Karen Knutson paints in mixed media, trying to make her paintings fun and easy. A wide range of subjects, including landscapes, figures, collage, abstracts, florals, and birds. Many lessons are included on this blog to encourage her art students. Teaching across the country makes her life a great journey.
Friday, February 3, 2012
I'm falling in love with acrylics lately. I still love watercolor, but only if I can add collage with it. I'm almost finished with a painting that I started many months ago. I used this 30 minute study as my model. (done with Tombo markers) I had set the painting aside for several months, due to other things taking priority. I came up with this idea, that my sister and I should coordinate our art. She is a seamstress, and makes wonderful pillows and a variety of functional art. In fact, her business is called Functional Art. She sewed some beautiful pillows, and I painted a painting to go with them. They are pictured below. This will be my first coordinating painting! I'll post it tomorrow. I really enjoy the process of having fabric as a starting off point for my paintings. Love the freedom of painting whatever I want, as long as it matches the pillows. And sometimes, it takes away the stress of picking colors when the artists' block sets in. Today, I painted with a few friends and we painted from 9:30 till 3:00 p.m. It was so fun to hear feedback on each other's paintings. If you don't have a group to paint with, I strongly advise it. We artists are alone too much of the time, and it feels so good to have friends to talk with, while I paint. Granted, I wouldn't work well like this every day, but once or twice a month is so good for me! By the way, my sister's fabric pieces are featured on http://www.etsy.com/ Her name is Nancy Klapmeier. Her link is http://www.etsy.com/search/handmade?q=Nancy%20Klapmeier&order=undefined&view_type=gallery&ship_to=&min=0&max=0&removeLocation=1