Wednesday, March 10, 2010

PLAYING WITH WET-IN-WET TECHNIQUE

I pre-wet the paper (1/2 sheet Killimanjaro/Cheap Joe's Brand 140# watercolor paper) after I put some miskit on the crows in places. Then drizzled the color down from the top to the bottom using a big, juicy brush full of wet color. Put the crows in last.






I like the start of this but not sure where I'm going with it...sometimes the painting just leads you so I'm waiting for it to do that. I may miskit over the birds, as they are, and then go a bit crazy with the drizzles to make them more distinct?


As I was posting this, I heard a crow cawing outside my window - does that mean he agrees with that option or not?






13 comments:

Cathy Gatland said...

Rhonda, even when you're feeling 'crook', you are so productive and creative. This is looking wonderful, I hope you have a crow exhibition when you've got to the end (if there is one!) of this great series. Also hope your back is feeling much better.

Vicki Greene said...

The crow on the right has a bit of "what did I do" look on his face. Like your drizzles!

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Cathy - I definitely was feeling "crook" - esp. in my back! ha ha Getting better every day now. Exhibition/show = probably just a showing of them all on the blog when they finally fly away from my imagination :)
Vicki, yes, it's the same drawing I had of the two in my "And Your Point Is...?" painting a while back. Need to find more reference photos of crows. I am drawn to drizzles and always like them in paintings I see but don't use them often. It may be a learning process to get it right.

Kris said...

Hey Rhonda! Still love your birds. Sorry to hear your back is hurting, hopefully springtime will make it better. Sunshine can bring wonders :)

Did u see my post about my shoes? That one was for you! No blog without shoes. Now I just need to add some style and make-up tips.. ha ha :D

A big smile from me

Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson said...

Rhonda, you know me, I love the dribbles!

Christiane Kingsley said...

Rhonda, I am so glad to hear that your back is getting gradually better.

I love the drizzled background. In this painting or in the next one, you could always experiment with the addition of a second color in the drizzle...

I agree with Cathy: a Crow Show is a great idea!

Gillian said...

It has a dreamlike, mystical quality, Rhonda. It reminds me of a ghostly forest in the background. I love wet in wet effects - pure serendipity!

Jeanette said...

Rhonda, I hope your back is getting a bit better. Its never easy to work through pain, but sometimes it just helps ignore it too. :)

Love the crows and the drizzle has the makings of a waterfall through my eyes, with the crows on the edge of the ravine, daring each other to go first.

I will wait and see where the storyline goes next.

Cindi said...

i'm almost seeing some fun trees in the drizzle.... i think the crow you heard, wants to come in and play with his friends... caw caw..

hope the back is doing better...

Carol King said...

I am so loving the crow series! And yes, I think the crow outside your window is agreeing with your choices.

RHCarpenter said...

Kris, I hadn't seen your shoes - wow! LOVE THEM, esp. those turquoise kicks!! Hope they get to go out and play very soon.
Thanks, Elizabeth, Christiane, Gillian, Jeanette, Cindi and Carol - my back was getting better but then had to sweep, mop and wax the kitchen floor - ugh!! I just never learn and as my grandmother used to say, "Them don't listen has to feel." That's a Kentucky saying so there are words left out (Kentuckians are economical with words, blurring the boundaries a lot). I'm glad you are liking the drizzles - we'll see what they become but, for me, I was seeing misty trees far in the background.

Pam Johnson Brickell said...

Go Girl!!

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Pam, I will! ha ha