Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Shoshone Point Sunset

Shoshone Point Sunset – Grand Canyon 
acrylic on board, 23″x47″ (25″x49″ when framed soon), 2022
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This image was inspired by a spectacular sunset I got to enjoy at the terminus of a short hike through the woods to an edge of the Grand Canyon that sees much less traffic then the more readily accessible lookouts. Over the years, I’ve gotten to enjoy hiking and viewing the Grand Canyon from various vantage points, from both the South and the North Rims as well as from the very popular and highly visited lookouts as well as more remote locations like Shoshone Point.

No matter where along the canyon, the views were always incredible, whether at crowded lookouts full of other admirers or at less traveled locations. A sunset that I got to watch at Shoshone Point during my first trip to this area was one of the most memorable. 

Along with a few friends, we set out to walked about a mile through the woods to a more secluded spot, perfect for sunset viewing according to my research. All of a sudden we were startled by a huge, lone elk who a moment ago seemed like he was a still tree but in a flash turned into an antlered keeper of the woods. He stared us down while having his evening snack. We were not sure if we were supposed to proceed or turn back but decided to quietly, press on. Arriving at the stunning edge of the canyon felt extra special, almost like we passed a mystical guardian of this special palace and that he chose to allow us to see the magic beyond. 

The evening was perfectly still. The changes in color of the canyon walls and the sky above were subtle but powerful. The layers of the Grand Canyon seemed to dance in the slight foggy mist that softened the brightness of the setting sun. Anywhere I looked, I was seeing something I’ve never imagined could exist. I was looking at infinity yet it felt so fleeting as the vibrant colors quickly began to disappear for the day with the fading light. We knew that the longer we’d stay out there, the darker the woods would be on the return walk back to the car. All of this felt so precious. I took away an image of the brightest part of the sunset and tried to share it in this new painting. I hope that the magic and wonder that I got to witness and absorb out there comes through for the viewers and that it reminds them of time spent in the outdoors and of their own magic that they have experienced during moments as special as the one I had at Shoshone Point.

My stained glass mosaic 'Shoshone Point' circa 2010

Additionally, I'd like to share my other inspiration for this new painting, a mosaic that I created back in 2010. It was inspired by the same sunset from the same spot along the Grand Canyon. I loved that memory as well as my mosaic interpretation of it and now that I am focusing on painting, I wanted to create a painted version to once again try to show the beauty of this very special place.

The painting photographed outside in the bright sunlight prior to it being varnished.

The painting photographed outside in overcast atmosphere following being varnished.

A closer look.
Another closer look toward the painted sky.
Here I caught a fun reflection as the sun began to peek out from the clouds and reflected the trees into my painting.
The same reflection capture from a different angle.
The painting seen from a similar angle but with a much lesser reflection that still shows the gloss of the varnish.

The painting is currently being framed in a black hardwood floating frame which will add an inch of size all around totaling at 25″x49″. Please email kpolkowska@gmail.com if you’d like to see a video of the painting.

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Night Sky Minies

Violet Wintry Night, acrylic on board, 6″x8″, 2021 ~SOLD
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This painting is part of my new mini series where I explored the concept of remote mountainous places where on a clear night the sky is filled with infinite stars. In this piece, I explored a scene where the atmosphere is purple and violet.

I’ve only seen something like this in real life one time while camping in Zion National Park. The Night sky was violet  and pinkish. The sky looked very light but the milky way was so clearly visible – it was so magical. The surrounding landscape also seemed lit up which was so neat. In this little painting I wanted to express some of that phenomenon but in a more mountainous and wintry scene.

Polar Night, acrylic on board, 8″x6″, 2021 ~SOLD

This painting is inspired by the idea polar nights. I’ve not actually experienced this incredible phenomenon where night lasts 24 hours but I’ve been fascinated by it.

I sleep right next to a window where I see a beautiful, full night sky most nights. Here in Pagosa Springs, Colorado the nightly display of stars is awe inspiring. I live on the border of the national forest and each time it snows, the scenery out that window is pretty magical. It makes my mind wonder about what the nights are in other, faraway remote places.

There is a draft by my window so the cold chill has recently made me think of frozen, bitterly cold spots. I painted this new scene thinking of arctic places where its so cold that icebergs grow out of the sea creating a fairy tale image of winter in the mountains where surely an ice queen must be nearby.

 Frosty Winter Night, acrylic on board, 6″x8″, 2021 ~SOLD

In this piece, I explore really jagged, snowy peaks that shoot up from the colorful forest, straight into a crystal clear and very cosmic night scene.

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Alpine Night Painting

 Alpine Night, acrylic on board, 8″x10″, 2021 SOLD
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This painting was inspired by clear nights in remote mountain environments where the sky is filled with infinite stars.

 The painting is varnished in gloss on both the face and along all the wooden edges which have a painted accent strip. There is a hanging wire as well as a certificate of authenticity on the back. 

Friday, December 17, 2021

Winter's Night ~ Painting

Winter’s Night, acrylic on board, 18”x18″, 2021
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I've been living in Colorado since the beginning of 2012. Over the years, I have seen many beautiful snowy mountain scenes. Colorado is a true winter wonderland, a truly magical place when the Rocky Mountains are veiled in fresh snow. I've also lived in areas where the night sky is pretty spectacular. With this new painting I wanted to combine some of my favorite aspects of experiencing Winter in the mountains.  I hope that this painting inspires people to venture outside even when it may be bitterly cold out there. I know that's what I am hoping for myself =)

The painting is varnished in gloss on both the face and along all the wooden edges which have a painted accent strip. 

My paintings are created with layers of acrylic wash. The various layers create wonderful color changes through out. On top, I use acrylic paint markers of varied thicknesses to draw patterns and lines to help my landscape come a live. There is a hanging wire as well as a certificate of authenticity on the back.


Sunday, December 12, 2021

New Minies

Stormy Mountain Sunset, acrylic on board, 6″x8″, 2021 ~SOLD

This painting was inspired by a colorful, stormy sky looming over the mountains as the sun sets for the evening.

Fiery Rose Mountainscape, acrylic on board, 6″x8″, 2021 ~SOLD

This painting was inspired by a bright orange, pink sunset in the mountains where the atmosphere is just right and everything is veiled in a magical explosion of color.



Nightfall Over Snowy Mountains, acrylic on board, 6″x8″, 2021~SOLD

This is an original acrylic painting inspired by crystal clear night sky over remote, snowy mountains.



Crimson Mountainscape, acrylic on board, 8″x6″, 2021 ~SOLD

This painting was inspired by a warm, vividly colored sunset that has veiled the mountains in a crimson hue.


Friday, December 10, 2021

Lavender Spell - Painting

Lavender Spell 
acrylic on board

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This is an original acrylic painting inspired by autumn in the mountains when the sun sets and the mountains turn a warm, lavender color for a brief moment.