Saturday, August 1, 2009

"Hill Country"

6 x 12"
oil on masonite
sold

These days, I'm able to spend more time experimenting with my paints - which doesn't always mean I have something to show you. In fact, I've been juggling a couple of paintings for days and they're still in limbo. If I begin a piece with the finished painting in my head, most likely, I won't stop until it's done. Lately, I'm sorta leaving it up to fate, or luck, to see if my right hand will lead the way to something unexpected. It's like abandoning the recipe and grabbing what you have in the pantry - sometimes it works, sometimes it's awful. I encourage that every now and then. You never know what you'll learn.

I did start with a plan this morning - the current challenge I assigned on my Different Strokes From Different Folks blog - and I honestly thought I wouldn't be able to get what was in my head. But I did. Today flowed. Yay.

From the hilly city of San Francisco, a view of Lombard Street.

Please click here for a larger view.



19 comments:

Mark Bridges said...

You always do well, and fantastic on that line of cars, which gets me every time.

Meagan said...

This is a great painting. I would love to know how you approached it differently than you usually do.

LouDuk said...

Oh wow! That is so beautiful. Great job on this one!

Karin Jurick said...

To answer Meagan - with buildings, I usually sketch it out for accuracy. In this case, no sketching, just straight on with the paint.

Shirley said...

This is so beautiful. I can feel those rollercoaster hills. The colors are wonderful.
I'm so glad that I'm coming to your workshop in NYC.

Gwen Bell said...

There are so many decisions about what to keep and what to let go of in this assignment. You hit the perfect balance. Love all the loose areas of color on the left side yet it still has the structure of an urban landscape. Think I'll take your lead and try your freedom of expression and see where it goes.

The Site Aggregator said...

As always, this is impressive work, Karin. I almost thought it was a photograph. Keep it up!

Nancy Moskovitz said...

Great painting out of a challenging scene! Takes a ton of mental editing and skill.

AutumnLeaves said...

This worked out beautifully. I've been lightly drawing for two days on this and am not even close. I might miss this deadline at the rate I'm going! LOL I'm glad you do these challenges. You are so right, I do learn alot from them and I like having "assignments" so to speak. Thank you, Karin! And I like your final result!

California Girl said...

there is no other place this could be than S.F. and you captured it beautifully. really nice painting.

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

It flowed like liquid gold. Just a beautiful use of paint.

David Lobenberg said...

I wrote in a recent post on my blog that "painting is an illusion, be a good liar" You are a superb liar, and I love this painting.

muddy red shoes said...

Karin, you are a star, this painting is beautiful and as for your different strokes, what a stroke of genius, you have so many now and encouraging so many people to paint must earn you a place in art heaven, surely!

Liliana said...

When you get used to not following the recipe, you end up doing amazingly just by using what you have in the pantry, so...
I only know San Francisco by what I see in pictures or in the movies, and when I saw your painting I thought 'This must be San Francisco', which means you really did a great job!

Kyrie said...

I'm pretty sure in the future I shall purchase a painting from you in the future, heh. xD Keep up the good work.

Matt Holton said...

Great artwork

adebanji said...

THERE'S ONE THING NO ARTIST CAN BORROW TO OTHERS, GIVE TO OTHERS OR OFFER TO OTHERS- THE WAY THEY SEE! I JUST LOVE THE WAY YOU SEE!
IT IS APPARENT AND EVIDENT IN EVERY PAINTING YOU DO-BUT EVEN COMES OUT MORE IN THIS ONE! GREAT PIECE!

Art By Erika said...

Love the colors you have going on this painting. I think I may actually pull off a piece for DSDF, this will be a good companion for NY challenge we did earlier! Thanks Karin!

Sharon Hodges said...

challenging scene, but you have edited the visuals beautifully! This painting is very striking!