Sunday, January 17, 2010


I tried to paint something on a piece of Unryu paper (also called rice paper but not made from rice). Much too blotter-like to get anything resembling a crisp edge. So I just tossed more paint at it...then blotted that off on a piece of printmaking paper and kind of enjoyed what I saw. (IRL, you can see the Unryu additions in the print...the bits that look like little bits of sticks or something embedded in the Unryu paper...creating some interesting textured look to the print.)
This is not going to be anything more...sometimes it's just time to get in there and throw paint around and try to find your way when you're stuck.

I'm calling it Waiting for the Light to Shine.
That seems to be what I'm waiting for
right now...and I'm kidding myself if I think
that is going to happen any time soon.

And this painting is still staring at me when I walk into my art room, telling me it's not even half finished and I need to get back in the groove and do something with I put it under some other stuff and ignore it for a few more days!

Nothing else to share right now. Not even a little Twenty Minute Challenge painting or sketch! LAZY...............


Vicki Greene said...

Continue to play. The neat thing is that one can go from darkness to light in a matter of seconds.

Christiane Kingsley said...

Playing and experimenting is a great part of creativity. Without realizing it, you may have learnt something from your little experiment with this rice paper that will come back to you in a flash of inspiration one day :-)

I have a few sheets of that Unryu at home, but I have not used it yet. I bought it to try Sandy's batik technique....but from what you wrote, it probably would not work for that.

Have fun playing with your paints and don't feel guilty...You can't produce a masterpiece every day:-)

Gillian said...

That's gorgeous - so vibrant. It would make a great under-layer too, for digital art - maybe a portrait. Keep up the good work - you have so much energy!

RHCarpenter said...

You're so right, Vicki. And sometimes you just have to find your way there by exploring a bit :)
Thanks, Christiane. You can't do the taped batik technique on it but you can do the waxed batik technique on it fact, I find it easier to use it that way than just painting on it because of the absorbancy of the stuff. I think Sandy uses Masa paper for her waxed batik stuff, too.
Gillian, you have such hopes for me and I must have you fooled about the energy - I seem to go in dribs and drabs and strong spurts and then I just go sit on the sofa and veg out for hours! ha ha Maybe I should keep those secrets to myself, eh?

Christiane Kingsley said...

Thank you Rhonda for the information regarding the use of that Unryu.

RHCarpenter said...

Christiane, if you want to try the batik technique, give me an email and I'll send you the info I have on it and how to use it :)

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Great title! This method of printing onto a fresh sheet is such fun - you should try it with watery acrylics or inks, its amazing. Its how I started my last post acrylic ink work I called Tropical Gardens, by printing a long rectangle of very wet YUPO alongside each other three times onto fresh clean YUPO for a base to work on.
Have fun.
Well done with your 20 min sessions - loved the snails.
Continue having fun Rhonda.

MB Shaw said...

omg, I am waiting for the light to shine too. I wonder how far I would have to drive to see the sun????
What a challenging piece you are doing now! It is coming along beautifully.