Thursday, August 26, 2010

LOCKED HEART OR HEART LOCK

This was done in fluid acrylics at one of Deb Ward's weekend workshops months ago.  I got so far and then didn't think it was finished but didn't know what to do. 

The other day, after chatting via email to an artist friend who has ideas about art I'd never have in my midwest traditional thought processes, I went down to my art room and took this one back out and knew what to do.  I covered the lock completely with masking fluid and then pinned it to my corkboard and had fun wetting and drizzling and spraying the colors to make the wooden boards in back of the lock.  It needs some minor touch-up now but I feel it's more finished.  And pushing that wood back with more muted colors and layers made it pop even more.





16 comments:

Rachel Rolseth said...

Beautiful! I love the wood and the subtle patina look on the lock. Gorgeous. I would love to see a before picture. Good luck finishing it; it looks done to me!

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Rachel, for stopping by and commenting on my work. You can see the work as it was started back in May 2010...just click on that date and it should come up. I like your work, especially the blackbirds (of course), and will revisit your blog again soon.

Gaylynn said...

Great Job Rhonda! I like the texture of the wood and the rust on the metal making the heart lock take center stage!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

The rust is gorgeous! Never thought I'd write something like that. I love the blue and orange palette. What a great finish to an interesting painting!

Christiane Kingsley said...

I loved this painting months ago...and its even more stunning now.

debwardart said...

Good job!!!

Nick said...

I think that's one of your best Rhonda, just right. Bravo miss! I've seldom seen wood painted well in watercolor, I NEVER do it. Better IMO to make a good texture/color because most of the time the context already explains what it is anyway. (not talking Wyeth, here) When people try to paint wood grain, it usually looks like a cheap vinyl imitation, eg. the console in a '73 Buick. Now that I've seen this, you MUST check out the work of my good friend David Poxon. He's probably without peer in this genre.

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Gaylynn!

Elizabeth, I do love rust when it's painted well :) I'm glad you like it.

Thanks, Deb and Christiane :)

Nick, I have you to thank - after our emails, I just felt like pulling out some "unfinished" stuff and trying it another way and it was another way of drizzling and spraying the fluid acrylic in a pretty free way. We didn't talk about this at all, but for some reason your outlook inspired me. I'll definitely look up your friend for more inspiration.

Sadia Hussain said...

Beautiful and very nicely done!

RHCarpenter said...

Thank you so much, Sadia, for stopping by and commenting. I took a bit of time and enjoyed your Nature blog of photos this morning = a nice way to start the day!

Kathy Wirth said...

Rhonda, this is very nice! Keep going in this direction.

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Kathy :) Glad you like it. I'm liking your portrait of Toria, too!

Pam Johnson Brickell said...

Oh la, la, Rhonda! Perfect!!

RHCarpenter said...

Thank you. Thank you so much! (As Brenda Lee Johnson says :)

Prabha N. said...

Love the mix of cool and warm colors! Especially the coppery blue...

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Prabha. I'm glad you like it and I'm looking forward to your new artwork.