Aloha Big Island

Back in my studio and in front of my gray computer, I’m thinking back to my last week in Hawaii….

….recalling the distantly familiar, aching feeling of leaving a place of such profound beauty and inspiration….

Oh, how I wish I was there! 

It was my first visit to the Big Island, and I was enticed to stay for three days with a show at Lahaina Galleries’ beautiful Mauna Lani venue.

I felt wholeheartedly embraced by gallery Director Chris Cornis and sales consultants Kim Norman and Stephanie Ansley.
The spacious gallery is situated in the Shops at Mauna Lani and beautifully presents Lahaina Galleries’ many talented artists.

Mahalo to Chris, Kim and Stephanie for an exciting and successful first visit to the gallery!

Chris Cornis, Lahaina Galleries Mauna Lani Director

The Island of Hawaii impressed me with its wide open vistas and immense natural diversity.

It is the third largest island in Polynesia, and with the lava flows of Mauna Loa and Kilauea, it continues to grow larger every year. 

I am awestruck by the vast history of this planet and how the dynamic forces of nature conspire to create life. Last summer in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides I touched some of the oldest rock formations on the planet.

Now I was walking amongst lava flows just a few years old, and fresh coral beaches in the making.

And Life seizes at the opportunity to establish a foothold….

with time and the elements forming the splendid beaches, forests and grassy hillsides of all but four of the planet’s climate zones.

Sun lounging sea turtle on Puako’s beach

Hawaiian sea turtles grazing on the reefs of Puako

Although my first visit was only three days, I was able to get a glimpse of the amazing beauty of this island and feel a profound sense of human and natural history.

It is easy to see how the original inhabitants of this island found all they needed to survive, and thrive to further settle the rest of the Hawaiian islands. 

The view was as splendid then as it is now…..

The ancient fish ponds of Mauna Lani, still in use to this day.

Aloha Island of Hawai’i…

My first visit was too short but abundantly sweet.

Sunset in Hawi town

You are indeed the Big Island with enormous natural diversity, a deep culture and big hearted people, all of which I encountered, and left me so beautifully inspired.

Mahalo, I’ll be back c:

“Hawaiiana Red Ginger II” 28″x16″ oil on canvas at Lahaina Galleries

“Hawaiiana Red Ginger I” 28″x16″ oil on canvas at Lahaina Galleries

Hawaiian Sunset Bliss 12″x4″ oil painting at Lahaina Galleries

“Hula Heaven Hibiscus” 20″x20″ oil painting at Lahaina Galleries

“Kona Coffee” 10″x10″ oil painting at Lahaina Galleries

“Trade Wind Palm” 16″x8″ oil painting at Lahaina Galleries

The Isles of Gold and Mediterranean Blues

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Over 20 years ago, during my first visit to the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, I saw a painting that has inspired me ever since.
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“Les Iles d’ Or” or “The Islands of Gold”, created by Henri-Edmond Cross in 1892 as he was living on the Cote d’ Azur of Southern France.
This pointillist work continues to resonate with me after all these years with its scintillating dots of colors and light.
It is a painting that evokes my fascination with water; the myriad shades of blue, the dance of light and shadow on the sea floor, and the play of reflections on the water’s surface.

Mallorca seascape painting by Caroline Zimmermann

“Mallorca Blues” by Caroline Zimmermann    100cm x 100cm Graham Fine Art

Earlier this May we spent a week on the Cote d’Azur that so influenced Cross and many other Impressionist painters…

Zimmermann-water-paintings-19Stopping along the many beaches and harbors, taking in the views and the occasional aperitif of a good Bandol rose…

Caroline Zimmermann in Sanary sur Mer, France

Sanary su Mer and its delightful harbor. Future paintings waiting to happen!

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"Mediterranean Reflections" painting by Caroline Zimmermann, showing at Lahaina Galleries

“Mediterranean Reflections II” by Caroline Zimmermann    38″x40″ at Lahaina Galleries

Zimmermann-water-paintings-23Living in Tuscany is bliss, but every so often I need to return to the sea.

Zimmermann-water-paintings-22 Zimmermann-water-paintings-17 Zimmermann-water-paintings-12Collecting sea glass is one of my many forms of meditation and there were so many treasures to be found.

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We then discovered the island of Porquerolles, with its beautiful beaches and sheltered coves.

