Sunday, August 10, 2008

Carol Carter Workshop - No Waiting...


Well, since I've been up since 4am and still have 2 hours before I have to leave to go to the workshop today, I worked on the photos I have and won't make you wait for them until this evening. I hope you enjoy this beautiful demo Carol did for us.
















She worked on this painting the same way she did the spheres - one local/body color and then 2 other colors around the rim allowing them to blend and merge inwards and watching that you get the right blending.
So there is a blue one and a yellow one and a red one - but all three colors are used on all three, it just depends which one is the dominant body color.


























































































Remember - pure colors make the paintings glow. Keep them as pure as possible by working wet-into-wet (very juicy wet) and putting in more of the same colors to darken and mold the shape more. Then let the paint dry but watch it as it does so you can catch anything happening that you don't want.
It's all about technique and control and when to know to control it and when to let the colors do their own thing. Carol is amazing!!!
Can't wait for another full day with another demo and then our final painting - which should be something close to us, that means something to us, that relates to us, our lives, our attitudes, etc...
Should be interesting to see what the others pick. I know what I'm going to do - and have to go off and draw it now.

7 comments:

Ann Buckner said...

This is so exciting Rhonda, and those colors just zing! Can't wait to see your paintings! Thanks for sharing your experiences and photos from the first two days.

Dawn said...

thanks so much Rhonda! Carol sounds wonderful!

Jane said...

Dear Rhonda,
Thank you so much for sharing all this with us and doing it so well-so ACCURATELY! Seriously, you would be a good step-by-step writer!
And I am really interested in what you are going to choose to paint for your final painting!
Thanks,
Jane

Deborah A. Léger said...

Can't wait to see what you do, Rhonda! Wow, those colours sure are vibrant, aren't they? On the third slice, closest to us, she glazed colour over to get that deep red? It's easy to see that you've really enjoyed the workshop! That's great!

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

I'm looking forward to seeing more of your photos of this weekend's workshop. I have no doubt it was a valuable time for you and hope that your back cooperated. This fruit painting goes way past the "it glows" statement. How interesting this is.

RHCarpenter said...

I have lots more to share sometime today when I get them all downloaded and sized and ready to go. Got a good night's sleep last night and it sure makes a difference. Carol doesn't "glaze" over dry paint - she wets the object very wet and keeps her paint wet and as it is drying she watches it and drops in darker paint to strengthen areas as she goes - before it's dry. Once it's dry, you don't touch it again. That's what keeps the colors pure and vibrating off the page - that, and her use of warms against cools and darks against lights and her pure palette choices.

Carol said...

It is wonderful to find out a bit more about how Carol actually achieves her results. Wish she were here in UK!