(Untitled. Oil, graphite and Conté on Mylar)
It’s the first day of summer here and it feels like a true summer day with gently swaying grasses in the sunshine and strange insects in the garden.
[The first image is a painting/drawing in progress (I never know whether to call my pieces paintings or drawings – I guess they are both) and the other two images are photographs made with camera movement.]
© Karen McRae, 2013
85 thoughts on “Long Days and Tall Grass”
Beautiful painting, Karen and I love the softness of your grass.
Thank you, marina. I appreciate that!
I like a lot the first of the photographs, it transmits perfectly the movement of nature!
Ha ha ha , I can see you had a fun. I love it. 🙂
Yes, a bit of playing with elements! : )
Thank you, Yoshizen!
These three images just speak of summer. I love the top drawing/painting – I have not worked on mylar in a long time but it sure does some strange and beautiful things. Excellent!
Judy, Mylar is interesting, isn’t it? It seems to be my preferred medium to work on – so many possibilities.
Thanks so much for your comment.
fantastic – both the painting and the photo – love the movement of the grasses and such color – just lovely! K
Thanks, Kathleen. We are deep into summer greens.
I like the subtle feeling of impermanence that both photographs convey.
Yes, impermanence and for me also, the passing of time (too quickly!) Thank you, Marcelo.
love the dragonfly
Oh, I’m glad you do! Thank you. : )
Wonderfully artistic Karen, love it!
Thank you, Phil!
captured summer beauty
Yes, full on summer now.
Ethereal beauty in all three.
Thank you, Elena! : )
as usual – verdant potentials – very fine work
Much thanks, Nathan.
Beautiful, Karen! Especially like the middle one – I love the pale, curving stems there, and the darker backdrop. Adrian
Hi Adrian, thank you. An impressionist summer breeze, I guess.
That second grass photograph… you can do things with a camera as nobody else can. I stand in awe.
Alessandro, That’s a very kind comment – I’m not sure that’s true, but sincere thanks for that! : )
Love them. Today I was snapping plants on my way home – lovely wildflowers going to seed.
The wildflowers here are spectacular this year. All the rain has made them very happy.
Thanks for your comment.
i like each of the images on their own and their combination – wonderful, in every way
Hi Katrien, thanks very much, I’m glad you think so!
Thank you, Susan.
Whatever you call it, it’s a really arresting image – I really like the playful wrongness of it. And the way it works in combination with the photographs – it seems unusual that the drawing/ painting should be the hard edged partner.
Right Richard! I agree with you
Thanks very much, Richard. Yes, it may be genetically modified somewhat … it’s all the rage.
omg, not only do you take some of the most beautiful photos I ever see, you draw and paint so well too. I just love your work and always look forward to your posts.
Anne, thanks so much for your very kind words, I’m touched!
Wonderful, all three!
Thank you, Melanie!
Great pics! You can draw with paint but painting by definition can only be done with paint. Then again, we talk about painting with light and tapestry weavers have often been described as painting with wool – so maybe definitions should be ignored, again! 😉
Thank you for your comment.
This is done with paint and drawing tools… hmm…
smashing images Karen. I love your drawing/painting.
Adrian, thanks so very much! : )
Lovely Paining Karen…I Think it is Amazing and I really love it!!! 🙂
Hi Eva, I’m glad you like it, thank you!
You are a true artist Karen.
Oh, much thanks for that, David.
Unas Fotografías Muy Hermosas, Sorprendido… Un Saludo.
Muchas gracias, es bueno para sorprender a alguien!
Magnificent work, Karen. Love the painting/drawing.
Thank you, Simon!
Beautiful Karen! The photographs and the painting work so well together…your photos often look like paintings to me…complex, delicate and lovely…
Marianne, what a meaningful comment coming from you. Thanks very much, sincerely!
What fun to see your drawing/painting ! I never know what is a drawing or what is a painting. I think Andy came up with it is whatever your intent was for that piece. And yes I agree with Richard-interesting to see the photos not being the hard edged companion piece to a painting. Right now I’m working on a painting/drawing about 4 feet. It’s both.
Oh, I’m looking forward to seeing you new work, Carla! Thanks for your comment.
so lovely and delicate Karen.. and they all look painterly to me.. that bottom photo is to die for..
I’m glad you like them, Helen. thank you! : )
Photos that look like paintings, paintings that look like photos, all of them drawn. I want to see more of your painting-drawings.
Okay, I’ll post more as they develop. I’m glad you want to see more, Anna, that in itself is meaningful to me.
I always look forward to your posts and am never disappointed in the least. The dragonfly/maple seed/root creature is fascinating. The grasses are masterful. How fantastic it would be to have huge prints made and hang them in a gallery, each on its own wall. I could live there. Brilliant.
Oh, thank you so much! I am hugely grateful for your comment. : )
You have such an eye for detail and beauty, Karen. Wonderful.
Thank you, Jane.
Thank you, Shimon.
A beautiful set of images. Look forward to seeing more of your drawings. 😉
Cynthia, thank you. I may post more in the future.
All three gorgeous. And that first one is a real surprise. I didn’t know you had that visual element to your work; drawing/painting. Very beautifully done!
a beautiful marriage of elements in your painting Karen. Great inspiring work!
You are so incredibly talented, Karen – beautiful by any title(s)!
Such finesse, ingenuity, and humour. Giving the damselfly roots is an act of brilliance. Karen you rock!
It’s good to see an example of your painting/drawing, Karen. It’s as delicate as your photos.
It’s amazing how you are able to work with different medias and the result always has you clear signature and style. You very impressionistic expression is always so interesting and beautiful, as is the case for the pictures here. I am not sure which one is my favourite, because I like them all for different reason. Just excellent work.
Beautiful work, Karen! All of it.
Aaah, I love this! To paint like a photograph is hard to do, and you’ve done this beautifully, Karen. I want to see more 🙂
oh they are lovely Karen! Your pieces … ?! 🙂 Beautiful!
Your painting is beautiful and I love the effect in the photos. 🙂
Your painting is so beautiful Karen and the two photos are pure beauties, I really love it !
I particularly like the painting. The delicate ‘feel’ of the work is very similar to much of your photography – and it speaks to me!
the grasses – taste of infinitely fine marshmallow
Thanks for all you kind comments, M!