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.
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I hope you’re enjoying this hot, hot summer. Yikes!
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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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.
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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).
In the car, on the way home from Mackinac Island one year, I completed a small watercolor of this view. I used that piece as a color study for this acrylic painting.
For my artist friends who may find it interesting, this painting is the first time I’ve ever used Prussian Blue. I love Prussian Blue! How had I never been introduced to that color before?!?! It made me wonder what else I’ve been missing out on; so on a recent order from Blick Art Supplies, I bought every untried (by me) paint color on the list!
During my 4-hour demo at LaFontsee, a number of the visiting artists who came during the second half wanted to see the beginning stages of the painting process they had missed. I was happy to oblige them, so the Mackinac Island scene made an appearance in one form or another on 3 different canvases! The photo above is the newly finished second one: “Mackinac Island Dock 2.”
Below: setting up for the demo.
Below: paints laid out, tools at the ready, and pouring some white peach tea for the much-needed caffeine boost.
Below: some of the artists and art lovers who came to observe. Many thanks to ALL of you who came by (it was a pleasure to finally meet some new faces in person!). You all made my day very enjoyable.
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.
Well, I am totally blown away. “One Last Goodbye” was selected as a Finalist in the 33rd Annual Art Competition of The Artist’s Magazine (not to be confused with Acrylic Artist Magazine, which is publishing a full feature on me this fall). With over 5,900 “particularly strong” competition entries from around the world–according to Editor Maureen Bloomfield, I am stunned and truly grateful for this honor.
This painting also won an award at the GR Festival of the Arts Regional Exhibition.
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