Friday, November 15, 2013

Inspiration from Kids' Projects

I've been SO busy lately teaching art, that I haven't had a lot of time to make any myself. But, after working on a project with trees the other day, I was inspired to try one.

I remember being asked once why techniques such as crayon resist aren't used in "grown up" art. I couldn't really come up with a good answer, except that other methods are available that aren't really suited to kids or teaching. This method of resist uses masking tape. To get a nice rough edge that looks like bark, I had the kids tear the tape, and create the tree with multiple pieces.
And so I did the same masking tape tree for the large one in the foreground. But after that was done, it seemed like it needed more. After one light wash of blue, I added some trees behind by pouring and guiding masking fluid.
Then came a wash of oranges, blues and purples. Still not enough, I thought. So, I put more masking fluid trees. And more vermillion and Payne's gray.
I couldn't wait any longer to remove the masking! This is the result. Still not done, though. I'm pondering my next move. More detail on the foreground tree? But how much? Crop off a little from the left so its not so centered? Hmm. We shall see.

I might try another one from a different perspective. Like this tree from my front yard which has some splendid color right now. Since the first one was really just an experiment, I can now approach it with a plan. Maybe.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Over in the Valley Originals Still for Sale

Rainbow Trout, from Over in the Valley, 2009

Over in the Valley is based on the old children's song, Over in the Meadow, but adapted to tell about the animals that are native to the San Joaquin Valley. It's also a counting song. And the book contains art activities and scientific information about the animals.

The book, is available from, and locally (Modesto, CA) at the McHenry Museum Gift Shop, and the Great Valley Museum at Modesto Junior College. Prints are available of all 10 pictures in 11"x11" or 8"x8" sizes. 

The following original 11" x 11" watercolor illustrations are for sale, $300 each, plus any shipping or delivery. Email for information,

Least Bell's Vireo, from Over in the Valley, 2009

San Joaquin Kit Fox, from Over in the Valley, 2009

Friday, August 30, 2013

Back Yard Doodle

Back Yard Doodle, Linda Knoll 2013
Prints available at imagekind

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Stanislaus Doodle

Stanislaus Doodle, in progress, Linda Knoll 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Yosemite en Plein Air

A Cloudy Day at Tenaya Lake, watercolor by Linda Knoll, July 2013

Friday, July 5, 2013

Doodling Away the Summer

Rainbow Doodle, by Linda Knoll 2011
$300 original 9x12"
Prints and Cards are Available
My latest fascination is with the style that has lately been referred to as "Zentangle." But I think that name was only coined recently by an entrepreneurial person who thought (rightly) that it could be used to sell things.

I remember making similar doodles when I was fairly young... pre-teen maybe.

The first one recently was "Rainbow Doodle" which I started out of boredom, but became obsessed with the summer before last. It was totally random! I just started with a pen, and kept going. No sketch. No idea where it was going to end up.

I ended up liking it so much, I ordered a custom phone case with the image.

The others have followed in a more, or less thematic, sometimes more literal interpretation of things. My next favorite is "Fossil Doodle" inspired by a book I was using to research a new picture book I'm working on. LOVE those ammonites and trilobites. In progress is a doodle inspired by my back yard.

Having fun... hope you are too!
Fossil Doodle, Linda Knoll 2013
$300 original 9x12"
Prints and Cards are Available
Rainbow Pools, Linda Knoll 2013
$300 original 9x12"
Prints and Cards are Available
Backyard Doodle (in progress), Linda Knoll 2013

Monday, April 8, 2013

Open Studio Weekend Successful

"Laughing Gremlins" in watercolor.
Open Studio weekend is done. We had a great time and I think it was successful! I started a new series of small watercolors (11"x11") that are extreme close up views of natural objects. Its kind of fun trying to figure out what they actually are. And I am giving them fun titles that don't give it away.

If you weren't able to stop in, or are interested in seeing any of my art in person, please contact me (email! I'm happy to show it any time. Now, and into the summer, I have a bunch of new ideas that I'm going to be working on. So, I'm off to get started!
A guest checking out my paintings.

Paintings in the studio.

Guests enjoying my dad's spread of food.

Some more of my paintings.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Open Studio Invitation

I hope you can join me at my garden studio April 6th and 7th between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. I will have original works for sale, as well as prints, cards, and copies of my books. There will also be demonstrations, live music and refreshments. 
The Oak Path, Watercolor, 2012 by Linda Knoll

I'm part of this year's Stanislaus Artist Open Studio Tour, a county-wide event featuring 57 artists at 35 studios across the county. One of my paintings, The Oak Path, will be a prize in a drawing to be held after the tour. It won 1st place in the landscape category at last year's CCAA Spring Show. Entry forms are available with your tour ticket purchase. For more information on the tour, visit Tickets are available online or at several galleries in Modesto, Turlock and Oakdale. I will also have tickets available at my studio.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

50 Years, 50 Paintings

Part of an illustration from my upcoming (2014)
picture book, Patient for Pumpkins.
I turned 50 yesterday. Its not a BIG deal. But I thought I should do something to celebrate? Commemorate? Well, recognize, anyway. So I'm going to try to do 50 paintings over the course of this year. Not little sketchy stuff, but real paintings.

The illustrations for my upcoming picture book are going to have to count, though. Over the next month and a half, I have to complete 9 more spreads. I finished the bouquet above a few days ago, and have started the next one. If you want to follow more about my progress on the book, check out my Facebook page, Linda Knoll, author.

I want to try some new mediums and styles this year too. I might actually get out the oil paints I keep saying I'm going to try... we'll see how that goes.

Happy New Year!