Monday, May 20, 2019

Arizona Colors

 On a recent Trip to Arizona I had the wonderful experience of painting and learning with some of the members of the Plein air Painters of America in Scottsdale. The colors out west make one either want to create new color charts or make a mad dash to the art store to buy new colors! Red rocks combined with a dusty sage grey are two of my favorite combinations.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

On Birches ~ a tribute to Robert Frost

.....I'd like to go by climbing a birch tree,
And climb black branches up a snow-white trunk
Toward heaven, till the tree could bear no more,
But dipped its top and set me down again.
That would be good both going and coming back.
One could do worse than be a swinger of birches.
From “Birches” by Robert Frost
11x14, pastel, framed 400.

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 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