Monday, May 12, 2008

Back to the Poured Pelicans + Hollyhocks



Touches of darker color here and there finished off the pelicans painting. It's an odd size (because I cropped off quite a bit of the viewer's right side that was just water) so it's painted surface is 13" x 14" - going to be fun to get it matted and framed! Oh, well, I NEVER finish a painting in a standard size when I can make it an odd one! haha







And another bit of dropping in color on the hollyhocks, thinking about what gets pushed back with darker color and what should come forward in the painting. Will probably do 1 more layer of the 3 main colors like this and then go in with a dark mixture - maybe Quinacridone Magenta and Indanthrone Blue - to touch in some very dark darks here and there to finish. The work now will be done in the lower left up to the mid-point of the flowers but I won't touch the upper part again. I want to leave that sunlit look.



And what should I do next? Well, I'm thinking about a baby portrait of our new grandson, who arrived on Mother's Day :) Not sure I can capture that just-born freshness but it might be fun to try!




9 comments:

Michelle Himes said...

Congratulations on the new grandson, Rhonda. I have a new little guy that I've been wanting to paint too. I'm not sure how to capture that newborn look either, but I'm going to try.

Dawn said...

both of these paintings look great Rhonda!!

Nava said...

I love your work in this technique - first having fun with color without thinking of the end result, and then turn it into a painting - the ultimate way to loosen up!!

Carol Carter said...

thank you for your visit to my blog.. and for your condolences about emily.

i appreciate your kindness!

i am painting hollyhocks too... doncha love 'em?

carol

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks so much, Michelle, Dawn, Nava and Carol, for your comments - and for stopping by the blog and checking out the new stuff :)

Nick said...

those pelicans could up the ante quite a bit, esp if you did it large and got more of the swoopy fluid lines in there for some increased design interest. Getting better all the time Rhnda

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Nick. It's always good to hear from you, thanks for stopping by! Bigger - now why does that not surprise me that you want it painted bigger? :) I may have to try it since everyone likes this one (I'm not that fond of it myself but...you never know).

Deborah A. Léger said...

Love the pelicans, Rhonda! You're a grandmother? Awesome! Congratulations!

RHCarpenter said...

LOL! Biologically, not a grandmother, but Jerry is a grandpa 3 Xs now so I get to be a fun grandma without the hassle of being Mom and making the rules - grandmas don't make rules! They just play.