiday light.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Angels by Karen Tarlton

Winter Angel

Angel with Flowers

Well I'm heartbroken at the sadness going on in Connecticut
right now and so angels are on my mind.
We ask ourselves....."But Why?"
I don't know and I don't understand. I do know that our love for our children is strong,
and continues on forever. These children will never be forgotten.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Original oil painting Portrait of a Cow by Karen Tarlton

Portrait of a Cow

It's all about the eyes with animals like this one don't you think?
This is another make me smile animal painting
and I hope it puts you in good spirits.

“A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.”~ Garrison Keillor

Monday, December 10, 2012

Three new Winter Angels in 10x10 by Karen Tarlton

 New Year Angel
 Angel with Flowers
Christmas Angel

A brand new size!
Love this 10x10 canvas so I'll be painting on more of these.
Just finished these and they will be dry by the end of the week.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Original oil painting Hummingbird Dance by Karen Tarlton

Hummingbird Dance of Two

Dancing away the weekend!
We put up our tree this day and lots of festive color. I love this time of year.
I love doing my holiday cards, decorating, baking and most of all, shipping out all of the paintings 
I've been so busy working on all month for you all! They are almost all dry in time for the holiday!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Original oil painting Spring Peacock palette knife fine art by Karen Tarlton

Strike a Pose Peacock

Back by popular demand!
A few have asked for a peacock or two
so here he is, striking a pose.
Yep.... I have that Madonna song stuck in my head :)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Original oil painting A Walk with the Dog by Karen Tarlton

A Walk with the Dog
A brand new peaceful and colorful landscape.
I did a few commissions like this for holiday commissions and
wanted one to hang for awhile.

This is the time of year when we all need to count our blessings.
Think about what we can do to help others,
and above all don't take a second for granted!
It all goes by in a blink, remember moments like these with a smile :)

Monday, December 3, 2012

Original oil painting My Sweet Angel by Karen Tarlton

My Sweet Angel

A brand new little angel inspired by my daughters.
Anybody with a little girl may understand why I love to paint these
little sweethearts.

I just got back from a speedy east coast trip,
out to see some great universities our youngest daughter hopes to attend.
Soon I'll be an empty nester, as our other daughter is
already off to university.
It's a good thing I have painting which I love that keeps me busy and out of trouble,
but I betcha I'll still be a mess with missing her.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Original oil painting Night City Rain palette knife impressionism by Karen Tarlton

Night City Rain
A brand new glowy, textural palette knife work.
It's raining in California today so this one seems appropriate.
It's just about dry but the yellow colors always seem to take a couple extra days.

I am  so happy to have painted so many of my collectors holiday gifts in November.
Thanks to all and it's been my pleasure.
Many are shipped off and some are on the drying racks curing and will go off next week.
I hope you all have time to email some photos of the works hanging in happy homes, I always love to see it!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Original oil painting Equine palette knife fine art by Karen Tarlton

Wild Mustangs
Horse Play
Here are a couple new wild horses paintings that really make me smile!
When I feel like painting horses, it really is so much fun.
The powerful, sculptural shape of their muscular bodies really goes well with the palette knife
and the whimsical colors are like icing on the cake!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Original oil painting Autumn Romance by Karen Tarlton

Autumn Romance 

Sometime soon I'll be painting a larger version of this.
I have a thing for red trees. :)

It's already November's end, I can't believe it.
December is here and I'm nearing the end of
commissions in time for the holiday!

If you have a request get it to me in the next few days!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Bourbon St. Moon Original oil painting by Karen Tarlton

Bourbon St. Moon
A brand new favorite with a Starry Night take on it.
It stems from my love for both New Orleans and Van Gogh's work
and is loaded with texture and color.

A close up for detail viewing

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Original oil painting Lion Abstract modern palette knife on canvas by Karen Tarlton

16 x 20
Portrait of a Lion
(a sneak preview....still a bit wet)

close up below

I wish the photos did justice to this one, but it just doesn't.
This is my favorite lion painting to date and I believe I've painted 6 so far.
Love this beautiful animal and the fauvistic extreme color and texture I love so much
fit him perfectly I think.
Noble, powerful and evocative creature that he his .....with just a touch of whimsy :)

Friday, November 16, 2012

Central Park NY original oil painting by Karen Tarlton

New York Central Park Rain
close up below

This large work is just dry and will be ready to list soon.
It's part of my NY series and several more new large cityscapes are in the works!
I am getting excited about Thanksgiving
So much to be thankful for and I count my blessings everyday.
One of them is that I love what I do and am grateful for each of you for your continued interest and support of my work!!!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Roosters and Birds - Original oil paintings by Karen Tarlton

 Bad Barnyard Bird

Birds and Blooms

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

The holiday season is here for sure and a unique oil painting has to be the perfect gift.
Especially for someone that has everything.

I'm working like one of Santa's elves painting special holiday gifts for your loved ones
And  that gives me joy!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Cow and Longhorn original oil painting by Karen Tarlton

Holy Cow

Abstract Longhorn
16 x 20
(still wet but listing soon)

Colorful, whimsical animals in thick oil.
I love painting these, they have such lovely eyes.

Wow what a busy day.
It's a crazy month November but I love it.

* Weather is cooler which is so nice.
* Starting to look into new turkey recipes and maybe a spicy stuffing
* Thinking of all the things I'm thankful for....there's a lot!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Rain couple and Autumn Romance landscape paintings by Karen Tarlton

 Under My Umbrella

It actually rained today!
It didn't thunder storm and pour like it does in the south
but it did get a tiny bit wet.
It was fantastic!

Autumn Love

Repainting a room is the most inexpensive way to give new life to a space following rearranging the furniture. But the most visual impact comes from placing new or newly framed artwork on your walls. Your artwork is an extension of your inner personality. So, show it off!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Autumn Landscape palette knife original oil paintings by Karen Tarlton

Autumn Lake Reflections

I rather like the colors in this painting.
Blue and gold are some of my favorite color harmonies when used together.

Tapestry of Color

I'm really liking the perspective of these latest fall landscape paintings.
 I have a new large one I'm presently working on which will be finished some time next week.  I'm also loving all these luscious, dreamy transparent colors of Autumn!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

A few October commissions - Original oil paintings by Karen Tarlton

Beach Babes with Bucket
This one is shipping tommorrow and is a favorite!
I have the smaller version available to purchase.

 Large SF commission recently shipped off to the collector!

A few of the reasons my blogs is a bit behind is already November after all!
Harbor Boats Sunbathing

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!
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