1) Peaceful Mooring; 2) Intersecting


Peaceful Mooring, 36″ x 36″ acrylic on canvas. Sold.

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.

Intersecting, 40″ x 40″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

As always, I welcome your comments and questions at karin@knelsonart.com.

Until next time,


End of Dock

End of Dock, Revised
“End of Dock” – 36 x 48 acrylic on canvas. Available for purchase.

Every once in awhile I just need a big abstract with strong contrasts of “blacks and creamy whites.” This one is so great in person.

If you saw this painting when it was first posted,  you might notice that it has been revised. It makes me much happier now.

One Last Goodbye

One Last Goodbye, new photo
“One Last Goodbye” (36×36 acrylic on canvas; available for purchase)

This is a final look at Mackinac Island as it was getting ready to close down for the winter. The idea of being on the island after the tourists all leave greatly appeals to me. A couple of my girlfriends actually stayed there all year, many moons ago, to work and attend the short-lived college. My romantic mind pictures one magical scene after another: horse-drawn sleigh rides accompanied by the jingling of the sleigh bells; large snowflakes falling gently to the ground; the hushed atmosphere created by thick layers of snow “insulation.” A picture-perfect image. But I’m sure the reality is a lot more … realistic!  😉

This piece began with a 5-color transparent wash, of which phthalo green was the main player. I had forgotten how interesting phthalo green is: when mixed with alizarin crimson, it produces such a rich black, it almost belies its cool beginnings (with alizarin crimson also being a cool hue).

My goal for this painting was: “Hold back with brushstrokes. Give just enough (or not quite enough, which is enough).” This is one of the reminders I have printed and taped to my painting table, lest I forget.


I had something totally different in mind: a richly-textured, multi-layered background. But after I started a few foundational drips, and the sketching in of the design, I fell in love with this minimal representation and dared not go a step further.

48″x48″ diptych (two 24″x48″ canvases). Acrylic. Available for purchase.

Cycling - 48
Cycling – 48″x48″ Diptych (two 24″x48″) Acrylic on canvas. Available for purchase.

Cycling, bottom right

Cycling, top right


City Haze

Sometimes I’ll have a photo I love for the longest time and never paint it. I’ll keep telling myself, “It works in the photo, but you’ll never make that work as a painting.” Lately I’ve been taking those risky photos and just going for it. This is one of them, and I can’t put into words how happy this one made me feel when it was done. I was hoping to catch the feeling of that strange hazy lighting, where everything was grayed out, except for the occasional sharp lights catching a few of the edges.

"City Haze" - 40" x 30" Acrylic on Canvas. Available for Purchase.
“City Haze” – 40″ x 30″ Acrylic on Canvas. Available for Purchase.

White Building on Quincy

Can anybody tell how much I love white structures (buildings, barns, houses)? I seriously have a folder of photos to paint labeled “White Buildings.” My husband is learning to stop the car on a dime whenever we spot an interesting white structure on our travels.

I previously painted a different version of this building, shot from the other side earlier in the year. It was titled “Plane of Light” and the colors were much cooler in temperature because of the angle of the sun and the slight amount of snow on the ground.

White Building on Quincy - 24
White Building on Quincy – 24″x30″ Acrylic on Canvas. Available for purchase.



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Country Wanderings, 16"x20" acrylic on canvas
GIVEAWAY!! Country Wanderings, 16″x20″ acrylic on canvas

Red Awnings, McKay Tower

Red Awnings at McKay, 40
Red Awnings, McKay Tower, 40″x30″ acrylic on canvas. Available for purchase.

This is my second painting of the ground-level corner of the McKay Tower in downtown Grand Rapids. Of course it includes my “signature” component: that luscious edge on the building where shade and sunlight meet! I will probably succeed in getting a better photo of the painting at some point in the future. (The shaded side of the building is actually a little darker in the original painting, I think.)