Karen puts an emphasis on cheerfulness in her work through color and technique. She is often inspired by small but beautiful things in nature. Karen is a graduate of Denison University, where she majored in drawing and also studied studio art.
Due to having a corporate job, she went over a decade without painting. When Karen started painting again in 2005, her paintings became smaller in size and she used brighter colors. Her work continues to display multiple layers of color in order to achieve depth and richness.
March Morning by Karen Koch
SIMPLER IS BETTER! Don’t buy a bunch of fancy supplies at first – use what you already have!
Journal: at least 5x8 inches but no bigger than 9x12 inches. Spiral bound or hardbound is fine.
Pens: ball point pen or gel pen to write with, black Sharpie (other colors optional). More optional supplies: graphite pencil, colored pencils, colorful pens (like Sakura, Identipen, Gelly Rolls).
Glue stick or small bottle of glue
Watercolor or acrylic paint – a small inexpensive set is fine
A couple of brushes
3 or 4 brushes (two synthetic brushes for acrylic paint such as ½ inch and 1 inch flats, and at least one ½ inch cheap brush for gluing.
Half dozen tubes of acrylic paint (red, yellow, blue, white, green, and another 1 or 2 colors)
Small bottle of ModPodge or Liquitex Matte Medium or Liquitex Gloss Medium
Pad of mixed media paper (Canson or Strathmore) 9x12 or 11x14 inches
Various colorful papers, magazines, junk mail, National Geographic magazines, old books or maps, postage stamps, tissue. We will cut up the papers, so make copies of anything that is sentimental or precious.