Okay, I'll be up front. I do not plan to sell this painting. It was extremely time consuming to paint, full of detail, which is not my usual modus operandus. I went to the Northern Colorado Pow Wow a couple of weeks ago with my husband and then with my young granddaughter. I love a pow wow. The color, the spirit, the dancing, the drumming, nothing is quite like it. So I attempted to capture a second of the fancy dance, I was diligent in my effort, and I am so happy with it! Yaay!
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
"Fancy Dance" by Karla Nolan, watercolor and ink
at 1:09 PM
Labels: american, Colorado, contemporary, dance, fancy, indian, ink, Karla Nolan, modern, native, pow wow, southwest, watercolor
"Life is an onion and one peels it crying."--French proverb Escapism. Defying time. Serenity and solace. Reliving treasured moments...the reasons I paint and make artwork. The creative acts are surely the most pleasant and yet difficult of all. Color and form are special friends. The challenge of perfecting artwork is monumental and exhilarating. This effort has grown to be both friend and family, which are the two most important aspects of my life. Judaica is my most challenging art...Hebrew and I don't always get along! I'm mainly self-taught in art, relying on intuition, experimentation, benefiting from studying books, visiting museums, galleries and learning painting techniques from other artist friends/relatives. I've studied pastels with Clive Tyler, taken oils with Daniel Edmondson. My newest medium is painting on glass, inspired by an Italian master, bringing this art technique home and applying my own topics. My oils are mainly with palette knife. This art style might be called "abstract realism", an oxymoron in its own right. Favorite contemporary artists include Cruciani, L Horowitz, Berberian, S Stork, C Tyler, D Edmondson. "Life is short, use color!"