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, June 13, 2015
Paintings LIttle Abbeys (small abstracts)
"Little Abbey 1", Original watercolor and collage, $45
"Little Abbey 2" Original watercolor and collage, $45
I just finished teaching 2 separate workshops on Painting Little Abbeys. "Little Abbey" is my nickname for little abstracts (5" x 7" images). I use these as warm ups whenever I haven't painted for more than 3 days. It's amazing how much I forget in those 3 days that usually comes naturally. I sell them for $45 each. We start these by laying in analogous colors. Then I add collage for texture. The things that I keep telling myself are 1. Simple shapes to start with. 2. Keep colors pretty by remembering the "clean color" rule. 3. Let my painting talk to me, so that I get interesting shapes. 4. Repetition and variation of shapes and colors. 5. Make sure that I have accentuated the center of interest. These paintings are so fun to do! I've been asked to do another workshop on October 29 and 30th in my home studio here in Eden Prairie, MN. It's a 2 day workshop: one of the days will be Little Abbeys and the other day will be Funky Ladies. If interested, please email me. Karen@karenknutson.com Below are the student's paintings: