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.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Warm-ups to kick Artist's Block
This is a "wire drawing" of an eye, done while I was up at the North Shore, relaxing. Whenever I have art blocks, I have 3 or 4 tricks to get myself back into the mood. One of these involves sketching anything with a pencil. Then I use an ultrafine marker to connect all the lines, and finally, I add thicker lines with a fine marker. Before you know it, an hour has passed, and now you'll be ready to paint the moon! Another trick is to paint color studies, using only 3 colors, and starting with only 4 shapes.This color study started with a blue square surrounded by yellow. In the middle of the blue square was a yellow olive shape with a red center. Do you see them? I used manganese blue, cadmium yellow, and red rose deep. At the very end, I allowed myself a mixture of alizarin crimson and winsor green for the black colors. Now you have 2 tricks to keep that mean old artist's block at bay! Good luck!