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 5, 2014
30 Paintings in 30 Days: Day 6
"Trying to Blend In" (11" x 11" mixed media) $125
Six days into this challenge and I'm feeling really wiped out! I keep trying to trick my mind by saying that I'm almost 1/3 of the way there, much like when I was learning to jog many years ago. I wouldn't think that I could go another step, and then I'd say to myself, "Just make it to that next mailbox" and then when I made it, I'd make another bargain with myself. Isn't that what life is? Many little goals or bargains, that when you add them all up, they make a great big wonderful accomplishment! This painting started out as a collage, where I randomly put pieces of collage papers, that were related in color. Then I painted in a rich chocolate color around the collage papers. When adding the drawing of the crow, I purposely overlapped it over part of the collage also, so it would seem invisible or ghost-like.