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, July 8, 2015
"Say What?" Watercolor $295
Image: 11" x 14"
Hope your summer is going well. I've been so busy this year, but I still manage to take lots of walks at nearby parks, just to appreciate the warm weather. I LOVE summer! I've been preparing for a chicken/rooster workshop that I'm teaching in Yakima, WA next week. Rarely have a finished a painting that I honestly felt like this chicken was talking to me. Her eyes turned out so expressive! This is basically a watercolor, with the addition of some acrylic for the neat effect in the background. I saw this process on a video by Carrie Burns Brown. I cut up a piece of matboard and mount the pieces onto another piece of matboard, and then use it for a stamp. I have made at least 25 of them. They are so much better than ones that you purchase! Well, off on another trip in only 2 days! While in Seattle, I'm going to the big 75th anniversary celebration of the Northwest Watercolor Society. There will be many demonstrations by nationally acclaimed artists. I'm so excited!!! I have entered their show for many years, and sadly, missed the deadline for this year's show. Too much going on!!! Lesson learned.....maybe.... Anyway, it's a great watercolor society and I'm excited to meet many of the artists whom I have gotten acquainted with on Facebook. It's a small world after all!