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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Lahaina Galleries 39th Anniversary Show

Caroline-Zimmermann-Lahaina_2187This last weekend I had the honour of exhibiting my work at Lahaina’s 39th Anniversary Show. Along with seven other master artists, we celebrated with some of Lahaina Galleries’ patrons and collectors at a private unveiling the evening before.

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All of the works were carefully hung and veiled to provide maximum excitement and anticipation…

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After a wonderful introduction from the Lahaina Team, I spoke briefly about my newest creation…

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My “Blue Mediterranean” Triptych was then unveiled.

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Caroline-Zimmermann-Lahaina_2201 “Blue Mediterranean” made a long journey to be included in this unveiling. I began working on the painting in my studio in Tuscany and continued to work on it throughout the summer in my pop-up studio in Oxford.

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“Blue Mediterranean Triptych” 39” X 60” Available at Lahaina Galleries

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“Kihei Beach Driftwood” 32” X 47”

“Kihei Beach Driftwood” 32” X 47” Available at Lahaina Galleries

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This is truly why I do what I do: Pure Joy. I was thrilled to be able to meet the new owners of my “Mediterranean Blues: Cleopatra’s Baths” and “Mediterranean Blues Beach”. Both pieces are going to an excellent home.

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“Mediterranean Blues: Cleopatra’s Baths” 47” x 36” Lahaina Galleries

“Mediterranean Blues: Cleopatra’s Baths”
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“Mediterranean Blues Beach” 32″ x 47″

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“Hanalei Sunset Dream” 12″ x 12″ Available at Lahaina Galleries

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“Tahitian Still Life” 11″ x 24″  Available at Lahaina Galleries

Caroline-Zimmermann_2226Celebrating a great turnout and fantastic sales with LGI consultant Kasey Solesbee. Well Done Kasey!

“Sunset at Turtle Bay” 28” X 47”

“Sunset at Turtle Bay” 28” X 47” Available at Lahaina Galleries

Caroline-Zimmermann-Lahaina_2249Lovely shot of artist Dario Campanile and his fiancee’ Patricia. Mahalos!

Caroline-Zimmermann-Lahaina_2240Many compliments to Jim and Nancy Killett for their 39th year of beautifying the world with Lahaina Galleries. I’ll do my best to help them with their efforts for many many more!

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Hollister Ranch Hoedown 2014

Summer’s End at the Hollister Ranch. The Hollister Hoedown Fundraiser returns. Ranch locals come from near and far to carry on a tradition. Once again, I am honored to be included.

Hollister-Ranch-HoedownThis years event began with clear, glassy conditions. Soaring summer temperatures with no sign of June Gloom.  The heat was on!

My work hangs for sale with 40 other local artists. Proceeds from all sales benefit the Hollister Ranch Fire Department.

As in previous years, Jackson Browne was in attendance and in fantastic form.

“Low Tide Ranch Painting” sold to Jackson Browne and Dianna Cohen

Jackson’s sound check was fabulous and he is sounding better than ever. But the notorious Ranch winds kicked up at 4, and due to the powerful winds, the events had to be cut short.

“Summer Set Wave, Hollister Ranch” Lahaina Galleries

It was Murphy’s first visit to the Ranch, he fully embraced the endless stretches of beach.

“Solstice Morning Swell” SOLD

“Morning Tide, San Augustine” SOLD

Truly exposed and at the mercy of Nature, its what makes the Ranch a unique place on earth.

“West of the Gate, Hollister Ranch” this painting has SOLD

The Ranch continues to draw me back. I am endlessly inspired by the shape of the land, the quality of the light, and, of course the surf.

“View from the Canyon” Hollister Ranch

Looking forward to the next occasion!

Many thanks to Bev and Kit Cossart!

Kit sells one his paintings to Jackson…

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Return to the Festival of Arts

I’ve often thought of Life as flowing in a spiral current, even more so now as this summer I’ve found myself back in the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts. The decision to return was made on April 1st, and since that day I have been greatly anticipating exhibiting here once again.

I was honored to be given booth #3, one of the first exhibit spaces in the front of the show. This will be my 24th year as a Festival of Arts exhibitor, half of my summers have been spent here. This year, most notable was the change in my exhibit’s presentation:  An All Water Wall.

“Tahiti Cloud Sky” 11″x11″ tropical seascape oil painting

For the last 17 years I have been presenting my works from Tuscany. Many people  were stunned by the paintings, my most recent pieces from my travels in Bali, Tahiti, Maldives and Turkey.

