|"Proud in Pink" |
Image: 29"x 21" Framed: 38" x 30"
Acrylic Painting on Paper $2000
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
The painting on the left was painted at the Joyce Ells Paint-in last Fall. I knew that it wasn't done, but decided to set it aside till I knew how to solve it. First of all, paintings at Paint-in's often have problems because you are among 30 other artists with lots of interruptions and gabbing during your creative process. I'm not complaining cuz I love Paint-ins. I am there to reconnect with my art buddies rather than having the goal of creating masterpieces. Anyway, I have had this landscape in my mind for at least 5 years with a dusty pink barn and Holstein cows leading up to the barn. I finally decided to paint that image. But then I lost my nerve to add the cows. No worries, cuz at least I had the pink house and barn. Someone came by and remarked how awful the colors were!😳 Pretty gutsy of her, don't you think? Well, that made me even more determined than ever that the pink barn STAYS!
So, this week, I needed a painting for a national competition and decided that it was time for me to finally do a makeover on this painting.
Things I wanted to change:
1. I didn't like the brown colors.
2. I felt that the light pathway lacked interest.
3. The painting lacked the "wow" factor, so I decided to add bright colors.
4. The center of interest needed to be made more clear.
So, I worked out a color triad that went with pink. Yes, the pink has to stay! I used cobalt blue, Quinacridone magenta, and hansa yellow medium. I also added a tiny bit of raw umber and Bahama Blue. I got out my chalk and made a better pathway of light. Then I wiped out the new pathway, using rubbing alcohol. If you know me at all, you know that I love the color, red. I knew that if I showcased the building by red, that I would be a happy camper! I instantly felt better after the red was added. I think this is a good lesson for all of us. Some of my BEST paintings are the ones that I struggle with. They appear deeper, if I can only make it past the ugly teenage stage! Now, I love the new colors and I like the new design too. Fingers crossed that it will get accepted into the show that I entered. Time will tell..... But the most important critique of your paintings is always YOU, and if you are pleased with the outcome, nothing else matters!
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Saturday, May 6, 2017
From Karen Knutson
2 ½ lbs. chicken breasts
4 dried ancho chiles OR 4 dried pasilla chiles
4 cup chicken broth (2 cans)
3 fresh tomatoes, chopped
3 teaspoons chopped garlic
1 tsp. Kosher salt, or to taste
¾ large white onion, diced
1 large bunch fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
Tortilla strips (you can buy these at Byerly’s near the fresh soup deli)
About 3 or 4 avacados (pitted, peeled and diced)
About 1 cup feta cheese
8-10 fresh mushrooms, sliced in large slices or ¼ cubes
In a large stockpot, bring chicken and broth to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the chicken is tender, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, place chiles in another medium saucepan, cover with cold water, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the chiles are soft, about 10 minutes. Then, Drain the chile. Let cool slightly and then, remove the seeds, stems, and veins. Cut into strips and set aside.
With a slotted spoon, remove the chicken from pot and, after it cools, cut into cubes (if you plan to freeze this, make the cubes large, if not, make them about 1” cubes). Set aside the stockpot of broth.
Place the chiles, tomatoes, onion, garlic, and salt in a food processor or blender. Process until smooth, adding ½ cup of the reserved broth if the mixture is too thick.
Stir the chile puree and half of the cilantro into the broth. Simmer for 30 minutes. Add salt if needed. Stir in the chicken and the remaining cilantro. Cook for 10 minutes. Add mushrooms the last 5 minutes. Add remaining cilantro just before serving.
In bowls, place about 4 or 5 spinach leaves in the bottom of the bowl. Then add soup, and top with avocado, about 1 T. feta cheese, and the tortilla strips. Serve immediately.
**This recipe is a revised version, From Eva Longoria (of Desperate Housewives) from People magazine.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Their paintings are pictured below. Can you believe how good they are? I had a great time teaching at The Villages. I believe that it's my 5th time teaching for them. If you are ever in that area, check out their workshops. Beverly Hennessey is the director of workshops there and she does a great job!
Thursday, February 9, 2017
I'm attending a Paint-in now hosted by Karlyn Holman. She is one of my favorite artists! We have so much fun! This painting was completed at the Paint-in, where we all get inspiration from each other. Positive energy floors in the air. This painting, "Shades of Gray" is available for $345. (12" x12" wrapped canvas)
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
|"30 Paintings in 30 Days" January 2017 Challenge|
Again, I want to thank all of you for being my cheerleaders during this challenge. It really means a lot to hear your comments or to count up the "likes". Thanks to Leslie Saeta, who thought up this great challenge for all of us! Thank you to those who purchased many of my paintings too. If any of you are interested, just go back to past blogs to see if your favorite is still available. Great prices!
