Tuesday, September 25, 2007

"College Street"

6 x 6"

oil on masonite

sold

This is a very painterly piece - an impressionistic view of what could be considered just an ordinary street on a bright, summer's day in Asheville.

Just to mention - between all of catching up on the mundane chores of life this past week, I've been trying out a couple of ideas and a bit too shy to show them yet. With a little breathing room with the galleries fully stocked up on paintings, I try to take the opportunity to step back and study .... experiment.

One thing that gave me a jolt was watching this BBC miniseries "The Impressionists". Rent it, it's good. There's reminders that we need to take the time and look and study the world around us. It reminds me to stick with what I think we really do see, at a glance - the blocks and shapes of colors, shadows and light - and to paint just that.

I also discovered an artist that reminded me of what I just mentioned. He's Doug Braithwaite, and you'll notice the thumbnails look somewhat ordinary until you opt for a larger view.

8 comments:

A Reason to Paint said...

Lovely Karin, nice loose brushwork and glorious light. Well done!

Anonymous said...

Have fun experimenting!! and thanks for the link to Doug Braithwaite's work.

JMahorney said...

Wow this is striking! I just love the contrast here. Wonderful work.

Dee Sanchez said...

Karin,
Love the loose brishwork/
Doug Braithwaite - wow!
Dee

Maggie Stiefvater said...

I'm really glad to see you doing streetscapes again - I loved yours before!!

Heidi Malott said...

Very painterly and just enough detail. I also like seeing your streetscapes.

kim shields said...

I love your work! I follow it daily. I am sure this street scene was busy with details. I am in awe at how you can bring out the important details with such simple brush strokes.

Karen Appleton said...

Karin,
This street scene is so beautiful! I just love the strong colors and contrasts. Thanks for sharing both the info about the special and Doug Braithwaite's work. Wow!
Karen