Monday, May 19, 2008

"East Coast"

11 x 4"
oil on masonite
sold

After cutting a stack of masonite boards, and with several thinner pieces left over - I thought I'd experiment with a long format. Great fun. It seems to add more interest in many cityscapes/landscapes that I'd otherwise deem boring. This painting is testing the waters, forgive the pun. I'd like to hear what you think.

Also, the board is a tad rough on the edges - I actually liked it that way. Here's a few close-up for more detail.








16 comments:

Mark Bridges said...

You mentioned in Austin that you were thinking of trying a few panoramics. This works for me. I'm from Short sands in York, Me. but this reminds me of the North Carolina coast, ie. warm water. It was 101 on the patio today and i'm ready for the beach.

Ann Reyes said...

I like it! Beautiful colors and nice composition. Great painting--as usual.

Mary Spires said...

Just Love the format!! It's just the way you feel when looking at that beautiful Atlantic Ocean.

onpainting said...

I think you are right, it adds interest. The composition seems well balanced with the strong vertical of the woman and long quiet horizontal.

n. rhodes harper said...

I love the long format. also the background has such a soft quality to it while the figure looks just like she is in the piercing heat of the day. Simply beautiful.

Pamela Nichols said...

My eye is drawn to follow the line of the water's edge into the distance just as if I were sitting on the beach here in Pensacola, Florida. I can feel the heat of the sun as if I were the woman in the foreground with the glistening shoulder. Furthermore, you have inspired me to go for a jog, as I am nowhere near bikini-ready!
Well done!

Susan Carlin said...

Thank you for showing the close-ups, too! The background figures are wonderful. The variety in your brushstrokes always make me happy. A square format is good for many paintings, but this subject DID beg for panorama, and, as always, your composition is right on. Right on, Sister!

Bill Brauker said...

Another winner. When I first saw it, I thought of some of those great beach shots in, Jaws. The small detail of the people in the background stands alone as a nice painting. You always bring home to me how just a few well-placed strokes can do wonders.

Deb said...

Yes very nice! I like the little bit of blue that trails off the figure back into the painting. Dare I say? I do wish I could see more of the figure. But that bieng said it still works and is another inspiring piece.

tracywall said...

I love the extended shape foprmat, and you've used it fabulously here! (Thanks for the close-ups; they say so much with just a little.)

I've kept a few of those masonite pieces myself, you may have sparked something in me! I also like using them with still lifes, sometimes vertically, too.

Beautiful work!

John Hinderliter said...

I love odd-shaped canvases. I have no idea how you or other folks paint little squares. You can see some of my odd-shaped paintings at http://johnhinderliter.blogspot.com/

Isabel Forbes said...

Really fun! I just finsihed the last of four 15" x 30" canvases I bought sometime ago... can't remeber why bought so many. I've loved the challenge of that long shape. Painted some as verticals too for an added stretch (pardon the pun!) As always, love your artwork.

Pattie said...

Nice - Karin! The format makes one think "What is the this person doing? Is she looking at someone? Waiting for someone? Wishing she was someone? Walking away from someone? Just looking out at the beautiful beach?" I love 'fill-in the blanks' paintings! I'll be cheesy - I think she is waiting to see someone in a yellow jogging suit. Ha!

Pattie said...

Sorry for the "the this" in my comment.

theresamillerwatercolors said...

i love it! so beautiful - i thing you can paint in any format/shape/size and the result will be fantastic!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I love the long format and anything you paint seems leap off the page! Awesome!