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!
Click on any of the images below to view the slideshow.. and please check back to read more blog posts about each location, what kind of inspiration it brought to me and how it affected my work.
The studio, that space with all the energy it brings to me is a silent collaborator in my creative process, looking back at these images there is no doubt in my mind about that. My special thanks to the best studio mates ever: John Charles Jopson, Sandra Jones Campbell, Ratso, Renzo, Murphy…and of course, the first of my many Muses, Bird.

Caroline Zimmermann: Lahaina Galleries Solo Show

Caroline Zimmermann’s Lahaina Galleries Solo Exhibition, February 27, 2016

Information and enquiries:

Lahaina Galleries At Fashion Island
1173 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
800.788.5008/949.721.9117
www.lahainagalleries.com   lgi@maui.net

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A Day at Oxford Botanic Garden

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Founded in 1621, the University of Oxford Botanic Garden is the oldest botanic gardens in Great Britain and one of the oldest scientific gardens in the world. It has one of the most diverse yet compact collections of plants in the world and contains over 8,000 different species, including… poppies!

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"Poppy Portrait II" 15cm X 15cm Available at Graham Fine Art

“Poppy Portrait II” 15cm X 15cm Available at Graham Fine Art

"Poppies in a Tuscan Breeze" 25.5 X 25.5 Available at Graham Fine Art

“Poppies in a Tuscan Breeze” 25.5 X 25.5 Available at Graham Fine Art

"Poppy Adoration" 60cm X 69.5cm Available at Caroline's online Virtual Gallery

“Poppy Adoration” 60cm X 69.5cm Available at Caroline’s online Virtual Gallery

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"White Daffodils" Available at Graham Fine Art

“White Daffodils” 25cm X 25cm Available at Graham Fine Art

"Lilacs and Wisteria" 30" X 24" Available at Lahaina Galleries

“Lilacs and Wisteria” 30″ X 24″ Available at Lahaina Galleries

"Summer Sunflower" 12" X 12" Available at Lahaina Galleries

“Summer Sunflower” 12″ X 12″ Available at Lahaina Galleries

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"The Rose Arbour" 100cm X 80cm Available at Graham Fine Art

“The Rose Arbour” 100cm X 80cm Available at Graham Fine Art

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“Hawaiian Heliconia” 2010 Private Collection

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"Plumeria for Rell" 1998

“Plumeria for Rell” 1998  Private Collection

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“Hibiscus Leilani” 2012 Private Collection

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Flower Power in Provence

Provence in Spring and once again we find ourselves here in pursuit of poppies.
Carolibe-Zimmermann-poppies-1209aWhen in Nice, the Marché Aux Fleurs at the Cours Saleya is a must see. A daily market that is one of the most spectacular in the South of France.

Caroline_Zimmermann-Provence-1207An overwhelming visual feast for the senses… the sights and fragrances of the many purveyor’s exquisite goods… the best of local Provencal produce and spring flowers which are at their peak of this year’s season.

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Countless subjects for my next paintings… and most importantly… our next meal.

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“Bundle of Asparagus” Graham Fine Art

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“Asparagus Standing” Graham Fine Art

Caroline-Zimmermann-Nice-0904This year’s poppy hunt takes us back to some familiar countrysides of the Luberon, with a stop in Aix en Provence along the way.Murphy-in-Aix-1029

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We returned to Bonnieux, one of the most charming of the Luberon’s hilltop towns.
The views are fabulous, and from that strategic location we could scope out potential poppy fields in the distance.
They were there and the hunt was on!

Zimmermann-poppy-fields-0028_2Our efforts were rewarded with some spectacular fields and ideal conditions.

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“Scarlet Poppies” 30″x40″

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Poppy Portrait III 15cm x 15cm at Graham Fine Art

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“Poppies, End of May” 12″x20″ Graham Fine Art

Seeing these poppies in such a magnificent setting always takes my breath away.
It is rare in Tuscany to find such vast swaths of poppy fields these days, as many farmers are using herbicides that eradicate the poppies as well as countless other beneficial wildflowers and weeds.
In Britain the poppy is a symbol of remembrance, yet it is being wiped out by the increase of herbicide use by farmers.

