No Bad Paintings, No Bad Waves

Caroline Zimmermann “Quasinudo”

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.

My brother-in-law, surf legend Mickey Muñoz, will be signing his new Patagonia-published book “No Bad Waves: Talking Story with Mickey Muñoz”.

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.”

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Mickey Muñoz and Caroline Zimmermann

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.

Caroline Zimmermann, Suiting Up at Thalia Street

Related: A Summer Sunset Surf Session with Mickey Muñoz

View more of Caroline’s surf paintings and photos.

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

About Caroline

“Tavarua Set Wave”   by Caroline Zimmermann. Available as a Limited Edition Print

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Summer Sojourn 2012

Lavender in Bloom

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.

Jonathan Bragg (Keith Carradine) with my “King Oak” painting.

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.

On the set of “Terroir” – Villa Petrolo
 And a spectacular explosion of color from this spring’s poppies coincided with my completion of this large commission for dear clients in Texas…
A Recent Commission

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.

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“Vintage South Laguna” Laguna Beach

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…

“Three Lemon Still Life”
“Mid-summer’s Dream, Tuscany”
“St Augustine’s” Hollister Ranch

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Related:

Thanksgiving with the Cast and Crew of Terroir

Return to Il Borro – Part 1: Terroir

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Molino Decade

Waltraud Zimmermann 1936 – 2012

Ten years at our Tuscan Molino (mill house).

It was ten years ago that we took The Leap and became owners of Molino Le Gualchiere.

Living in a 500-year-old stone house has been a profound experience. Lying in bed, under an ancient roof, I often think of what was transpiring on the planet at the time the first stones were laid to make the foundations for this house. All the events of human history that have passed over the years. The souls that have lived here, have come and have gone…. fortunately, left nothing but good vibrations all through the house.

Caroline and Waltraud Zimmermann 2005

I am overflowing with gratitude for the experience of owning a home in Tuscany. What I really have come to discover is, that we don’t really own this house…. we have bought the privilege of taking care of this house for at best 30 years. I have given my heart over to this house of stone, and as I like to say about my Muse, Bird the crow, I don’t really have a house in Tuscany… a house in Tuscany has me.

I suppose one could write a book about our adventures in Tuscany, as each day presents new challenges, joys and frustrations. It would be too easy, and certainly has been done before. Our family and friends have heard or witnessed them all, so perhaps its best to let my paintings and photographs tell the story. A little Salute to Molino and of course, our Cari Amici, those friends of kindness who have been there and helped us over the years. Grazie Mille.

Prego, have a look through the slideshow…

“Cantina Door”

 

 

 

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Tuscan Primavera: Poppies

Sixteen years of scouring the Tuscan Countryside, and I still wonder to myself, why did it take so long for me to appreciate this dazzling springtime display?

A Recent Commission

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Tuscan Primavera: April Showers

After a long winter in California we have returned to Tuscany for our 10th primavera in Molino. Sunshine greeted us and very dry conditions. After months of very little precipitation in the Vald’Arno, April 2012 is bringing us much needed rain… and the countryside is flourishing as a result…

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Thanksgiving with the Cast and Crew of “Terroir”

Keith Carradine in “Terroir”

 The most beautiful Tuscan November in memory and Villa Petrolo in all her autumnal beauty. An ideal backdrop for my husband John Charles Jopson’s new movie “Terroir”, an independent film based on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” – on which I am serving as Art Director as well as Producer along with Carlo Dusi.

The Cast and Crew of Terroir – Thanksgiving 2011 – Villa Petrolo, Tuscany

Actor Keith Carradine (in the role of wine producer Jonathan Bragg) – and his lovely wife Hayley DuMond – arrived for a costume fitting and went right into filming as inclement weather was imminent. Completion of filming happily coincided with (American) Thanksgiving Day, so we held our wrap party for the nearly year-long production there at the villa.

Villa Petrolo resides on the eastern foothills of Chianti with spectacular views of the Valdarno and Pratomagno mountains.

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…the perfect Villa to spend your Tuscan holiday or shoot a film. I held a painting workshop here 9 years ago and it was most inspirational. Autumn light here is exquisite, the surrounding forests, vineyards and olive groves paint a picture of their own. We were warmly welcomed by owners Luca and Sabina Sanjust, and Petrolo staff Nada and Marco, and felt an energy of creative freedom throughout the property.

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It’s not surprising to find out that Villa Petrolo has become a favorite destination for British Prime Minister David Cameron and super star chef Jamie Oliver.

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Sets needed to be dressed and of course feeding a hungry cast and crew took priority for my role as Producer.
Our “gorilla” film-making friends Toni and Guido were infinitely helpful. Toni worked intensely as script supervisor, and Guido as gaffer… as well as expert Tuscan chef… complimenti Tonia e Guido!

