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- Karin

McKay, Ground Level - 40"x30" acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. 
Available for purchase.

This scene pulled me in because of the strong contrast between the shaded buildings and the sunlit ones. I also love the groupings of slim birch trees that are dotted throughout Monroe Center and Rosa Parks Circle. I suggested the trees ever-so-subtly in this very abstract piece.

Holland Lighthouse, Afternoon

Acrylic on 30x40 gallery-wrapped canvas. Available for purchase by contacting me HERE.

Birches in Yellow Forest

This 24x30 on 3/4" canvas (nicely suited for framing) was painted last year, but never found its way to the website. Very similar in design to the pieces I painted live at Grand Rapids First on 2/15/15, this one is actually available for purchase by contacting me HERE.

East on Monroe

Acrylic on 30x40 gallery-wrapped canvas. Available for purchase; contact me HERE.

Manor and Trees

Acrylic on 30x40 gallery-wrapped canvas. Available for purchase by contacting me HERE.

White Barn and Tree

Acrylic on 24x24 canvas. Available for purchase by contacting me HERE.

Zeeland Approaching - Study

This 11x14 was painted as a study for a larger piece commissioned by the Holland Hospital. The 3/4" canvas is well suited for framing, if you should so desire. It is available for purchase by contacting me HERE.

Country Wanderings

This 16x20 was painted as a demo during a recent workshop I taught. Canvas is 3/4" deep (suitable for framing, if you choose to frame this piece). Available for purchase by contacting me HERE.

First commissioned piece for Holland Hospital

Clock Tower - 24" x 24" acrylic on canvas
I was honored to be commissioned for two paintings for Holland Hospital. The theme: a subject in one of the cities along Lake Michigan. Since I guessed some of the other artists might focus on beach landscapes, it was agreed that I should portray some well-known landmark buildings/structures in the Holland area.

In downtown Holland, the obvious choice for me was the clock tower on the corner of 8th and River. What a "photogenic" building, with its stately tower, well-known clocks, aged brick, and some perfectly situated flat planes for absorbing the sunlight! Oh, how I love sun on buildings!

Second commissioned piece for Holland Hospital

Zeeland Approaching - 24" x 36" acrylic on canvas
For the second painting, I chose the granaries which rise strongly and proudly above the horizon, greeting all those who pass by the Zeeland exit. I drink in this captivating site every time I head towards Holland, but had never been successful in getting an adequate photo for turning it into a painting. Every time (that is, every time I remembered to be ready with my camera in hand while Husband drove), there would either be a lack of sunlight, or a semi truck in front of me! The day I finally captured the sun reflecting off the granaries with a clear shot ahead, I jumped for joy! 

Acrylic on 24" x 36" canvas.

Actually, three of my paintings will be installed in Holland Hospital (somewhere on the 5th floor, I understand) at the end of February, 2015. Also included will be "Vibrant Tulips," a 16" x 20" acrylic on canvas which designer Mindi Freng discovered when she visited my studio/gallery. 

Three Pears

My husband bought me a whole bag of pears. These three little beauties sat in my "still life box" for a long time. They were just so pretty, I couldn't take them out of my studio, even after they were already painted. 

Acrylic on 24 x 30 gallery-wrapped canvas. Just sold.

Excited to paint Edward Hopper's "New York Restaurant"

Edward Hopper's famous painting, "New York Restaurant," will be the subject of my live study on site at Muskegon Art Museum on Wednesday, Feb. 4, from 10:00 - 4:00. I am very grateful to have been given permission to paint right in front of this absolutely gorgeous original piece, painted 92 years ago! This is the first time M.A.M. has granted this privilege (maybe nobody asked before?), so I am very honored and excited!

The motivation that caused me to request this Live Study experience was only partly for the benefit of the experience itself. Mostly, it is because I want this hanging on my wall in my home. This is ONE painting which will NOT be for sale!

It probably sounds like I'm pretty confident that mine will turn out, and maybe that's putting the cart before the horse. Let's just say I'm an optimist, and I have high hopes! I'm already evaluating the painting and imagining which colors I will mix. In person, though, it will be a completely different story. You just cannot believe how gorgeous this original painting is in person. When I first saw it, my jaw probably dropped a mile, and I could hardly tear myself away from it!

Edward Hopper is known to favor a darker palette during most of his art career, along with a preference for saturated colors. I think that's what I like about his paintings so much.

I also found it interesting to learn that his favorite thing to paint was the sunlit side of a house. Honestly?! I've been known to say that the vertical line between the lit and shaded sides of a building is so luscious to me, I could just eat it! So now I feel even more of an affinity for this celebrated artist.

Update: Here is a short video, while in process at the museum. The painting is not finished yet, but as soon as it is, I will post a photo.

Clock Tower, Close Up

I love this iconic building on the most well-known intersection in Holland, Michigan: River and Eighth. The building--and the town--are rich with history. (For an interesting article about it in the Holland Sentinel, CLICK HERE.) I'd love to hear your memories or association with this beloved clock tower. Send me an email HERE if you'd like to share them with me.

If I had to categorize this continuing series of abstract-style paintings, I would have to call it "black and cream." That's the starting point for me: following a black line across the canvas on a creamy background. 

Acrylic on 24"x30" canvas. Available for purchase by contacting me HERE

Ottawa at Monroe #2

This intersection in downtown Grand Rapids intrigues me. My first interpretation of it was vertical and much more abstract, so it needed another form of expression.

