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 29, 2015
Day 30 of "30 Paintings in 30 Days"
"Cheers" 11" x 11" $145 SOLD Acrylic on paper
Wow! I made it! I wanted to do a toast to all the friends and family who have supported me in this 30 Day Challenge, hosted by Leslie Saeta. So here's to all of you! Cheers! :) It's been quite a ride! I always wonder if I will do it again next year. I've done this for 3 years in a row, every January. I challenged myself to painting figures with abstract backgrounds and I have to say that I really learned a lot! Yes, I'm glad I did the challenge, and I'll probably do it again next year. I could really feel the fatigue this year, far more than any other year, so I may have to find a way to make my paintings more simple. You know how well I do simple....NOT. Below is my value study (only 2 values) that really helped me as I selected colors. I wasn't "feeling" which colors to use in this painting, so finally, I grabbed a napkin that had colors that I liked and that really helped me out. Try it! BTW, the figure on the left is ME, and the right figure is a good friend. Wonder if she will know this is her?