Noteworthy Conveyance

What is it about bridges? I don’t know. I can’t quite put it into words, but the fact that I can’t, makes me want to try. Each bridge seems to have a distinct personality, in a kind of mysterious way.

“Noteworthy Conveyance,” a 30 inch by 40 inch acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas, is just off the easel.

On a last note, I hope this post comes through without any glitches. WordPress just changed my editing system, so there might be a few surprises along the way. But that’s progress for you, right?

I hope you are all having a wonderful fall,

Karin

Roof Lines

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Roof Lines – 48″ x 48″ acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas.

When I love a building as much as I did this one, I have to persevere with the painting as long as it takes to bring out that “thing,” whatever it is, that will (hopefully) allow you to see it through my eyes. On this painting, that equated to layers and texture galore.

I’m attaching detail shots and a short video, because there’s a lot to take in on this very large painting (48″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas). I hope you enjoy “Roof Lines.” Currently available.

Karin

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Gathered

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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

A Drone-Enabled Painting

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Planting – 30″ x 40″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

 

My ideal place to live would be on the top of a hill, surrounded by fields and crops, and allowing me to see for long, long distances. When we go for drives, those hilltop views (when we can find them) grab hold of me and make me NEED TO PAINT.

Last autumn, I was seriously longing for a ride in a small plane, so I could see even farther. Then it dawned on me: I could make that happen with a drone. Duh!

The painting above was inspired by a photo from our subsequent purchase of a DJI Mavic Mini. The fields were half under clouds, and most of them not yet planted; the painting therefore includes plenty of artistic license. I can’t wait to see what delights present themselves, now that planting season is finally here.

May your weekend be filled with many peaceful views.

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.

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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.┬áThe 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

Mission Peninsula 3

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Mission Peninsula 3, 48 x 48 acrylic on canvas. Available.

The orchards aren’t in blossom yet, but my thoughts are sure there; so I pulled out an old photo reference of a very happy memory. We all seem to have a heightened expectation this year for the full arrival of spring. Some of you who live in the southern or middle states are there already; woohoo!

This piece is recently finished…and available. Please contact me with any questions: karin@knelsonart.com.

I wish you all a beautiful day!

Karin