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.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Day 21- 30 Paintings in 30 Days!
"Mr. Right" 11" x 11" $195 Acrylic
Whenever I get myself into deep trouble, I actually get excited! I know, you think I'm bonkers, but when this happens, I have to reinvent the wheel, and I usually am ready to have a breakthrough! This happened today, when working on this painting. I knew that I wanted a warm underpainting, so I grabbed all kinds of yellows and iron oxide, etc. I then decided on impulse to add just a little of black. I spread the dots of color, with a rubber Catalyst wedge, that had notches in it. Below is the result of that process. Yikes! I saw this underpainting, and thought, "Well this is a fine mess you've gotten yourself into, Lucy". But then, I decided to add a layer of yellow to unify the background and that turned the black to an army green color. Then I added gesso on top, and flicked some alcohol and water drops to get the speckled look. Now, I was cooking! My objective on this one was to have really high contrast. So I knew from the beginning that I wanted the bottom black and the top a light color. Once the gesso effect dried, I toned it with an aqua color. I'm going to have a hard time letting this painting go. It's such a great breakthrough. Even the bottom black area has depth, due to a dripping process. The thing that I'm most pleased with is the soft edges, and all the mystery created by all the layering. Tomorrow, I'm painting a girl to go with this one. They are meant to be sold together, I hope!