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Over half the film was shot in the ancient wine cellars of the Petrolo cantina – a fitting location for this Edgar Allan Poe story. The original short story on which “Terroir” is based was also set in the cantina of an Italian villa.
Our friend and photographer Federico Caponi captured every moment and shared these images with us:

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On the 22nd, after a long day filming in the wine cellars, Jamie Oliver and his “Fifteen” team invited the entire cast and crew of Terroir to join them for dinner…

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…an easy dinner for eighty – consisting of traditional Tuscan “arrosto”
…and Luca provided all the Galatrona we could drink!
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Jo Cooke organized a wine tasting for one of the scenes in the Petrolo salon featuring wines from the Jo Cooke Wine Selections. Great wines were poured, with Luca Sanjust generously pouring several more bottles of Petrolo’s precious “Galatrona”. Naturally a great scene ensued… Petrolo-Blog-11

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The November Tuscan Sunshine played a major role as well…..

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Keith and Gaetano performed marvelously, each scene meticulously crafted by John.

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John, Renzo and Keith sit for a press interview at the end of a long day.
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Keith Carradine on a spectacular Thanksgiving afternoon, 24 November 2011

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Renzo, “Prince of the Villa” and Petrolo Landscape, photos by Hayley DuMond

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”King Oak” on set of “Terroir” in Jonathan Bragg’s sitting room.

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It’s a Wrap” Thanksgiving Dinner… our bellissimi cast and crew, staff and family of Villa Petrolo
we give thanks to you all!

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”A Tavola”!

Photos by Federico Caponi

Autumn’s Glory and Halloween in Tuscany!

Caroline Zimmermann, Firenze, Autumn 2011

Enchanted October! The Sun continues to shine and spectacular days unfold as autumn colors here in Tuscany are the best they’ve been in years. The fabulous weather continues to draw us outside.. filming for John’s independent film Terroir
and a pleasant distraction from my work: a return visit from our dear friend Mike Dunn from Santa Barbara.
Time spent with Mike is consumed with re-tracing old wine tasting routes through Chianti,
visiting friends and of course the practice of Il Dolce di Far Niente… the sweetness of doing nothing, save occupying ourselves with the tasting of some very fine wines.

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Vendemmia: Grape Harvest, San Gimignano

Vendemmia, Tuscany 2011

With the 23rd of September, Summer 2011 was officially over, but here in Tuscany we are experiencing an unusually warm and dry autumn… making for perfect conditions to harvest the wine grapes, or as the Italians call it: Vendemmia. John, Renzo and I returned to Tuscany after a long working summer in California, and were able to take some pleasure in an additional summer here. We resumed production on John’s latest independent – and wine themed – movie “Terroir” which stars Keith Carradine and Gaetano Guarino along with members of John’s Florentine acting ensemble . Naturally such a film requires footage of the vendemmia, so off to San Gimignano, where the grape harvest was well underway…

"Luce d'Oro, San Gimignano" 24" X 40" Oil on Canvas by Caroline Zimmermann

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Hoedown at Hollister Ranch 2011

Caroline Zimmermann with Mike Dunn at Hollister Ranch

Over 20 years ago I visited the Hollister Ranch for the first time. I was immediately captivated by the magic of this unspoiled stretch of California coastline north of Santa Barbara. Not just because of its pristine beauty, but for its incredible surf, with countless points, reefs and sandbars making it one of the most desirable surf destinations in California. Many of my paintings over the years have been inspired by the light and lay of the land…

For the last 15 years we have been fortunate to visit the Ranch on numerous occasions. When I was invited to participate in a fundraiser to help restore some of the historic buildings on the Ranch, I thought it a fine idea to be able to give back some of  the kindness shown to me by Ranch residents and to the Ranch itself for its endless inspiration.

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Festival of Arts Façade 2011

Caroline Zimmermann, Laguna Beach Festival of Arts

It is really quite an honor: My work, along with the fabulous ceramic work of Marlo Bartels, has been selected by the Festival of Arts to grace their front entrance façade. The concept began last May, inspired by this year’s Pageant theme: Only Make Believe.

Board of Directors member Tom Lamb asked me if I would be interested in collaborating.

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The Elusive Sunflower and Rare Antique Frames

Caroline Zimmermann in Provence

This year, our quest for Sunflowers in Provence did not disappoint.  The warm spring in Europe conspired to bring many fields to an early bloom, much to my delight!!!

“Summer’s First Sunflowers” 24”x30”

Most fields are still early, but with some creative off-road driving by John in our Panda, we were able to approach fields only accessible by tractors and farm vehicles.

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Harvest of Lavender in Tuscany and Provence

Caroline Zimmermann, Provence 2011

June at the Molino is a glorious time in the garden with long sunny days that, this year, have brought our lavender into an early bloom.

I rarely get to harvest our own lavender as typically we leave in June for the summer months to return to California. This time, however, because of the warm spring, most of the blooms were ready for cutting… and little Renzo was eager to help….

The next day we were off to Provence… and first time to Valensole….. the lavender fields absolutely stunning…

Lumiere du Lavande ”24”x36”

(“Lumiere du Lavande” is available at Graham Fine Art in London)

“Late June Lavender & Grain” Provence 16”x24”

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