Thursday, December 10, 2009

HALF SHEET WIP: STRANDED!


Nothing like a really challenging painting to take your mind off your troubles, eh? ha ha Not sure what I'm thinking here. Working from 2 photos taken at Shaker Village of the dyed wool on display. Working on a half sheet of Killimanjaro 140# coldpress paper and working with the complements so the orange will go next to the blue, the red next to the green, and so on...that's my plan, anyway. Although I wouldn't hold my breath on this one being finished any time soon. It takes a while and I seem to "need" to draw in those strands with a small brush and then smoosh it all to get the rough look of wool that's a bit ragged!
The title = Stranded = came to be right away and Stevie Ray Vaughan's song, "Crossfire" began playing in my head as soon as the title came to me:
Stranded!
Caught in the crossfire.
I was stranded,
caught in the crossfire.
Turn it up...check it out...get off your behind and dance dance dance!!!

10 comments:

Teresa said...

So you've finally gone crazy! This is going to be legendary, I'm drooling already *runs to check out that song*

Peggi Habets said...

Looks like a great painting in progress. Neat idea, almost an abstract work of color and shape.

Angela said...

Great subject matter! I also love what you're doing with the colors!

You take as long as you need to - just don't forget to show us when you're done cause it looks so interesting thus far.

:)

Pam Johnson Brickell said...

O'tay.... I danced :) Quite a workout! Heart's pounding away.....

Love your new painting and color ideas!!! Take pleasure in the journey :)

laura said...

If you listen to SRV while painting, you should zoom right through!
I like your plan re the complements; it's going to be beautiful.

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

I've never seen a composition that begs for laying down complementary colors beside each other better than this one! Good move, Rhonda. I think this is goign to be a winner, if you don't go crazy first with all those strands! What about a rake brush for the strands? Keep in touch with the WIPs, I don't want to wait until you are finished to see this again!

RHCarpenter said...

Absolutely crazy, Teresa! ha ha Do check out the song - and dance!!!
Thanks Peggi, Angela, Pam (glad you got up and danced!), Laura (yes, maybe something easy listening for this one to come along slowly? ha ha), and Susan. I don't have a rake brush and will just slowly work on this one but don't worry, I have another 1/2 sheet working at the same time very wet-in-wet and juicy so I go back and forth between the two so I won't go too crazy.

debwardart said...

I'm loving it! Like the idea of the complementary colors, too.
I'm also do a crazy one - of corn! That will be on the blog soon.
Keep going slow, between the two paintings, and this one will turn out great!
No speakers, so can't dance tho! (Can't dance anyway - 2 left feet).

Cathy Gatland said...

What lovely subject matter - this looks like a good one to get your teeth into - also going to check out the song now, it sounds familiar...

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Deb and Cathy :) Deb, your warm painting is looking great already - I don't think I could have poured this one with all the complements in there it all would have been mud!
Cathy, hope you danced to Stevie Ray!!