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.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Day 4- 30 paintings in 30 Days!
This was the hardest painting so far for this challenge. I almost gave up half way through, but then kept going, so I wouldn't miss a day in this Leslie Saeta 30 day challenge. This is my daughter and 2 granddaughters. We've always called our daughter "our princess", so now there are 3 princesses. That makes me the queen, you understand! :) I used a past design sketch (pictured below) for the background idea and that actually made this painting a lot harder, because my painting got way too busy. So, I had to scrub out many areas and also do unifying glazes to pull shapes together. This process of painting is called an illusionary effect. I'm teaching a workshop through the Minnesota Watercolor Society in Hopkins, MN next weekend about this process. It took me about 5 years to figure out how to do this. I remember telling my Senior Center class that I was going to figure out how to make things look ghost-like, and that was my major goal at that time, some 24 years ago. "Princess Dreams" is watercolor, is 10.5" x 10.5", matted to size 17" x 17",and is available for $300, plus shipping.