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.
This is not a sight I’ve ever seen in Michigan. While driving down a rural road we would normally never take, we just happened upon fields of beans (at least, that’s what locals are telling me it might be) whose leaves had just turned from green to the most beautiful shades of yellow and gold. I don’t know how long the color will last, or what happens next; but I’m so glad to have discovered this beauty.
I took probably 100 photos, over the course of two days, of one jaw-dropping scene after another: rolling yellow hills, bordered by diminishing layers of trees, with an occasional farmhouse thrown in for good measure. I can only hope that from the remaining photos, I am able to bring other scenes to life in a manner equal to this one.
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!
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.
As always, I welcome your comments and questions at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.