Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Portrait Weeks

Sandy (my watercolor teacher) is having the class do portraits each week in November. The first one had to be from Sandy's photo (taken in Italy) and working as Sandy worked. She would paint a while, then stop, and we'd go TRY to do the same thing :) Some of us had done portraits before so there wasn't the tension that others had - a lot of tension!! Whew!


Now, this is just the 2-hour start and I have plenty to do to finish. And I have to finish this one. Can't just let it sit around undone for days or weeks.




I had to leave class early because Jerry and I took my sister and BIL out to celebrate (very late) his birthday. We had a good lunch at Applebee's (his favorite) and he got a musical card and the new John Lennon bio that just came out. I think it was a good day for him - plus we had all voted and were excited about the outcome.

And now we know the outcome and I'm hopeful that my country is finally on the road to a stronger, more compassionate and intelligent direction. May blessings pour down upon us all...

10 comments:

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Wonderful piece of work - Sandy is a great tutor. May I repeat the whole of your last para and wish all Americans a new bright future with your intelligent, com-
passionate new leader. The whole world has been waiting for his coming.

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

Rhonda! You captured the intensity of her gaze, like she is staring in full sunlight. I'm lovin' this so far, keep on keepin' on!

PS I am thrilled with the outcome of the elections, too! Other than a few local propositions that got through that I didn't want, it all went according ot plan!

Dawn said...

We are a fortunate country today!! I am so proud.

that is a great start Rhonda.

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Joan! So much to be hopeful for :) Susan and Dawn, yes, it's easy to smile today. I heard something that touched me when listening to the radio last week. A man said: "Rosa sat so Martin could walk. Martin walked so Obama could run." I think that sums up the historical content of this truly inspiring day.

Myrna said...

A beautiful post for a beautiful day. This is going to be a great portrait! An interesting teaching approach to portraiture, too.

Nava said...

Rhonda, the expression on her is wonderful!

And I love this saying about Rosa, Martin and Obama.

Ann Buckner said...

Rhonda, this is just beautiful work and can't wait to see what else you do. I like the expressiveness you painted.

Teresa said...

Wow Rhonda, it's looking great so far! all those colors in her skin rock so much, and her gaze is so intense that brings it all to life plus that backrun, perfect so far, what paper are you usin this time?

Deborah A. Léger said...

Beautiful Rhonda! I love it just the way it is now but can't wait to see what you add .....

RHCarpenter said...

Hey, thanks, Myrna, Nava, Teresa, Ann and Deb - whew! Here I was thinking I'm losing viewers and you all come back strong :) I appreciate it. I know I have a fear about "ruining" any portrait I start. It's better for me to do less, not more. With that in mind, I went back to BellaDonna (the title I gave this lady) and put in the hair and tried a new technique. You'll see as soon as she's dried whether I pulled it off or need to go back to the drawing board.