Saturday, December 24, 2016

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Fabulous Firsties

'First Grade Friday' 

The last full week of school before the holiday vacation. Firsties have had fun with comparative adjectives and learning about holiday traditions in other countries of the world.  

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Forgotten Bell


still life, oil, 6"x 6" $50 click here to purchase

I was asked to be a bell ringer for the Salvation Army yesterday. Now I hear bells and bell ringers with greater appreciation this season. This painting is called the 'Forgotten Bell'.



Sunday, December 11, 2016

Fabulous Firsties


"First Grade Friday". Adventures in a first grade classroom. 
So much excitement to perform the school Christmas program this past week.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Sanpete Vibrations


mixed media, 12 x 15, 'Sanpete Vibes'

This is my entry for the Sanpete Contours Art Show at the Hub City Gallery in Mt. Pleasant, Utah. Reception January 13, 2017 6-9 pm. 40 Sanpete County artists have all come together through the expression of line and form. Reception January 13, 2017 6-9 pm.  
All proceeds will go to the North Sanpete Art Council (NSAC). 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Snake River Freeze


studio, oil, 6x6, 'Snake River Freeze'

This is a small glimpse of the Snake River as it passes through southeastern Idaho on a very chilly evening. The reflective sun was just setting with warm amber and rose colored clouds.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Fabulous Firsties


'Firsties' say and do funny things everyday. 
Here are a few from last week's adventures in fabulous first grade.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Remember Hot?


plein air, oil, 6x8, 'Growth Spurt'

This painting was completed for the 2016 Wasatch Plein Air Paradise in Midway, Utah. I found this scenic view of the Heber Valley at the Midway Cemetery seeking shade and a place to have lunch. The temperatures were in the high 90's just 6 days before the 4th of July. I was so shocked to see the growth of Midway from a sleepy quiet rural hideaway just a few years ago.


Monday, November 28, 2016

It's Almost December, Let's BIKE!


Late afternoon bike ride on the Blackfoot Greenbelt along the Snake River in Idaho. 

I found a 1950's Schwinn bicycle hiding under a grapevine awhile back. I visualized myself biking but it wasn't until a long, lost friend encouraged me to just get on and ride that I actually did. Isn't that how life is for us at certain points in our journey through life? Fear vs Fearless? Let us decide and not be afraid come what may! Then help others on their way.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Feast of 2016


studio, oil, 6x6, 'Turkey Talk'

Happy Thanksgiving! I am so blessed to live in Sanpete County, Utah. Beautiful landscapes, fresh air, and lots of turkeys! Here are some turkey facts:
  • There are 45 family farms in central Utah that raise 5 million turkeys harvested each year.
  • In total turkey consumption, Norbest (the brand), would provide enough turkey for the total population of Utah, Idaho and Nevada.
  • If all of the turkeys were converted into turkey sandwiches, there would be half a billion sandwiches.
  • The Utah turkey industry generates more than $75 million a year for the Utah economy.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Moab Plein Air 2016


plein air, oil, 8x10, 'Flow'

Last month I participated in the Moab Plein Air. The weather was absolutely perfect. I painted along the Colorado River as it winds through the canyon. I seem to gravitate to this spot every year and I paint the same scene. It reminds me of the quote from Heraclitus, 'No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.' Can I change it up a bit? 'No woman ever paints the same river twice, for it's not the same river and she's not the same woman.'

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Horse Fat Camp

Meet my palomino paint mare named Lacey. When I picked her up from the spring pasture in June she was surprisingly over weight by over 300 lbs. Her front feet were sore from all the weight she had gained. She had a difficult time walking. The local vet said she had foundered and if she didn't loose weight she would become lame (unable to walk) and useless. She immediately went on a strict diet of eating only grass hay, no alfalfa hay, no grain of any kind, and no fresh feed. She was sparingly fed morning and evening throughout the summer and amazingly she has lost all of her excess weight. Now that it is fall, we have been building up stamina by riding short distances each day. I can see a big difference in her and how she feels. I am looking forward to keeping her healthy and myself!  

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Super Moon


plein air, oil, 8x10, 'Moonstruck'

My favorite time of the month is to watch the moonrise sitting around 
a campfire with friends and family. Tonight I'm getting a moonburn! 



Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Escalante Petroglyphs


plein air, oil, 9x12, 'Petroglyphs'

I drove on Smokey Mountain Road in Escalante, Utah last month and discovered a cool rock formation. I didn't realize I was within a GPS coordinate for petroglyphs until a couple drove up riding an ATV looking for them. They were visiting from Illinois and thought Utah was out of this world with spectacular landscapes.  I agree, do you? 

Sunday, October 2, 2016

30 Sunsets 2016


During the month of September, I painted 30 sunsets and posted them on www.caroljohansen.com and my social media sites. All of the paintings were done alla prima/plein air from locations in Utah and Idaho. As the sun dipped lower in the sky, the quicker my brush instinctively captured the colors. It was the FLOW!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

2016 Escalante Canyons Art Festival


This is my mixed media entry for the Escalante Canyons Art Festival. Sold!
plein air, pastel, 9x12, 'Wild Flowers'


Sunset 24


plein air, oil, 6x6, 'Sunset 24'

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sunset 18



                                                        plein air, oil, 6x6, 'Sunset 18'

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Sunset 8


plein air, oil, 6x6, 'Sunset 8'

Spring City Plein Air 2016


plein air, oil, 9x12, 'Stand by Me'

This painting was completed for the Spring City Plein Air last weekend in Utah. I have been fortunate to live 5 miles away from Spring City and have participated every year since 2008. This view is from my farm looking at the west hills. The two trees seem to embrace each other for added strength against the elements.