Sunday, November 9, 2008

Another Portrait - Ruined Due to Rushing Rhonda Syndrome

I'm not sure why I can't slow down. I'm not sure why, when I pick up a brush, my brain shuts down and my hand takes over. I really want to get past this problem. Really.

Rushing Rhonda Syndrome makes for messy, muddy, frustrating paintings!!

So all I can say about this one is I overworked it - I washed it off and let it dry and started over and still overworked it and muddied it. And didn't get those great drips and splatters, either - just painted the usual way. THINK, woman!!! THINK!



Fabriano Artistico cold press paper takes a lot of abuse but even it can't take Rushing Rhonda Syndrome...

I have a lot of hotpress Arches (don't know why I bought it because I never use hotpress) but I think I'll try it for some portraits - I'm going to try to use it like Yupo - loose and wet and with splatters. What the heck - it's only paper and paint, right?

7 comments:

Sandy Maudlin said...

Don't be so hard on yourself. One out of three for porttraits is a very high average. You're doing fine and learning lots. No need to tie your hands behind your back yet.

Sandy said...

It might not be quite what you envisaged,however,I think this painting has so many lovely areas in it! The dress, for instance, the overall colour scheme, the balance between warm and cool... and the composition , all work so well....
You have a very interesting blog which I found via Sandy Maudlin's blog.

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

I say what the second Sandy said! Okay, what both Sandy's said! This truly is not "ruined" as you said but has very few problems from what I can see. There is much to like about it; most of all the beauty of this lady, so demure, all captured prettily by your brush.

RHCarpenter said...

Ah, Sandy, but take a look at the poor girl's nose!!! GOSH! Big as it can be and that red cross just says: Hey, look at that nose!!! ha ha
Sandy Wilson - are you my cousin, Sandy Wilson? No, but I've found your blog now and will be checking out your site - love meeting new artist friends online! Thanks for stopping by.
Susan, demure, really? ha ha Sorry, I am going to say all three of you ladies of "S" are super and agree with you completely and kick my inner/outer critic out the door!

RHCarpenter said...

LOL I meant in the previous comment, "Ladies "S" not ladies OF "S" which could mean something else entirely!

Nick said...

There's a lot to like about that one, Rhonda. I'll be on the lookout for any outbreaks of RRS - is there a flu shot for that? One of my favorites that I see all the time in workshops is people who continue to painting unnecessarily - just because there is still paint in the brush! Need to get a syndrome name for that.

RHCarpenter said...

Hey, Nick, thanks for the kindness - but it really is baaaaddd :( I'm working on it, though, so it has to get better. So far there is no cure or vaccine for Rushing Rhonda Syndrome. I'll let you know if one comes out.
As for the other syndrome - how about "A River Runs Through It" disability (ARRTI) - if there's still water and pigment in that brush, keep on keeping on!