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.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
30 Paintings in 30 Days- Day 17
"I'm starting to see Circles!" $125 Watercolor, Acrylic, and Collage (11" x 11" image)
I've been planning to paint an owl from the beginning of this challenge, and got special permission from Sarah Rosedahl to use her photo as my reference. She is a fantastic photographer and artist. Click on her name to see her work. I knew that I wanted to have circles in the background, to kind of accentuate the eyes of the owl. But as I was halfway into the painting, I thought, what can I do to make this go faster and simpler? See photo below.
Half finished painting
So, I took one of my paint jar lids and dipped it in the paint, and wallah.... doing stencils made it lots easier. I also used caran d'ache crayons and a permanent black marker to add finishing touches. The branch is made from a circular patterned collage paper, and then I painted back into it, so that the paper would be incorporated into the piece a little better. I only used 4 colors to paint the background on this painting. (2 main colors, plus white and black) I learned how to make swatches of harmonious papers from Carrie Burns Brown. Check out her video if you get a chance. It's one of my favorites!Tomorrow's post will also be an owl, so keep posted! Thank you for following my blog. It really means a lot to me to hear your comments!