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.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Day 23 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days!
"Windows to your Soul" 11" x 11" $195 Acrylic
I knew that I wanted to do a more abstract painting today, but even I was surprised at this outcome. I made color samples of rich earth tone colors. I still started with a totally busy underpainting, pictured below. Then I drew my value sketch for the abstract design with only 2 values. I made one of the sections large, so I could draw a face within that area. I usually don't paint positive images, but this time, I was forced to give it a try, so the girls face has four layers of shadow patterns to build up the values. I refer to Jan Kunz' book, Painting Portraits that Glow, when I need help getting the shadows correct. The most fun part for me was integrating the abstract design within the face, and working the dark values into the design. Odd coincidence: I went to the movie, "Big Eyes" AFTER finishing this painting! A great movie for artists. :)