Monday, May 31, 2010


Well, I can honestly say this koi painting is finished! ha ha (I think knowing when to stop and walk away is one of the hardest things for me to do.) There always seems to be just one more thing I can do to it...which ruins it.

Masking fluid is off and it's cropped a bit (mostly from the top and right side), with a few splashes of white and color in there for bubbles...or something.

But it's done. I am learning, still. Everyday is an experiment in water media!

Back to the watercolors for a while: a start on the little painting (painted to fit into some nice square mats given to Jerry by some photo buddies of his - thanks Marion and Maurice). A lily pad and stems of flowers poking out of the water. I need to sharpen up some areas without overworking it...and call it done.

(This is from a photo taken by Doris Glovier who shares her work with her painting friends at WatercolorWorkshop. Thanks, Doris.)


Christiane Kingsley said...

Rhonda, you have achieved great textures in both of these paintings. The bottom one is a little gem, while the Koi is, I am sure, a stepping stone to a masterpiece.

It's so exciting to learn something new, isn't? It's also great for us bloggers to learn from all you daring experiments.

Nick said...

I haven't had time to keep up with the internet the past week, so it was a wonderful surprise to see all of the intensely bold and powerful work you've posted. ! Too much to comment on individually, all I can say is it's all impressive, and I'm happy you are wringing the most you can from the workshop - you really are the dream painter we hope to get: adventurous and willing to try something new. Thanks Rhonda!

Carrie H. said...

Hey, that little Koi came out great! It will be interesting how you work your recent workshop experience into future projects.

Suzanne McDermott said...

Love these!!!!

You're invited to help launch

the Spirit of the Gulf Challenge —

You're listed with other folks at bottom of post. Hope you can join it!

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Christiane. You are too kind :) I'm working on the little one at bottom but it seems so small after working large in Nick's workshop!
Nic, hey, glad to hear from you always.
Carrie, thanks. I'll be incorporating for a while - and I so want to paint really big but just don't have the space...yet.
Suzanne, thanks for the invite, you know I'm in!