|"We hold the world in our hands" 11" x 11" $245 SOLD|
Watercolor, permanent marker, and Elegant Writer marker
Yes, I truly believe that each and every one of us makes a difference in our world! I had this idea of a girl holding the globe in her hands and really enjoyed painting this. Last year, one of my students (who happens to be a teacher herself in Duluth, MN), Mary Beth Downs taught me how to do "wire drawings".
At least that's what I call them. That's because they look like wire to me. I can't tell you how to do them on this blog; it's actually something that you have to see. Basically, they are contour drawings with changes afterwards. This will be a process that I will teach in one of my summer workshops if you are interested. (email me to be on the list: Karen@karenknutson.com ) I use a permanent marker to do the initial sketch picture below. When I started this, I honestly thought that this would be an easy painting, and picked it, due to babysitting my sick grandson this morning. But the finishing touches took hours. I used the Elegant Writer calligraphy pen to make some of the lines thicker and then activated it with a wet brush to cause it to soften a little. Elegant writer felt markers are water soluble and therefore are really fun to mess around with! Karlyn Holman introduced me to the Elegant Writer pens years ago, and I love them. Click on this link to buy them from her store. One of my heroes is Alphonse Mucha, and I was trying to do this painting in his style. A lot of doodling, but it was worth it!
|Value sketch (left) and first drawing using permanent marker (right)|