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“Mediterranean Blues V” painting by Caroline Zimmermann, available at Lahaina Galleries

“Mediterranean Blues V” by Caroline Zimmermann
34”x 48” Lahaina Galleries

Then the Henri-Edmond Cross painting came to life:

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Truly where Art meets Life! Over a hundred years after the painting was created, I could visualize what Cross saw as he painted.

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Murohy von Mülheim on Porquerolles Island, France

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I have always lived by the sea. caroline-zimmermann-boat

My many years spent chasing waves kept me constantly in and around salt water.Of course I had to take a swim.

Caroline-Zimmermann-swimming-the-MedAlthough the water of the Med in May is chilly, it felt great to be in such beautiful clear water. It was much like the waters off the coast of Turkey with the amazing shades of blue.

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

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

The Little Crab always returns to the sea… It was good to be back. 
Caroline Zimmermann on Porquerolles Island

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Winter Surf

Christmas Day 2012. No better way for me to celebrate the holidays than to get my head wet after months in Italy and away from my Pacific Ocean.

After visits with family, we headed North, to friends in Ventura… the surf looked fun enough to justify a quick go-out along the way.

Pitas Point at Low Tide. I have surfed here for years… its almost like a second home. On any given winter’s day, Rincon will be jammed with surfers, and the Ranch sometimes a bit too far to drive. Pitas never fails to provide joy, even at minus tide and a tiny winter swell…

 

… all the better with a sandbar that made for wickedly hollow little inside waves….

Too much fun! For me Winter is the absolute best time of year to surf in California. So many right breaks, less crowds, spectacular sunsets and no June Gloom.

I’m inspired by the skies of Winter, the tonal colors of the landscape and the peaceful introspective atmosphere. On so many occasions my surfing experiences have inspired some of my favourite paintings.

“West of the Gate, Hollister Ranch”

Just me, a few birds and a body boarder… and a whole lot of gratitude to be out in the water on Christmas Day.

“Sunrise at Bulito Beach” Hollister Ranch

from the archives: Caroline and The Duke, Bishop Museum,
Honolulu, Hawaii

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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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A Summer Sunset Surf Session with Mickey Muñoz

Summer has at long last come to the Southern California Coast and these last few evenings have been gorgeous enough to tempt me back into the water. In anticipation of my upcoming exhibition at Gallery McCollum, No Bad Paintings, No Bad Waves, where Mickey Muñoz will be signing his new book, we had the pleasure of a sunset surf together at Doheny.

I suppose you could say Mickey has been my “surf mentor” over the years… if you equate “surf” = “life”. Since our first surf session at his beloved Middles in 1984, I have shared many many waves with Mickey – since long before he became my brother-in-law – and looked to him as a role model in how to live Life to the fullest degree.

My Precious Michel Junod Patagonia board has been my favorite for over 16 years…. and a pre-surf waxing up still one of my Life’s greatest pleasures….

Checking the surf… and check out this board: Mickey shapes all his stand-up paddle boards. Fabulous.

Mickey’s fin and my All Saints shorts

Yes, it’s summer, Caroline still wears a wetsuit…

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The last time I surfed with Mickey at Doheny was for his 70th birthday.. next month he will be 75!

Still talking Story….

My first wave since surfing in February…

Mickey, of course, dominates…. he is in great form…surfing rings around all of us!

My last wave of the evening with Mickey….

Just a moment to reflect on the simple beauty of a summer evening, fun waves, the company of a good friend, and my last six months.

Gratitude.

… and gratitude for John for taking these lovely photos!

“Victoria Sunset” Laguna Beach, California by Caroline Zimmermann

Photos by John Charles Jopson

The artist’s reception for No Bad Paintings, No Bad Waves is on August 25, 2012 at  Gallery McCollum 206 North Coast Highway, Laguna Beach CA, 92651   (949) 497-4027

Mickey will be signing his book, “No Bad Waves: Talking Story with Mickey Muñoz” from 3:00PM on, and he’ll be showing some of his unique photographs as well. It will be a very rare opportunity to buy an original photograph by Mickey Muñoz – and celebrate his 75th birthday!

Books will be available for purchase at the gallery. You can also pre-buy the book at your local book shop, from Patagonia, or at this link on Amazon.com.

For invitations please sign up for Caroline’s Mailing List.

Related: No Bad Paintings No Bad Waves Blog Post

View more of Caroline’s surf paintings and photos.

Preview paintings  for the “No Bad Paintings, No Bad Waves” exhibition.

View Caroline’s recent and available works at her Virtual Gallery.

Photos by John Charles Jopson

About Caroline

Full Slideshow below:

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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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