Tuesday, February 2, 2010

"Naturally"

5 x 7"
oil on masonite
sold

I've been holed up - a painting machine. Good thing it's winter. Today, I just ended up playing with a different approach, something I'd like to develop more and more. The control factor is the key - using a palette knife in parts, a brush in parts - really struggling with that fine line of loose and tight and knowing when to stop.




36 comments:

Anne Marie Propst said...

My favorite of yours! Love the new texture of the knife.

dacoop said...

I love it!! It has the wonderful sense of your colorful drawing skills and the loose, thick paint...bravo!

K Spoering said...

Stunning! Love the loose control of this.

Geert-Jan said...

you're raising the bar again! Very couragious!

KMfamily ;-) said...

Fantastic!
I am lost in your texture!

Susan Hediger-Matteson said...

This one really draws me in. Like the loose work and feel of light on the subject.

Linda said...

LOVE this painting!! The light is beautiful and you captured a feeling in paint - not an easy thing to do. You have such a command of color and composition. Love your work.

Rishi Kapil said...

Truly natural light and colour , lovely stroke play as usual.

Claire Kayser said...

Love this! Great texture with the knife. I like using both as well! Hope you've been well. Missed you lately...

Cristall said...

I've also been experimenting with using a knife and brush on the same piece. It is satisfying, and I like the contrast in this piece. I think you made a good choice to blend the bangs into the background light, and the light outlining her left wrist is just the right amount of defining.

diddamsdigitalart said...

Great light from the window on the figure! Even with the loose knife and brush work, the hair, jacket and other elements are so well defined. Kind of magic how that works!

AutumnLeaves said...

This is gorgeous, Karin. I really love this style and know the journey to developing it will be a fun one. She seems like she is anxiously and nervously awaiting something...A doctor's visit or diagnosis? A returning loved one? A flight to a new life?

Denise R said...

Very nice! I love the style of this, but of course, I love everything you paint!

Tammy Hext said...

Love the combo of the brush and knife work. Just gorgeous - I am a big fan of thick, loose knife work.

Ann Gorbett said...

I can't stop looking at it. I love that I can see every brushstroke.The mood you have created is wonderful.

-Don said...

This is an excellent composition with wonderful texture and color. I'm in awe! You've packed so much into such a small canvas. Rich! -Don

liz wiltzen said...

This is a really brave piece Karin. I love all that juicy paint, and it still totally reads! You must've had to step back a lot. That lost edge where her hair meets the window is perfection. Bravo!

jill polsby said...

Love the painting. The texture, the light. Great ambiance. Glad to know you're alive and well, "down the rabbit hole" happily painting away.

Facts of Life said...

I'm amazed at the liveliness of your drawings. i visit your blog everyday and find each of your figures intriguing!

Violetta Smith said...

What do you say to a master? Beautiful, fantastic, breath taking... I can spend hours looking through your paintings.
Again, you captured this mysterious moment in someones life.

Linda Rothchild Ollis said...

Brava, Karen,
Excellent on so many levels.
Great connection of light in the window to the highlights of her hair.
Linda

Mark Yearwood said...

I love to use the knife and like the way you used both in this one.
Great texture!

Suzanne Gysin said...

I admire your courage to experiment and push youself. You are truly creative, not willing to sit back and repeat the formula to be comfortable, but always stirring with new ideas.
And it paid off, a beautiful piece.

Roxanne Steed said...

I've loved your work from the first pieces I bought several years ago now....but these where you've begun to experiment w/ knife work in there, too! ooh- really love it. Another fan of lush knife paintings here! Definitely raising the bar (and I didn't think it could be done...)
:-)

Becky Drees said...

MAGIC!

jen said...

Wow. Really a beautiful painting you've done! What I notice most is the amount of lightness provided with such heavy texture - Kind of a nice irony in a way.

A. S. Helwig said...

Your work is so inspiring. This painting is especially moving.

enb said...

lovely blog.
Richard Scmid has some neat things to say about painting with the palette knife in his painting book "Alla Prima". Checkit out if you ever come across it. Easy quick read.
Cheers
ian

Amy Stewart said...

Beautiful! I love the idea of using the knife here and there like that.

Hey, I'm in your May New York class--really looking forward to it.

frank said...

Nice paintings Karin!
Found you on youtube - will definitely come back to check your
latest! Like you, I am also mostly self-taught...

L.Holm said...

Amazing!! luscious and gorgeous.

LĂșcia Russo said...

Ola,
I love this work, it's so beautiful and I like the texture.

Gwen Bell said...

Wonderful light and texture. Love that splash of turq. on her skirt!

Lisa Daria said...

WOW - the light is beautiful - well done.

thiru said...

what a wonderful picture !!! it is very nice to see i want to see the picture for an hour

bondearte said...

Bravo!!!!!!

Yes, this is undoubtedly a good job!
Congratulations
Regards
Paulo