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.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Day 18 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days!
"On Top of the World" 11" x 11" $145 Acrylic painting
I love the song, "I'm on top of the World", so this time, I started with the title and then painted a painting to go with it. Click on the link, and you can hear it too! Again, I started with a wild under painting. See photo below. I highly recommend starting this way, because it takes away that initial fear of facing blank white paper. Plus, it unifies your painting. See Day 3 to read detailed instructions of this process. I looked through my one year of color studies, and found one that would lend itself well to this idea of the globe, even though the colors were all wrong. It was a starting point for a good design. I just used part of it, and worked the girl and the globe into it's design. I drew the value sketch next, and then started painting the midtones first, to establish a unifying value. I didn't know that her hair would be blue. I could have made her a blonde, but it looked good as the under painting color and it related to my color scheme, so I left it that way. Simplification is always good. I do feel so lucky in this life, and do feel "on top of the world".