Between finishing up a few gallery commissions, and my husband recently having major back surgery, not many new available paintings have come out of the studio in the last month. It was deeply satisfying then, when this piece basically painted itself. As my fellow artists know, it doesn’t always happen that way!
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.
I’ve been hitting the “repeat” button lately on the Magnificent Mile, but have also painted the lakefront, views from Lake Shore Drive, cityscapes at dusk, cityscapes at night, and cityscapes that are not quite downtown. And of course, I haven’t begun to scratch the surface.
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.
I don’t often paint still life scenes, although early in my painting days (2009-2011) I painted a LOT of pears! So this was really exciting to depict flowers with a new approach. Each of the paintings below began with a foundation of bright primary colors. As the subsequent layers were added, some of the bright backgrounds and other layers were allowed to show through.
The two pink paintings would make great companions, as would the two green flowers. (The pinks appear to not have the same colored background, but that’s a photo issue; they’re actually extremely compatible.)
I hope you enjoy this series; I’d love to hear what you think about them. Thanks for following me!