Saturday, June 26, 2010


I went back to the painting. Everything was bone dry. I realized that I'd divided the painting in half with cool colors on one side and warm colors on the other so had to integrate that with the boxes more. Anyway, here's where I'm at right now...waiting for the paper to dry again so I can remove the miskit (but a few more boxes to do before that happens).

One good thing about painting with this taped to the wall in the basement/garage is that I'm always walking around there and can look over and see things I might not see if I was painting on it - because I forget to step back and look as much as I stand close and paint!
I have another painting I'll start this coming week - the deck chairs have been tweaked and revised and I took the photo on a cd to have it printed out poster size so I can just trace it onto my tracing paper and then get it onto my watercolor paper and then paint it - it's going to take a while and I want to be careful with the lines so I'll do that while waiting for Four and Twenty to dry in between paintings.
A tip Nick Simmons shared in his workshop: When working with fluid acrylics and wanting to get that fresh paint look back, just spray the whole sheet of paper (when the acrylics are dry) and look at it again - it rejuvenates the look of it and you get that look of just putting down the paint.


Vicki Greene said...

I like those background colors. Once again I am enjoying watching you experiment. Maybe one of these days I will be brave enough to try something like that.

Christiane Kingsley said...

On my monitor, the blocks near the face have a real 3-D look. Neat! I like the drips in the background and the variety of colors. I still don't understand the title:-(

RHCarpenter said...

Vicki, don't wait - just go for it!!
Christiane, all will be revealed soon. The blocks actually do look like they are floating in front of the face in the painting - I guess from the density of them vs the mistiness of the figure and bg?

Carol King said...

Rhonda, Thanks for all the information you've been providing. And went back and read the other posts for this piece and I really like how it's coming out.

Ann Buckner said...

Rhonda, enjoyed the photos of your trip to the zoo and reading about your day and the place you stayed overnight. So romantic.

Now, I am intrigued by your Four and Twenty painting and can't wait to see your progress.

RHCarpenter said...

Hey, Carol! Always good to see a post from you :) I hope I'm making myself clear - it's really pretty straight painting from here on in after being loosey goosey at first with the pouring and tossing paint at the wall to start :) I do wish I'd left more white paper - something that will take practice with the throwing paint!
Thanks, Ann - glad you enjoyed the photos. I may get more work done on the painting today - supposed to be a heat advisory with heat index over 100F today so I'll be inside trying to stay cool.

Barb Sailor said...

This is really interesting and I can't wait to see how it progresses. I also thank you for introducing us to new approaches and media - your blog is so interesting.

kitchen tables said...

Background colors are wonderful. Your experiment is worth watching. Thank you for sharing your information. Very useful.

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Barb, glad you're enjoying it and you've given me a very nice compliment!

kt, thanks for stopping by and commenting.