It was great to see old friends, clients and acquaintances. I was sure to include some of my smaller works, those with antique frames and Tuscan landscapes.

The evening was as beautiful as it gets in Laguna Beach, the crowd lively  and dancing to the music. 

Of course my exhibit would not be complete without the presence of a Rooster….

“Turquoise Farm Rooster” 15″x15″ oil painting

New smaller tropical seascapes that comfort the soul and cool the mind.

“Water’s Edge” 7″x13″ tropical seascape oil painting

One of my “Coffee” trio found a good home that eve… but the two remaining are fabulous little pieces….

“Coffee” oil painting 9″x9″

If you are in the Laguna Beach area this summer, do stop by. The Festival runs from the 30th of June to the 3oth of August. The Pageant of the Masters is a must see as an 85 year Southern California tradition. For more information please see Festival of Arts, Pageant of the Masters. See you there!

Festival of Arts Facade 2011 Artwork by Caroline Zimmermann and Marlo Bartels
Photo: Tom Lamb

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Waves of Inspiration: Hawaii

It was December, 1988. My board and bag were packed, and I had just won a $500 award from the City of Laguna Beach’s public arts competition. I was ready: it was my first trip to Hawaii and I was going by myself.

Off the plane: CZ’s first visit to Hawaii 1988

Not only did adventure await, but the course of my Life would be changed forever.

It was my first encounter with the South Pacific and the power of the Hawaiian swells. I’ll never forget seeing winter waves on the North Shore of Oahu for the first time. The sheer magnitude, mass and size of the waves are awesome sights… and definitely a Force to be reckoned with.

“North Shore Blue Wave” 36″x48″

All these years later I’m finally painting waves. It has taken so long, as Life brings me around to this subject, it’s not full circle, but more like a spiral. Last year I found myself painting water, just tranquil scenes of water. In a continuation of the theme, I’m challenging myself with moving water. But it’s not simply about water in movement, in these paintings I’m making waves.

On the other side of the world a breath of wind conspired with the sea to create this wave. A wave of energy that traveled through the waters, across many thousands of miles to arrive on the North Shore of Hawaii. And there, its energy dissipated, but its beauty and majesty was captured, by my friend and North Shore Photographer Bernie Baker.

“Wall of Water” Ke-Iki Beach, Oahu

Bernie has sent me numerous photos over the years that have tantalized my creative imagination. How many times had I seen these waves, surfing Sunset Beach, Mākaha, Bali, Tahiti.. how many times had I dreamed of them. With his photographs Bernie marks their passage in time.
In these paintings I’m not wanting to copy Bernie’s gifted and talented eye, or recreate his master photography with paint. Bernie has kindly let me use his images  as stepping stones of inspiration, and it’s been a fun and wonder-filled collaboration.

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With these paintings I am able to reflect on my time spent in Hawaii….

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The countless trips in Search of Surf…

“Yellow Hibiscus” 11″x14″

The precious times spent on the West Side with the people of Mākaha.

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Mākaha, 1992

My incredible fortune to have befriended their “Queen”, Rell Sunn.

“Mākaha Red Hibiscus” 11″x14″

The Westside was magical, and drew me back time and time again.

“Mākaha Palm” oil painting 1995

Not just for the fabulous waves and beautiful views, but to spend time in the company of Rell.

CZ with Mākaha Royalty

Rell truly was Mākaha royalty, but in true Hawaiian Style, she held court in the most generous and big hearted way. She welcomed us, haole and outsiders, with open arms and open house.

Rell Sunn and the Westside Wahine
1994

Surfing Mākaha with the Wahine….the girls. I’d never surfed a spot where women made up 50% of the lineup, and at a serious break like Mākaha, the waves were not for the faint at heart. Somehow, with time and Rell’s benevolent graces, I was accepted.

photo: Bernie Baker

Over the course of four years I surfed some of the best waves of my Life, there at Mākaha.

“Mākaha” oil painting 1994

Truly, one of the greatest gifts my Life has given me was the time I spent with Rell.

CZ & Rell Sunn, Lanai

Rell’s death in 1998 from cancer left a huge gaping hole in all our lives. With the passing years I’ve been able to fill that emptiness with all the goodness and beauty in Surfing and the Sea.

“Plumeria for Rell” 1998

Every plumeria I paint, every hibiscus, and now every wave is an homage to Rell…

“Little Hula Heaven” oil painting 1998

Ka-polioka’ehukai: Heart of the Sea.

photo Dennis Oda
1983 Star-Bulletin photo of Rell Sunn.

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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)

About Caroline

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