Beguiling, and Let’s Talk Revisions

Beguiling, Revised – 36″ x 36″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

October was an “Aha!” month. I painted over, or made necessary revisions to, five paintings! This is one of them. Its first identify (much darker) was chosen for a top-notch juried exhibition, and I personally liked it a lot. But I couldn’t hang it in my own home (although I tried), because it came off too severe. So I softened and whitened the daylights out of it.

For the curious, below is a photo of the original version. Last is a photo of the revision, hanging happily on the wall.

Beguiling – 36″x36″ acrylic on canvas.

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Perry Road

Perry Road, 36″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

You’ll probably notice this isn’t a typical composition for me. However, those trees were proud as can be, standing in the middle of the field. How could I break their hearts and not paint them front and center?

Hopefully you can zoom in to see the farm in the far distance. This was a truly inspiring sight, on Perry Road, just west of A-37. How blessed am I, that these oh-so-varied rural scenes are only minutes from our house?!

The Mile 3: Almost There

The Mile 3: Almost There, a 36″ x 36″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

My third painting of The Magnificent Mile in Chicago. Each one has captured the view from a different block, this being closest to the river.

A lot of history is involved with this piece, including the painting that is underneath and every struggling layer since. That’s part of what makes it very special to me.

Layers

Layers, 36″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

I love when paintings surprise me…taking me on a path that wasn’t planned. Such was the case toward the end of this piece.

One of these days soon, I’m going to figure out how to outsmart my iPad camera, which tends to take everything in “cool” tones. In the meantime, I’ll insert my recently-common disclaimer: the painting is a little “warmer” in color than this photo.

Sienna Glimpse

Sienna Glimpse, 48″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

Sienna Glimpse is about the many subdued colors which autumn brings to the fields, crops, grasses, and bushes. They are stored in my mind and heart; but what pleasure I derive from seeing them in person when autumn brings them back to me once again. Many of the subtle nuances in this painting can be seen only (or much better, at least) in person, such as the slight appearance of a dark, warm purple. Yes, it’s really there, and is one of my favorite parts of this piece.

And it wouldn’t be autumn without the fireworks of the blazing trees of reds, yellows and golds. Those will undoubtedly make an appearance on my palette soon, for we are now approaching peak season here in the middle of Michigan!

Ahhh, you have to love autumn in all its glory!

Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive

View From Lake Shore, 30″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

This view gets me every time. Thankfully I’m snapping photos from the passenger seat and not driving! There’s so much to see on Lake Shore Drive; do the people who live in Chicago ever start taking it for granted? I’ll have to ask my son who lives there.

I’ve painted this scene 2-3 times before in different sizes; this time I took the liberty of eliminating the trees in the foreground.

If you are interested in this, or any of the other Chicago paintings I have available, you may contact me directly at karin@knelsonart.com., or use my Contact tab.

 

…and Two More Paintings

Port Oneida 4, a 36″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

 

Field and Sky 2, 36″ x 36″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

 

September was very productive (seven finished paintings with work on three others). Above are the last two which were finished before the end of the month.

This productivity was, in part, thanks to a couple of artists whose philosophy of “just show up,” or “put the time in the studio” motivated me to make better use of my day. In the past I’ve wasted a lot of time waiting for the inspiration to hit. Lately, however, I’ve challenged myself to just pick up the brushes and clean off the palette and see what happens. It’s amazing what happens.

Karin

Live Demo

In the studio

If you’d like to watch me wield these tools, I’ll be doing a live demo at LaFontsee Galleries on Dec. 8, from 12:00 – 4:00.

  • Three other LaFontsee artists will be demo-ing at the same time, so there will be much to see and absorb.
  • Also, a pop-up art boutique by six artists will be happening (jewelry, fiber arts, …).
  • And to top it off, in time for holiday shopping, LaFontsee will have small works available for sale by many of their artists, including yours truly.

Here’s a link to the Facebook Event.

If you are able to come, please make sure to say hi (and introduce yourself, if we’ve never met).

December will be here before we know it…YIKES!!

Karin