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.
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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.
Of all the gorgeous vistas to be enjoyed on the scenic drives in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park, this is my favorite, because of the barn.
I knew that barn was down there (can you feel the intensity in my words?!?!), and wanted to catch it with strong angled light before the sun got too low. However, there were many things working against me: 1) It took longer to race there from our campground than I thought. 2) We forgot to bring our National Park pass, and wasted precious moments talking the man in the booth into letting us have free entrance, just 15 minutes before it was going to be free for the evening anyway…sheesh. 3) We didn’t know which scenic pull-off it was on, so we had to zoom in and out of a number of them before we found it. (Picture, if you will, an occasional intense conversation between driver and passenger-also-known-as-artist along the lines of, “This is it.” “No, this can’t be it.” I’m sure it’s not this one.” “But how do you KNOW? We don’t dare miss it, because we won’t have time to come back!!” And so on. 4) Last of all, I forgot to bring my zoom camera; all I had was my iPhone, and this view is a very long way down!
But as you can see by the painting, in spite of the challenges, the pursuit paid off, elevated pulse rate, and all! And to think that viewers of this piece have described it as “serene.” I love it.
Apparently, collectors of my art enjoy skies as much as I do, so I continue to delve into this limitless subject. It’s a new exploration with each new sky. I find endless fascination in the many different settings, lighting conditions, color combinations, moods… .
If any of these works (or the other pieces on my Available Paintings page) strike a chord with you, and you’d like to surround yourself with a peaceful trip to the lake or country by adding an original piece of art to your home, feel free to contact me through the Contact tab, or call me directly at 616-723-6600 with any questions.
I hope you enjoy the latest paintings to come off the “easel.” (Actually, I don’t use easels anymore; for any artists out there who paint on large canvases and want to contact me for more information about how I paint against the wall, I have a most wonderful set-up now for the past number of months, and it has greatly improved my productivity and organization.)
The county park, north of South Haven, MI (I wish I could remember its name) is one of my favorite stops, especially in the fall when it is almost sure to be secluded. Even in the summer, we rarely see more than a couple people there…at least during the week, when Dennis and I try to go. The top of this tall stairway beckons you to descend to a beautiful stretch of white sandy beach and dunes lining Lake Michigan. Standing by the water’s edge, you can look to the north and look to the south, and all you see is sand, water, grasses, and trees. Ahhh, pure heaven.