Place

Place, 36″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas. Available for purchase at Somebody’s Gallery in Petoskey, MI.

I took some freedoms with this scene in Port Oneida Farms which has become so familiar to me. I need another visit up north to see it. Maybe this autumn?

I’m enjoying the cooler weather; how about you?

Karin

New city painting: GR in AM

GR in AM, 36″ x 36″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

Whenever we head up north for the day (or a few days), we pass through the middle of downtown Grand Rapids in the morning. If the sun is shining, this is the amazing view we see! I always forget it’s coming, and end up having to lunge to grab my camera. You only get one shot on the highway’s speedy S-curve before it’s gone! I feel quite pleased that, at least this time, I didn’t get cheated!

1) Peaceful Mooring; 2) Intersecting

 

Peaceful Mooring, 36″ x 36″ acrylic on canvas. Sold.

I’ve gotten a bit behind on posting. Summer sales are off the charts again this year, which calls for extra studio time to try to keep the galleries supplied. I know, it’s a wonderful problem to have, and it’s never taken for granted.

The above painting was sold the day it was posted on Facebook. For a good first chance on the newest works, feel free to “Like” my Facebook page, or follow me on Instagram (Karin Nelson Art). Links should be on the sidebars on my website.

 

An abstraction of another view of these gorgeous, light-catching boats in Petoskey, Michigan resulted in my latest painting (below). The level of abstractedness I achieved was deeply satisfying.

Intersecting, 40″ x 40″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

As always, I welcome your comments and questions at karin@knelsonart.com.

Until next time,

Karin

Dunes in Late Sun

Dunes in Late Sun, 24″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

Another in the recent series of dunes, titled Dunes in Late Sun.

We’ll see how long this dunes craziness lasts! Dennis and I visited Lake Michigan’s sandy shoreline for two days last week in search of more fuel to possibly feed the fire. I’d say my favorite scenes were in Ludington State Park. We stayed at their campground again this year, in our 21-foot “van camper”. I should call it my Luxury Artmobile, because it’s the vehicle that enables us to take photo expeditions (for painting references), and deliver canvases of any size…with all the comforts of home. This tiny motor home has surely been a blessing to us.

Thank you for your continued interest in my art, and for the many wonderful comments and conversations. As always, to purchase art or to ask any questions, feel free to email me at karin@knelsonart.com.

Karin

I believe this might be Pentwater.
In Ludington State Park, there are miles and miles of this view on the right, and Lake Michigan plus grassy dunes on the left.

Dunes at Macatawa

Dunes at Macatawa – 30″ x 40″ acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. Available.

Just a couple hundred yards away from my last dune painting is this sight. For locals, you will readily recognize it. This is where Lake Macatawa channels into Lake Michigan in Holland State Park. Just one of the breathtaking cities / locations along the lake.

The sun was at such a striking angle, it set this painting up for success. In fact, I feel like I couldn’t have wrecked it if I tried. Well, at least that’s how it felt…which is always a nice thing, because they don’t always work that way.

Happy summer,

Karin

Dune Shadows

Dune Shadows, 36″ x 48″ acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. Available.

The sand dunes take on some interesting hues as they reflect the nearby environment; and I love them all!!! My goal in this painting was to reflect those wonderful nuances in rich, thick applications of heavy-body paints.

A view of the gorgeous sand dunes near Holland, Michigan – about a 30 minute drive from our house.

I hope you are having a lovely start to your summer. Ours is still trying to get off the ground! But I love cool weather, so you won’t hear any complaints from me.

Karin

Invited

Invited – 48″ x 48″ acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. Available.

Once again, my dining room wall (BELOW) becomes the staging place to demonstrate the scale of the painting. I am going to enjoy it immensely here, until it leaves to reside on the perfect wall of another art lover.

If you could see “Invited” in person, you would notice the many layers of translucent paint, thick opaque paint, and thinned opaques. Together, they provide a rich sense of texture which I cannot stop looking at, particularly in the subtle white-on-white areas. This piece started out because of my love for the glaring-in-the-sun whitish walls. From the moment I clicked the button on my camera to capture the bold structure, I had an unusually strong visual imprint in my brain (much better than the photograph, of course), and could not WAIT to get home to paint it!

LG-Invited, on wall

And now, I feel you’d be cheated unless I post some of the detail shots (BELOW). Enjoy.

Karin

PS: Take note that the detail shots below are not as “white” as the photos above. It’s the above photos that are more accurate.

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If you are interested in this painting, contact me at: karin@knelsonart.com.

7 New Paintings

I hope you enjoy the new pieces inspired by spring, plus a revision to the recent floral titled “Overflow.”

Feel free to contact me with any comments or questions: karin@knelsonart.com. I always love to hear from collectors and art followers.

Karin

Full Sun, 36″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas. Available through LaFontsee Galleries.

 

Port Oneida Farm, 36″ x 48″, acrylic on canvas. Available at Twisted Fish Gallery.

 

Still, 48″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas. Available at Twisted Fish Gallery.

 

LG-Over the Hill
Over the Hill, 36″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas. Available at LaFontsee Galleries.

 

Essence, 36″ x 36″ acrylic on canvas. Available at Twisted Fish Gallery.

 

LG-In Bloo
In Bloom, 48″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas. Available at Mackinac’s Little Gallery.

 

Overflow, 30″ x 24″ acrylic on canvas. Available through artist.

 

 

 

 

 

Spring brings new life

Introducing seven new (or revised) paintings: landscape and still life.

Orange and Yellow Mums, 24″ x 20″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

In the last few months, I’ve given more attention to still life. There’s so much to explore in a floral piece, and for me, right now, the focus is: how far do I want to go in abstracting it? My hands-down favorite floral paintings from other artists are the most loosely rendered ones. So why don’t I go there myself? Why, indeed? I plan to figure that out. As long as I get to smear luscious, heavy-body paints on canvas, I will enjoy the process.

Modern Bouquet, 24″ x 20″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

 

A new landscape.

LG-Field and Sky 5
Field and Sky 5, a 40″ x 40″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

 

In the last month, I revised a number of landscape pieces…to the extent they took on a whole new “feel.” I hope you enjoy.

Float, 30″ x 40″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

 

LG-Breath
Breath, a 30″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

 

 

Nestled, 24″ x 24″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

 

Industrial Gray, 40″ x 30″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

If you have any comments or questions – including how you can purchase any of the available paintings on my website, feel free to email me at karin@knelsonart.com, or call me anytime at: 616-723-6600.

Happy Spring,

Karin