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!
My paintings have been revisiting the many memories I have of Chicago. “The Mile 2” captures another block on Michigan Avenue. Also in the works is a rainy-day Chicago cityscape as seen from Lakeshore Drive.
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.
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.
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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.
36 x 36 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.”
I’m very honored to announce that I have a full feature article in the Fall issue of the Acrylic Artist Magazine. And to add to the excitement, one of my paintings made the cover. As you can imagine, I’m still on cloud nine about all of this!
It was very enjoyable and eye-opening to hear my interviewer’s perspective on my art, including the title of the article, “Shadow Lover.” Jennifer Smith, Managing Editor of the magazine, was a pure joy to work with! We ended up going with a Q&A format. If you’d like to order this issue of the magazine, you can use this link for either a downloadable copy, or to have the magazine mailed to you.
The article helps explain Jennifer’s choice of “Shadow Lover” to describe me/my paintings. One of the components, to give you a clue, is that I’m allergic to the sun, which gives me an appreciation for shade, above and beyond what most people probably experience. So when I paint that luscious edge between the shaded and sunlit sides of a building or structure, I’m actually quite attracted to, and comforted by, the shaded side. At one of the recent receptions at LaFontsee Galleries (where I’m represented), a fellow artist expressed to me her appreciation for the proportion of shade to sun I used on “Little Shed on the Prairie” (shown below). As an instructor at a local art institute, she tries to get that concept through to her students: that it’s not all about the bright colors. The contrasting presence of the shade is what makes the light look so good!
Watch my future blog posts for notice about a two-part online article Jennifer Smith is publishing regarding my style of painting, and some tips from me, including how to overcome one of the greatest challenges of acrylic: its fast-drying quality.
Also, I will soon be posting a new page on this website, just for the purpose of discussing some of the tricks I’ve learned in my experience with acrylic. If you’re an artist who is new to acrylics, I think you’ll discover some great information.
If you’re from the Grand Rapids area, you may be able to identify the optical illusion of this scene: the building is actually behind my camera and is being reflected on a glass building in front of me, beyond the trees.
Rosa Parks Circle and Monroe Center continue to provide me with inspiring harmonies of nature alongside structure.