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, October 29, 2016
"Every Trick in the Book" by Karen Knutson
"Every Trick in the Book" $395 Original watercolor and collage, Image: 15" x 21"
This painting was inspired from the little abbey (my nickname for small abstracts) below. I talked about it in my last blog. To enlarge the little abbies, you must think about big shapes and also be willing to do multiple glazes to make the values darker. Otherwise, the process is very much the same as the little abbies. We start by mimicking the little abbey, but then, we let the painting talk to us, and put the little abbey away. There are collage papers in this painting that I made by creating a charcoal pour. I know that the students are going to LOVE this process. We actually throw a big bucket of water on the paper that has charcoal powder on it. I named it "Every Trick in the Book", because it has lessons on the drip process, collage, masking, making a charcoal pour, glazing, unifying color, and ending with Tulip black outliner paint. I'm teaching an abstract watercolor/ collage workshop on November 1-3 at the Lakeville Center for the Arts. It's one of the few local workshops that I teach anymore. To sign up, contact Suzi McArdle Suzimcardlehood@gmail.com
612-281-6781. There are only 2 spots remaining, so act quickly!