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, January 26, 2015
Day 27 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days!
"Being in the Moment" 11" x 11" image $145 Acrylic painting on paper
This painting started as a wild underpainting, as explained on Day 3 of my blog. I squirted both heavy body acrylics and liquid acrylics onto a prepared paper, and spread them out, using a credit card. Then I sprinkled it with water and let that set for at least 5 minutes before wiping away the water. This created light spots. Both steps are pictured below. This painting is actually someone that I know from a Paint-in. I actually used the composition from my photo, and lots the different angles. The stairs created a good interest point for her to sit. To her right, is a painting done by a dear friend of mine, Connie. I loved the angle of the snow scene, being an opposite angle to the stairway. Good design, and that was how the photo had it! Rare when that happens. I abstracted the area beside her head, and changed her dress color, so that I could paint my favorite color, red!