Tuesday, October 28, 2008

"Notes From the Edge"

6 x 6"
oil on masonite

You may know this about me - I struggle to keep it loose. Know when to quit. I do spend hours on more realized pieces - paying attention to accuracy and details - but my moments of Zen come when I use less, very deliberate brush strokes to achieve a finished painting. It is the challenge to make that quick decision, swipe the color and leave it alone.

From the side garden of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Mary spires said...

Hey Miss Karin, just wanted to let you know you were missed today! Carol Marine was conducting a workshop at Indian Rocks Beach Art Center, your name come up many times and how much fun we had in Austin.....some gals came down from Atlanta (it's only 6 hours south)you need to come for a visit, maybe teach a workshop or just play on the beach....you have an open invitation....a girl has to have a vacation sometime!!!

Barbara Pask said...

Hi Karin, You may feel like you struggle to stay loose but I don't see that at all. You can see all of your brush strokes and I love how every stroke is there for a reason. I guess as artists we are never quite happy with ourselves but most of us would be thrilled to paint like you.

Carol Feldman said...

I want this so badly I can taste it.

Anonymous said...

Struggle to stay loose... I'm quite familiar with the feeling. Yet for the viewer it doesn't seem that way. Nice painting!

Janelle Goodwin said...

What a lovely concept to your painting. It's like we turn the corner and come upon this woman in your painting. Very nice!

Caren said...

Hi Karin, it is heartening to see you say you struggle to keep it loose....I think you are doing a fantastic job as your brush strokes look effortless. I'm a little upset to read that you only started painting a few years ago after a long hiatus...I would have bet money that you have been painting every day for many more years than that.

Anonymous said...

This piece has that something extra feeling to it that is difficult to put into words.

Mona Diane Conner said...

Luscious bushes.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Karin,

You probably know that you are
revered by other painters. I
think of your work either consciously or unconsciously every time I paint.

Keep on doing what you do please.

Take care,