Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Slaying the Dragon

"The Sound of Silence"   $2500, framed
Original watercolor, collage, and acrylic
Image size:  22 x 30"  Framed:  30 x 38"

This painting took me 4 days to complete.  I whined all the way through it! 'as I tell my students who whine,  "Would you like a little cheese to go with that whine?"   It was truly a lesson in perseverance.   There were so many times when I wanted to quit and make it into a journal cover, something I do with my rejects.  But this voice kept telling me that my best paintings are the ones that involve a struggle.  When this happens to you, here's my advice:  
1.  Ask yourself why you are painting this.  Be sure to get that message across to the viewers.
2.  Keep telling yourself to have fun!  Learn from your mistakes and go forward a wiser person.
3.  Draw a value sketch if your design is faltering.
4.  Remember my 3 words:  Repetition, Variation, and Dominance.
5.  Take photos of your painting in progress.  You will see values lots better in the tiny screen.

Now, that I'm finished, I'm so glad that I continued the good fight and truly did slay that dragon!!! This painting is for my solo exhibition in Miles City, MT at the Waterworks Museum on Oct. 15 - Nov. 10th.  My opening reception is on the 15th at 1:00.  Everyone is invited to attend! 


  1. Karen this is sooooo good! I wish I had the funds to buy it!! I love your collage techniques. Your techniques continue to develope. Congratulations on your show coming up! Hugs from Canada, Lynda

    1. Thanks so much, Lynda. I enjoyed the outcome, but sure struggled during the thick of it. Long and the short of it was that it was good for me. I learned a lot!

  2. Very interesting painting, Karen, and a good lesson, too. The larger ones are the hardest and you really pulled off a good one.



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