Explorations

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Explorations – 36″ x 36″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

This was an interesting exploration, since I don’t use a lot of saturated reds in my paintings. Thankfully, I didn’t experience spontaneous combustion or any other strange phenomenon during the process, so I may have to try it again sometime.

Redeemed

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Redeemed – 36″x36″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

An abandoned house may not be the first choice when searching for a subject of loveliness to grace the walls of a home. But who can deny its beauty when seen through the eyes of the one who holds the paintbrush?

If it was up to me, I would purchase this building, and then cleanse and restore the interior so that life would once again flow in and out, and the structure would fulfill its intended purpose of functionality and fruitfulness. But I wouldn’t cover over the chipped paint and other scars on the outside. For some reason, that is beautiful to me, and tells the story of a hard-fought existence, and possible battle wounds that brought it this far. The history may have been painful, but the redemption process would change everything.

Old Schoolhouse Series, #3, The Door

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Old Schoolhouse Series, #3, The Door – 48″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

If you saw my last blog post, you know I’m on a roll with this treasured schoolhouse. This close-up was calling for a very large (48″ x 48″) interpretation, which also meant that it would have to be approached with a slightly more modern feel. You may not be able to tell by the photo, but the painting fades off on the bottom portion to an untouched white canvas, except for the 3 drips which made their way down right at the beginning and claimed their place.

Old Schoolhouse Series, #2

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Old Schoolhouse Series, #2 – 30″ x 40″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

This old schoolhouse, only a few miles from our house, is starting to get covered up by the encroaching trees. I’m a little worried they’re going to tear it down some day; so I grab a photo whenever I can.

This is the second painting I’ve done of it; the first was two years ago and it quickly sold. I’ve just started a third, much more modern and abstract interpretation of a close-up of the entrance. It will be a 48″ x 48″.

My Crazy Art Story

Hi, art friends. Between the combination of summer activities, and two colds which drained my energy, there were no paintings to post for the month of August. Instead, maybe you’ll enjoy hearing some of the accomplishments my paintings achieved in the last month.

Women’s Lifestyle Magazine featured me in their September, 2017 issue [photo above]. The full-sized article is available¬†HERE. If you’ve never heard the crazy story about how I stumbled into the pursuit of art eight years ago, and the rather-unheard-of adventure I’ve had since then, this article tells much of it. (Thanks to writer Kim Gill and photographer Two Eagles Marcus.)

The two paintings above (“Contrasts” on left, 40″x30″ acrylic; and “Beguiling” on right, 36″x36″ acrylic) were accepted into the juried Regional Exhibition at the Muskegon Museum of Art. (More amazing news to follow about this later.) “Contrasts” is very special to me, having been inspired by my father-in-law’s tiny WWII photo. If you’re interested in seeing the other 3 WWII paintings, as well as the story behind them, check out the WWII tab under the PAINTINGS heading on my main page. The opening reception at MMA will be 5:30-8:00 pm on September 28, and the exhibition runs through November 8, 2017.

I was also pleased to have the above paintings (“Audacity” on left, 48″x48″ acrylic; and “Can’t You See a Truck is Coming and Blowing Its Horn?!” on right, 36″x48″ acrylic) accepted into the MI Arts 2017 juried exhibition. “Can’t You See a Truck…” received the Stuart Padnos Memorial Award. The exhibition runs August 25 – November 4, 2017 at the Holland Area Arts Council.

And just for fun, here’s a collection [below] of photos my wonderful hubby snapped during the photo shoot for the WLM article, on site at LaFontsee Galleries where I am represented.

And speaking of LaFontsee Galleries, if you get this post in time, and are free to visit their Douglas location on Sunday, September 3, I will be at “Toast,” their final show for the season. (Their Lake Drive location is open all year.) Come see me in Douglas from 12:00-4:00. It is free and open to the public. Of course, come as you are. I know of at least one of my paintings which will be in the show: “Bayfront” [below].

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Bayfront – 48″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas. Available for purchase.

This is now officially the longest blog I’ve ever posted. I hope you enjoyed seeing into this month’s slice of my art life. Happy autumn!!

Karin

The Boat

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The Boat – 48″ x 36″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

I simply had to have another go at the light on that boat, so I cropped in to make him the star. (See first painting, “Bayfront.”) As it turns out, however, the sky is my favorite part of this interpretation.

When a painting has a harmonious balance, all of the supporting players are important. The light values appear lighter when placed next to the dark values. And saturated hues are all the more delicious when sitting in close proximity to a muddy or neutral color. I also stay cognizant of busy areas versus calm areas. Just as it is in daily life, balance is key. There are some days when we are more successful at achieving it (balance) than others.