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 1, 2013
Day 28- 30 Paintings in 30 Days!
Today, I felt like using the Elegant Writer pen and doing a vignette. OK, I took the easy way out, by letting the bottom of the painting just fade away. I like it because she might or might not be nude. Who knows? I forced myself to use gray tones, and just a little yellow tone added subtly. I thought she looked almost like a statue when I was done, so that's why I titled it "Statuesque". I did the sketch of this girl in April, 2011 while waiting for our plane to take off. And I did the background abstract then too. We were on the runway for over 30 minutes, all loaded up, but going nowhere. I was so glad that I had a pen, so I could sketch. Below are the 2 sketches that I combined to make this painting. I turned the abstract upside down. For those who don't know, an elegant writer pen is a marker that smears when you wet it, so it adds great shading. Karlyn Holman introduced me to it years ago, and I really LOVE working with it. This painting is 10" x 10" and available for $125.