Sunday, April 4, 2010


Did you know that, if you type in a title and then hit your hand against the keyboard, it posts your blog for the day that is nothing but a title? ha ha I do now!!

Hope you all are having a Happy Easter and having fun or doing something productive or spending time with family or coloring eggs or eating chocolate or...

Anyway, here are the two little watercolor sketches I did while in Florida this past week (just returned Saturday afternoon so it will take a while to catch up with everyone's blogs).

This was sketched while sitting in the car at Anastasia State Park in the salt marsh area which had pelicans diving for fish, people putting in their small boats and kayaks, some white and blue herons, and one ragged looking wood stork who stood around waiting - I found out later that he waits for the boaters to come out with their catch and walks up to them and gets a fish or a shrimp.

This one was done while sitting out on the deck of our rental unit. Tide was coming in and would soon cover the rocks on the shore.

Both of these are in my Exacompta sketchbook which takes watercolor pretty well. great that my Susie Short DVD was here when I got back home, so now I have this to watch and learn how to capture all the waves I photographed while sitting on the deck at Mi Casa! Susie can paint anything but I am amazed at the look of her waves and you get some good reference photos in the DVD box).

Here's Susie's DVD and some of my vacation photos that will become paintings (I hope).

And I bought the latest International Artist magazine before I left, because one of my all-time favorite painters, Carol Carter, has a 10-page spread in it that is awesome (that's her painting on the cover). I've been lucky enough to take a workshop with Carol. She knows her stuff and her color choices are thrilling. I highly recommend her workshops if you get a chance to take one. If not, go out and buy this magazine - it shows you how to do one of her swimmers step by step.

So, I have plenty of wave photos and plenty of Spanish Moss photos and plenty of other potential paintings to come. Stay tuned - and thanks for sticking around while I just had fillers to show while I was gone (no laptop for me - yet - so no access to keep up with all while I'm gone but that's pretty much what vacation is about...letting everything go and just walking on the beach, watching the sunrises - spectacular sunrises! - and watching the low tide, high tide changes...and enjoying having nothing pressing to do). That doesn't mean I didn't miss you all, though!


Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Sounds like you had a great week away. Thanks for interesting post and look forward to seeing all your wonderful Susie Short inspired waves.

Vicki Greene said...

Welcome home! Looking forward to seeing what you do with your wave photos. Susie's DVD is great.

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Joan and Vicki!
It was a very nice, relaxing, good week with every day walking the beach and looking for new and interesting shells and just being hypnotized by the rolling waves :) Good to be home, though, with Kentucky in full bloom!! Can't wait to watch Susie's DVD and get started but want to finish my Spanish Moss crow painting, too.

Pam Johnson Brickell said...

Sounds like a great get away!! Happy your travels were safe and rewarding. Looking forward to your new creations :)

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

I love that middle beach sketch, it would make a wonderful larger painting, simple but wonderful. Looking forward to your Spanish moss painting, also. That is one of the most difficult things to paint, I think!

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Pam and Susan - I'll be working on the Spanish Moss, watching the DVD, and just catching up (reading some art mags, catching up on favorite blogs, etc.) for a while. Stay tuned! And thanks for not forgetting about me (it always seems like a short time away until you return and find out how much has been going on with everyone while you were away).

Gillian said...

Oddly enough I just bought this magazine at the weekend - I love it.

Looking forward to seeing your seascapes. x

RHCarpenter said...

The magazine has tons of good stuff, Gillian. I've read mine slowly and enjoyed it a lot.