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VIDEO about this work: https://youtu.be/569od5nsuu0

INSPIRATION
I was inspired by the sunrise colors reflecting on the One Word Trade Center, the surrounding buildings, and the Hudson River. This painting represents new beginnings, the first sun rays of a day. It also represents the duality of life, the before and after, the hidden beauty of our surroundings - a painting of a clear sunrise is hidden underneath the layers of clouds.

METHOD
I painted the sunrise layer using a natural sea sponge. I used masking tape to create the "rays" that peak through clouds. I applied the layer of clouds with a large brush, letting the sunrise layer show through the brush strokes. I finished with drips and drops of white to add more texture and to give the painting a contemporary feel.

VIDEO of my early work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07zLst5uJJY

MATERIALS
- Blick Premier Gallery Profile Cotton Canvas - 60'' x 72''
Hand-splined on the back with minimal staples and no bulky corner folds. A rubber gasket holds the fabric neatly in place. Splined canvases hang tight to the wall and are often preferred by artists who display their work unframed.
- Liquitex Professional Acrylic Paints
- This painting is coated with 1 layer of Liquitex Professional gloss fluid medium to seal everything in nicely and give it a glossy sheen
- This painting is coated with 2 layers of Liquitex Professional Gloss Varnish to protect it from UV damage
VIDEO about this work: https://youtu.be/569od5nsuu0

INSPIRATION
I was inspired by the sunrise colors reflecting on the One Word Trade Center, the surrounding buildings, and the Hudson River. This painting represents new beginnings, the first sun rays of a day. It also represents the duality of life, the before and after, the hidden beauty of our surroundings - a painting of a clear sunrise is hidden underneath the layers of clouds.

METHOD
I painted the sunrise layer using a natural sea sponge. I used masking tape to create the "rays" that peak through clouds. I applied the layer of clouds with a large brush, letting the sunrise layer show through the brush strokes. I finished with drips and drops of white to add more texture and to give the painting a contemporary feel.

VIDEO of my early work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07zLst5uJJY

MATERIALS
- Blick Premier Gallery Profile Cotton Canvas - 60'' x 72''
Hand-splined on the back with minimal staples and no bulky corner folds. A rubber gasket holds the fabric neatly in place. Splined canvases hang tight to the wall and are often preferred by artists who display their work unframed.
- Liquitex Professional Acrylic Paints
- This painting is coated with 1 layer of Liquitex Professional gloss fluid medium to seal everything in nicely and give it a glossy sheen
- This painting is coated with 2 layers of Liquitex Professional Gloss Varnish to protect it from UV damage
VIDEO about this work: https://youtu.be/569od5nsuu0

INSPIRATION
I was inspired by the sunrise colors reflecting on the One Word Trade Center, the surrounding buildings, and the Hudson River. This painting represents new beginnings, the first sun rays of a day. It also represents the duality of life, the before and after, the hidden beauty of our surroundings - a painting of a clear sunrise is hidden underneath the layers of clouds.

METHOD
I painted the sunrise layer using a natural sea sponge. I used masking tape to create the "rays" that peak through clouds. I applied the layer of clouds with a large brush, letting the sunrise layer show through the brush strokes. I finished with drips and drops of white to add more texture and to give the painting a contemporary feel.

VIDEO of my early work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07zLst5uJJY

MATERIALS
- Blick Premier Gallery Profile Cotton Canvas - 60'' x 72''
Hand-splined on the back with minimal staples and no bulky corner folds. A rubber gasket holds the fabric neatly in place. Splined canvases hang tight to the wall and are often preferred by artists who display their work unframed.
- Liquitex Professional Acrylic Paints
- This painting is coated with 1 layer of Liquitex Professional gloss fluid medium to seal everything in nicely and give it a glossy sheen
- This painting is coated with 2 layers of Liquitex Professional Gloss Varnish to protect it from UV damage
VIDEO about this work: https://youtu.be/569od5nsuu0

INSPIRATION
I was inspired by the sunrise colors reflecting on the One Word Trade Center, the surrounding buildings, and the Hudson River. This painting represents new beginnings, the first sun rays of a day. It also represents the duality of life, the before and after, the hidden beauty of our surroundings - a painting of a clear sunrise is hidden underneath the layers of clouds.

METHOD
I painted the sunrise layer using a natural sea sponge. I used masking tape to create the "rays" that peak through clouds. I applied the layer of clouds with a large brush, letting the sunrise layer show through the brush strokes. I finished with drips and drops of white to add more texture and to give the painting a contemporary feel.

