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 27, 2015
Day 28 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days!
"Party Girl" 11" x 11" $145 Acrylic on paper
Today, I used one of my past abstract paintings as my inspiration for the design. (See below) I knew that I wanted to have earth tones plus zebra print and the Jazz color of aqua. So, I would think that the painting would have gone smoothly! Not true. I tried another way of starting my painting, and it caused me lots of problems. I'm going back to the middle value wild beginnings that I did before. I am posting the painting when I thought it was complete (see photo 3 below), so that you can see why I changed it. When I analyzed it, I realized that I needed to make her hair a darker color so that it would show up against the circle background. I also glazed the gold area with nickel azo to brighten the yellow area. And I glazed the dark center area with pyrolle red light, and it really made that area richer. It really made the painting better. These last minute changes can really improve a painting. I like to turn my paintings upside down, so I can really see the values, instead of the subject.