Monday, May 11, 2009

Flamingo Orange to Maroon....



I toned down some of the orange that threw everyone for a loop! I hope it isn't so neon bright but still "fierce" as Teresa says :)

And just so you know, I'm not making up these colors (although I wish I was that creative), here's a photo I'm using (photo by Jerry taken over the fence at the pond where the American flamingos were kept in the Jacksonville (FL) Zoo.














Now I'm going to take a trip up to the Evergreen Retirement Center where the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society is having their spring show. I missed getting anything in this one (we were travelling), but want to see the show. It's called "Seven Year Itch" and has a theme of 7's throughout. The show runs throughout May and you can visit and view the work any day.

6 comments:

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Incredibly beautiful colour contrasts. I've never seen orange flamingoes before but I'll believe you! Lovely focused composition.

Vicki Greene said...

Looking good!

Claudia said...

Very good painting! I like the contrast of the blue water and the orange flamingo.
And I find it very interesting to see the Daniel Smith wc shades of different greens...

RHCarpenter said...

LOL! Now I wouldn't make up an orange flamingo, Joan - they have to be real :)
Thanks, Vicki and Claudia :) Claudia, I've run through my tube greens and most I don't care for so I'll do some mix-your-owns next to see if I can come up with some good combinations to use.

Lost in wonder said...

Fierce is good! I love the flamingo with that vibrant color, it's as he's alive. At the zoo here the flamingos are more orange than pink too Rhonda, I guess I've only seen pink ones in nature documentals on tv.
Just read you've worked more on this one at class, can't wait to see the new steps

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Teresa! Yes, maybe captured flamingos are brighter in color due to their richer diet - whatever they feed them to get them to remain bright. I've seen some National Geographic photos of them where they are very pale.