Friday, August 18, 2017

La Casa de gli Soprano~ The Soprano's Home


My latest painting is 16x20 completed on August 18, 2017  .  I've been listening to some beautiful opera these days.  I never appreciated it until a few years ago. I like to imagine this classical interior somewhere in  Rome perhaps. Thanks for looking.   ( There is a little reflection from taking the photo outside today.)  

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

 "Beyond the edge of the world there’s a space where emptiness and substance neatly overlap, where past and future form a continuous, endless loop. And, hovering about, there are signs no one has ever read, chords no one has ever heard."
Haruki Murakami, 
I'll never give up wanting to hear my son's voice.  I think about that all the time.  
I've begun a new piece that is really starting to come together.  I've relaxed my style a bit .  I am less concerned about straight lines and angles and more about color and composition.  It's very exciting .  I suppose I have come full circle with my process.  I am searching for color and pattern, objects and places.    

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Lightness Of Being- New Work


SOLD    Completed on 8-4-2017.  This new  piece consists of  the contents inside my head.  Ideas just kept popping into my mind all week as I worked.  I heard that title somewhere a few weeks ago and I thought it would make a great title for my painting.  I used a more painterly approach and with a lot of heart and soul.  My son Max ,who is also a painter,  said to me the other day that when you are excited about what you are painting it shows.  Thanks for looking.  It's 18x24 on a cradled wood panel with painted sides.  No Frame is needed. 
http://catherinenolin.org/artwork/4255057-The-Lightness-Of-Being.htmlhttp://catherinenolin.org/artwork/4255057-The-Lightness-Of-Being.html

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Lightness Of Being


This is the name I have chosen for this next piece.  I feel in a way I have come full circle in my approach and process.  Looking forward to posting the finished art.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Decorator's Pets- new original painting


Completed on 7-22-2017.  This is what I imagine an interior designers house would look like.  This piece is 16x20 created on a cradled wood panel with painted sides.  
Thanks for looking.  Catherine 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Table Top Cat- New painting


Completed 7-15.  Table Top Cat is 12x16 painted on a wood panel with painted sides. I am on a roll these days.  I painted this piece just because, why you know why by now. (: 
for sale on my blog and etsy shop.  Thanks for looking! 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The QUeen Of EVerything


Her majesty The queen .  I have really found my niche in regards to portrait paintings.  I enjoy creating these fictional Renaissance  women so much!  I am especially pleased with her!  She is 12x16 painted on a cradled wood panel with painted sides.  The photo does not do her beauty justice!
For sale on my website at   www.catherinenolin.org   

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

 Took a mini vacation- tried to relax at home,( hard to do when you work at home!) Spent a couple of days in  Cape Elizabeth Maine to see family, which definitely inspired me.  I am so ready to go back to work but one last day today I am spending with Sam, my youngest son.
First on my agenda, is spending some time organizing for my licensing deal but I so much would rather be painting.


Edward Hopper's 2 Lights painting then and now.  My sister lives on this street.

I plan on a couple of pieces and I am not sure which order but I am feeling another "Queen Of Everything" painting.  I like to think I coined that phrase five years ago but I've heard it in songs so who knows!  I also want to do a  "Farm To Table" piece but not what you think! I've had that idea since my son and his partner started their organic farm a few years back.  I need to create another  "The Art Collector"  as well.  A much more updated version.  All these ideas should keep me going for a while.
I am enjoying  the sweetest bunch of bunnies living under the thistle in our yard right now. (Our yard is mostly weeds and clover) I had eye contact with a gorgeous red fox at dusk the other night. Thankfully not near my yard of bunnies!  This is a magical time of year.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Four Cats And A Lady - New work



Completed on 6-30-2017.  16x20 on a cradled wood panel.  I know there has been talk about doing more dog paintings but I 've had  the idea for this piece for a while.  Loving all the sea breezy colors. 
Cats are so mysterious and I have two! 
Thanks for looking.  Happy Fourth of July ! 
Catherine 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

What I'm working on.....


