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.
Back on November 23rd, I posted a blog about redoing old paintings. I promised to show you what I would do with that painting, and FINALLY, I'm showing you what I did. This painting started out by Gail Speckmann, and then, we exchanged paintings and allowed the other artist to paint on our “old dog” paintings. I turned her traditional painting into an abstract, but as I'm often prone to do, I got too busy with tiny shapes. So, now, this painting had 2 beginnings with “not-so-good” end results. That's when I turn them into journals. Although these take about 2 hours to complete, and I only sell them for $25 dollars each, they aren't the most productive use of my time, but I really enjoy making them. And they always expand my imagination. Sometimes, I think it is fun to turn off all the "rules" of painting and just have fun!!!! I cut the pattern out, then coat the top side with gloss medium. I paint the inside with an opposite, WOW color, and then enclose them, using self stick Velcro. Adding grommets and/or brads complete these little journals into gifts of love. Really fun to do!!!