We are so blessed to live only a few hours away from this gorgeously paintable city. My goodness…I’ve painted it dozens of times! And to top it off, one of our sons lives there. He’s the one who, years ago, gave me the photo which finally inspired this painting. It was a much wider shot, incorporating a broad cityscape, and I couldn’t figure out how to make the composition work.
But as I was recently playing around with it, zooming in on the sailboat, it finally sang to me. The resulting paint on canvas is indeed analagous to a song: vibrations, various notes divided into vertical measures, places of rest, accent notes, and the ebb and flow of a musical phrase.
Whether painting random marks that “just happen” to look like fields/trees, or slashing away with palette knives for marks that just happen to look like background boats, the process is the same: I half close my eyes, and experience the tightrope balancing act between abandonment and restraint.
This recently-completed painting is currently available. Feel free to contact me with any questions at email@example.com. I would love to hear from you.
Recent critique from Liz Erlewine, Director of Crooked Tree Arts Center: “I find artist Karin Nelson’s brushwork and mark-making to be utterly compelling. The way she mixes hard and soft edges is so rich and expressive, as is the way she merges specific and descriptive marks with the pure, raw physicality of paint.”
The “Water and Color” series continues. I expected to be exploring new colors and seasons by this point, but find that I’m not ready to move past the subtle gray-blues combined with happy greens and whites. Something new is learned with each painting.
I feel ridiculously blessed to be able to express that abstract feeling that stirs around deep inside. And even more so that these expressions resonate with so many of you, and ultimately find their places in your homes.
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This is one of three paintings I finally resolved … all in the last 24 hours. Two of them had been puzzling me for quite awhile. Some of my friends have commented that it’s because I’m isolated due to the Coronavirus lockdown in Michigan. But I have to say, I work in isolation quite a bit. I think it’s more likely because I had a dose of some dark chocolate after supper (something I never do)…and then went down to my studio to work at 11:30 pm. I’m VERY effected by even the smallest amount of caffeine!! Ha!
“Manistee Lighthouse” is available. See my Contact page for information about purchasing, and the possibility of free shipping.
I hope you are all doing well, and surviving these crazy times!!
I’ve gotten a bit behind on posting. Summer sales are off the charts again this year, which calls for extra studio time to try to keep the galleries supplied. I know, it’s a wonderful problem to have, and it’s never taken for granted.
The above painting was sold the day it was posted on Facebook. For a good first chance on the newest works, feel free to “Like” my Facebook page, or follow me on Instagram (Karin Nelson Art). Links should be on the sidebars on my website.
An abstraction of another view of these gorgeous, light-catching boats in Petoskey, Michigan resulted in my latest painting (below). The level of abstractedness I achieved was deeply satisfying.
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Another in the recent series of dunes, titled Dunes in Late Sun.
We’ll see how long this dunes craziness lasts! Dennis and I visited Lake Michigan’s sandy shoreline for two days last week in search of more fuel to possibly feed the fire. I’d say my favorite scenes were in Ludington State Park. We stayed at their campground again this year, in our 21-foot “van camper”. I should call it my Luxury Artmobile, because it’s the vehicle that enables us to take photo expeditions (for painting references), and deliver canvases of any size…with all the comforts of home. This tiny motor home has surely been a blessing to us.
Thank you for your continued interest in my art, and for the many wonderful comments and conversations. As always, to purchase art or to ask any questions, feel free to email me at email@example.com.
Just a couple hundred yards away from my last dune painting is this sight. For locals, you will readily recognize it. This is where Lake Macatawa channels into Lake Michigan in Holland State Park. Just one of the breathtaking cities / locations along the lake.
The sun was at such a striking angle, it set this painting up for success. In fact, I feel like I couldn’t have wrecked it if I tried. Well, at least that’s how it felt…which is always a nice thing, because they don’t always work that way.
The sand dunes take on some interesting hues as they reflect the nearby environment; and I love them all!!! My goal in this painting was to reflect those wonderful nuances in rich, thick applications of heavy-body paints.
A view of the gorgeous sand dunes near Holland, Michigan – about a 30 minute drive from our house.
I hope you are having a lovely start to your summer. Ours is still trying to get off the ground! But I love cool weather, so you won’t hear any complaints from me.
This painting was started during my demo at LaFontsee Galleries on Dec. 8. I finally added the remaining touches this week, with the goal to keep it as loose and wild as it began. Acrylic Artist Magazine, in their cover-page article about me in the Fall, 2016 issue, described my art this way: “Nelson balances abandonment with restraint.” This piece is probably one of my stronger examples of that tight-rope balancing act.