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.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Day 7 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days!
"Shop till we Drop" 11" x 11" image $145
This painting had lots of ups and downs. But to tell you the truth, I almost get excited when this happens. I know, you're thinking I'm crazy. But when I struggle with a painting, usually that's when I have to use my imagination to solve the problem and then I make a breakthrough. I started with a messy underpainting (as explained in Day 3), and tried some new colors. Micaceous Iron Oxide is the one that I had the most trouble with. I love the color, mixed with iridescent sparkles, but I know that next time, it should be a finishing coat, not an underpainting. Anyway, I had a real mess, and then thought that the only thing that would solve the problem was to make complicated paper collage. This process is explained on a video by Anne Bagby. I took a workshop from her last summer, and she's a fantastic instructor and really top notch artist! I strongly recommend her videos! Thanks again, Leslie Saeta for this incredible challenge. Be sure to check out all the other paintings. There are really some incredible paintings. I'm amazed!