Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Rusty Things

Since the monthly project at WatercolorWorkshop is Rusty Things and the photo to use is a rusted pot, I'm using my bosc pear (I put a bit more orange-rust color on it but just a bit) and started the rusted pot again on watercolor paper with my paints at home - much better :) Since I don't know where the photo came from, I can't give anyone credit (I searched WetCanvas but didn't see any photo like this there so Gina - who gets the photos for us to all paint from - must have taken it from somewhere else). Since I can't give photo credit, this will just be a study for the monthly project and I won't use it for anything else (I'm not expecting it to be great, anyway but having fun with the rust and blue and wood right now).

And I've started another "rust" project for the month - some onions. The photo of the onions came from Amy Palko at Lives Less Ordinary - I have asked her permission to use her simple yet beautiful photo and will share my wc of it if she grants permission to show it here. Here is her photo - and you'd do well to visit her blog for the fantastic photos there and the good reading (


Ann Buckner said...

I'm in love with that Bosc pear Rhonda. The play between the rusty color and the greens is wonderful. Well done!

I'll be watching to see how your rusty bucket goes and hope to see the start of the onion too.

Deborah A. Léger said...

Your pear is gorgeous, Rhonda! Love the finished look! So did you like the underpainting effect? Would you use it again? Your rusty bucket is going to be good, too! And I just love, love, love that onion photo!

Which reminds me, I still need to get those pear reference pics out!!!

Sandy Maudlin said...

Great to see that your brush has been soaking up some beautiful colors. Looking forward to the onions, too.

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks so much, Ann, Deb and Sandy :) I did get permission to paint and share the onions so I'll be able to show them here next.
Deb, I probably won't think about underpainting much - seems like just another step to me and I'm not sure it really added all that much to the painting - what do you think? Is it worth it? I did like finding the perfect grey, though!

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...


I don't know if a pear can be considered sophisticated, but that is one sophisticated pear! I do like the glow and the velvety smoothness of it, while showing some of the texture, too. Looking forward to all of your projets. Good grief, when you returned home it was to hit the deck, running!


RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Susan :) A sophisticated pear...I like that!
I'm trying to paint in between cleaning projects and Jerry coming and going today, so it's just in fits and starts...but it works for me this way.

Melanie said...

I love the pear - it's one of my fav things to paint! this one is lovely!