Friday, June 6, 2008

"South Beach"

11 x 6"
oil on masonite

The need to paint looser is like the need for a chocolate milkshake - I have to do it occasionally. It's liberating, it's fun, it's a pleasure. On a long list of artists that inspire me, Michelle Torrez reminds me to take that wide brush and create a scene based on shapes and brush strokes - a perfect technique for a casual setting like the beach. This can only be accomplished with hours of squinting and holding back on what I think is there.

This scene was taken from South Beach, Miami.

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jilly ballantyne said...

Karin, This is so beautiful! - the light and composition... You can feel the heat and smell the sea!
Thank you for your inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Lovely bold strokes Karin!
I'm so glad you brought up Michelle Torrez; her strokes are so impressive! I saw her demo once as it was something to behold.

Anonymous said...

Pt. 2
I guess I should say her strokes ar "expressive"

eLIZabeth Floyd said...

Wow! You captured the sense of freedom of the woman and your freedom with the expressive paint handling. This painting just captures my soul with its beauty and sense of emotion!

Todd Baxter Dawson said...

I looooove your beach paintings! More! More!nemucetm