Friday, September 24, 2010


Carrie Holst had a great idea - since I'm struggling a bit with my big paintings that I want to keep more painterly and less copyist (as Joan Sandford-Cook coined that term), go back and do small studies to loosen up and maybe bring out the colors that way.  She did suggest doing a high key, low key - but I didn't go for that.  Just went for seeing the colors and then playing them up a bit more without referring back to the photo.

So here's what I have - 4 small watercolor studies or sketches (whatever you want to call them) - all  about 7.5" x 11"

All added in the order they were painted (first on top, last on the bottom).

Got a bit muddied and overworked on this one due to the fact that I put in people much too large - unless they were Yellowstone Giants - and then smooshed them out again and tried again = not a good idea when going for spontaneity and fresh-looking work.

But even with this one, they all look more painterly than the large full sheet I did. time to go back to the full sheet and let 'er rip?!?

Made this one a more summery looking scene in this one so played with the Ultramarine Turquoise in the sky and ground/water.  Of course, it became more like a bridge over a stream but that's okay, too.

And finally - I think we are going to get rain - real rain, not the weak 5 minute drizzle we got the other day. 


Irina said...

Carrie Holst idea is great. My personal favorite is number 1. And I like ult.turquoise (not sure about spell) in the number 4.
And congrats on the real rain. Here the weather people promise two summer days left this week-end and then long rainy cold Moscow autumn.

Carol Blackburn said...

I like the first one best, also. The darker colors help bring out the whitness of the mist.

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks so much, Irina and Carol - I, too, prefer the first one. Perhaps it's those first strokes that are most appealing in their freshness? Now on to the bigger painting and try to get in some of that color, style, oomph!

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

Count me in, also, for the first one. I like the darkness along the edge of the pool and the mist against the darker trees. This was a great idea to do a study before attacking a full sheet.

Pam Johnson Brickell said...

These are wonderful, Rhonda! #1 is my favorite followed by #4.

RHCarpenter said...

Susan, the studies were actually done AFTER the fact! ha ha I always did do things backwards :) But thanks!

Pam, thanks for the comments. I've got to come over and see if you did your full moon painting yet.

Carrie H. said...

Awesome Awesome Awesome!

By Golly, I think she got it!

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks so much, Carrie. I like doing these small ones after the fact - when I get stuck, I'm going to pull out a small scrap piece and do it smaller to see what works itself out that way. I know it's the backward way of doing it, but, hey, I know watercolorists who actually put in the darks first! ha ha