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.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
30 Paintings in 30 Day: Day 19!
"Love is in the Air"$145 watercolor and acrylic (11" x 11" image)
I had no time to paint yesterday, so this morning, I played "catch up" on my 30 day challenge. I decided to look through my failed paintings and grab one that might make a good background. The failed painting was too busy (surprise, surprise!) with no focus. So, I decided to add a silhouette of 2 birds. I knew I didn't want to just paint the birds as if they had been stuck on with construction paper, so I negative painted around some of the lines that went right through them. I also brought back more contrast in the painting by painting the light shapes with white acrylic paint. I like the energy of the swirls, which prompted me to name this one, "Love is in the Air". Now, I've got a card ready for Valentine's Day! If you're interested in giving your sweetheart this painting, contact me!