Caroline Bouton Designs

Shape-Shifting Series

“And when your eyes
Freeze behind
The grey window
And the ghost of loss
Gets into you,
May a flock of colours,
Indigo, red, green
And azure blue,
Come to awaken in you
A meadow of delight."


                     --John O’Donohue

A Flock of Colors:
Palettes on my Windowsill

Building Blocks Series

Custom Maps

Home-Grown Series

Summer Visits Series

Stretching to seek out new teachers and subject matter and to question the meaning in my work,

I value O’Donohue’s words for the liberty they offer me to paint what just feels right. 

I have worked on commission for many years, focusing on my whimsical maps,

and have preferred over time to paint ordinary things--most often those found in nature. 

Recently, I have found great satisfaction in projects that consider--and benefit--others. 

The watercolors here represent my burgeoning effort to turn to paint and brushes

as a gesture in generosity;

a portion of the proceeds from all sales will be given to a variety of organizations,

as indicated with each thematic series. 

I am so grateful for the gifts of time, space and quiet

which have made this joyous and purposeful outpouring of color possible. 

Copyright © Caroline Bouton. All rights reserved.

Working in Watercolor

​​I paint at home, in a designated corner of my family’s living room where my paints rest invitingly on the windowsill.  This roosting collection of colors encourages a regular practice,

like my yoga and daily dog walks, that nourishes and sustains me. 

Becoming animated with water, the hues connect me to spaces beyond familiar walls by inspiring

exploration, interpretation, and hope. 

Routinely creating artwork helps me recognize complexity in the simple assertion of Irish poet John O’Donohue: “Beauty is that in the presence of which we feel more alive.”