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!
“Manistee Lighthouse” is available. See my Contact page for information about purchasing, and the possibility of free shipping.
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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Another painting inspired by the beautiful and historic Mackinac Island. I believe the photo which inspired this painting was given to me by Becki, the owner of Mackinac’s Little Gallery. If you’re ever on the island, make sure to check out the gallery (and this painting, which will be there, along with a number of others from me).
In the car, on the way home from Mackinac Island one year, I completed a small watercolor of this view. I used that piece as a color study for this acrylic painting.
For my artist friends who may find it interesting, this painting is the first time I’ve ever used Prussian Blue. I love Prussian Blue! How had I never been introduced to that color before?!?! It made me wonder what else I’ve been missing out on; so on a recent order from Blick Art Supplies, I bought every untried (by me) paint color on the list!
Wow, it has been a long time since I’ve posted a newsletter. For the last few months, I’ve been busy making major upgrades to my studio, and painting a lot too. Before the next post, I hope to snap some photos and videos of my much-more-productive studio, to share with you here.
Below are some of the paintings I’ve missed posting. Enjoy! And as always, if you have ANY questions, or would like to inquire regarding a purchase, you can get in touch with me through the Contact tab, or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PS: Feel free to follow me on my Instagram page (Karin Nelson Art), which you should be able to access on my website’s home page. I stay pretty up-to-date with postings on there, in case you want to see paintings more regularly.
I will be doing a painting demo from 12:00 – 4:00 on Saturday, January 25, at LaFontsee Galleries in Grand Rapids, MI. Here is a LINK TO THEIR WEBSITE, with the event information. Three other fantastic artists from LaFontsee will also be doing a demo, all of us at the same time at different stations. If you’re able to come, please make sure to introduce yourself to me! Below are some snapshots from a previous demo at LaFontsee.
Below are some of my favorite SOLD paintings from 2019. Thanks to all my supporters and collectors for making 2019 a great year!
Port Oneida 4, 36″x48″ acrylic on canvas.
Chase, 48″x48″ acrylic on canvas.
Yellow Fields 3, 48″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas. Available.
Peaceful Mooring, 36″ x 36″ acrylic on canvas. Sold.
Sections, 48″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas. Available at LaFontsee Galleries.
Dunes at Macatawa – 30″ x 40″ acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. Available at Somebody’s Gallery.
Beckoned, 36″ x 36″ acrylic on canvas. Available at LaFontsee Galleries.
Mackinac Island Dock 2, 30″ x 40″ acrylic on canvas.
My darling husband agreed to be photographed, to help show the scale of this painting. Isn’t he a nice guy?
Of all the autumn colors I love, yellow is the one which takes my breath away. Our trees aren’t far into turning, but the yellows in this field we drove by?…oh my! Needless to say, the star of this painting had to be yellow! And I mean *bright* yellow! And lots of shades of yellow.
The full painting is below. Plus a couple close-ups, because there’s lots of wonderful visual texture in this big painting.