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).



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,


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.


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



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,



Place, 36″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas. Available for purchase at Somebody’s Gallery in Petoskey, MI.

I took some freedoms with this scene in Port Oneida Farms which has become so familiar to me. I need another visit up north to see it. Maybe this autumn?

I’m enjoying the cooler weather; how about you?


New city painting: GR in AM

GR in AM, 36″ x 36″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

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!