My new project is really taking shape today.  Cats are always a favorite subject.  I am so amused by their behavior.  Dimensions of the painting are 16x20.  More guest appearances in this piece  to follow..... 

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Bird Watcher New painting


Completed on 6-16-2017  I love watching the many birds that stop by my yard.  I love to hear their songs.  Such sweet gentle creatures going about the business of the day while I paint. I was totally inspired by the Botticelli exhibit at the MFA lat weekend.  This painting is 12x16 on a cradled wood panel with painted sides.
Thanks for looking!  Click the link to view on my website. http://catherinenolin.org/artwork/4230340-The-Bird-Watcher.html

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

What I'm working on.....


I've started working on an 12x16 classic portrait.  She will be the "Bird Watcher"  

Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Manhattan Pianist


Completed on June 8, 2017.  18x24 on a cradled wood panel.  Thanks for looking !
www.catherinenolin.org  
I decided to have a little fun with this piece and tell a story.  

Meet Valerie Puglisi     She's an Italian American concert pianist who came to love and live in Manhattan 1994.  She comes from a long list of family  musicians.   Her Uncle Salvatore is the much beloved Italian Maestro in Venice who inspired her love of music as a child.   Her parents were avid art collectors and she grew up playing beneath large gold framed  carved Matisse and Picasso paintings.  Although she has yet to marry, the prospects haven't been good in the big apple.  The demanding hours of her career make it next to impossible to   have a social life anyway.  Her trusted companion and music critic, Francis is always there.   You can find her any evening studying her compositions before a performance.  
The End  

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Tomorrow! Music, Interiors


Tomorrow I will be posting this painting for sale.  I am pretty excited.  I've spent long hours on it but it's all been a complete joy.  I am so pleased with how it came together and love working in this larger size (18x24)  I have a few more changes to make in the morning. I have put my heart and soul into this painting. My kids always tell me I say that about every painting I do!   Regardless God willing see you tomorrow! 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Today's Progress


Today I worked the distant room.  I decided to go with a NYC skyline which I haven't done in a long time.  Stay tuned! 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

What I'm working on......


Started a new piece yesterday.  It's 18x24.   I like working with the panel horizontal for a change. It's really starting to take shape today.   Lots of plans for things in this painting!  Can't wait for tomorrow!  Stay tuned.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

What's Going on these days.- Sale?

 This has got to be my favorite time of year.  Life is just easier when it's still light out at 7:30, our grass actually looks in step with our neighbors lawns.  I can smell the lilies of the valley fragrance in the air on my walk, bunnies running all over my back yard!  Since I sit a lot when I work I am forcing myself to try and walk every day now.  It's easy for the time being  but when  winter is back I know I will struggle again but there is nothing bad about exercising- I keep telling myself!
I am in a really good place inspiration ally right now as well.   I see possible paintings everywhere I go, from grocery store to visiting my 89 year old mother I have plenty of material! I have made some price adjustments to a few of my original paintings still in my shop.  I don't like to call it a "sale" but worth checking out. at  www.catherinenolin.org   I will be working on some more slightly abstract- surreal pieces as well as some musical themed paintings.  I recently did an interview with a pretty hip blog which should be coming out in June and I have signed a contract with a licensing company which will be an exciting venture for me- wrapping paper, towels, home furnishing etc in the works.  I'll keep you posted.
Thank you for all your comments, support and interest.  Have a great long weekend- Catherine.








Monday, May 22, 2017

On my easel


Sorry for the  blurry photo ~feeling a bit lazy today.   Sometimes I'm so tired of technology!  Anyway,   I'm working on a 16x20  panel my  "LA Woman. " Under painting underway.  

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Open To Interpretation- New painting


Completed on 5-18-2017  "Open To Interpretation "  is 16x20 created on a wood panel with painted side.  This piece took me on a long journey.  During the process,  I went to such an inspiring opening in New York City. The work of Linden Frederick's.   The exhibit was paired with short stories penned by some of the most celebrated American authors.  We met several of them and were quite star struck to say the least!  Richard Russo, Lois Lowry, Luanne Rice, and Lawrence Kasdan to name a few.  My son Max is being mentored by Linden so it was especially exciting for us all. 