VIDEO of my early work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07zLst5uJJY

MATERIALS
- Blick Premier Gallery Profile Cotton Canvas - 60'' x 72''
Hand-splined on the back with minimal staples and no bulky corner folds. A rubber gasket holds the fabric neatly in place. Splined canvases hang tight to the wall and are often preferred by artists who display their work unframed.
- Liquitex Professional Acrylic Paints
- This painting is coated with 1 layer of Liquitex Professional gloss fluid medium to seal everything in nicely and give it a glossy sheen
- This painting is coated with 2 layers of Liquitex Professional Gloss Varnish to protect it from UV damage
VIDEO about this work: https://youtu.be/569od5nsuu0

INSPIRATION
I was inspired by the sunrise colors reflecting on the One Word Trade Center, the surrounding buildings, and the Hudson River. This painting represents new beginnings, the first sun rays of a day. It also represents the duality of life, the before and after, the hidden beauty of our surroundings - a painting of a clear sunrise is hidden underneath the layers of clouds.

METHOD
I painted the sunrise layer using a natural sea sponge. I used masking tape to create the "rays" that peak through clouds. I applied the layer of clouds with a large brush, letting the sunrise layer show through the brush strokes. I finished with drips and drops of white to add more texture and to give the painting a contemporary feel.

VIDEO of my early work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07zLst5uJJY

MATERIALS
- Blick Premier Gallery Profile Cotton Canvas - 60'' x 72''
Hand-splined on the back with minimal staples and no bulky corner folds. A rubber gasket holds the fabric neatly in place. Splined canvases hang tight to the wall and are often preferred by artists who display their work unframed.
- Liquitex Professional Acrylic Paints
- This painting is coated with 1 layer of Liquitex Professional gloss fluid medium to seal everything in nicely and give it a glossy sheen
- This painting is coated with 2 layers of Liquitex Professional Gloss Varnish to protect it from UV damage
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Sunrise in Manhattan Painting

Maria Karpenko

United States

Painting, Acrylic on Canvas

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VIDEO about this work: https://youtu.be/569od5nsuu0 INSPIRATION I was inspired by the sunrise colors reflecting on the One Word Trade Center, the surrounding buildings, and the Hudson River. This painting represents new beginnings, the first sun rays of a day. It also represents the duality of life, the before and after, the hidden beauty of our surroundings - a painting of a clear sunrise is hidden underneath the layers of clouds. METHOD I painted the sunrise layer using a natural sea sponge. I used masking tape to create the "rays" that peak through clouds. I applied the layer of clouds with a large brush, letting the sunrise layer show through the brush strokes. I finished with drips and drops of white to add more texture and to give the painting a contemporary feel. VIDEO of my early work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07zLst5uJJY MATERIALS - Blick Premier Gallery Profile Cotton Canvas - 60'' x 72'' Hand-splined on the back with minimal staples and no bulky corner folds. A rubber gasket holds the fabric neatly in place. Splined canvases hang tight to the wall and are often preferred by artists who display their work unframed. - Liquitex Professional Acrylic Paints - This painting is coated with 1 layer of Liquitex Professional gloss fluid medium to seal everything in nicely and give it a glossy sheen - This painting is coated with 2 layers of Liquitex Professional Gloss Varnish to protect it from UV damage

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Painting:Acrylic on Canvas

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Size:72 W x 60 H x 1.5 D in

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Maria Karpenko won a national art competition in elementary school in Germany and started painting oil on canvas at the age of 9. She had her first solo exhibition at the age of 10, selling more than a dozen paintings. Local newspapers profiled her in articles with titles like "A 'Phenomenon': First Exhibition at Age 10." She had another solo exhibition a couple years later, shortly before she moved to Canada with her family. While attending high school, she had her third solo exhibition and has been working on commissions ever since. Before Maria started painting, she spent about two years visiting museums and galleries in Europe. She was enthralled by French Impressionism and chose Claude Monet as her mentor. Maria’s parents took her to Claude Monet’s house and garden in Giverny, France. She studied his work and the work of other impressionists by flipping through art books countless times. She copied a few of Monet's paintings to learn and practice his technique. The Walk (Argenteuil) (1875) and Poppies (1873) are among the paintings she copied. She quickly moved on to her own paintings—mostly landscapes and floral compositions. About 4 years ago, Maria started to explore Abstract Expressionism. This year, she tried acrylic paints for the first time and fell in love with them. They give her new ways to capture the emotions a place or a moment evokes. Their drying speed forces her to work faster and in a more "expressive" and spontaneous way. She has learned that the process of an Abstract Expressionism acrylic painting is as much part of the finished painting as the painting itself.

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