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Saturday, December 1, 2007

Ginkgo

Well I could write pages on this painting and the experience, but I will try and keep it short. Suffice it to say, I feel like I have finally painted the painting I've been trying to paint for years, and I think it is all due to my little experiment with the abstract paintings. I strongly encourage everyone, not just painters, to try something out of your comfort zone, see what insight it may bring to you. I think our subconscious leads us toward things we need to experience, who cares if we look crazy! Who cares if we don't do it well! Just try it, whatever it is, as long as it is legal!!


This painting is titled Ginkgo. I hope you are lucky enough to have a Ginkgo tree nearby, they are the last trees to change into their Fall outfits. Here in Chicago Fall is breathtaking, full of oranges, reds, rusts, and ochres. Then, as if for the final curtain call before Winter the Ginkgos, whose branches extend way past their trunks in crazy right angles, explode into gold. This year it was too brief a show, just like a shooting star! But never fear, this winter storm today has lead me straight to a fabulous silver satin ribbon.

13 comments:

Cakespy said...

I just came across your lovely blog--you are quite the painter!!

Liza Hirst said...

A wonderful painting! Wouldn't mind finding that gift under my tree, even it were the only one.
Thank you for sharing your experience, too. Very inspiring!

Kathryn Law said...

Beautiful! I am so anxious to try your abstract experimentation method, since I'm dealing with exactly the issues that you have so eloquently described. Thank you so much for this profoundly inspiring blog, the process shots and discussion. Gorgeous work!

silvina said...

GORGEOUS!!! The brush work is so expressive. This bow is brilliant. Bravo, Karen.

You got me all psyched up to do something crazy then you say it has to be legal? bah! Well, okay, if it helps me paint better. And with more paint!

Jason Waskey said...

Karen,

You certainly deserve to hold that feeling of having painted the painting that you've wanted to paint all these years.

This piece is very successful-- it retains the charming qualities of your other work, and adds (literally) a new dimension. The 'thick' part is wonderful, and I'm happy to still see some 'thin' as well-- especially in the shadows.

Kudos!

Helen Read said...

I love it! This is one of those that I want to look at for a long time - to be inspired about your use of color, of brush work, - well all of it! Fantastic :)

Christine Bray said...

Love the painting. It is incredible, as usual. Thanks for tagging me:) I don't think I know 5 people at this time. I may have to wait and do it later.

Michael Naples said...

Incredible. Is this all brushwork or is there some palette knife action?

Karen Appleton said...

Oh Cakespy, you've inspired me to re-visit my chocolate batter bow!

Thanks Liz! What a huge compliment, I have loved watching your latest paintings! Super!

Kathryn, I am so glad you introduced yourself, many similarities we have with inspiration and process, thank you so much!

Silvina, you are just tooooo kind! Thank you dearly. By the way, you don't need any exercises or illegal activity, you've got it nailed!!!

Thanks Jason, by the way I am so terribly sorry I misspelled your name on the tag! Please forgive my tragic error. Your blog continues to inspire.

Helen, You are awesome, so sweet and I owe a good bit of my fearless experimentation to watching your blog!

Michael, thanks for the comment, great question! The paint is actually all brushwork, I only used the palette knife to scrape paint off, but such a great point! I may try to incorporate that next! Thanks.

Helen Read said...

Hey Karen, Yes ... we do live close! My town is just a 40 min train ride into the city... it would be fun to get together sometime at one of our great museums!

Jason Waskey said...

Karen:

a) I can barely spell my own name correctly, let alone worrying about others.
2) I kinda liked 'Janson'-- kind of distinctive, and with a great art pedigree: Janson wrote my college History of Art text...

Takeyce said...

This painting is precious, Karen. A wonderful gift indeed.

Simon Andrews said...

great piece and sweet brushwork. I love the realism of it.
-simon