Sunday, March 8, 2009

"Luncheon Date"

16 x 8"
oil on masonite

Crowds or lines of people dazzle my painting senses - but it takes ambition to start and finish such a scene. I take on each individual one by one, as if they were the sole figure, so it's a time-involved process - and I'm never really sure it's going to work out until the last few hours. The hard part is sticking with the process and not giving up. I'm a painter who likes to start a piece in the morning and end it that evening and move on to something else.

In most of the more-popular art museums, there's a star work of art, a draw, a spectacle - that will pull people in like a magnet - and Renoir's 'Luncheon of the Boating Party' is certainly one of them. We recognize the image from coffee table artbooks and perhaps a print that we have on our own wall - and to see the real thing is rewarding. As with most works of art.

Speaking of which, I hope you have the opportunity to stop in to the Morris & Whiteside Galleries in the next month, where I have 29 pieces on exhibit. I also have paintings hung at the 16 Patton Gallery in Asheville and the Howard/Mandville Gallery in Kirkland (Seattle) - and I would appreciate you taking the time to visit any of them if you're in the area.

Please click here for a larger view.


Leslie Saeta said...

You need to have a show in Southern california so I can come see your work in person! I love seeing all of your new paintings every day and I can't beleive how many you finished! I absolutley love them and you are a true inspiration!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Karin,

I was just in our local public gallery the other day, and this scene is so right on. I love how you convey personality through posture.
Great light, great colour. Superb.

Take care,


Mark Bridges said...

That's the way it looked when we were watching you paint last year at the workshop. All you needed was a tip jar. Lovely work. said...

It is ambitious but I don't think anyone doubted you would pull it off so very well as always.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

You need to have a show in Boston so I can come ;)
I am so impressed with your dedication and high standards. You ARE an inspiration!

kim denise said...

I love these gallery visitor paintings! The amount of detail should be overwhelming, but it isn't. I love the story told about each individual as well as the group as a whole. Wonderful work!