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But here in Provence, with their shocking scarlet the flowers still set the landscapes on fire, making our visit one of the most memorable yet.

“Return to the Poppy Field” 25”x31” framed

“Return to the Poppy Field”
25”x31” framed

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“Poppies and Grain” 30″x40″ Lahaina Galleries

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“Poppy Portait I” 6″x6″ Graham Fine Art

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Title: Poppies in a Tuscan Breeze Medium: Oil on Board Image Size: 25.5cm x 25.5cm

Poppies in a Tuscan Breeze
Image Size: 25.5cm x 25.5cm

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Fresh Paintings at Graham Fine Art, London

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London in April. A visit to Crouch End and Graham Fine Art.
I consider myself very fortunate to do business in one of the greatest cities on Earth, and delivering paintings to Graham Fine Art is an excellent excuse to spend a week there.

zimmermann-bird-and-davisFirst stop was to deliver my paintings to be stretched at Bird and Davis, one of the UK’s oldest and leading art stretcher manufactures.

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“Asparagus Standing” Oil on Board 15cm x 15cm at Graham Fine Art

On this visit I’ve brought some fresh produce paintings, springtime florals and summer sunflowers.

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“Mallorca Blues I” oil on canvas 100cm x 100cm at Graham Fine Art

I have also brought the latest in my series of Water Paintings, this large piece is entitled “Mallorca Blues I”.

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Curator and proprietor Graham Powell has kindly made a comfortable space for me to paint right in the gallery, and meet and greet those who visit.
It’s great fun and I so enjoy meeting the locals of Crouch End and receiving response from my work.
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“White Daffodils” oil on panel 25cm x 25cm

 

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“Tuscan Violet Artichokes” oil on panel 10cm x 30cm

 

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“Produce Provencal” 10″x 10″ oil painting at Graham Fine Art

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“Summer’s First Sunflowers” Oil on Linen 75cm x 61cm

The highlight of the weekend was presenting a commissioned painting to clients who live in London, but requested a California seascape.
They selected a sunrise view of Bulito Beach of the Hollister Ranch.

“Tara’s Morning Tide” at Graham Fine Art

“Tara’s Morning Tide” is a wedding present from a thoughtful fiance’ to a very lucky bride. Congratulations to Tara and Ricardo!

“Poppy Portrait I ” Oil on Board
15cm x 15cm at Graham Fine Art

“Poppy Portrait II”
15cm x 15cm at Graham Fine Art

“Poppy Portrait III”
15cm x 15cm at Graham Fine Art

“Bundle of Asparagus” Oil on Board 14cm x 20cm at Graham Fine Art

“Cut Citrus” Oil on Board 15cm x 15cm at Graham Fine Art

 

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If you are interested in any of these paintings please don’t hesitate to contact Graham at Graham Fine Art.

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New Paintings at Lahaina Galleries

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“Mediterranean Reflections” 38” x 40” Oil on Canvas

An exhibition of new works by Caroline Zimmermann at the Lahaina Galleries in Newport Beach, California from March 7, 2015.

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“Cloud Sky II” Maldives  – Oil on Canvas 30″ X 30″

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“Chianti Harvest Colors” 30”x40” Oil on Canvas

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“Vintage Crystal Cove” Laguna Beach  30″ X 40”  Oil on Canvas

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“Mediterranean Blues: Cleopatra’s Baths”  47” x 36”  Oil on Canvas

“Mediterranean Blues: Cleopatra’s Baths”
47” x 36” Oil on Canvas

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“Beyond Crystal Cove” Laguna Beach  20”x 59” Oil on Canvas

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“North Shore Blue Wave” 36″ X 48″ Limited Edition Print

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“Reflections of Tuscany” Bagno Vignoni, Tuscany 38” X 40” Oil on Canvas

"Return to Wood's Cove" 17” X 40” Oil on Canvas

“Return to Wood’s Cove”
17” X 40” Oil on Canvas

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“Poppies and Grain” 30”x40” Oil on Canvas

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“Sunflowers in a Summer Breeze” 24”x40” Oil on Canvas

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“The Conversation” 40”x40”  Oil on Canvas

“The Conversation”
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“Little Drake”  20”x16” Oil on Canvas

“Little Drake”
20”x16” Oil on Canvas

To enquire about any of these paintings please don’t hesitate to email Lahaina Galleries or call (800) 228-2006.

