Twenty Studio Stories….

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.

MFA Studio: Oakland, CA
MFA Studio: Oakland, CA
I suppose that when it comes to art studios, I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked in some amazing spaces in the world. Some were corners in a room, others covered patios, basements, cantinas, spare rooms, garages and shared spaces with other artists. Some spaces I have lived and slept in, some had great surf and snowboarding right outside the door. Some studios have been the backdrop for tea parties, holiday parties, and art shows…others transformed into movie sets for numerous film projects. From the ancient olive mill in Tuscany to the the old Del Monte Cannery in San Francisco, all these spaces impart their energy into my work and inspire in their own unique ways.
In this, my 30th year as a professional artist, I’m looking back at those places with many fond recollections. The hundreds if not thousands (!) of paintings I have created over those years!

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Florentine Treasures

Caroline-Zimmermann-in-Florence

Since the era of the Medici and the Renaissance, Florence has been famous for its artisans, artists and crafts people who have created many of art history’s finest treasures. My numerous visits to the museums of Florence have inspired me over the years as I view the countless masterpieces of Renaissance art, and noting with little exception, the magnificence of their frames.

Zimmermann-Painting-14

It has been one of my greatest pleasures as an artist living and working in Tuscany for the last 20 years to collaborate with several frame makers in Florence that are still creating frames in the fine Florentine tradition. (These paintings will be available at the Lahaina Galleries Holiday Show from November 20 at the Newport Beach gallery.) Continue reading “Florentine Treasures”

Autumn Reflections from a Tuscan Studio

Molino, Autumn 2014

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. Continue reading “Autumn Reflections from a Tuscan Studio”

Painting on Skis for the K2 Ski Alliance

Back in October, Alyssa Clark of K2 Sports contacted me with a request to paint on a pair of skis for their Breast Cancer fundraiser. I had no idea, but was so impressed to find out that K2 Sports is a big supporter of Breast Cancer Awareness. The company has given over $2,000,000. in the past decade to various Breast Cancer foundations, almost $1,000,000. to the BCRF alone. On all of K2’s women’s products there is a pink ribbon displayed. For skis, there is one on the base of each ski, snowboards have one on the topsheet and inline skates have a ribbon embroidered on the side.

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.

I enthusiastically agreed. A week later a pair of skis, prepped for painting, arrived at my studio in Tuscany – and now… good to go.
I have decided to re-create one of my “After the Rain” skies onto the skis. I love the uplifting and inspirational feeling of the billowing clouds, the patterns of the sky.
I’ll call this painting on skis  “Dawn to Dusk”… thinking as I work how many times I’ve surfed, snowboarded or lived the best days of my Life from the first light of day, to the last light of sunset, savoring each moment.  Those dawn patrols for first tracks in elusive epic powder or barely distinguishable set waves as the sun just rises. Going hard and for it all day… but then one last wave, one last run before they close the lifts… done when its dark, thoroughly exhausted but infinitely satisfied. Those are truly memorable from Dawn to Dusk days.
K2 asked me to paint the skis in conjunction with a public contest that was held last month as well as various BC fundraisers.  In February or March, they will be auctioned off at one of the K2/BCRF events; most likely the K2 Pink Chase in Tahoe.
They are running my progress on their Facebook page, named the K2 Ski Alliance and the K2 Pink Trade Contest 2012 and well as a photo stream.
I’ll be posting more images of my progress as this unusual format continues.
Check back to see the final result!
View some of Caroline’s latest paintings in her Virtual Gallery
Finishing touches… time to sign off!
At last, and as in my painting “After the Rain”, the clouds have parted…. a day of sunshine… time to take the skis outside to dry.
In this weather, they will need a few days to dry before I finish them off with a clear topcoat…
“Dawn to Dusk”  It is La Dolce, La Vita…. The Sweet & The Life
“Dawn to Dusk” Completed.

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Hollister Ranch Hoedown 2012

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.

“Sunrise Solitude” Hollister Ranch

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.

Hollister Hoedown 2012

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.

 

A beautifully restored Steamer on display as part of Fire Department benefit

This year fifty percent of the proceeds from the Art Sale benefited the Hollister Ranch Fire Department.

Bulito Beach

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….

“Low Tide” Hollister ranch
Renzo chasing down some Spaniel skank

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…

Jackson Browne

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.

“West of the Gate” Hollister Ranch

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)

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