Sunday, August 1, 2010

WHEN YOU RETURN

Added a few finishing touches to When You Return to that Place of Loss. It's done. I hope you like it and I left enough of the painting to speak for itself...






This is fluid acrylic and collage on 1/2 sheet Arches. (Click to enlarge and see the collage bits better.)

And as you know, I have tossed the deck chairs over the railing in frustration at myself for cutting into the whites too much, trying to make the shadows too dark, losing that gorgeous color mingling I had. So...version number 3 is on the board and started but I think I'll wait to share until I see that this one might make it! Thanks for staying through the changes in this one. It might become a good painting someday.

14 comments:

Christiane Kingsley said...

Rhonda, I really like the fluid ( pun not intended) that you are achieving with the fluid acrylics. The colors retain all their freshness!
I know that you will eventually make the deck chairs painting be exactly how you see it and love it in your head.

AK said...

Your work is very creative and you really seem to enjoy it.

Vicki Greene said...

Oh my, not the deck chairs. I am sure you will come back better than ever and I amdire you for jumping back in there. I really like the colors and movement in your finished painting.

debwardart said...

Will have to see this in person, it looks very 3-D!!!! Sometimes a painting just isn't ready (or you aren't ready for it) - so that old saw "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again" really has merit! I think 4x is my limit!

Teresa Palomar Lois said...

This is you prooving that when it works it works! great job sweetie

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Where did the title come from for this watery acrylic abstract?
As for the deck chairs - is this a second version. If so, I am delighted you took up on the idea of a horizon to help with the sea background perspective.

RHCarpenter said...

I so appreciate the comments on this one. Thanks, Christiane, Asit (thanks for stopping by and commenting - your work is so outstanding and has such great energy and strength!!), Vicki and Deb for you comments on this and the poor deck chairs. Maybe that's what I'll finally title it: Those Poor Deck Chairs! ha ha

Thanks so much, Teresa! You are too sweet to me.

Joan, the title came first, then the colors...then I just ran with it. I'm hoping it conveys a bit of calmness, a bit of sadness, a bit of regret and memory...

Artoholic said...

I LOVE those colours in combination - the greens, blues and purple.

I send commiserations on the loss of the deck chairs. I know what it's like when somethig becomes unsalvagable. You get that sinking cold feeling all ove, and then you know that you've gone too far and there's nothing for it but to scrunch it or rip it up.

A friend of mine keeps all her disasters (and those of others!) on watercolour paper so she can use the flip side for other things. As for me, unless it is destroyed and in the rubbish bin I feel no sense of closure!

Keep on painting! (Love that last post of yours!)

Cheers,

Cindy

Pam Johnson Brickell said...

Great debth, Rhonda! It's alive!

Kathy Wirth said...

I like this one a lot, Rhonda!

RHCarpenter said...

Cindy, you're absolutely right! If I don't tear it into little pieces and toss it away, I feel like I'm still working on it and haven't let it go.

Thanks, Pam :)

Kathy, thanks! Haven't heard from you in ages - will have to check your blog and see what you are creating these days :) Are you going to the Nick Simmons workshop??

Chris Beck said...

Love this piece, Rhonda!! I've been totally out of the blog loop, so I had no idea you were headed in this direction. It's just wonderful!!

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Chris. It's always good to hear from you and I LOVE your latest painting!! This one just sort of happened :)

Chris Beck said...

Thanks, Rhonda!!

If this painting just happened, maybe you have an abstract painter hidden inside just waiting to come forth!! It's really neat!!