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.
Here are a couple of paintings I worked on last week. Both of them were actually “finished” much earlier, and you may have even seen them in an Instagram post. But as they hung out in my studio, I began to see things I wanted to revise.
I hope you enjoy them; and as always, feel free to inquire about these or any others at: email@example.com or 616-723-6600.
I always wanted to paint this boat, captured by my son Jonny. The boat was just a small little detail in the photo, sailing on Chicago’s lakeshore with the giant city skyline looming in the background. One of these days, maybe I will find a way to portray both the boat and the city in a single painting. In the meantime, however, I found that the sails alone were a story worth telling.
Many blessings to you, my friends, and may hope fill your sails with the wind of the Spirit.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13
Channel (above) – A unique shaft of light cuts across the Grand Haven channel on this autumn day, turning the shaded areas on the hill to a rich burgundy. This piece should definitely be seen in person.
Have you seen the many historic farms in the Port Oneida area north of Glen Arbor? I’ve been there only once and can’t wait to go back again. Old white buildings always speak to me.
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.
Farm Study #1, 12″x12″
Farm Study #2, 12″x12″
Farm Study #3, 12″x12″
Farm Study #4, 12″x12″
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.”
Painting Shadows and Evoking Emotion is the name of the online article written about my painting, (above) for the Artists Network.
Following is an excerpt; please check out this link to read the rest of the article.
“By keeping the details down to a minimum, my strokes, displayed with emotion, raw energy, and borne out of my deep connection to the scene, can then have the ability to touch a different emotional chord in each viewer.”
My thanks to Jennifer Smith, Managing Editor, who was also the one to interview me for the full feature in the Fall 2016 issue of Acrylic Artist Magazine.
This is a view of the north pier at South Haven, as seen from the south pier, which has the more memorable lighthouse. There was no wind the day I took this photo…very unusual for Lake Michigan…so both the lake and the channel were flat and calm. I therefore chose to interpret this scene with lovely neutral colors.
I had a hard time catching the essence of the painting’s colors in a photograph; the original is definitely a little different in person.