Wednesday, February 11, 2009

"Billows"

5 x 10"
oil on masonite
sold


In the midst of working on the show pieces - I stopped and painted this smoke stack. My moment of Zen. I traveled to Asheville last week, a quick trip to drop off new paintings at the 16 Patton Gallery - always a pleasant ride. About 10 miles south of the city, this stunning, strong smoke stack appears above the tree line and it always compels a wow out of my mouth. This billowing, colorful, stormy tower of smoke just floors me every time. And today I had to paint it.



16 comments:

Carol Schiff Studio said...

You are the only one I know of who could make a smke stack look good!

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

I have to agree with Carol. I would have never seen this painting to begin with yet it looks so good.

Stephen Scott said...

Who would have thought that a smoke stack could make a pretty picture... yet it does.
Interesting subject choice, and well executed.

Jeff Hayes said...

Wow.

Sherrie Russ Levine said...

Gorgeous!!!

Anne Marie Propst said...

Karin, I see this every weekend as my husband and I spend the weekends in Asheville where we relax and I paint. When I saw this painting, I was so impressed that you made this site so peaceful and so beautiful. What an impressive painting.

Art with Liz said...

Another WOW. You certainly know how to choose different subjects and make them look incredible.

cathsheard said...

I'm with the others - my first thought was "a smoke stack!". But it looks amazing.

Austin Maloney said...

Hi Karin,
As one of my favorite blogs, I am giving you an art blog award. It can be copied from my blog at http://austinmaloney.blogspot.com/ You are asked to list 7 things that you love and give the award to 7 other artblogs.

Congratulations,

Austin

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

I have been staring at this. Karin... you are amazing. I wish I knew what kind of oil you mix with. Refined linseed oil? The white looks so white and not yellowed. Sooo great.

Paris said...

Your artwork is amazing!!

Lynn Sibley said...

Loving this painting and your blog in general! Stumbled on it and I've been pawing through it. I really want to start painting with the fantastic broad loose style you use. The only thing stopping me is having enough paint, hehe.
Anyway, I'm finding your work a great inspiration- thanks!

Connie said...

It must have been so satisfying to paint something that you have found compelling for so long. I can see your distinct interest in the subject; you've found its beauty and conveyed that to the rest of the world. Very inspiring.

Mara Mattia said...

I found your interesting site and have added your link to my watercolor blog. I hope you don't mind. Let me know. Thank you! Mara Mattia

Karen Rike said...

Karin,

This is what I admire about your paintings. Finding the ordinary and painting it with such interest. I always feel like I participated in your paintings. Which is what I am striving for in my paintings.
Karen (with and e)

RT said...

Simple and strong, good work!