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.
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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!
I’ve gotten a bit behind on posting. Summer sales are off the charts again this year, which calls for extra studio time to try to keep the galleries supplied. I know, it’s a wonderful problem to have, and it’s never taken for granted.
The above painting was sold the day it was posted on Facebook. For a good first chance on the newest works, feel free to “Like” my Facebook page, or follow me on Instagram (Karin Nelson Art). Links should be on the sidebars on my website.
An abstraction of another view of these gorgeous, light-catching boats in Petoskey, Michigan resulted in my latest painting (below). The level of abstractedness I achieved was deeply satisfying.
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I simply had to have another go at the light on that boat, so I cropped in to make him the star. (See first painting, “Bayfront.”) As it turns out, however, the sky is my favorite part of this interpretation.
When a painting has a harmonious balance, all of the supporting players are important. The light values appear lighter when placed next to the dark values. And saturated hues are all the more delicious when sitting in close proximity to a muddy or neutral color. I also stay cognizant of busy areas versus calm areas. Just as it is in daily life, balance is key. There are some days when we are more successful at achieving it (balance) than others.
On our trip to Petoskey to attend the reception held for myself and another artist at Somebody’s Gallery, we couldn’t pull ourselves away from this beautiful city; so we decided to extend our stay for an extra night.
On this second night, as we were once again cruising through our favorite Bayfront Park, my husband heard the familiar “OH MY WORD!”, which means he should turn the vehicle around at the next available corner and come at it again (because a stop never happens fast enough; not unless we want a rear-end pile-up). Coming around for a second time makes me impatient, because even the smallest fraction of delay can change the lighting conditions enough to lose my initial aha! moment. Thankfully, however, the second drive-by netted the amazing reflections of light that enraptured me the first time.
I’m attaching a second, lighter photo below, as the one above is possibly a little darker than the painting. The lighter photo misses the mark a little with the color of the sky.
I hope you enjoy this captured moment, and that you are seeing your own special moments around you, when the sun is showing off.
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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Does this make you crave fudge, by any chance? Or a leisurely horse and carriage ride? There’s something unique about Mackinac Island that I’ve never experienced anywhere else. The lake, on the bright summer day I snapped this photo, looked bright blue like this. And that white building, with its reflection in the water… . My, oh my. It almost makes my eyes squint just thinking about it.
This is my second interpretation of the Mackinac Island docks. You may have seen the first one…titled “One Last Goodbye,” painted from a view during the fall when the island was closing down for the year. That first painting just came back from a juried exhibition where it won a very nice award.