Sunday, January 10, 2010

CANDY APPLES TIMES TWO


There is a project painting to do over at WatercolorWorkshop (an online Yahoo group). It's a beautiful photo of a candy apple, lots of reds and blues and shine. I tried it on 1/4 sheet of Arches cold press 140# paper and wasn't that pleased - I think I overworked it (what a surprise!). The photo looks better than the painting does.

Anyway, I thought I'd just go for it on yupo and see what happened. I didn't pre-draw anything, but drew with the brush in red and then worked the rest of the color and shape in as I went. I see I need to refine the stick a bit more but I'm happier with this one than the other.






Again, this shows you what a difference you can get by just switching your paper surface and nothing else (although I did roll the bg table in the yupo painting with a sponge roller over the paint while it was wet).
Does it make you want a candy apple? Me, too!!


17 comments:

Christiane Kingsley said...

Rhonda,
they are both appealing in their own way. I admire the darks that you achieved in the watercolor painting; the yupo appears spontaneous with a slightly abstract look when looked at from close.
i really enjoy seeing the impact of different papers on the resulting work. Thank you for sharing and doing all the work for us:-)

Angela said...

It does actually! :)

I see nothing wrong with your first painting, but thoe one on YUPO really grabbed me - thanks for sharing!

Jeanette said...

How beautiful these are! I love the colours and abstract shapes.

Yes, your support really does play such an important role in knowing what the final image will come out like.

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks so much, Christiane, Angela, and Jeannette, for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I hope you all are staying warm and safe. I like the more abstracted look of the yupo and the fact that painting on yupo makes the colors really vivid and bold - part of my "Less Pretty, More Power" goal for this year :)

shicat said...

I like these paintings, pretty blues and red, Yuppo is such a challenge

Sandy Maudlin said...

You know I'm just a little biased toward YUPO, and BOY! is that ever alive. Love how you go after paintings. Now to find a candy apple to eat.

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Cathy and Sandy :) I like the boldness of the Yupo, too!

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

I am totally in with the Yupo apple crowd! Now, I just have to make my apple on Yupo look half as good as yours. It ain't easy...Susan

Stilin Studio said...

WoW - love the apple on Yupo!! You've convinced me to buy some and try it. I love the intensity of color, and the abstract looseness. Very inspiring, although I haven't picked up a brush in month. Thanks for sharing - great job!!

Pam Johnson Brickell said...

Wow - the yupo painting is electric! Like both but do side with your technique on yupo.

Gaylynn said...

Yummy! I am a fan of the Yupo. The colors and reflections are so loose and dramatic. You did a fantastic job!

Chris Beck said...

When I see this kind of result on Yupo, it makes me want to order some and try it too. Really neat painting -- the shine works so well!!

RHCarpenter said...

I so appreciate the comments, Susan, Linda (Stilin), Pam, Gaylynn and Chris! I'm glad you all like the yupo painting - if you get a chance, do try it - just remember to paint damp and not really wet and juicy unless you leave spaces between the colors (Carol Carter calls these "white dams") so your colors don't bleed together too much.

Mary Sonya Conti said...

just love the way the Yupo works with watercolors and your apple looks ready to eat! now wondering what collage with hot press of the same apple to go with the yupo and cold press. Your getting me hooked

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks so much, Sonya :) I hope you try the apple in collage - how neat would that be? Sorry you don't have candy apples around to munch on; I don't either...I guess a regular old apple will have to do.

debwardart said...

Somehow I missed this post yesterday??? You know I'm not a Yupo fan, but gotta say - that apple is GREAT. Looks like it's sitting on a marble countertop with the reflection shimmering underneath.

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Deb. You don't like yupo? Ah, how could you not??? ha ha You are the only one who "saw" the marble countertop - which is what I thought it looked like, too.