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, April 4, 2014
The value of a Design Sketch
"Family Roots", Acrylic, $1500, Image: 21" x 29"
I started this painting in early February at Karlyn Holman's Paint-in. Then, my teaching schedule got in the way, and it just sat unfinished for 2 months. I knew that the deadline for Red River Watercolor Society Show was coming up, so I decided yesterday to tackle this painting. I think it's really hard to pick up where I left off so long ago, don't you? Anyway, I didn't even have the inspiration piece to look at, since I had given it to my friend, Jennifer, for her birthday. It's 5" x 7" and is pictured below.
5 x 7 inspiration painting
I knew that I didn't like the design in the inspiration piece, but decided to keep painting, since I had a deadline looming over my head. ( I liked the colors, but not the design.) I would have been so wise to stop and do a simple 2 value design sketch. The painting took me about 2 hours longer than it had to, due to me making corrections and wiping out with rubbing alcohol to reclaim my light pathway. Anyway, the good thing to come out of me flying by the seat of my pants, is that I really like the circular design of the finished painting, "Family Roots". It's almost like the painting is swirling, directing the viewer's eye to the center of interest. Still, I'm of the "old school" way of thinking, making a design plan before I start a painting. Lesson learned! I was up till 3:00 a.m. last night finishing this painting!