|"Proud in Pink" |
Image: 29"x 21" Framed: 38" x 30"
Acrylic Painting on Paper $2000
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
The painting on the left was painted at the Joyce Ells Paint-in last Fall. I knew that it wasn't done, but decided to set it aside till I knew how to solve it. First of all, paintings at Paint-in's often have problems because you are among 30 other artists with lots of interruptions and gabbing during your creative process. I'm not complaining cuz I love Paint-ins. I am there to reconnect with my art buddies rather than having the goal of creating masterpieces. Anyway, I have had this landscape in my mind for at least 5 years with a dusty pink barn and Holstein cows leading up to the barn. I finally decided to paint that image. But then I lost my nerve to add the cows. No worries, cuz at least I had the pink house and barn. Someone came by and remarked how awful the colors were!😳 Pretty gutsy of her, don't you think? Well, that made me even more determined than ever that the pink barn STAYS!
So, this week, I needed a painting for a national competition and decided that it was time for me to finally do a makeover on this painting.
Things I wanted to change:
1. I didn't like the brown colors.
2. I felt that the light pathway lacked interest.
3. The painting lacked the "wow" factor, so I decided to add bright colors.
4. The center of interest needed to be made more clear.
So, I worked out a color triad that went with pink. Yes, the pink has to stay! I used cobalt blue, Quinacridone magenta, and hansa yellow medium. I also added a tiny bit of raw umber and Bahama Blue. I got out my chalk and made a better pathway of light. Then I wiped out the new pathway, using rubbing alcohol. If you know me at all, you know that I love the color, red. I knew that if I showcased the building by red, that I would be a happy camper! I instantly felt better after the red was added. I think this is a good lesson for all of us. Some of my BEST paintings are the ones that I struggle with. They appear deeper, if I can only make it past the ugly teenage stage! Now, I love the new colors and I like the new design too. Fingers crossed that it will get accepted into the show that I entered. Time will tell..... But the most important critique of your paintings is always YOU, and if you are pleased with the outcome, nothing else matters!
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Saturday, May 6, 2017
From Karen Knutson
2 ½ lbs. chicken breasts
4 dried ancho chiles OR 4 dried pasilla chiles
4 cup chicken broth (2 cans)
3 fresh tomatoes, chopped
3 teaspoons chopped garlic
1 tsp. Kosher salt, or to taste
¾ large white onion, diced
1 large bunch fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
Tortilla strips (you can buy these at Byerly’s near the fresh soup deli)
About 3 or 4 avacados (pitted, peeled and diced)
About 1 cup feta cheese
8-10 fresh mushrooms, sliced in large slices or ¼ cubes
In a large stockpot, bring chicken and broth to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the chicken is tender, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, place chiles in another medium saucepan, cover with cold water, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the chiles are soft, about 10 minutes. Then, Drain the chile. Let cool slightly and then, remove the seeds, stems, and veins. Cut into strips and set aside.
With a slotted spoon, remove the chicken from pot and, after it cools, cut into cubes (if you plan to freeze this, make the cubes large, if not, make them about 1” cubes). Set aside the stockpot of broth.
Place the chiles, tomatoes, onion, garlic, and salt in a food processor or blender. Process until smooth, adding ½ cup of the reserved broth if the mixture is too thick.
Stir the chile puree and half of the cilantro into the broth. Simmer for 30 minutes. Add salt if needed. Stir in the chicken and the remaining cilantro. Cook for 10 minutes. Add mushrooms the last 5 minutes. Add remaining cilantro just before serving.
In bowls, place about 4 or 5 spinach leaves in the bottom of the bowl. Then add soup, and top with avocado, about 1 T. feta cheese, and the tortilla strips. Serve immediately.
**This recipe is a revised version, From Eva Longoria (of Desperate Housewives) from People magazine.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Their paintings are pictured below. Can you believe how good they are? I had a great time teaching at The Villages. I believe that it's my 5th time teaching for them. If you are ever in that area, check out their workshops. Beverly Hennessey is the director of workshops there and she does a great job!
Thursday, February 9, 2017
I'm attending a Paint-in now hosted by Karlyn Holman. She is one of my favorite artists! We have so much fun! This painting was completed at the Paint-in, where we all get inspiration from each other. Positive energy floors in the air. This painting, "Shades of Gray" is available for $345. (12" x12" wrapped canvas)
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
|"30 Paintings in 30 Days" January 2017 Challenge|
Again, I want to thank all of you for being my cheerleaders during this challenge. It really means a lot to hear your comments or to count up the "likes". Thanks to Leslie Saeta, who thought up this great challenge for all of us! Thank you to those who purchased many of my paintings too. If any of you are interested, just go back to past blogs to see if your favorite is still available. Great prices!
Today, I totally relaxed! Had a pedicure and a manicure. Not sure that was real wise, since I will be painting in acrylics in only 5 days when I go to a Paint-in! But it felt good to relax and have a little reward for my hard work. Stay tuned to my blog. My goal for 2017 is to post at least every 2 weeks. I try to share my knowledge as an instructor with my students who stay tuned to my blog. I made many discoveries this month and can't wait to pursue those discoveries and fine tune them. Check my website for details about future workshops. www.karenknutson.com I'm teaching all across the USA this year, both the East and the West coast. (Below are available paintings)
January- Cape Coral, FL
February- The Villages, FL
March- Green Valley, AZ
April- Kanuga Conference Center (near Henderson, NC)
May- Louisville, KY
June- San Diego, CA
July- Alexandria, MN
August- Dickinson, ND
White Bear Lake, MN
September- Traverse City, MI
October- Miles City, MT
November- Home studio possible workshop
|Available paintings from the 30 in 30 Challenge $99 Each|
Here are all 30 Paintings that I did in January. There is a website, www.picmonkey.com that is a great way to make a poster of your paintings. It used to be free, but now, there is a small fee. It's easy to use and I use it often, as an instructor to make a collection of my student's paintings. On this, I had to crop several of the paintings, due to them being rectangular in shape. The site is meant for square paintings. But you get the idea anyway. Many of these paintings are still for sale. Go back to earlier blogs if interested.
Monday, January 30, 2017
|Wire Drawing of the original "Highest Power" painting|
Sunday, January 29, 2017
|"Sunrise on the Shore" $99 SOLD|
Image size: 11" x 15" Watercolor
Saturday, January 28, 2017
|"Dusk" $99 SOLD|
Image size: 11" x 15" watercolor
Friday, January 27, 2017
"Jungle Fever" $99 (SOLD)
Image: 11" x 15" Watercolor
|Beginning stages of "Jungle Fever"|