Saturday, April 8, 2017

Next Door Beauty

I have always been a huge fan of finding beauty in the ordinary.

So my new adventure is about homes in my neighborhood. I especially love the brightly colored ones! And there are so many here in Portland. Taking a risk, expressing themselves. Being bold. I just love it! Why DO we take ourselves so seriously after all!

My art has taken a shift over the last year. More Color! More Cowbell! Lol! Loose and free with lots of thick juicy color. :) Ahhhhh.

Every season seems to bring a different home into the spotlight. What I'm absolutely in love with is the combination of nature - domesticated though it may be - and the creative home.

So here are the first few of this series...

"Spring at Last" 9" x 12" acrylic on deep gallery wrapped canvas


"Fall in the Neighborhood"
9" x 12" acrylic
on deep gallery wrapped canvas




























"Full Bloom"
9" x 12" acrylic on deep gallery wrapped canvas


"Candy Tree"

9" x 12" acrylic on deep gallery wrapped canvas





 "Crow's Eye View"
9" x 12" acrylic on deep gallery wrapped canvas

These two kid of got me started on this idea. I painted them for the Big 500 Art Show last fall.


This one is
"The Ginkgo"
8" x 8" acrylic on wood panel


And this one is

"Welcome Home"
8" x 8" Acrylic on wood panel















I'll post more as I finish them...

If you are interested, they are available in my Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/karenilari

And hopefully I'll be showing them this summer at the outdoor art show we have here in St Johns called the Art Constitutional

The fun part is walking, biking or driving around looking for pictures to capture :) Except that I think when I drive real slow down residential streets, circling around and driving by again, people might think I'm up to no good! Ha!

Let me know if you think this is a good direction for me - or if you have a colorful house you would like me to paint :)



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