More New Paintings

Graced, 36″ x 36″ acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas.

 

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Balancing Act 2, 36″ x 36″ acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas.

 

Yellow Fields 6, 36″ x 48″ acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas.

We are just about in full-blown color in southwestern Michigan. Consequently, the yellows are finding their way onto my palette. If you look closely, you can see that the first painting (Graced) is a marriage of thin transparents (giving a water-color appearance), and thick opaques. I am fond of this combination. It only works when my initial transparent foundation is actually something I want to save. Since that’s not a given, I enjoy when it happens.

The last couple of weeks have been a riot of painting! I love it when my physical energy backs up my creative inspiration, giving me just the boost I need to head into the studio and let loose! Hopefully my medicine (dark chocolate!) keeps doing the work, haha.

I’d like to give a special “Welcome!” to the many new artists and collectors who recently signed in to follow my website! As always, feel free to comment, connect, or ask questions through my email: karin@knelsonart.com. 

PS: All the paintings above are currently available.

Karin

Noteworthy Conveyance

What is it about bridges? I don’t know. I can’t quite put it into words, but the fact that I can’t, makes me want to try. Each bridge seems to have a distinct personality, in a kind of mysterious way.

“Noteworthy Conveyance,” a 30 inch by 40 inch acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas, is just off the easel.

On a last note, I hope this post comes through without any glitches. WordPress just changed my editing system, so there might be a few surprises along the way. But that’s progress for you, right?

I hope you are all having a wonderful fall,

Karin

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!

Interior and City

Living Room 5, 36″ x 36″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

 

Approach – 36″ x 36″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

To fans and collectors alike,

I want to express my thanks for your continued interest in, and support of, this thing we call “art.” An off-the-charts summer has left me feeling extremely thankful to the Creator, and fulfilled in this calling.

Karin

 

The Mile

The Mile – 36″ x 36″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

Do you recognize this cityscape from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile? And if so, do you know if that far building in the center (the one with the unique shape) has a name? As I drove south, snapping photos, that particular building kept drawing me in. It might need to be painted again.

For inquiries, questions, or comments about this painting, contact me at karin@knelsonart.com

Karin

Not to be Rushed

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Not to be Rushed – 36″ x 36″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

I went through many phases in this painting, thinking it was complete, even posting it on my Facebook page, only to realize after a couple of days, that it wasn’t setting right with me. I would then go after it again.

It’s finally “there” for me. The title is therefore not only a reference to a slow Sunday drive in the country which has no need to be rushed; but also a reminder that you can’t rush the completion of certain expressions of art.

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.”