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, September 20, 2013
How Paintings Evolve
"Family and Friends"
Step one of painting
This painting, "Family and Friends", started with free and loose conte crayon markings. Then I applied gesso randomly, using a palette knife. The top photo is the finished painting, and the lower photo is step one. This painting was as much a mystery to me, as to others. Every step of the way, I had no idea how it would evolve, until about half way through, when I could see a mountain side, with rocks and decided to add some people at the top of the mountain. The gesso marks helped me decide where to put them. At this point, I stopped the painting, and got out my pencil, and made a value design sketch, something that I am passionate about. Usually, I start with this, but this time, it was fun to start a painting with no preconceived ideas, and let the painting tell me the direction that it wanted to go. "Family and Friends" just won a merit award at the Minnesota Watercolor Society Fall Exhibition. I am teaching a workshop in my home studio on Oct. 4 - 6th on how to come up with ideas for abstracts. There are still 2 openings, if anyone is interested.