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.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
30 Paintings in 30 Days: Day 22
"Pretty as a Peacock" $145 Watercolor and acrylic (11" x 11" image)
This was a very ambitious painting for me to attempt for this challenge, but now that I'm done, I'm glad I did it! I will be painting many more peacocks in the future! I love to negative paint, so that was my favorite part of this process. (The white spots are painted with acrylic paint and are the spaces between the feathers, that I negative painted.) I started this painting by masking out the peacock's head and neck. Then I wet the whole paper, and laid gauze on top, and painted the feathers through the gauze. See photo below.
(Peacock in progress)
After it dried overnight, I began to paint the peacock in a traditional manner. Lastly, I negative painted the white spots that were the background, peeking through the feathers. I could have done more detail on the feathers, but decided that I liked them left to the imagination. The effect of the gauze did the work for me!