Tuesday, January 17, 2017

2017 30 Day Challenge Day 17


Thank you for reading and following!

Bird Watching
Mixed media and watercolor 15 X 22

I never imagined that I would get so involved with blogging. It goes to show you how you can do things that you never dreamed you would do.

Last week end I attended an art workshop with Karen Knutson as the instructor. She and I are fellow Minnesotans so I've known her for a long time. It was great having her in Florida to teach a workshop. 
Her first lesson was doing charcoal pours as a background for your painting. If you look carefully at the painting you see random black spray like shapes in the background. These are made by splashing water on paper that has been sprinkled with powdered charcoal. When it's dry, after it's been sprayed with fixative, you design your painting around the charcoal. It's a fun but messy process. The bird's wing has been embellished with collage papers, so it's right up my alley. Click on the image to get a closer view of the detail. 
Karen has very creative and imaginative paintings, you can see her work at www.karenknutson.com or read her blog at www.karenknutson.blogspot.com.


  1. Wow! I love this! And, congrats on 500 blog posts! I've been doing other things lately, but I'm itching to get back to painting. Soon, I hope! You are an inspiration for me!

  2. WOW! High five, that is an awesome accomplishment!

  3. Jan I just saw your beach house and then to this bird.. This is really a favorite for me... Love it .



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I started watercolor painting earnestly in 1991 after I moved to Florida. My husband and I are retired, and we are both artists. We both have works displayed  at the Wildchild Gallery in Matlacha Florida.