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

What's going on....

 Hello Friends and Collectors
This week my husband and I along with our son Maxwell are going to Linden Frederick's opening in NYC.  I am so excited to see his work especially since Linden started mentoring Max last fall.  For those of you unfamiliar with Linden. -
Linden Frederick grew up in Upstate New York and studied art at Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto and the Academia de Belle Arte, Florence, Italy.  His sensitive, nearly narrative landscape and scene paintings were first exhibited in New England in 1985. 
Since moving to Belfast, Maine in 1989, Linden Frederick has been included in exhibitions at the Farnsworth, Ogunquit and Portland museums of art in Maine and in gallery exhibitions in Maine, New York, Texas, New Mexico, South Carolina and Pennsylvania. 

I can't wait to go!  The influence Linden has had on Maxwell's work is amazing and it's only the beginning!
As for me,  I am getting involved licensing my work.  I've just begun the process and it's uncharted terrority for me.  I continue to work with the California based needlepoint company and have just submitted many new images for design.   I will also be the artist spotlighted this summer on People's Pixels.  I'm working on a few pieces at once these days.  Sneak peaks coming!
My lilacs in the pretty light

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Curious and Wise - new painting


"Curious and Wise" was completed on May 2,2017.  It's 11x14 in size with painted edges.  I continue to love painting owls.  I think this is my 6th owl piece?  I also love curious objects , lover's eyes and vintage items.  The perfect marriage!  For sale on my website as well as my Etsy shop.  You can click the link to view there . http://catherinenolin.org/artwork/4203138-Curious-and-Wise.html

Friday, April 28, 2017

What I'm working on


Started working on a smaller piece 11x14.  Just love owls.  I feel like they know something when I see one.  (:

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Art Teacher- New painting


Completed on 4-25-2017.  12x16 on a cradled wood panel with painted sides.  My idea of an art teacher.  I have vivid and  fond memories of my first art teacher in elementary school. The first day she came into the  art room and drew a picture of a mountain landscape, which at 6/7 years old, I was quite blown away by!  Then she showed us how to draw one too.  (:   

Thursday, April 20, 2017

What I'm working on......


Started working on "The Art Teacher"  12 x 16 .   I remember all my art teachers through the years. In particular was my elementary school art teacher.  

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Charming Gardener SOLD


SOLD    Happy Spring !  Just completed this 18x24 painting.  I really enjoyed creating this piece.  I love the quote by Marcel Proust which inspired me to paint a renaissance style woman tending to her grand garden with her daughter helping in the background.  Thanks for looking and have a wonderful weekend and holiday. For sale on my website. 
Catherine http://catherinenolin.org/artwork/4194209-The-Charming-Gardener.html

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

What I'm working on.... The Charming Gardener


I am working on another 18x24 canvas this week. I guess I am starting to think about spring and flowers finally.  I must confess I love painting flowers but not gardening so much.  
 I love the quote by Marcel Proust
"Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.  Thank You.  
I have a few charming gardeners in my life.  

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Today's progress


Really coming together now. I woke pretty early and spent most of the day.  The colors are so much more lovely then they appear in my phone photo! 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Channeling Matisse ------


I have decided to do a more expressive style piece of an interior.  I 've had an 18x24 stretched canvas staring at me, I mostly work on wood panels, but for this piece it's perfect.  I am finding that painting quickly and without restriction can be very exciting as well as therapeutic. 
I have three sons and my middle son Maxwell now 26 living in Brooks Maine has decided to give up  organic farming for his true passion - Painting!  He studied at the Museum School in Boston but then started an organic farm with his partner  three years ago only to realize his true calling.  I have shown and sold some of his early paintings of farm life.  By chance  he  met a rather well known painter from Belfast who has agreed to mentor him and the results so far are amazing. 
  Zachary and Maxwell have decided to pursue careers in the Visual Arts  or should I say , "The calling."  Both of them have had wonderful opportunities and doors that have open .   I am grateful for them and their gifts. Here are a few of Max's older pieces that I will make available in my etsy shop.  Stay tuned for his new work .  Done in 2015-2016 



 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Meet Regina the dog sitter- new painting


Completed  on 3-30-2017  In keeping with my series of animal sitters, meet Regina!  She and Natalie (the sheep dog ) are painted on a 12x16 cradled wood panel with painted sides.  

