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.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Painting from my Soul
I’ve been painting figures lately that are
neither male nor female.They symbolize
hope and triumph of the human soul.This
painting evolved into very tall figures, so I named it“Standing Tall”.If you know my family, we
are all tall, so I was probably influenced by genetics here. It had been awhile since I had painted in acrylics. I always go back to my notes from the workshop that I took from Carol Barnes, and love to start my acrylic paintings with wild abandon. I took a workshop from Carol Barnes at Springmaid Beach in Myrtle Beach, SC many years ago, and she really taught me a lot about acrylics. I had done many 30 minute sketches of these 2 figures, and after picking one of them, I drew my design on the wild background, using chalk. This painting turned out to be one of my favorites. I have several friends who are facing health challenges, and so I was thinking of them when I did this painting. I believe anything is possible with the help our faith and our friends. Hope is such an important feeling to hold close to our hearts! I entered this painting into the AWS (American Watercolor Society) Exhibition which is held in New York. Wish me luck!