Wednesday, April 21, 2010


I finished this one yesterday and it's not too bad. A small one on a piece of leftover (long and narrow) Arches coldpress 140# paper.

It's odd but when I work on these waves I go back to my synthetic brushes and when I do the Charles Reid practices, I pick up my sable brushes. I think I should retrain myself to use the sables but I forget not to mix and pull paint out of the wells with them (and they are too expensive not to put them down and use a mixing brush instead).

I'm enjoying doing both things at the same time - while waiting for one to dry, I pick up another and start or finish it.

My Sweetie says it looks better with the top cropped off because his eye keeps going there and way from the waves. I think he's right - because I didn't make a good separation between the sky and back waves (can't seem to get them right yet). So with the top cropped down, the top now could be back waves/water or it could be sky.


Ann Buckner said...

What fun painting the ocean waves. In your photo is the area where the ocean meets the sky darker in value? Not living by an ocean I can't check for myself lol.

RHCarpenter said...

Ann, I think you mean that strip of pale color? It's supposed to be a roll of waves out there but I didn't do a great job conveying that so maybe it's better cropped. The sky would be lighter than the water in the background but that roll of greyed whitecaps may be throwing the look off?

Liberty said...

I think this one is beautiful and has really captured the movement of the waves.
I think I like it better cropped as well - then I focus more on the waves.
Very nice!
I follow your blog by RSS in a reader and have been enjoying your posts sharing the things you are learning :-)

Christiane Kingsley said...

Rhonda, I also prefer the cropped version. Oh! it's so full of movement. I think I can hear the sound of the waves.
Well done and keep painting more for our delight.

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks so much, Liberty, for the comments :) I am going to check out those ecojot books you mentioned.
Thanks, Christiane! I was happy about that peak of waves in the lower left side :)

deborahspalette said...

New follower via Janie's Candy Mtn Art. Watercolor is my favorite medium. Gorgeous colors. I am also an artist and enjoyed browsing your wonderful work, see ya arround, Debora...Stop by for a visit if you have a moment.

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Deborah, for stopping by and commenting :) I just viewed some of your work on your blog and I really like your flowers, esp. that 3rd place winner!! Keep painting!

Nick said...

hmmm, thought I posted on this, seems my posts aren't showing on some sites. sorry. nice pics, good job!

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Nick. I wasn't able to okay the moderated comments until this evening - working on fluid acrylics to get ready for you in August - so your posts had to wait a while (sorry for the delay). And thanks for the comments on the paintings!