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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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!
Provence in Spring and once again we find ourselves here in pursuit of poppies.
When 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.
An 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.
Countless subjects for my next paintings… and most importantly… our next meal.
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!
Our efforts were rewarded with some spectacular fields and ideal conditions.
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.
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.
First stop was to deliver my paintings to be stretched at Bird and Davis, one of the UK’s oldest and leading art stretcher manufactures.
On this visit I’ve brought some fresh produce paintings, springtime florals and summer sunflowers.
I have also brought the latest in my series of Water Paintings, this large piece is entitled “Mallorca Blues I”.
“Tara’s Morning Tide” is a wedding present from a thoughtful fiance’ to a very lucky bride. Congratulations to Tara and Ricardo!
If you are interested in any of these paintings please don’t hesitate to contact Graham at 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…
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!
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“Poppy Portraits”, intimate views of the individual flower as no two are exactly alike.
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.
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.
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.
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Most notable are these new “Poppy Portraits”, intimate views of the individual flower as no two are exactly alike.
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!
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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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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