Watercolor Prints, Greeting Cards and More

Corpus Christi, Texas

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Announcement    Thank you for visiting my Etsy store. My watercolor paintings are inspired by spirit. Each of my prints have unique hand painted matting and are signed. You can also buy greeting cards and coloring pages that feature my artwork.


Last updated on Feb 3, 2021

Thank you for visiting my Etsy store. My watercolor paintings are inspired by spirit. Each of my prints have unique hand painted matting and are signed. You can also buy greeting cards and coloring pages that feature my artwork.



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Carolyn Utigard Thomas

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Carolyn Utigard Thomas


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About UtigardArtStudio

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On Etsy since 2015

Artwork that Uplifts and Inspires

My Inspiration
Music and meditation are key to the making of my art. I paint more easily if my favorite music is playing. It sets my energy level. For the angels, I love hearing harp and my Sedona friend, Barbie Edwards, (www.therapyharps.com) is one of my favorite sources. She is using some of my art on her CDs. I also listen while going to sleep.

I also love many other kinds of music from jazz to classical, usually instrumental. Mozart is one of my favorite composers. They all keep me in the flow.

I have practiced meditation for many years. My wish is that the feelings of deep peace, love and bliss experienced there become imbued in my art and that you will feel some of this energy when viewing it.

My Painting Process
I paint in watercolors standing or sitting at an easel set to vertical. I usually use 140 pound cold pressed watercolor paper clipped to a backing. My palette is pretty simple: a warm and cool yellow, red, blue and green, sometimes burnt sienna but usually no blacks or brown. I use opposite colors to create neutrals.

I have my color scheme in mind before anything else. I love playing with color combinations. It is like chords in music.

First, I wet the whole paper with lots of clear water with a big brush and start playing with diluted colors separately allowing the hues to overlap, drip and splatter. (I insisted on leaving my art room with a painted subfloor so I would not be inhibited by dripping and splashing when "into" my process). This wet on wet technique creates an underpainting that sometimes resembles airbrush because the colors softly change. This phase is almost always beautiful because it is clean and fresh!

The key to working in thin layers or glazes is letting each layer dry before adding another. I love building diaphanous layers with multiple images in some pieces. I do not usually have a preconceived plan. (I had to work that way as a commercial artist.) I allow images to form and one thing leads to another. This is where I often sense spiritual direction. There is always a back and forth between design knowledge and inspiration. After I think a piece is done, I keep it around for a while. If there is nothing that bothers me after seeing it for several days and I still like looking at it, I consider it finished.

A few pieces that exhibit my multiple layered technique are "Goddess of Winter", "Many Moons Ago" and "Inspired"

My desire going forward is to create art that is mysterious, poetic and inspiring.

There are No Mistakes (the story of my hand-painted mats)
I am not the first person to paint on a mat, but for me it began with an accidental smudge on a 32" x 40" matted full sheet original watercolor. I wanted to finish the piece, but this was the last big mat that I had so I decided to just "make it work". I did some diversionary swaths of color which were extensions of the nearby colors in the picture and one swath demanded another, of course. When finished, I loved the feel of the extra energy created by going beyond the boundaries. This has become a signature part of my work.

I hope you will enjoy this value added feature and enjoy that the piece you choose will be a little different from anyone else's.

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  • Carolyn Utigard Thomas

    Owner, Artist

    My watercolor paintings are adventures of the spirit and landscapes of the mind. I am always greatly honored when my paintings are displayed in public and private collections throughout the world. Thank you for visiting my Etsy store.

  • Tim Loomis

    Assistant, Owner

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Last updated on March 23, 2017
Welcome to my Shop! Thank you for viewing my artwork.

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If you are unhappy with your order for any reason please contact me within 14 days. I want you to be happy with my artwork, tote bags and greeting cards and will do my best to resolve any problems quickly.
You can pay with the credit cards shown or with a PayPal account.
I only ship to the United States at this time. Shipping is $10 per order.

Your artwork will ship to your address in your Etsy account. If the item is a gift, I can ship it to your 'giftee'. Please let me know their address when you order your item.

Delivery Time: about 10 to 15 days. Please allow more time for larger artwork and custom items.

If you have not received your artwork after 2 weeks, my apologies. Please let me know by clicking "contact the seller".