The Mile 4

The Mile 4, 36″ x 36″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

The city of Chicago has so many layers.

I’ve been hitting the “repeat” button lately on the Magnificent Mile, but have also painted the lakefront, views from Lake Shore Drive, cityscapes at dusk, cityscapes at night, and cityscapes that are not quite downtown. And of course, I haven’t begun to scratch the surface.

Karin

The Mile 3: Almost There

The Mile 3: Almost There, a 36″ x 36″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

My third painting of The Magnificent Mile in Chicago. Each one has captured the view from a different block, this being closest to the river.

A lot of history is involved with this piece, including the painting that is underneath and every struggling layer since. That’s part of what makes it very special to me.

Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive

View From Lake Shore, 30″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

This view gets me every time. Thankfully I’m snapping photos from the passenger seat and not driving! There’s so much to see on Lake Shore Drive; do the people who live in Chicago ever start taking it for granted? I’ll have to ask my son who lives there.

I’ve painted this scene 2-3 times before in different sizes; this time I took the liberty of eliminating the trees in the foreground.

If you are interested in this, or any of the other Chicago paintings I have available, you may contact me directly at karin@knelsonart.com., or use my Contact tab.

 

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

Cover of Acrylic Artist Magazine

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My painting, “Can’t You See a Truck is Coming and Blowing its Horn?!” made the cover page of Acrylic Artist Magazine.

 

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The opening spread to my 10-page article features “Autumn in the City.”

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!

Little Shed on the Prairie
Little Shed on the Prairie, 36″x48″ acrylic on canvas. Sold.

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.

HAPPY AUGUST,

Karin