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.
Friday, January 3, 2014
30 Paintings in 30 Days- Day 4
Have you ever had "one of those days"? Today was that day for me! I started out the day, intending to paint not ONE, but TWO paintings, so I would be ahead of the challenge, so that when I babysit later in the week, that I could pull one out of a hat, so to speak. Anyway, I knew what I wanted to do. I had a PLAN. Step one, CHECK! Below is my sketch that I had done, using Tombow markers last year. And I thought it would be fun to turn that into a painting. I realized that I didn't like the position of the two birds, so I changed that.
Sketch using Tombow Markers
So, I thought I would use pure watercolor for a change. But, it had been awhile since I'd painted with ONLY watercolor, and I was definitely out of practice. So, after 4 hours struggling, I finally looked at the painting, and realized that I needed more whites, so out came the acrylics. Another hour later, I finally finished the painting, and decided to call it "Bird Brains", due to the fact that I felt like a bird brain myself today! This is 11" x 11" image, and is available for $95.