The Soul of a Painting

“Moving” is a new 40″ x 40″ acrylic on canvas.

When it comes to naming paintings, I always look deeply into the soul of the image that came out of my hands onto the canvas, and to the best of my ability, attach a word to it. More often than not, the word that describes what I see in this melange of strokes and marks of paint “just happens” to mirror multiple things that are going on in my natural world and in the spiritual.

I’m not changing addresses, but there are other moves / transitions in the works. And I’m feeling a strong sense that I’m on the cusp of some changes beyond the ones I know of. For some people, change is unsettling; but I’ve always loved change, so this is very exciting to me.

“Moving” is available for purchase. Feel free to contact me by email (karin@knelsonart.com) with any comments, questions, or to inquire about prices for this or any other piece.

Karin

Exciting New Paintings

Sometimes it’s helpful to see how a painting would look, placed in a home. This is especially true of large-sized art. I hope you enjoy this perspective of my NEW, available paintings, enabled by artroomsapp.

Progressions, 36″ x 48″ acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. Available.

 

Beginnings, 36″ x 36″ acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. Available.

 

Green, 30″ x 40″ acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. Available.

 

White, of Course, 36″ x 36″ acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. Available.

 

Redeemed, 36″ x 36″ acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. Available.

 

Untitled 652, 40″ x 40″ acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. Available.

 

And in the already-SOLD category, these two were definitely favorites of mine:

Untitled 650, 36″ x 48″ acrylic. Already SOLD.

 

Balancing Act, 36 x 36 acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. Already SOLD.

 

As always, if you have comments, questions, or would like pricing information, please feel free to contact me at karin@knelsonart.com. 

Many blessings to you, my friends.

Karin

Gathered

Gathered
Gathered – 30″ x 40″ acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas.

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 karin@knelsonart.com. I would love to hear from you.

Karin

The Dock Series Continues

Water and Color 6, 30 x 40 acrylic on canvas. Available.

 

Water and Color 7, 30 x 40 acrylic on canvas. Available.

As you already know, if you’ve been following along with me on this journey of exploring the docks on Mackinac Island (the Water and Color series), I determined that I would allow myself to interpret this scene from every angle that grabs me. Here are two more examples.

I don’t make plans ahead of time for which direction the painting will take; I let the reference photo, the mood of the day, and even the canvas itself, lead me.

In the top painting, I chose to work from a black-and-white reference so I wouldn’t be influenced by any existing colors. There’s no rhyme or reason for the pink that showed up. Also unusual in this painting is the large amount of canvas kept in its bare white state. As the paint strokes developed around it, the white section began claiming its own reason to exist, and I simply could not paint over it. I love the way those things just happen.

Whereas the top painting shows boldness and energy, the painting below it was started on a thoughtful and inquisitive note. It has a soft, tender quality to it. Pliable, accepting.

Both paintings are available to take up residence in your home, and shipping is free to most zip codes. (See the Contact page for more information.)

I hope you’re enjoying this hot, hot summer. Yikes!

Karin

Watch Karin Paint

A little peek into my process. I’m working on the bright greens here with a variety of tools: knives of two different sizes, and a small Catalyst brand squeegee (my favorite new tool).

Below is the finished painting: Contemplation, a 36″ x 48″ acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas.

LG-Contemplation
Contemplation, 36″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

If you’re interested in acquiring this painting, feel free to contact me with any questions: karin@knelsonart.com. Or call 616-723-6600 (cell). I’d also love to hear any comments or general questions you have; and would be interested to know if you’d like to see more videos.

Take care, friends!

Karin

Meet You in the Orchard

Meet You in the Orchard – 36″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

Another dance in the Mission Peninsula orchards. The paint and canvas met each other with a raw energy which never waned throughout the whole painting. It doesn’t always happen that way, so it’s pretty cool when it does.

I hope you’re enjoying your spring. Wherever you are, and whatever is going on in your world, may peace and blessings be yours in abundance.

Karin

More Color, More Water

LG-Color and Water 2
Water and Color 2, 30″ x 40″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

The “Water and Color” painting posted last week is already sold, but I feel a tug to continue painting this scene…in various palettes/moods/seasons. My goal is to explore an abstract quality with a light, almost-watercolor touch. Some of that “touch” is a result of new tools I began using last year. There’s nothing more exciting to me than finding innovative ways to make marks which are pleasing to the eye.

We need all the joy and peace we can get in these troubled times. Hopefully, the peace I find in my studio makes its way into the paintings posted here. My dear father-in-law recited Psalm 91 every day when he served in WWII, and it remains a favorite in our family: “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Ps. 91:1.

For information about purchasing this or any other painting on my website, please see the Contact page; and take note of the FREE SHIPPING possibilities.

I hope you enjoy “Water and Color 2.”

Peace and love to you all,

Karin

Water and Color and Light

Water and Color and Light, 30″ x 40″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

Another painting inspired by the beautiful and historic Mackinac Island. I believe the photo which inspired this painting was given to me by Becki, the owner of Mackinac’s Little Gallery. If you’re ever on the island, make sure to check out the gallery (and this painting, which will be there, along with a number of others from me).

Karin