Manistee Lighthouse

LG-Frankfort Lighthous
Manistee Lighthouse, 30 x 40 acrylic on canvas. Available.

This is one of three paintings I finally resolved … all in the last 24 hours. Two of them had been puzzling me for quite awhile. Some of my friends have commented that it’s because I’m isolated due to the Coronavirus lockdown in Michigan. But I have to say, I work in isolation quite a bit. I think it’s more likely because I had a dose of some dark chocolate after supper (something I never do)…and then went down to my studio to work at 11:30 pm. I’m VERY effected by even the smallest amount of caffeine!! Ha!

“Manistee Lighthouse” is available. See my Contact page for information about purchasing, and the possibility of free shipping.

I hope you are all doing well, and surviving these crazy times!!

Karin

 

More Color, More Water

LG-Color and Water 2
Water and Color 2, 30″ x 40″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

The “Water and Color” painting posted last week is already sold, but I feel a tug to continue painting this scene…in various palettes/moods/seasons. My goal is to explore an abstract quality with a light, almost-watercolor touch. Some of that “touch” is a result of new tools I began using last year. There’s nothing more exciting to me than finding innovative ways to make marks which are pleasing to the eye.

We need all the joy and peace we can get in these troubled times. Hopefully, the peace I find in my studio makes its way into the paintings posted here. My dear father-in-law recited Psalm 91 every day when he served in WWII, and it remains a favorite in our family: “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Ps. 91:1.

For information about purchasing this or any other painting on my website, please see the Contact page; and take note of the FREE SHIPPING possibilities.

I hope you enjoy “Water and Color 2.”

Peace and love to you all,

Karin

Water and Color and Light

Water and Color and Light, 30″ x 40″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

Another painting inspired by the beautiful and historic Mackinac Island. I believe the photo which inspired this painting was given to me by Becki, the owner of Mackinac’s Little Gallery. If you’re ever on the island, make sure to check out the gallery (and this painting, which will be there, along with a number of others from me).

Karin

 

Water and Color

Water and Color, 30″ x 40″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

In the car, on the way home from Mackinac Island one year, I completed a small watercolor of this view. I used that piece as a color study for this acrylic painting.

For my artist friends who may find it interesting, this painting is the first time I’ve ever used Prussian Blue. I love Prussian Blue! How had I never been introduced to that color before?!?! It made me wonder what else I’ve been missing out on; so on a recent order from Blick Art Supplies, I bought every untried (by me) paint color on the list!

Here’s to new discoveries,

Karin

11 New Paintings

Wow, it has been a long time since I’ve posted a newsletter. For the last few months, I’ve been busy making major upgrades to my studio, and painting a lot too. Before the next post, I hope to snap some photos and videos of my much-more-productive studio, to share with you here.

Below are some of the paintings I’ve missed posting. Enjoy! And as always, if you have ANY questions, or would like to inquire regarding a purchase, you can get in touch with me through the Contact tab, or by emailing me at karin@knelsonart.com.

~Karin

Aerial Chicago
Aerial Chicago, 60″x48″ acrylic
Called and Appointed
Called and Appointed, 36″x36″ acrylic
Intersecting
Intersecting, 40″x40″ acrylic
Yellow Fields 5
Yellow Fields 5, 40″x40″ acrylic
Overview
Overview, 36″x36″ acrylic
Suggestions
Suggestions, 36″x36″
Strength
Strength, 36″x36″ acrylic
Blessed
Blessed, 36″x36″ acrylic
Yellow Fields 4
Yellow Fields 4, 48″x48″ acrylic
Outcome
Outcome, 36″x36″ acrylic
Bringing Order
Bringing Order, 30″x40″ acrylic
Identity
Identity, 36″x36″ acrylic

PS: Feel free to follow me on my Instagram page (Karin Nelson Art), which you should be able to access on my website’s home page. I stay pretty up-to-date with postings on there, in case you want to see paintings more regularly.

Yellow Fields 2

LG-Yellow Fields 2 w Den

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.

LG-Yellow Fields 2
Yellow Fields 2, 60″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas. Available soon at LaFontsee Galleries.
LG-Yellow Fields 2nd closeup
Close-up
LG-Yellow Fields closeup
Close-up

 

 

Yellow Fields

Yellow Fields – 36″ x 36″ acrylic on canvas. Available for purchase at Somebody’s Gallery, Petoskey, MI.

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.

Always a Lover of Autumn,

Karin