As you already know, if you’ve been following along with me on this journey of exploring the docks on Mackinac Island (the Water and Color series), I determined that I would allow myself to interpret this scene from every angle that grabs me. Here are two more examples.
I don’t make plans ahead of time for which direction the painting will take; I let the reference photo, the mood of the day, and even the canvas itself, lead me.
In the top painting, I chose to work from a black-and-white reference so I wouldn’t be influenced by any existing colors. There’s no rhyme or reason for the pink that showed up. Also unusual in this painting is the large amount of canvas kept in its bare white state. As the paint strokes developed around it, the white section began claiming its own reason to exist, and I simply could not paint over it. I love the way those things just happen.
Whereas the top painting shows boldness and energy, the painting below it was started on a thoughtful and inquisitive note. It has a soft, tender quality to it. Pliable, accepting.
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I hope you’re enjoying this hot, hot summer. Yikes!
My ideal place to live would be on the top of a hill, surrounded by fields and crops, and allowing me to see for long, long distances. When we go for drives, those hilltop views (when we can find them) grab hold of me and make me NEED TO PAINT.
Last autumn, I was seriously longing for a ride in a small plane, so I could see even farther. Then it dawned on me: I could make that happen with a drone. Duh!
The painting above was inspired by a photo from our subsequent purchase of a DJI Mavic Mini. The fields were half under clouds, and most of them not yet planted; the painting therefore includes plenty of artistic license. I can’t wait to see what delights present themselves, now that planting season is finally here.
May your weekend be filled with many peaceful views.
A little peek into my process. I’m working on the bright greens here with a variety of tools: knives of two different sizes, and a small Catalyst brand squeegee (my favorite new tool).
Below is the finished painting: Contemplation, a 36″ x 48″ acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas.
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Another dance in the Mission Peninsula orchards. The paint and canvas met each other with a raw energy which never waned throughout the whole painting. It doesn’t always happen that way, so it’s pretty cool when it does.
I hope you’re enjoying your spring. Wherever you are, and whatever is going on in your world, may peace and blessings be yours in abundance.
The orchards aren’t in blossom yet, but my thoughts are sure there; so I pulled out an old photo reference of a very happy memory. We all seem to have a heightened expectation this year for the full arrival of spring. Some of you who live in the southern or middle states are there already; woohoo!
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Recent critique from Liz Erlewine, Director of Crooked Tree Arts Center: “I find artist Karin Nelson’s brushwork and mark-making to be utterly compelling. The way she mixes hard and soft edges is so rich and expressive, as is the way she merges specific and descriptive marks with the pure, raw physicality of paint.”
The “Water and Color” series continues. I expected to be exploring new colors and seasons by this point, but find that I’m not ready to move past the subtle gray-blues combined with happy greens and whites. Something new is learned with each painting.
I feel ridiculously blessed to be able to express that abstract feeling that stirs around deep inside. And even more so that these expressions resonate with so many of you, and ultimately find their places in your homes.
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This is one of three paintings I finally resolved … all in the last 24 hours. Two of them had been puzzling me for quite awhile. Some of my friends have commented that it’s because I’m isolated due to the Coronavirus lockdown in Michigan. But I have to say, I work in isolation quite a bit. I think it’s more likely because I had a dose of some dark chocolate after supper (something I never do)…and then went down to my studio to work at 11:30 pm. I’m VERY effected by even the smallest amount of caffeine!! Ha!
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I hope you are all doing well, and surviving these crazy times!!
The “Water and Color” painting posted last week is already sold, but I feel a tug to continue painting this scene…in various palettes/moods/seasons. My goal is to explore an abstract quality with a light, almost-watercolor touch. Some of that “touch” is a result of new tools I began using last year. There’s nothing more exciting to me than finding innovative ways to make marks which are pleasing to the eye.
We need all the joy and peace we can get in these troubled times. Hopefully, the peace I find in my studio makes its way into the paintings posted here. My dear father-in-law recited Psalm 91 every day when he served in WWII, and it remains a favorite in our family: “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Ps. 91:1.
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