Today, I totally relaxed! Had a pedicure and a manicure. Not sure that was real wise, since I will be painting in acrylics in only 5 days when I go to a Paint-in! But it felt good to relax and have a little reward for my hard work. Stay tuned to my blog. My goal for 2017 is to post at least every 2 weeks. I try to share my knowledge as an instructor with my students who stay tuned to my blog. I made many discoveries this month and can't wait to pursue those discoveries and fine tune them. Check my website for details about future workshops. www.karenknutson.com I'm teaching all across the USA this year, both the East and the West coast. (Below are available paintings)
January- Cape Coral, FL
February- The Villages, FL
March- Green Valley, AZ
April- Kanuga Conference Center (near Henderson, NC)
May- Louisville, KY
June- San Diego, CA
July- Alexandria, MN
August- Dickinson, ND
White Bear Lake, MN
September- Traverse City, MI
October- Miles City, MT
November- Home studio possible workshop
|Available paintings from the 30 in 30 Challenge $99 Each|
Here are all 30 Paintings that I did in January. There is a website, www.picmonkey.com that is a great way to make a poster of your paintings. It used to be free, but now, there is a small fee. It's easy to use and I use it often, as an instructor to make a collection of my student's paintings. On this, I had to crop several of the paintings, due to them being rectangular in shape. The site is meant for square paintings. But you get the idea anyway. Many of these paintings are still for sale. Go back to earlier blogs if interested.
Monday, January 30, 2017
|Wire Drawing of the original "Highest Power" painting|
Sunday, January 29, 2017
|"Sunrise on the Shore" $99 SOLD|
Image size: 11" x 15" Watercolor
Saturday, January 28, 2017
|"Dusk" $99 SOLD|
Image size: 11" x 15" watercolor
Friday, January 27, 2017
"Jungle Fever" $99 (SOLD)
Image: 11" x 15" Watercolor
|Beginning stages of "Jungle Fever"|
Thursday, January 26, 2017
"Rock Springs" $99. SOLD
Image: 15" x 11" watercolor
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
|"Eyes of the Forest" NFS|
Image: 15" x 11" Watercolor
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
|"Early Bird gets the Worm" $99 SOLD|
Image size: 11" z 15" Watercolor, Charcoal, and Collage
Monday, January 23, 2017
|"Florida Palms" $99|
13" x 9" watercolor
Today's painting is pretty basic, but was really fun to paint. I started by wetting both sides of the paper and then blocking in the base color (light green for the trees and light blue for the sky). From there, I just kept changing to smaller brushes and thicker paint to create the shadows and deeper look of the palms. Watch for more contemporary palms in the future. I plan to make cards of this image.
Yesterday,we spent the day on the beach. I could get used to this life!
Sunday, January 22, 2017
|"Sunrise Splendor" $99|
11" x 11" watercolor
I've always heard that when you move to Florida, you never are lonely, cuz lots of friends and family come to visit. It's true! And I love it! We are already making plans for next year when we will be staying here in Venice for 3 or 4 months, instead of the short visit this year. Nice to escape the MN winters.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Friday, January 20, 2017
"Country Charm" NFS
Image: 11" x 15" Acrylic painting
This painting was so much fun to do! Layers of acrylic. Although I'm not a quilter, I kind of paint as if I'm quilting. Weaving layers of different colors and adjusting the colors as I go. I will be teaching more acrylic workshops in the future. Check out my website for my workshop schedule. This painting is going to be entered into a national show, so I can't sell it yet. If you are interested, let me know.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
|"North Shore Cove" $99|
11" x 14" image Watercolor
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
|"Colors of Fall" $99|
11" x 14" image watercolor
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
|"Sing like a Cardinal" $99 SOLD|
11" x 14" image Watercolor, charcoal, and collage
|"Favorite Meditation Spot" $99 (SOLD)|
11" x 12" Watercolor and charcoal pour
This painting started with a charcoal pour, where I sprinkle ground charcoal on a paper and throw a huge bucket of water on the paper, which disperses the charcoal towards the outer edges with great force. Below I have my start to this painting. I could envision a landscape from this beginning. Using a credit card loaded with paint, I scraped in the markings on the birch trees. It's a great technique. This was a very limited palette, so that the charcoal markings could match the paint. I used burnt sienna mixed with ultramarine blue. At the end, I added a little raw sienna to warm up the painting.
|Charcoal Pour Start|
Sunday, January 15, 2017
"Bird's Eye View" $99 SOLDThis was my demo for the Cape Coral, FL workshop. It was so fun to show my eager students how to complete their charcoal pour beginnings. This lesson included collage, charcoal pour procedure, negative painting to create depth in the branch area, and how to paint the bird's eye. They seemed to enjoy the eye lesson the most. Even tho the eyes are very small, there are about 7 steps to creating the glassy look. Their paintings turned out so well! I'm back in Venice, FL now, enjoying the beaches and warm weather. :) We are renting a condo for all of January and I love it here. Nice to escape the cold winter of MN.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
|"Rest Stop" $99 (SOLD)|
11" x 14" Watercolor and collage
Yes, another bird! I've done so many crow paintings, and I still get excited every time I start a new one! Adding collage for the feathers and adding brightly color napkins and collage papers is such fun. I always have loved quilts, and I think my paintings even resemble quilts sometimes. Too much work to actually sew one. To read about the process of the charcoal pour for this painting, check back to Day 11 of my blog. Almost to halfway of this challenge!! Thank you, Leslie Saeta for posting this 30 day Challenge.
