I’ve painted outdoors and I’ve painted indoors… on location and in studios all over the world. People often ask me: Which do I prefer? Is one more authentic? Is the other easier? Over the years I’m thinking it is all up to the individual, what gets you stoked as a painter, what inspires your process.
Caroline Zimmermann’s Lahaina Galleries Solo Exhibition, February 27, 2016
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This last weekend I had the honour of exhibiting my work at Lahaina’s 39th Anniversary Show. Along with seven other master artists, we celebrated with some of Lahaina Galleries’ patrons and collectors at a private unveiling the evening before.
All of the works were carefully hung and veiled to provide maximum excitement and anticipation…
After a wonderful introduction from the Lahaina Team, I spoke briefly about my newest creation…
My “Blue Mediterranean” Triptych was then unveiled.
“Blue Mediterranean” made a long journey to be included in this unveiling. I began working on the painting in my studio in Tuscany and continued to work on it throughout the summer in my pop-up studio in Oxford.
This is truly why I do what I do: Pure Joy. I was thrilled to be able to meet the new owners of my “Mediterranean Blues: Cleopatra’s Baths” and “Mediterranean Blues Beach”. Both pieces are going to an excellent home.
Many compliments to Jim and Nancy Killett for their 39th year of beautifying the world with Lahaina Galleries. I’ll do my best to help them with their efforts for many many more!
It has been a wet autumn here in Tuscany, and that following a very wet summer. Italy has been inundated by November’s storms adding to the heaviness of an already disastrous olive harvest. Makes for a slightly maudlin mood for the locals. Rainy weather means more time for me in the studio, happily working away… of course, on my newest water paintings.
Our house was originally constructed 500 years ago as a mill, but not to grind flour. Instead the river Ciuffenna’s water was harnessed to turn machinery that somehow processed wool for felt. That medieval machine worked away hundreds of years ago in a large space under our bedroom, in the oldest part of our house. It is in this room that I work on my paintings now.
The Ciuffenna cascades down a series of three man-made waterfalls located in a ravine next to our home. The normally pleasant sound of the river coursing turns to a roar when there is a big rain, a thrilling energy to have nearby. In this house, you can imagine, I have many and marvelous dreams of water.
October ended with some fabulous autumn days, but that was to be short-lived. We did manage a day hike into the Pratomagno Mountains where we had a tranquil picnic by one of Ciufenna’s tributaries. All the while my mind was in the waters, becoming nostalgic for blue water horizons…
Being a So Cal girl, I’ve always been close to the sea. My parents enjoyed taking us for picnics no matter what time of year. It was there in Laguna Beach at an early age where I began my communion with the sea….
November sun is eluding us here in Tuscany, so I’ve conjured it up with color in my studio. Welcome to my World….
Blue water Bliss indeed. My weeks spent on the Turquoise Coast two years ago have inspired numerous paintings and an infinite opportunity to explore variations of blue in a painting.
Oh to be back in the water! It’s days like this when skies are gray that I yearn to be immersed and refreshed. Those days will come again, I am sure, but for now I am painting away in the gray….
The quiet calm of Lake Como’s waters provides a wonder of reflections. Ancient Roman villas on tranquil waters with graceful gardens that beckon contemplation.
Bella Toscana does have its brilliant blue skies, and that is reflected in my “Autumn Reflections, Bagno Vignoni”. Gorgeous light on a gorgeous location south of Siena, the ancient baths still produce their healing waters.
How many shades of blue: the search continues… with a joy and delight of communing with that most fundamental of the elements.
The Sea continues to inspire new paintings from my earliest memories. Crystal Cove and a sunset by the Pacific. Water has always called to me, and to water I will always return.
As in previous years, Jackson Browne was in attendance and in fantastic form.
Jackson’s sound check was fabulous and he is sounding better than ever. But the notorious Ranch winds kicked up at 4, and due to the powerful winds, the events had to be cut short.
It was Murphy’s first visit to the Ranch, he fully embraced the endless stretches of beach.
Truly exposed and at the mercy of Nature, its what makes the Ranch a unique place on earth.
The Ranch continues to draw me back. I am endlessly inspired by the shape of the land, the quality of the light, and, of course the surf.
Looking forward to the next occasion!
I’ve often thought of Life as flowing in a spiral current, even more so now as this summer I’ve found myself back in the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts. The decision to return was made on April 1st, and since that day I have been greatly anticipating exhibiting here once again.
I was honored to be given booth #3, one of the first exhibit spaces in the front of the show. This will be my 24th year as a Festival of Arts exhibitor, half of my summers have been spent here. This year, most notable was the change in my exhibit’s presentation: An All Water Wall.
For the last 17 years I have been presenting my works from Tuscany. Many people were stunned by the paintings, my most recent pieces from my travels in Bali, Tahiti, Maldives and Turkey.
Of course my exhibit would not be complete without the presence of a Rooster….
