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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Abstract Colorado landscape painting

Summer Clouds 2
30x40 oil/acrylic
Loving Clouds
How I love to watch the clouds
Peacefully, peacefully drifting by
Silently upon the breeze
They ease across the clear blue sky.

How they build and roll and tumble
Just like angels out to play
Dancing with the sylphs and fairies
Head o'er heels along the way.

Each new shape is quite amusing:
Puffs to great majestic towers
Building for their loving gift
To bless the earth with vital showers.

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by Craig Nicholson

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Aspen in Autumn triptych large oil paintings

Aspen in Autumn triptych
60x60 oil on 3 canvas panels

And the wind, full of wantonness,
wooes like lover
The young aspen-trees till they
tremble all over.

- Thomas Moore (From Trees of America)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Contemporary impressionistic oil painting

Roses in blue
24x30 oil/acrylic

Inspired by Renoir

When speaking of roses and their colors,
red means love or romance,
 pink means admiration, and yellow is for a true friend .

Monday, February 20, 2012

PINK contemporary impressionistic fine art painting

Pink Blossoms
giclee on acrylic

Oh so ready for spring;
Pink Blossoms is bright and cheery limited edition print on acrylic.
Hang against a light wall or in the window to create a stained glass look.

Brighter pinks are youthful, fun, and exciting, while vibrant pinks have the same high energy as red; they are sensual and passionate without being too aggressive. Toning down the passion of red with the purity of white results in the softer pinks that are associated with romance and the blush of a young woman's cheeks. It's not surprising that when giving or receiving flowers, pink blossoms are a favorite. Pink is the color of happiness and is sometimes seen as lighthearted. For women who are often overworked and overburdened, an attraction to pink may speak of a desire for the more carefree days of childhood.

How the color pink affects us physically

  • Bright pinks, like the color red, stimulate energy and can increase the blood pressure, respiration, heartbeat, and pulse rate. They also encourage action and confidence.

  • Pink has been used in prison holding cells to effectively reduce erratic behavior. (

Meaning, symbolism and psychology of color: All About the Color pink

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Contemporary abstract oil painting

White Dress
 oil on canvas

The Color White around the globe

White is the traditional color worn by brides in the western world, as well as in Japan.
White is a color of mourning in China and parts of Africa.
It was the custom for the Queens of France to wear deuil blanc or "white mourning"
White was the color of deepest mourning among medieval European queens was white rather than black. This tradition survived in Spain until the end of the fifteenth century.
In Chinese culture, colors corresponded with the five primary elements, the directions, and the four seasons. White was associated with metal, west, and autumn.
A white flag is universally recognized as a symbol of truce.
The Japanese have six distinct terms to define whiteness.
The ancient Greeks wore white to bed to ensure pleasant dreams.


    Saturday, February 4, 2012

    Impressionistic aspen tree painting

    Between Two Trees 30x48
    acrylic / oil

    It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit. ~Robert Louis Stevenson