The Soul of a Painting

“Moving” is a new 40″ x 40″ acrylic on canvas.

When it comes to naming paintings, I always look deeply into the soul of the image that came out of my hands onto the canvas, and to the best of my ability, attach a word to it. More often than not, the word that describes what I see in this melange of strokes and marks of paint “just happens” to mirror multiple things that are going on in my natural world and in the spiritual.

I’m not changing addresses, but there are other moves / transitions in the works. And I’m feeling a strong sense that I’m on the cusp of some changes beyond the ones I know of. For some people, change is unsettling; but I’ve always loved change, so this is very exciting to me.

“Moving” is available for purchase. Feel free to contact me by email (karin@knelsonart.com) with any comments, questions, or to inquire about prices for this or any other piece.

Karin

Exciting New Paintings

Sometimes it’s helpful to see how a painting would look, placed in a home. This is especially true of large-sized art. I hope you enjoy this perspective of my NEW, available paintings, enabled by artroomsapp.

Progressions, 36″ x 48″ acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. Available.

 

Beginnings, 36″ x 36″ acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. Available.

 

Green, 30″ x 40″ acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. Available.

 

White, of Course, 36″ x 36″ acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. Available.

 

Redeemed, 36″ x 36″ acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. Available.

 

Untitled 652, 40″ x 40″ acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. Available.

 

And in the already-SOLD category, these two were definitely favorites of mine:

Untitled 650, 36″ x 48″ acrylic. Already SOLD.

 

Balancing Act, 36 x 36 acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. Already SOLD.

 

As always, if you have comments, questions, or would like pricing information, please feel free to contact me at karin@knelsonart.com. 

Many blessings to you, my friends.

Karin

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,

Karin

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.

Cycling

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

Cycling

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.