Acrylic on 30" x 40" gallery-wrapped canvas. Available for purchase by contacting me HERE.

The Farm

There's a lot to see in this large (36"x48") painting. The close-ups below allow you to appreciate some of the moments that make up the emotions of the entire scene.

Acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. I hope to enter this painting in an upcoming exhibition. Available for purchase by contacting me HERE.

Barn on Canal Avenue #2

Another view of my favorite barn, taken later in the day when the light was hitting a different plane. Oh, how I love to paint that luscious edge where light meets shadow. 

18"x24" acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. SOLD.

Autumn Birches

I love to walk through the woods in the fall. This painting celebrates my memories of thousands of similar scenes. Acrylic on 30" x 48" gallery-wrapped canvas. SOLD.

Chicago at Dusk

A view from beautiful Lakeshore Drive. I snapped this photo on the way home from our son's place in Chicago. If this painting seems to have a different "feel" than my other paintings, it's because this one was done in oil, whereas I usually use acrylics. The "language of the brush," as artist Stuart Shils so eloquently states, is so totally different between the two mediums. They both have their advantages, but at this point I remain a fan of acrylics.

Oil on 24x48 gallery-wrapped canvas.

Barn at Sunrise

There's a brief moment of time in the process of the sun rising, where the sun is known to create some amazing effects, such as this golden haze on the grasses. Just a few minutes later, it was gone. I would like to be able to take credit for capturing this amazing phenomenon, but this purely-artsy night person has only been out to see a sunrise a handful of times in my entire life! So my wonderful friend, Mary Hilldore, who is also artsy but apparently not afraid of mornings, shared with me the amazing photo which inspired this painting. She actually went barn hunting on her vacation up north as a special favor to me. I am blessed with some really amazing friends.

Acrylic on 16x20 canvas. Available for purchase.

Mid Morning Barn

This is my third painting of my favorite barn of all time. (One of these days I'm going to keep one all for myself.) Each painting has captured a different angle of the sun, and I'm glad there are still many angles left to discover.

Acrylic on 24" x 30" wrapped canvas. Available for purchase by contacting me HERE.

Little Shed on the Prairie

This shed is on an old farm not far from us. Although it's not technically a prairie, the sparseness of it took me back to the show, "Little House on the Prairie."

This painting was accepted for the MI Arts Exhibition, showing at the Holland Area Arts Council from Sept. 11 through Nov. 30. Acrylic on 36" x 48" gallery-wrapped canvas. Available for purchase. Contact me HERE.

Ottawa at Fountain Street

Acrylic on 30" x 40" gallery-wrapped canvas. This close-up view of a favorite building on Ottawa Avenue has many layers of texture, while allowing the tonal foundation frequent opportunities to shine through. 

Available for purchase at Canterbury Cottage or by contacting me HERE.


Look on the Bright Side (Award Winner)
A visitor to my art gallery asked why I included the stoplight in this painting. I almost didn't know what to say, because it seemed so obvious to me!

I am honored that "Look on the Bright Side" won a Purchase Award from Warner, Norcross & Judd. It was exhibited at the UICA in 2014, along with two other paintings of mine, as part of the Regional Exhibition of the Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts.

Acrylic on 24x36 gallery-wrapped canvas.

Award winners, "Monroe Center" and "Look on the Bright Side," framed and shown together. 

A Quiet Lunch

A quiet scene from Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids. Acrylic on 16"x40" gallery-wrapped canvas. SOLD.

Late Afternoon Lighthouse #3

I can't stop painting versions of this lighthouse, and I get looser with the brushstrokes on each successive painting. Acrylic on 30"x40" gallery-wrapped canvas. SOLD.

Mary's Boats

Many thanks to my lovely friend, Mary Hilldore, the amazing photographer who allowed me to paint my interpretation of her photo of the "Flying Juniors." 

Donna Wotton writes, regarding the painting: "These boats belong to the Northern Lake George Yacht Club in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. They are the "domain" of many children - generations in fact - who have learned to sail in them, made their best life-long friends in them, and all share the most special memories of their magical teenage summers. They are a part of our community fabric and you have captured them beautifully." (Thank you, Donna!)

Acrylic on 30x40 gallery-wrapped canvas. SOLD.

"Resilience" - Winner of 2014 Tulip Time Poster Competition

For those who are curious about the experiences relating to my Tulip Time poster win, visit the Tulip Time tab on my website. There are videos and photos, describing this amazing, fun, and crazy event in my life!

"Resilience" is represented on note cards, elegant coffee cups, posters (2 sizes) and limited edition, numbered giclees (2 sizes), all of which can be ordered at Tulip Time's website (CLICK HEREor by visiting the Tulip Time office on 8th Avenue in downtown Holland.

Feb. 6 Art in Bloom Banquet, when "Resilience" was announced the winner.


Emerald Green Forest
Acrylic on 30x40 gallery-wrapped canvas. Available for purchase by contacting me HERE.


Where does this huge painting take you? (36"x48") SOLD.

Country Series #1

Acrylic on 11x14 canvas. Available for purchase; contact me HERE.

Sunday Afternoon Drive (Video)

My dad told me about some beautiful country scenery south of 108th, where I found this hilly dirt road. From the photo, I painted it upside down in my studio. There is a fun video HERE which shows the process.

Acrylic on 30x40 gallery-wrapped canvas. Just SOLD through Canterbury Cottage. CLICK HERE FOR CANTERBURY COTTAGE'S WEBSITE