Wednesday, June 4, 2008

"Ghosts"

7 x 7"
oil on masonite
sold

I started this string of days where I worked hard during the day and crashed hard early at night - beginning with a massive clean-up of my studio and my distribution center (formally a dining room). Long overdue. I painted four paintings, the other three you haven't seen yet and every night, just when I couldn't take the heat anymore, I'd vow to come back out to the studio and take my photos.... but I never did. Once I'm in the air-conditioning, it's nearly impossible to drag me out.

Anyways, here's today's painting - I enjoyed doing it so much. No sketching out, just the paint straight to the board. Nice and loose. And with a wide, flat brush - I backed off and held my hand more at a distance - the trick to staying loose and painterly. When I painted the aqua-blue lighting and the white edges, it seemed to take on a dreamy atmosphere, so I kept the figures in the background soft and indistinct, giving them an almost ghost-like feel. I love that.



6 comments:

mousewords said...

Really, really lovely!

onpainting said...

That is a neat effect. I'm going to copy it but I won't tell anyone.

Like the painting.

kaycrain said...

Karin said:
"When I painted the aqua-blue lighting and the white edges, it seemed to take on a dreamy atmosphere, so I kept the figures in the background soft and indistinct, giving them an almost ghost-like feel. I love that>>>>

We love it too....I love the 'loose' ones. I don't try it often enough myself but it's so much more "painterly."
And Charles Sovek taught me to hold the brush by the far end and really loosely, so he could easily pull it out of my hand. In fact, he used me for the "Guinea Pig" in the workshop for this little lesson.
I tended and still tend to tighten up on it.

Ann Reyes said...

Wonderful painting, Karin!!! I really love this one. (Of course, I love all of yours.)

Pam said...

You never cease to amaze me, every time I come here."Just applied the paint straight to the board...".Oh that it was that easy for me, and the piece you have painted captures the subjects concentration so well.it is always such a delight to see what you come up with next.Love the painting.

PacificNorthwestPaintings said...

Really enjoy the delicious spontainaeity of this painting.