Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Color of Wild Things ~ Aug 4-Sept. 3

 Information from upcoming show at MCCD, Glacial Park, Ringwood 
(between McHenry and Richmond)



McHenry County Conservation District invites you to view “The Color of Wild Things” art exhibit by Karyl Shields Studio on display August 4-September 3 at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Rt. 31 and Harts Rd., Ringwood. This exhibit is free and is open to the public daily, 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

The Color of Wild Things is a collection of plein air and studio paintings featuring many McHenry County Conservation District sites and local vistas. Since 2010 Karyl has consciously developed her work around local conservation efforts in the county. Her work is painted in oils, pastels and acrylics on site in the plein air style. Larger ideas that require several visits to the canvas are taken into the studio where more time can be spent to capture a particular expression of the land. Karyl focuses on using color to exemplify the inherent beauty found throughout McHenry County. Visit www.karylshields.net to view current and past works.

About the artist: Although born in a suburb of Chicago, Karyl knew little of the city. When Karyl was 4 years old her father bought a 40-acre horse farm where she grew to love being outdoors. She spent most of her childhood making friends with caterpillars and toads and climbing trees to watch the occasional car pass by. Her spirit developed through sounds of the wind and the conversations of birds. Long vistas greeted her in the morning and open skies filled her nights. Because of her childhood memories she chooses to honor the landscape through her artistic efforts.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Here comes the Morning Light

Here comes the Morning Light
9x12, pastel, 220 unframed, 320 framed w/glass and spacers

We are so fortunate to have many conservation districts that plant native flowers and plants for us to enjoy. If you have ever had to constantly fight weeds and invasive bushes and trees in your environment you are sure to delight upon this scene on a wooded path.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Deep Woods ~ pastel

Deep Woods ~ pastel ~ 9x12

$220 unframed, $320 framed, glass, pastel spacers

Fall Aglow ~ pastel (oil)

Fall Aglow ~ 9x12 ~ pastel

This piece is not available in pastel, but is available in oil, 9x12

Morning Pasture ~ pastel

Morning Pasture ~ 9x12 ~ pastel

$220 unframed, $320 framed, glass & pastel spacers

Early Light ~pastel


Early Light, 9x12 pastel

$220 unframed, $320 framed, glass and pastel spacers

Into the Thicket ~ pastel

Pastel, 11 x 14

$300 unframed, $375 framed with glass and spacers

I am always thrilled to share my work with others!


If you are interested in purchasing any of the paintings on this site please contact the artist at:
email: Shieldskaryl@gmail.com
or use Messenger to: Karyl Shields, Harvard, Illinois