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.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
30 Paintings in 30 Days: Day 12
"Happy Feet" watercolor $295
This painting wasn't easy, but I'm pleased with the outcome. I thought it looked as if he were starting to dance, so I called it, "Happy Feet". The question I keep asking myself, is why I'm making this challenge so hard?!! Illusionary paintings such as this one are very time consuming. The good news is that I like it, so it wasn't 8 hours in vain. The bad news is that I'm not enjoying the "process" when I work in pure watercolor. I know in the back of my mind, I'm thinking about the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and that their deadline is coming up! I hardly EVER do pure watercolor anymore, so pickings are slim, if I were to choose to enter. For those who don't know about it, the paintings are awesome, and it's a national show. They get close to 2000 entries and they accept only about 90, so it's always an honor to get juried into the show. I'm a signature member, and I love to make an annual trip to see the show personally. It's held near Chicago, in Kenosha, WI.