Wednesday, May 13, 2009

THE NOT-PINK FLAMINGO


Well, with just a bit of tweaking, I think this bird will be done and ready to fly. Finished (almost) in class yesterday after the art card swap.
Again, this was painted with opaques and transparents. The water is a mix of an opaque yellow and then gouache (white) mixed with phthalo blue, then layered to tone down the prettiness with white gouache mixed with Apatite Blue (which is a dusky, grey-blue tube color by Daniel Smith).
Then I went in with my transparents - Hansa Yellow Medium, Pyrrol Orange, Perylene Maroon, and some Quin Magenta to get the final color.
It needs a bit of toning down of the green around him, maybe and some touches of the white around his legs so that's broken up more - that's pure white gouache. Then he can be ready to fly :)
I hope you've enjoyed this guy, even if he isn't a pale, pretty pink thing. I think he has much more "zaza" than a pretty pink one would have, don't you?
Oh, and here's a teaser so you return tomorrow:
I began painting the flock of flamingos in class yesterday.
I had wished for a name for a group of flamingos to be something other than a flock but flock it is. Maybe I'll change it: A jazz of flamingos. A burst of flamingos. A frisson of flamingos.
What can you think of other than boring "flock"?

8 comments:

Myrna said...

How about a "flap" of flamingos? The colors are gorgeous in this painting. Check your poured paintings. I think there may be one in there to enter into SDWS national show! Also the mermaid in the chair was very unique. Follow the example of this flamingo....get your feet wet!

RHCarpenter said...

I like a Flap of Flamingos, Myrna - might use that next time I do these - I think maybe if I could get a photo of one flying...
I was thinking of the mermaid...I know I'll think about this until it's too late, though. I have entered only 1 juried show, nothing this year at all, and have nothing matted and framed to show. I've really been lax in getting things prepared just in case.

Angela said...

This turned out wonderfully! I love the oranges against those green-blues.

I could definitely look at this one for a long time!

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Angela :) I think playing with the colors on these will be fun if I do several more in the coming weeks.

Ann Buckner said...

Looks great Rhonda! :) I like the beginning of the "Flap of Plamingos" too.

r garriott said...

WOW! I love these saturated hues...! Wonderful.

Naming of names...
"Flamingo Fling"...?

Kathy said...

Luminous painting! Beautifully rendered.

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks so much, Ann, R.Garriott, and Vicki, for your comments on this one. I now have a Flap of Flamingos, a Flamingo Fling, and I'm sure others will come up if I continue on these.