Design, color, and simplicity are the main elements of my work. I use watercolors in a non-traditional way by mixing opaque and transparent paints. I contrast pure with grayed colors that are more expressive than the “local color” of the photo, simplifying the design, balancing large simple shapes with smaller shapes, and eliminating any elements that don’t add to the design. This gives my work its unique look. I’ve worked on my fine art painting since graduating from Kendall School of Design in Grand Rapids, MI. I entered numerous juried competitions including The National Watercolor Society, NWS traveling shows, Potomac Valley Watercolorists Award, The Edgar Ewing Memorial Award; The Philadelphia Watercolor Society Award; The National Watercolor Oklahoma, Best in Show; California Watercolor Association, Bronze Award; Taos National Exhibition of American Watercolors, The Taos National Society of Watercolorist Award. Eventually I achieved the status of being a Signature Member of The National Watercolor Society.
Pieces by Karen Blaesing
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