Tuesday, May 25, 2010

SOME LITTLE FITS AND STARTS

Here are all the things (good and bad) that I began in the Nick Simmons workshop. I am working more on all of them (except the wonky building THINK sign which I really have a mental block about = landscapes and buildings = everything I've learned about composition goes right out the window when I try to do a landscape with a building!!)

My little sad geisha, as she began in the workshop...



And after I brought her home and worked a bit more on her.












My wonky building and sign (I won't do more on this).











My abstract made from pulling up the paint that ran down the wall and puddled at the bottom. All I did on this was make some circles where I already "saw them" and then do some pseudo-Asian lettering inside them.













And the canyon pour - beginning in the workshop...and what I've done to it (poor thing - talk about beating a dead horse!!).









Okay, there does come a time when you say, "I'm whipped, time to give up, admit defeat, and stop beating a dead horse." Now is the time for this one.

I'm calling it

Dead Horse Canyon...






You don't have to say a word...I know it's crap to the nth degree - but it's still a learning process, so I'm going to try it again while working a bit on the abstract.

I hope you all are having a good week.

17 comments:

Gillian said...

It's all looking so good - wonderful use of colour too. The geisha is amazing. Have to say my fav is the 'wonky sign' piece though. I know buildings are my thing but it really does look stunning!

jgr said...

My favorite is the drippy yellow one with the asian symbols, I am really into 'drips' right now.

Christiane Kingsley said...

I love the Geisha...will be so stunning framed! I really like the yellow abstract also. And the canyon has very interesting colors and textures....it's nice!

debwardart said...

Not a word (12 instead) - Stick in a moon and call it "Dead Horse Canyon by Moonlight"!

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Gillian! I enjoy hearing which ones appeal to people and why - I know you like buildings but this is really a basic, very immature effort (I just have a mental block there) compared to your beautiful work.
Jane, I like those drips - I find all drips appealing for some reason!
Christiane, you picked the best painting, I think, so far. Too bad it's such a copy of Nick's or I could sell it for $750 at least! ha ha Just kidding!
Deb, you are too clever! ha ha
(If you ever post a comment and it doesn't show up right away, it's because I have to moderate all comments and accept them - just a layer of protection from getting spammed or bad stuff...so sometimes your comments may be delayed - especially if I'm taking a nap!)

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

Rhonda! This body of work is fascinating to me, especially so because it arose from a Nick Simmons workshop! No matter how you felt about the end product, I am sure you had a marvelous time with Nick and his techniques!

I will be watching to see how much of his techniques move their way into your next projects...Susan

Teresa said...

So many paintings, so many info, that I don't know even where to start to comment! you're like a navy seal of the workshops painting Rhonda, so much productivity, some work and some doesn't but it's obvious you're already getting a lot of new techniques and I'm sure I'll see them incorporated in your future painting for sure because they fit perfectly in the organic look you usually achieve.

Gotta re-read it all again!

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Susan and Teresa - glad you are enjoying the sharing of info (navy seal? ha ha that gave me a laugh - get in covertly, get the intel, and get out! ha ha)
Hope to learn more about Photoshopping techniques he shared and use them in my future compositions, as well as modify some of the techniques to fit my space and style. So much fun!

Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson said...

Um, I LOVE this drippy effect. I could go crazy collaging this! Watercolor usually reconstitutes when I add the glue to it though. Is it watercolor? do you ever try fluid acrylic? You are going to be great at preparing your own collage papers!

RHCarpenter said...

Elizabeth, this is fluid acrylics and, yes, I love drips :)

Barb Sailor said...

I think they are all fascinating - all the techniques have much potential. When I saw the Geisha on Watercolor Workshop what I thought was "WOW! I love this!" and this technique has so much potential. I can see that he takes his participants out of their comfort zone and exposes them to all kinds of new techniques and ideas - all of these paintings have potential - I think you need to get away from them for a couple of days and then go back and attack. I love the yellow abstract and that remark is coming from a VERY realistic painter. Rhonda, it is evident that you are always growing in your art and are not afraid to try new techniques. I admire that so much in an artist.

Artoholic said...

I LOVE how your colours are working together, so fluid and intense.

Sometimes overthinking a piece, whether it's composition, subject matter etc, stops me before I even start!

Off to look at more of your blog,

Cheers,

Cindy

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks so much, Cindy, for stopping and commenting - I have to put your blog on my sidebar to remind me to visit again. I like what you're doing and your photos make me smile - those kookaburras were fantastic and loved your feathers :) How's the weather down under?

Artoholic said...

Rhonda, it's wet wet wet, BUT there is a beautiful rainbow outside my kitchen window this morning.

Sending Kookaburra chuckles your way....

Cheers,

Cindy

RHCarpenter said...

Cindy, that's the great thing about sunshine and rain = rainbows! I've only been to Australia up the east coast and over to Fitzroy Island years and years ago - loved it and everything we saw during those 10 days (after I got past the jetlag, that is!)

laura said...

You've been doing so much--I really admire your energy and your commitment to trying out this new technique!
The geisha is lovely--great drawing too!

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks so much, Laura. I am surprised when someone says, "I couldn't draw that freehand" but I guess it's just a matter of practice for me - and the open studio work/lessons I've had with figures provided. I hope I don't take it for granted, though, that I can do this - now :)