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 8, 2015
Day 9 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days!
"Waiting Patiently" 11" x 11" $145
Some days everything goes right in a painting! Wanting to end with a blue theme, I started my underpainting using warms and brown tones. I drew a value sketch with only 2 values, so that I would know where to connect my lights. I thought of Polly Hammett and how well she repeated shapes and simplified shapes. That's what I tried to do! This painting was basically about where to scrub out, rather than painting in layers. (See yesterday's blog to get a more detailed description of scrubbing out with rubbing alcohol.) Below you will see my underpainting, value sketch and my painting 3/4 done. I actually considered it done, but after sitting critiquing it during wine o'clock, I decided that I indeed needed to add more darks. I like the design in this painting. Notice that even the bracelets are a repetition of the chair curve.