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Provence Poppy Bliss

At last, we return to Provence and just in time to observe the Poppy phenomenon… This year’s was spectacular!  A “riot of red” that takes one’s breath away! The swaths of poppies are elusive.. never easy to find.  More than often, they find you… It’s quite the indulgence to spend time in the fields and linger…

‘Poppy Adoration” 60cmx70cm Graham Fine Art

Taking time to observe the flowers close up, with their interesting black stamen formations, and delicate transparent petals that glow red like little stained glass windows… The French name for the poppy: le coquelicot   All the while gathering up inspiration and taking photos I will use as references for future paintings in my studio…

“Scarlet Poppies” 30″x40″ Richard Stravitz Galleries

“Tuscan Poppy Fields In Spring” 28″x40″ Lahaina Galleries

Of course, taking time also for a sip of Rose’ and the fabulous Provencal cuisine at L’Oustalet in Lourmarin…A warm goat cheese salad with hazelnut crust a fine reward for hard day’s work! Merci Nade & FiFi!

All this travel is new for our dear Murphy…

What’s not to Love about French cafe’ life!

“Small Wonder Poppy Landscape Painting I” 13 X 20 cm
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“Poppies” 40cm x100cm Graham Fine Art

“Poppy Portraits”, intimate views of the individual flower as no two are exactly alike.

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“Poppy Portrait 2” 15cmx15cm
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“Siena Poppies” 12″x24″
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“Florentine Poppies” 12″x24″
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“Poppies, End of May” 30cm x51cm
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Caroline Zimmermann at Lahaina Galleries

The End of Summer 2013’s most welcome news is my being taken on by Lahaina Galleries for representation. 

Callie Wray and her fantastic team at their Fashion Island gallery have made me feel most welcome.
My work has never been more beautifully displayed, I am honored to be included with such a great group of talented artists.

“Summer Evening Tide, Hollister Ranch” 16″x39″

I look forward to working with the Lahaina Ohana and greatly anticipate their upcoming events.
Click here to view my work at the gallery.
An introductory show on the 7th of December… check back for further details!

Tuscan Poppies: The Chelsea Collection at Graham Fine Art

March and April showers have made for a remarkably wet and rainy spring for us here in Tuscany.  After last year’s drought and extraordinary heat, this May is completely different; the Tuscan countryside has exploded in a lush green-ness that we haven’t seen in years.

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Gratitude for the corn poppy or papaver rhoeas, whose annual display brings a visual relief to what I call “green fatigue” in the Tuscan primaverile  landscape.

Tuscan poppy fields, near Siena

Conveniently, and not only for my eye, Nature has brought a pleasing compliment to ease the annoyance of these endless shades of green with swaths of the scarlet poppy.

Now, painting the Tuscan countryside in May delights me to no end. Our travels through Tuscany reveal breathtaking fields of poppies that vary in location from year to year.

I’ve just sent off fresh poppy paintings to Graham Fine Art in London, in time for the gallery’s annual homage to the Chelsea Flower Show.
The “Chelsea Collection 2013” will feature some of my most recent poppy paintings, as well as new citrus and coffee still life pieces.

“Small Wonder Poppy Landscape Painting I” 13 X 20 cm
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If you are a “Facebook-er” visit Graham’s Facebook page for an inside look as to the goings on of the Graham Fine Art gallery.

“Small Wonder Poppy Landscape Painting II” 14x 19.5 cm
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Most notable are these new “Poppy Portraits”, intimate views of the individual flower as no two are exactly alike.

“Poppy Portrait 1” 15cmx15cm
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“Poppy Portrait 3” 15cmx15cm
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“Poppy Portrait 2” 15cmx15cm
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“Siena Poppies” 12″x24″
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“Florentine Poppies” 12″x24″
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“Poppies, End of May” 30cm x51cm
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I’ve read that Michelangelo said “If you don’t like green, don’t visit Tuscany in spring”… As for myself, these gorgeous poppies are every reason to visit Tuscany in spring!

Summer Sojourn 2012

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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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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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