Monday, October 24, 2016

"Little abbies"- a great way to get back into good painting habits!"

"Pulling at my Heart Strings"
Image:  5" x 7"  Original watercolor and collage
     I first have to apologize to you for being absent so long from my blog.  It's been a busy summer, and that's a good thing.  However, I need to balance my life so I can keep up on my blog and website.  We'll see how well I do in the future.  I will TRY!
     I'm preparing for a workshop that I will be teaching in Lakeville, MN on Nov. 1 - 3rd.  It's abstract watercolor and collage.  It's been 2 years since I've painted a little abbey (my nickname for small abstracts),  but I remembered the process, just like getting back on a bike after a long hiatus.
The thing that is so neat about "little abbies" is that it teaches you such good painting habits!  And when you're done, you have a study that can be used as a warm up for a larger painting!  If you'd like to learn how to paint these AND how to turn these gems into larger paintings, learning lots of design tips along the way, sign up by contacting Suzi McArdle
612-281-6781.  This is put on through the Minnesota Watercolor Society.  There are still a few openings.  Guaranteed to loosen you up and learn how to be a better painter, in whatever style or subjects you do!
     I will be posting the bigger painting (that was inspired by this little abbey) in the next few days. 
Below are the steps.
1. Dry brush analogous colors in a cruciform pattern.
2. Add collage pieces.
3. Paint a unifying color.
4. Add black.
5. Add embellishments.
step 1 and 2



  1. THANKS Karen, I'm traveling today, but this sounds like a great warm up prior to jumping into a new/big project....great name too!

  2. Hi Karen, I enjoy seeing what your working on, thanks for sharing!

  3. Love this idea! Great name too!

  4. What kind of embellishments do you add? I am not sure what you consider an embellishment

    1. Golds of all kinds. You will have to take my workshop for those secrets.😀

  5. You are funny. Sooner or later I will be taking another workshop of yours. So far the timing had not worked out. Now that our local airport fly's to MPL it will be easier



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