Saturday, August 30, 2008


I started the nuts, trying to get that mix of colors and that pale blue-violet, too. I either have too much misket still on the nuts or I'm not waiting long enough before spraying it off because I am not getting the batik look at all. So...instead of rushing through and getting discouraged, I put it aside for a while. Unfortunately, there is something very frightening to me about all that white and all those hard edges right now - it's very intimidating!

I know, I know - this is acrylic paint - I can cover over anything that needs it without worrying about it acting like watercolor and showing through. At least, I think I can do that. Well, I guess I'm expecting too much out of myself. I've only done 1 painting in an NKU drawing class in acrylic (not fluid acrylics), and 1 painting in Sandy's class using some gesso. So maybe I just don't know how to handle the medium yet. And maybe I shouldn't have painted that large nut yet - it should be more of the star of the painting and I should have done that last.

Oh, well. Don't Panic! That's what I have to keep telling myself.

I went to the open figure session this morning but left after an hour. Our model starts by saying, "I'm exhausted!" So our moderator sets her up for us - laying down!! So what happens? She falls asleep. Head nodding, bodying shifting, hands in a different position and body leaning far to the side - then back - then far to the side again. It was frustrating for me so I left. A shame, too, because she was a lovely girl and I might have made a good drawing. I'll take a photo and upload what I did get done all get to see my successes and my failures - aren't you lucky??


Candy said...

Yes, we are lucky. I love looking at your work, I love reading about the process, and I love reading everyone's comments. You are getting some gorgeous colors on the nuts painting and on the umbrellas. You've inspired me to dig out the paints and play a little. I can't wait to see what happens next.

Deborah A. Léger said...

Don't panic Rhonda!!! (I'm repeating what you're telling yourself!) I think it's looking really good and remember - it's a learning experience. Like you said in the post, you haven't painted that much with acrylics so .... don't panic.

REally though, I love the colours you have in the large nut!

Remember in Nick's video, when he first took all the masking off the fish? All the very hard edges? Remember how he first used the toothbrush to spatter paint around the edges of the fish, then later painting rough lines around and sprayed them? He said they would get rid of the hard edges and they did! What about adding something like that to shape the nuts? Give them a rounder look? (and take away the hard edges at the same time.) (I just happened to watch the video this morning again. LOL)

Wow, a model that falls asleep. lol. It could have worked out if she'd been a quiet sleeper, eh? Too bad. Talking about getting paid to sleep!

Don't panic about your painting - it's looking good!

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks so much, Candy and Deb :) Candy, if I inspired you to paint, that's worth all the hassle of not knowing where a painting is going! :)

Yes, I must not panic and mess this up - I know we will have several techniques to get rid of all the hard edges - but it's not like watercolor!

I would have put a sleepy model in a standing position - but I guess I'm mean!

Ann Buckner said...

Rhonda, you have some excellent darks and I know you will work your way through to the final result you are wanting.

Sounds like the model would have been perfect for some 15 or 30 second sketches. *smile*

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Ann. Yes, the model would have been good for 15 minute poses, I think. Oh, well. You can't always get what you want (so said the Rolling Stones, as if they ever had that happen to them).

Linda Stilin said...

I do feel lucky to have found your blog! I like learning about new processes, seeing other artists' work, getting inspired! Your work is VERY inspiring to me, and now I need to go buy a gallon of frisket!! And I'd love to watch that video you keep referring to. Hmmmmmmm!!