February 18, 2011

Rolling Along...


ROLLING - 48x72 - 2009

I left high detail realism many years ago, in search for all things abstract... found that mode and have had a nice career painting simple essences or juxtapositions. But every now and then, a line wobbles and suggests a horizon... a shape fuzzes and becomes a grouping of trees... and being the permissive type, I let it happen, I even take advantage and go along for the ride.

As we travel by car around the southern states, the rolling hills constantly change and intrigue. I've photographed many from the passenger seat and have sketchbooks filled with scribbled, glimpsed views, perhaps incorporating several scenes into one. It's not surprising that I should find one of these experiences showing up on a canvas... with way more reality than I usually allow. But it was such a fun change of pace I couldn't bring myself to paint over it, as I usually do when my efforts don't really fit the current genre.

So, after a proper length of time at an out of town gallery, I made plans to bring it home, wondering what it's future would hold. At about the same time, a collector who selects art for Alabama Power Company chose "Rolling" from my web site to be placed with my other three in a redecorated space. Today I delivered the painting and saw the new space... love the assorted wall colors which break up the hallway and highlight various entryways and especially how well the three earlier painting look in this space. I understand they had not been hung together previously and the hallway had been an industrial putty color... much improved!  The bigger painting will go at the other end of the well traveled hallway on the opposite wall... they promised a photo when it's installed. Love it when they say "It looks even better in person than on the website!" ;)




13 comments:

kayvinson said...

That row of paintings looks wonderful. Love the yellows and oranges against the blue wall. Congratulations,

Karen Jacobs said...

Thanks, Kay... the colors they used really spruced up an otherwise dull space and those paintings couldn't have worked better. Was fun to see.

Wax Beach Artist said...

"Rolling" will go very well with the other 3. All are awesome! Please do post a picture when you get one. Grats on the sell :)

Cathy Hegman said...

FAntastic! I agree the yellow hues work really well with the blues. The new piece is a departure from your regular and surprised me but in a good way. It will look great! Post the pics when they send them and tell them they need to widen the hall so folks can enjoy the art work! LOL

Karen Jacobs said...

True, a hallway isn't the best viewing space for large paintings and I'd expected something different when I first walked into the very large foyer of the building then things sized down considerably. However there are many other walkways converging on this one and it's obviously well used by several conference rooms. One leads right into the three yellow paintings, I took a shot but it was blurred (photography isn't my best trick!)

CMC said...

Love it.... wonderful with the color. Congratulations.

Martha Marshall said...

Oooh, fabulous, Karen! These look so great. But I just had a fit when I saw your "Rolling." You know I've been enthralled with scenes of home since we moved back, and have been shooting out the car window like crazy. Just can't help myself.

Your painting is so wonderful.

paula said...

congratulations...loved this post karen

Karen Jacobs said...

Watch out, Martha... you'll start seeing 'essence of highway' in your work ;)

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bicocacolors said...

BRAVA BRAVA BRAVA!!!
I love Rolling!

Karen Jacobs said...

Thank you and BRAVA! to you, Elena... your photographs are mesmerizing!

elm said...

We miss your regular posting!
Eric