New smaller tropical seascapes that comfort the soul and cool the mind.
One of my “Coffee” trio found a good home that eve… but the two remaining are fabulous little pieces….
If you are in the Laguna Beach area this summer, do stop by. The Festival runs from the 30th of June to the 3oth of August. The Pageant of the Masters is a must see as an 85 year Southern California tradition. For more information please see Festival of Arts, Pageant of the Masters. See you there!
Christmas Day 2012. No better way for me to celebrate the holidays than to get my head wet after months in Italy and away from my Pacific Ocean.
After visits with family, we headed North, to friends in Ventura… the surf looked fun enough to justify a quick go-out along the way.
Pitas Point at Low Tide. I have surfed here for years… its almost like a second home. On any given winter’s day, Rincon will be jammed with surfers, and the Ranch sometimes a bit too far to drive. Pitas never fails to provide joy, even at minus tide and a tiny winter swell…
… all the better with a sandbar that made for wickedly hollow little inside waves….
Too much fun! For me Winter is the absolute best time of year to surf in California. So many right breaks, less crowds, spectacular sunsets and no June Gloom.
I’m inspired by the skies of Winter, the tonal colors of the landscape and the peaceful introspective atmosphere. On so many occasions my surfing experiences have inspired some of my favourite paintings.
Just me, a few birds and a body boarder… and a whole lot of gratitude to be out in the water on Christmas Day.
Here we are again, 2012 is almost behind us. Sandra Jones Campbell and I had our annual studio show last weekend, and all conspired to make it a successful event. Sandra’s Studio in Laguna Canyon is nothing short of fabulous and the ideal venue for a holiday party.
It is the perfect setting for me to showcase my new Water Paintings and fresh small pieces from my studio in Tuscany.
This year’s collection showcases hand gilded French frames by Sennelier and my favorite hand made Florentine frames.
These Tuscan treasures are a delight for me to create. They are also the ideal size for gift giving… and several sold that evening.
Sandra and I posing with our fine furry friends… definitely adding to the holiday cheer!
Merry Holidays to you all… and a Prosperous and Peace-filled New Year!
Also, K2 produced the first women’s specific ski and has a Women’s Alliance program where the women’s products are tested, influenced, skied and promoted by women, for women.
Each year Hollister Ranch stages a Hoedown to benefit a different aspect of their community. It’s one of my favourite events of the year – the setting; one of the most magical coastlines in North America. This year’s theme was environmental sustainability, something The Ranch has been at forefront of for many years. The residents are proud stewards of the land, balancing ecological preservation with agriculture and residential development.
I’ve been fortunate enough to be painting The Ranch for years and always marvel at the changing light and coloring of the seasons. A sacred place indeed, it’s no wonder the Chumash flourished here for millennia.
Though not open to the general public, residents and their guests turn out in large numbers to support the Hoedown organised by more than 50 volunteers.
This year fifty percent of the proceeds from the Art Sale benefited the Hollister Ranch Fire Department.
The Ranch is 14,400 acres of grazing lands, beach bluffs, and open meadows backing up to remote mountains and valleys north of Santa Barbara, and is home to some of the best surf breaks in the world. For many years the surf was only accessible by boat… surfing at the Ranch became the stuff of myth and legend….
For Renzo it’s a chance to run free on the beach, cool off in the ocean and then kick back on a hay bale and listen to some great music…
Hollister Ranch resident Jackson Browne once again headlined the concert line-up this year which always features a surprise guest…
This year the crowd was treated to a ninety minute set by surprise guest Jeff Bridges performing songs and embracing his character from Crazy Heart.
I’m honoured to be included in the Hoedown – it’s my opportunity to give something back to this special part of California and the people who live there.
Photos by John Charles Jopson
Come to my next exhibition “No Bad Paintings, No Bad Waves” in Laguna Beach, August 25, 2012. Mickey Muñoz will be signing his new Patagonia-published book “No Bad Waves: Talking Story with Mickey Muñoz” and showing some of his unique photographs, and we’ll be celebrating his 75th birthday!
View more Hollister Ranch paintings.
Related: Last year’s Hollister Ranch Hoedown (2011)
Summer has at long last come to the Southern California Coast and these last few evenings have been gorgeous enough to tempt me back into the water. In anticipation of my upcoming exhibition at Gallery McCollum, No Bad Paintings, No Bad Waves, where Mickey Muñoz will be signing his new book, we had the pleasure of a sunset surf together at Doheny.
I suppose you could say Mickey has been my “surf mentor” over the years… if you equate “surf” = “life”. Since our first surf session at his beloved Middles in 1984, I have shared many many waves with Mickey – since long before he became my brother-in-law – and looked to him as a role model in how to live Life to the fullest degree.
My Precious Michel Junod Patagonia board has been my favorite for over 16 years…. and a pre-surf waxing up still one of my Life’s greatest pleasures….
