Friday, October 25, 2013

Progress of a Painting, finished

"Sailing Through Life"
Here is the completed painting.  Just in time for framing tomorrow and delivering to the show on Sunday!  Whew!  This painting had many layers of minor adjustments to the color. First it was too grey, then too blue, then not dark enough. But the good thing about acrylics, is that you get many chances to change it up.  I knew that I wanted it to have an antiqued look, which is new for me.  There are only about 3 pieces of collage paper in this painting. Otherwise, this started on watercolor paper, with a watercolor underpainting.  Then I switched to acrylic.  Usually, I really like to work on Strathmore Aquarius watercolor paper when I paint with acrylics, so this was learning experience for me, using Arches paper this time.  At the very end, I actually painted with a twig, dipping it in my black paint.  I wanted it to look scratchy, and it worked.  So fun!!!


  1. Your sense of design knocks my socks off. I love the way you divide your space and I your shapes are wonderful. And yes, that is the cool thing about acrylics - you can make adjustments. And yes, I too like to paint on Aquarius II... is my paper of choice! :-)

  2. I love the spontaneity in this piece. Great painting Karen!


  3. Karen this is a great work. Creative extraordinaire! Great design, great feel great color…just great

  4. LOVE THIS!! Love the color and the feeling of movement and the pleasure I get just looking at it!!

    1. Thanks, everyone. Nancy, you're just biased cuz you're my sister. :) But I have to say that this is my new fave of recent paintings.



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