Sunday, August 30, 2009

THE SELF-PORTRAIT YOU WANTED

Using the photo most of you wanted me to paint, I did this on 1/4 sheet Fabriano Artistico 140# coldpress and transparent watercolors only (I was going to use just 2 colors: Ultramarine Turquoise and Pyrrol Orange but ended up using Raw Sienna in the skintones and I think the UT had some other blues in it seeing how it separated that way in the bowler).



My sweetie says it looks like me but he doesn't like the whites in the face - which is what I was proudest of!
Well, what can I say - he's a photographer, not a painter.

15 comments:

debwardart said...

Good job Rhonda!

Vicki Greene said...

Rhonda, this is really great! I like it, whites and all. The blue and orange is wonderful together.

Sandy Maudlin said...

LOVE your portrait. Delightfully like you, too. UT does separate and granulate if not overworked:-D. It's a mix of Phthalo Green and French Ultramarine. WONDERFUL painting! Congrats!

laura said...

I love it Rhonda. What a daring duo you chose for your palette. the way the green in the hat runs down into your hair is marvelous.

Barbara Sailor said...

I think this is great, Rhonda! I love the whites in your face. The complementary blue/green color scheme is wonderful.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Oh! well done. A glorious result full of light and colour. Love the way you put yourself in the corner and cropped the right arm.

Teresa said...

The UT is a great choice of color, love the shine on the bowler :)

MB Shaw said...

I *love* this self portrait. It is beautifully done and I love your spunky look. Excellent work!
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'll be doing the Hyde Park show in Cincinnati on October 4th, would love to meet you if you can stop by :-)

Gary Keimig said...

thanks for your comment Rhonda.
I think it is a great little painting. whites and all.

Cindi said...

love the portrait.. your personality and fun, just smiles out thru the painting!!! great colors.... woo hoo!!! you done good, kiddo!!

Cathy Gatland said...

A wonderful self-portrait, Rhonda - your personality (well, what I know of it) just shines out.

RHCarpenter said...

Thank you thank you all for your comments on this one. I'm pleased that you all like it because I was pleased with it, too. And believe me, I put it off for quite a while, feeling nervous about doing it and messing it up, etc. And then when I finally began, I spent less than an hour on it and it's done! ha ha Sometimes the starting is the hardest part :)

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

Rhonda...I'm getting caught up on your blog and am so sorry I missed this painting! I was so hoping you would choose this view for your self-portrait, I voted for it way back when. It is so like your personality, it shines through just like the whites in the face! I like this a lot.

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks Susan - are you back home now from your gypsy wanderings?

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

Nope! We still be gypsies, for another week anyway. We will be home for two weeks and then gone for another week...back up here for the fall colors! This is the life.