Many of my landscape paintings start with no preconceived ideas; I just begin to put paint on the canvas. In no time at all, my memories and impressions of our beautiful world, combined with the developing colors and contours of paint, begin to claim their existence, and end up reminding me of a place previously visited.
It’s interesting to me that orchard memories seem to have cropped up in abstract form a couple times in the last month or so.
Could it be possible that within a couple months, we will begin to see blossoms on the trees and other signs of spring?
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 (email@example.com) with any comments, questions, or to inquire about prices for this or any other piece.
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And in the already-SOLD category, these two were definitely favorites of mine:
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A little peek into my process. I’m working on the bright greens here with a variety of tools: knives of two different sizes, and a small Catalyst brand squeegee (my favorite new tool).
Below is the finished painting: Contemplation, a 36″ x 48″ acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas.
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Recent critique from Liz Erlewine, Director of Crooked Tree Arts Center: “I find artist Karin Nelson’s brushwork and mark-making to be utterly compelling. The way she mixes hard and soft edges is so rich and expressive, as is the way she merges specific and descriptive marks with the pure, raw physicality of paint.”
The “Water and Color” series continues. I expected to be exploring new colors and seasons by this point, but find that I’m not ready to move past the subtle gray-blues combined with happy greens and whites. Something new is learned with each painting.
I feel ridiculously blessed to be able to express that abstract feeling that stirs around deep inside. And even more so that these expressions resonate with so many of you, and ultimately find their places in your homes.
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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?!
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.