by R H (Rhonda) CARPENTER
Yes, you have a way with flowers, I can't wait to see the next step.
I think it will too! However, I liked the first one also and didn't think it needed to be done over. But, what do I know? I so admire your willingness and drive to re-do paintings right away. I tend to not want to start all over again once the excitement of doing it the first time has been squelched by unsatisfactory (to me) results.
The background does look more fluid already, love the hints of light here and there, and it'll make the flowers pop up beautifuly, you're doing great!
I just went back to the first painting for a second look. I put my thumb over the white flower on the monitor and noticed how truly spectacular the middle flower looks without all that overpowering white next to it. Robert Gamblin was a guest critique member at one of my groups when he told me watercolorists sometimes are so worried about reserving the white of the paper they don't realize how it robs the harmony of the composition.
I agree with Teresa, background is very intense and very various. Look forward.
This is looking just right so far, it seems the handling has climbed to a new level just recently. (slumps often precede new frontiers)Remember the rule of thirds...I mean 2/3's. :)
Nice use of your greens RH. A tight little painting.
Thanks so much, Vicki, Jane, Susan and Teresa!Carrie, interesting about whites and watercolorists! I am trying to retain whites, thinking that's what makes watercolor watercolor - that, and washes of color that don't become overworked and muddy. If you saw the first one in person, you'd see there aren't many whites but a pale violet on what looks like whites - and additional ink lines.Thanks, Irina!Nick, I'm a 2/3 woman from now on!!! (I hope.)Thanks, Bill :) But I was trying for loose! ha ha I know what you mean, though, and appreciate your comment.
Rhonda, I forget sometimes about what you get in a blog post isn't ever as good as in real life. I'm waiting here for the next version. I'm sure it will be very cool(or Warm!).
Good WIP!! thanks for share it.
Looking good. Love the hit of background shapes.
Pam, Carlos and Carrie - thanks so much! Carrie, the first one does look like lots of white (rare for me). As you said, the photo never quite matches the painting (sometimes better, sometimes you just can't get one color right on the photo that shows in the painting). I still haven't gotten back to this yet.
Can't wait to see your finished work! Off to a great start!
Thank you, Pablo. I finished this and did another looser one - posted Monday morning.
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