3 New Paintings

Field and Sky, 36″ x 36″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

 

Barns on Byron Road, 40″ x 40″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

 

Green Tops, 48″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

 

I hope you enjoy the latest pieces. Two of them were in process for a long time, but then suddenly came together on the same day. I am grateful for good days like that!

Karin

Solo Exhibition of “Timeless Structures”

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Spirited Stone – 30″x40″ acrylic on canvas. Available for purchase.

My solo exhibition at Holland Area Arts Council, “Timeless Structures: memories built with light,” begins Nov. 17, 2016, and will be on display through the middle of January. I would love to greet you at the Opening Reception on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 6:00-8:00 pm.

There will be 14 of my works…in various sizes…city, rural, and lakeshore…all with the theme of structures.

The 12″ x 12″ Farm Studies (below) will be among them, as well as a not-yet-posted 48″ x 48″ farm painting that resulted from these studies.

 

I hope you can attend the Opening. I would love to see old friends and make new ones!

For more information from Holland Area Arts Council, click here.

Karin Nelson, an award winning and nationally published artist from Grand Rapids, MI, is best known for her structures: city buildings, rustic barns … any manmade form with flat planes to reflect the sun. With the aid of large palette knives and cheap bristle brushes, she expresses her subjects with masculine lines and strong marks. And yet her paintings strike a warm, welcoming chord with her viewers, transporting them to memories from their past. She accomplishes this by representing the lighting conditions in her scenes with a realistic color palette, even though the subjects are slightly abstracted.

Karin explains, “I believe the strongest triggers to visual memory are related to light, and the endless combinations that make up its nuances. When I am successful in expressing the delicate, mysterious quality of light in the scene, there is a good chance that others have witnessed that same sight, and are brought to a place of memory. And that’s when the connection occurs between myself and the viewer.”

Farm Silhouette

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Farm Silhouette – 48×48 acrylic on canvas. Available.

Out for a drive on a rare day when I was physically able to leave the house this summer, I was snapping photos of any kind of resources I could get. The clouds in the sky became so interesting! And then we drove by this farm, and I felt like I won the lottery. My reference photo was nearly black and white due to the overcast quality of the weather, so back in the studio I took many liberties and painted some of my favorite colors.

Speaking of colors, I think I can safely say that my favorite complementary colors (across the color wheel from each other) are blue and orangey varieties. You may have noticed that palette crop up quite a bit in my paintings.

This photo is a little darker than the actual painting. As I always recommend with an extra-large painting such as this, you have to see it in person! It’s the only way to truly appreciate the layers as well as the energy and emotions of the brushstrokes and knife work.