Summer 2016: Scotland… of Water Fairies and Sea Kelpies

Water is everywhere in Scotland…

Falling from the sky, flowing into the rivers, cascading from the waterfalls, then to the lochs, and returning eventually to the sea.

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The Falls of Arrochar
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Tarbet, Loch Lomond
My many travels as a surfer have taken me to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. I never expected the beaches of Scotland to be some of the most impressive.

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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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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”

Water Paintings

I really could not wait to get started. But where to begin? I combed through my countless photos of the waters of my recent trip to the Turquoise Coast.

Mesmerized by the radiance, the glow emanating from the sea.

I have this recurring dream where I am underwater… sometimes its a pond, sometimes the lineup at Mākaha on a flat day, or sometimes simply a pool. In my dream I am always calm, floating in the water, perfect temperature… womb-like.

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Glass Pool, Vegas, 15-years-old

The curious thing is that I look up, see the light of day above me. But I never want to leave. I am perfectly and simply happy to be amongst the rocks, the fish, plants or whatever is on the bottom. I think of Bjork’s The Anchor Song

When I was going through chemo I had recurring dreams of water… that radiant, glowing blue of the tropics… and my desire to get in. I had my shortboard, and all I wanted was to duck-dive under a wave.

Photo: Bernie Baker

Water over my head, its all I wanted… cool my body, comfort my soul.

My water paintings are countless…  they began on my first trip to Barbados and the Grenadines in 1989. I spent some days on Palm Island in the Windward Islands.

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There I felt my first enchantment with that color blue. Was it Turquoise blue or Cerulean?

No, Turquoise is truly what I saw in Turkey.

At last,  the final paintings….

“Turquoise Blues I” 40×40″
“Turquoise Blues II” 40×40″
“Turquoise Blues III” 40″x40″

View these paintings and others available for purchase on Caroline’s Virtual Gallery
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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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