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.

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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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”
40”x40” Oil on Canvas

“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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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!

2012 Holiday Blog

Here we are again, 2012 is almost behind us. Sandra Jones Campbell and I had our annual studio show last weekend, and all conspired to make it a successful event. Sandra’s Studio in Laguna Canyon is nothing short of fabulous and the ideal venue for a holiday party.

“Veg Quartet” still life oil painting 10″x10″ framed

It is the perfect setting for me to showcase my new Water Paintings and fresh small pieces from my studio in Tuscany.

“Scarlet Poppies” oil painting 8″x12″ framed

This year’s collection showcases hand gilded French frames by Sennelier and my favorite hand made Florentine frames.

“Sunset Triptych” oil painting Florentine Frame 4″x5″

“Little Luna” oil painting, Florentine frame 3″x4″

“Triptych, Florentine Frame” 8″x15″

These Tuscan treasures are a delight for me to create. They are also the ideal size for gift giving… and several sold that evening.

Sandra and I posing with our fine furry friends… definitely adding to the holiday cheer!

“Asparagus Standing” oil painting on panel 10″x10″ framed

“Coastal Treasure” oil on panel, gold french frame
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“Tuscan Amber” oil on panel 9″x18″

“Tranquil Sketch” water painting oil on canvas 10″x10″

“Water Study” oil painting 3″x10″ framed

“Cloud Sky” oil painting 12″x12″

“Turquoise Blues II” oil painting of water 40″x40″

Merry Holidays to you all… and a Prosperous and Peace-filled New Year!

 

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Vendemmia: Grape Harvest, San Gimignano

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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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