Friday, July 29, 2016

Skaneateles Lake

Skaneateles Lake, 2016
acrylic painting on canvas
16" x 20" (40.6 cm x 50.8 cm)
© copyright Mike Kraus

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Classic wooden motor boats race through Skaneateles Lake on a fine summer afternoon.  After some light shopping and heavenly burgers, we decide to hike along the shoreline.  An old vineyard somehow manages to survive the invasion of mega-mansions.  There's a cool breeze coming off the lake on a hot day.  An increasing rare sacred open space along the Finger Lakes.

This painting would look best in a space that is light orange, navy blue, burgundy red, evergreen, or cadmium yellow, purple, black, white, beige, or wood 

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Field of Lavender and Sunflowers

Field of Lavender and Sunflowers, 2016
acrylic on canvas board
8" x 10"  (20.3 cm x 25.4 cm) 
© copyright Mike Kraus

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Our bikes race up and down the gentle hills of Provence.  Everything has a distinct texture, the colors are vibrant, and the perfume in the air is intoxicating.  And every twisting road we turn down has countless rows of purple and blue lavender.  The heat of the Mediterranean sun presses against our backs as we pedal back to the village of Sault.  I'll never forget the fields of France.

This painting would look best in a space that is deep red, yellow, orange, blue, green, black, white, grey, beige, or wood

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Bright Red Birch Forest

Bright Red Birch Forest, 2014
Acrylic on canvas
16" x 20" in a frame (40.6 cm x 50.8 cm in a frame)
© copyright Mike Kraus
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What’s black and white and red all over? A birch forest of course. Birch trees have always been a meditative source for me. Growing up, there was one outside my window that I would look at while daydreaming. And, when I needed to get away from the world I went to a grove of Birch trees to find refuge. I’ve always found the unique and nearly useless white tree interesting.

This painting would look best somewhere that light green, dark red, light yellow, blue, dark orange, dark purple, black, white, grey, beige, or wood.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Vision Quest IV

Vision Quest IV, 2014
acrylic painting on canvas in a frame
16" x 20" (40.6 cm x 50.8 cm)
© copyright Mike Kraus

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I have stayed here for several days.  Alone in the wilderness with only the things I can carry in my backpack.  I've been rationing my food and water to extend my time here.  There's an intensity to the evening sun that is counter-balanced by the darkness of the soil.  A delicate harmony to everything.

This piece would work in a space that is deep red, yellow, light orange, blue, green, light purple, black, white, grey, beige or on wood.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A View of the Blue Mountains of the Adirondacks

A View of the Blue Mountains of the Adirondacks, 2015
Acrylic on canvas 
16" x 20" in a frame (40.6 cm x 50.8 cm in a frame)
© copyright Mike Kraus

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Rochester, NY 14607 USA

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It was a steep and treacherous hike up the mountain in the Adirondacks.  A wild region full of deer, herons, and chipmunks.  You may even find a moose, coyote, or black bear on these trails.  The dense pine forest opens up to a meadow full of brisk autumn air.  There is a startling calmness.  And from this view, it's as if we can see all six million acres of this park.

This painting would look best in a space that is light red, orange, purple, yellow, green, blue, black, white, gray, beige, or wood.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Evergreen Birch Forest

Evergreen Birch Forest, 2014
Acrylic and ink on canvas
8" x 10" in a 11 1/4" x 13 1/4" frame (20.3 cm x 25.4 cm in a 28.6 cm x 33.7 cm frame)
© copyright Mike Kraus
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This painting was featured at:
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Canandaigua National Bank and Trust
210 Alexander Street
Rochester, NY 14607

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Birch trees have always been a meditative source for me. Growing up, there was one outside my window that I would look at while daydreaming. And, when I needed to get away from the world I went to a grove of Birch trees to find refuge. I’ve always found the unique and nearly useless white tree interesting.

This painting would look best in a small bright space that seems bare.  It would also compliment a space that is orange, navy blue, burgundy red, yellow, light green, deep purple, gray, black, white, beige, or wood.

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