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Monday, March 27, 2017

What I'm working on.


Working on this 12x16 piece.  So far I've done The  Cat Sitter, The Bunny Sitter so I figured it was time for a dog sitter.  Enjoying my new paints and brushes too. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Afternoon On Pine Point - New painting


Completed on 3-21-2017.  Pine Point is actually  in Scarborough, Maine  and extends for four miles along Saco Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.  I spent the weekend in Cape Elizabeth the next town over.  Three of my five sisters live there. It's a beautiful rugged area "Andrew Wyeth country."  Anyway, I used a few new techniques and did lots of glazing which gives such lovely luminous  depth as well. One of my more epic pieces.  Gracie made her way into the chinoiserie bowl along with a Maine woodland creature.  16x20 on a cradled wood panel.  Thanks for looking.
www.catherinenolin.org 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Today's Progress


 Taken with my phone .  Gracie made her way into it.  There may be some others. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The journey begins


I've started a larger piece, 16x20.  I am at the very beginning stages and sometimes I have it all figured out and sometimes the painting figures itself out.  After spending the weekend in Maine I am inspired .  

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Bunny Sitter- New Painting


So glad I was able to complete this piece today since I am heading out to Maine for a family party tonight. It's 11x14 on a cardled wood panel with painted sides.  I am quite pleased with my bunny sitter.  I worked on making her with a renaissance appeal.  The face reminds me of an opal  and more lovely in person!
http://catherinenolin.org/artwork/4172870-The-Bunny-Sitter.html

Friday, March 3, 2017

Gabriela's Atelier ~New painting


Completed on 3-3-2017  .  16x12 on a cradled wood panel with painted sides.
I was initially inspired by Rene Magritte's painting  "Homage To Mack Sennett" 1934.  I love many things about his work -Surrealism, use of furniture ,objects, and birds to name a few. I would like to think there are guardian angles out there living among us.  
Thanks for looking.  For sale on my website and etsy shop. 

Monday, February 27, 2017

What I'm working on......


I'm working on another 12x16 piece.  You may recognize where my inspiration is coming from here.  Can't wait to add some strong color here and lots of details including some furry ones and special trinkets. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Places Our Children Take Us.

 When your kids are ok everything is right with the  world.    My youngest son has struggled so much and for so long .  It is a bittersweet roller coaster ride daily but I think we are headed toward a good place now.  I feel determined and hopeful.  At the same time I am so proud of my two older sons.  My oldest newly married son is really working hard producing amazing videos and commercials and still has a little time for painting and illustrating.  My middle son continues to be mentored by a well known painter from Maine.  He's an already gifted painter, but learning and evolving so much into something wonderful.  I love the places our children take us.

I'm feeling that my next painting will be somewhat spiritual. I am in a good place right now and feel grateful.  

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

La Primavera- New Painting


Completed on 2-22-17  La Primavera is  16x12 painted on a cradled wood panel with painted sides.  I love to infuse the old masters with a modern twist when it comes to still life paintings.  It wasn't until I actually photographed this piece that I noticed such a great energy about it.  The vivid colors and motion .  Thanks for looking.  

Monday, February 20, 2017

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Peacing It Together- New painting SOLD


SOLD The latest work is 12x16 on a cradled wood panel with painted sides.  
As I have mentioned before I am from a family of 7 - 6 woman and one younger brother.  I am the youngest of the girls.  There is a teachers, nurses, writer/ journalist, real estate agent, and restaurant owner in the mix.  They are all strong woman who have helped raise and shape me into the person I have become.  We are all still close and have a blast together when we can manage to get together.  My brother isn't too bad either .  He understands woman pretty well!  
Thanks for looking! 

Friday, February 10, 2017

What I'm working on....


I've started a new piece which has an obvious theme going on .  A lot more to come though.   It's 12x16 btw