Tuesday, August 12, 2008

My Work from the Workshop and Carol's Quotes

"My gift to you is a fresh approach to painting, not a certain method."

"Strategize your painting."

My Day One Painting. Two colors used were Prussian Blue + Quinacridone Burnt Orange (both Daniel Smith colors). We set up still lifes of fruit Sandy provided and then started painting after Carol's first demo.

"The more you have an emotional connection to what you paint, the better the painting will be."

"Ask your viewer to bring something to the painting. If you give them everything, they will become bored and walk away."

My Day Two Painting. I struggled more the second day. We set up a new still life and started painting after Carol's second day demo. I was unhappy with it at this stage so I ruined it later :( Carol said not to judge it before it was done but to make that front banana really beautiful and gorgeous with color (because that middle banana was sooo ugly to me). I still ruined it - I think my mindset was working against me.

I did do the spheres exercise okay on day two and were happy about those and the peaches aren't too bad (I still need to open up some space in that stem by lightening a bit here and there).

Day Two Exercise and final Painting done to shape objects using 3 colors with differing body colors (those are supposed to be peaches and I like the glow on the right of the peach in the forefront and the background peach, too.

A photo of the Wall of Fame: All our paintings taped to the wall to see.

Top: Mayte, Kathy, Roger, Karen, Chris

Middle: Me, Dona, Carol2

Bottom: Sandy, MaryJane, Bonnie

And my favorite painting from the workshop - on day three. I'm taking this to class today to work on a larger version.


Watercolors by Susan Roper said...


Thank you so much for sharing photos and samples of your workshop paintings with us. This was so enjoyable to read about this morning. Love the work you did, that bare back on the stool pose would make an interesting addition to the chiropractor's office paintings (if he would allow tasteful nudes!).

canaryadeje said...

Is this a self portrait?! Can see you had great fun at this workshop and learnt loads, thanks for sharing.
Janet in Teenrife

Nava said...

Those are wonderful, Rhonda - the limited palette of two colors only gives it a unique mood! Love the figure, and I also like the first one, which is utterly glowing!

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks so much, Susan, Janet and Nava, for your comments. I'm glad you enjoyed seeing the workshop photos and the paintings I did each day - definitely need more work for some :)
I did another study of the woman's back today in class but it was horrid - I don't know why but I used Arches hotpress paper and I got carried away and changed the colors and - well, there wasn't much I did right on it!

RHCarpenter said...

Janet, a self-portrait? LOL! I wish I had that little waist and nice rounded bottom! haha

Ann Buckner said...

Rhonda, it is a treat to see all that you posted and hear how much you enjoyed the workshop. Love that figure and hope you give it another try. Can't wait to see what you come up with next. :)

Deborah A. Léger said...

Lots of juicy colour, Rhonda! Beautiful!

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks for checking on more workshop info, Ann and Deb :)