Checking the surf… and check out this board: Mickey shapes all his stand-up paddle boards. Fabulous.
Yes, it’s summer, Caroline still wears a wetsuit…
The last time I surfed with Mickey at Doheny was for his 70th birthday.. next month he will be 75!
Still talking Story….
My first wave since surfing in February…
Mickey, of course, dominates…. he is in great form…surfing rings around all of us!
My last wave of the evening with Mickey….
Just a moment to reflect on the simple beauty of a summer evening, fun waves, the company of a good friend, and my last six months.
… and gratitude for John for taking these lovely photos!
Photos by John Charles Jopson
Mickey will be signing his book, “No Bad Waves: Talking Story with Mickey Muñoz” from 3:00PM on, and he’ll be showing some of his unique photographs as well. It will be a very rare opportunity to buy an original photograph by Mickey Muñoz – and celebrate his 75th birthday!
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Related: No Bad Paintings No Bad Waves Blog Post
Preview paintings for the “No Bad Paintings, No Bad Waves” exhibition.
View Caroline’s recent and available works at her Virtual Gallery.
Photos by John Charles Jopson
Full Slideshow below:
UPDATE (Sept 1): For those who missed the Artist Reception for “No Bad Paintings, No Bad Waves” Caroline will make a special appearence at Gallery McCollum for First Thursdays Art Walk in Laguna Beach. September 6 from 6 – 9PM. More info. View paintings.
UPDATE (August 15): The exhibition is now set for Saturday August 25, 2012 at Gallery McCollum. Mickey’s book signing begins at 3PM and the artist’s reception runs until 9PM. For invitations please sign up for my Mailing List.
I’m very excited to announce an upcoming exhibition of my latest paintings at Gallery McCollum in Laguna Beach this summer. I’ll be showing a whole new series of seascapes and tropical water paintings as well as my recent work from Tuscany and Provence.
From Patagonia: “Mickey Muñoz has been called the “surfer’s surfer,” and is loved and respected among the cognoscenti for his contributions to surfing and the surfing life for the past 60 years as a surfer, a pioneer of Waimea Bay, a stuntman (stand-in for Gidget), a board shaper and designer, and as a sailor and boatbuilder (America’s Cup). Mentored by the Malibu greats of the ’40s, and an influence on generations of surfers since, Mickey weaves the story of a California waterman using his own life and that of his friends.”
Mickey’s take on life has always been an inspiration to me and I’m looking forward to our little colaboration. The show is now scheduled for Saturday, August 25, 2012. Mickey’s book signing begins at 3PM and the artist’s reception begins at 6PM. Mickey will also be showing some of his unique photographs, running a slide show, and we’ll all be celebrating his 75th birthday! If you’d like to be added to the mailing list please sign up here.
Mickey’s book “No Bad Waves: Talking Story with Mickey Muñoz” will be available for purchase at the gallery. You can also pre-buy it at your local book shop or at this link on Amazon.com.
Preview paintings for “No Bad Paintings, No Bad Waves”.
View Caroline’s recent and available works at her Virtual Gallery.
Gallery McCollum 206 North Coast Highway, Laguna Beach CA, 92651 (949) 497-4027
After more than 23 summers at the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts, times are a changing and I am moving on. It was not an easy decision to relinquish my exhibitor’s space at the Festival as I have spent almost half of my life’s summers there. Many of those involved with the Festival are like family to me, and I will miss their company. I am greatly indebted to the Festival of Arts. As a fledgeling artist, it gave me the opportunity to make a career of the Labor I Love. My heartfelt thanks goes out to those dedicated people who have made the Festival what it is today: A piece of California’s history that for 80 years has done much to promote and sustain the Arts in Laguna Beach.
My decision has allowed me to spend more time with my family and has opened up new opportunities to paint the summer light of Tuscany and Provence and also complete the production of some additional scenes for our independent film, Terroir, directed by my husband John Charles Jopson.
As I’m both the Producer and the Art Director, I consider Terroir my biggest work yet!
We’ll be editing for the rest of the summer, and into the autumn in Berlin, then in December it’s back to Ealing Studios in London for final post-production.
Those visiting Laguna Beach this summer and expecting to find me at the Festival of Arts can see my work in the Summer 2012 Group Coastal Show at Gallery McCollum, which runs from June 23 through the end of summer.
Later in the summer I’ll be returning to the Hollister Ranch Hoedown benefit where this year 50% of the proceeds of the Art Show will go toward the Hollister Ranch Fire Company. Then on August 25th I’ll have my solo show No Bad Paintings, No Bad Waves at Gallery McCollum featuring a book signing with Mickey Muñoz.
And of course you can always visit my Virtual Gallery to see my latest paintings available for purchase online – a few of which are featured below…
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The Biltmore, Four Seasons Resort in Santa Barbara, famous for its historic beauty, brunch, and views, is home to an exciting new venue for Caroline Zimmermann paintings!
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