Friday, January 13, 2017
|"Birch Tree News" $99 (special discount price during January)|
11" x 14" Original watercolor and collage
Thursday, January 12, 2017
|"Time to Reflect" $99 (Special discount price during January)|
11" x 14" image Original watercolor
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
|"Crow's Perch" $99 (only during January) SOLD|
11" x 14" watercolor and collage
So, I figured I could get away with saying that this is a landscape because the bird is perched on a tree. You knew I'd have to cheat somewhere along this journey, right?
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
"Birch Trees in red and green" Original Watercolor
11" x 11" $99 (during January, 2017
My favorite color scheme these days is red and green. My house is decorated in those colors, and I wear those colors often. I remember a workshop with Donna Watson, where she said you should keep to the colors you love. Her paintings are lovely variations of grey. I love the simplicity of her paintings. My problem is that I love many other colors too. But red and green are my favorites. You probably will see many more birch paintings with different color schemes. I think it would be a fun challenge within this challenge!
Monday, January 9, 2017
|"Birch Tree Study of Erin White" NFS|
11" x 14" Original Watercolor
Sunday, January 8, 2017
|"Foggy Morning" $99|
11" x 14" image Original watercolor
Saturday, January 7, 2017
"Artist's Point". $99
11"x14". Original watercolor
Friday, January 6, 2017
|"Into the Bliss". $99 (special Price during January)|
11" X 14". Original watercolor
Thursday, January 5, 2017
|"Farm Charm" $99 (special price during January, 2017) SOLD|
Image size: 11" x 14" Original Watercolor
Speaking of Karlyn, you all need to check out her new Ecourse! "Keeping up with Karlyn". It's a subscription for online lessons in watercolor and mixed media.
If you are interested in the ecourse and would like to receive the earlybird discount, email orders and the staff will set you up. Send requests to: email@example.com Usually it's only $400, but if you sign up because of reading this blog, you will get a $50 dollar discount!!! :) :) This online workshop offers 24 lessons, 20 encore paintings lessons, 11 instructional videos, and a gift bag of selected artist materials. Karlyn has been one of my mentors for all of my painting journey. She still inspires me, encouraging me to try new products or techniques. And FUN is her middle name!!! I definitely recommend that you sign up! You have 2 years to complete the lessons at your own pace. What a deal!
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
|"On Golden Pond" $99 (special price during January)|
Image Size: 11" x 14" Original Watercolor
So, I had never tried this fast process on a quarter sheet painting, but it worked pretty well. I had to work very fast! I wet both sides of the paper several times before beginning. You have to decide on your colors before beginning. There is no time to contemplate this once you have started. I work wet into wet, and changing to thicker paint as you move along on the painting. Everything banks on getting the right wetness of the paper, and the thickness of paint. So, this painting took only 15 minutes to complete! How about that?
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
|"Perfect Getaway" $99 (only at this special price during January)|
Image size: 11" z 14" Original watercolor
Another North Shore painting. I used to paint traditional landscapes back in 1998, and here I am, full circle returning to them. It's fun for me to see how far I've come, especially in thinking about composition and design. Back then, I wouldn't even consider doing a value sketch beforehand, and now, it's like going on a trip without a road map. Take my word for it: If you want to bring your paintings up to the next level, do a value sketch!
Lesson for the day: Another fun technique to help finish off the vignette feeling of this painting, is to lightly sprinkle the bottom rock area with a water bottle, then spatter small spots at the bottom of the rocks. Then very quickly, place wax paper over the dots, and this will spread them a little bit and make them more organic. Leave the wax paper on for at least 20 minutes. You will see light cracks formed by the wax paper. It's the same process as the plastic wrap that I showed yesterday on my blog, but this is more subtle and great for the transition into the white paper at the bottom of the rocks. See below:
Monday, January 2, 2017
|"Rock Slide" $99 Image size: 11" x 14"|
Still playing catch up. When I do these 30 in 30 challenges, I try to get ahead by painting 2 or 3, per day at the beginning of the month, so that when babysitting, vacationing, or teaching comes up, I can use the ones I have already done. This painting is another memory of the North Shore of Lake Superior, where the rocks are beautiful, and there is a peacefulness that feeds my soul. In order to paint the rocks, the easy way, I float a medium color in the rock area, spatter some drops at the bottom of them, and quickly place plastic wrap on the rock area. Leave this on the paper for at least 20 minutes, until deep cracks appear. Then I glaze with darker colors to create depth in the rocks and to lead the viewer's eye throughout the painting.
Sunday, January 1, 2017
|"Tranquility" Image size: 11" x 14"|
Price: $99 (Price good until January 31)