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 3, 2015
Day 3- "30 Paintings in 30 Days"
"The Shy One" 11" x 11" $145
You never know where a painting is going to head. I again started this painting by adding globs of paint on the surface. Then I spread the paint using a credit card. But different than the last 2 paintings, this time, I sprayed some water on it and tilted the paper to let the drips happen slightly. Then I waited 10 minutes before blotting the surface with a paper towel, using a brayer. When you blot it, white patterns appear where the water had sat. See photos below. I could see a table in the lower right corner and loved the dripping pattern above it, so I made that into a chair. Then I decided to add a family standing by the table. I used Strathmore Aquarius 90 lb. paper today, which I like much better when I use acrylic. It made a huge difference. I always prepare my paper with matte medium before starting. That way, I can rub out white by using alcohol and cotton balls.