Wednesday, December 22, 2010

PRESENT NO. 5 + ANOTHER PORTRAIT STARTED



Finished up with a silvery green bow using Jade Irridescent pigment (from Daniel Smith).  It has a nice shine you may not be able to see in the photo.




And figured it was time to do another portrait so just picked through some photos I've had lying around and chose this one.  Started it using just the 2 colors I used for pouring the River Rocks painting = Cerulean Blue + Rhodonite Genuine. 


(In the photo I used as reference, the girl is looking down so she's got a huge forehead and tiny chin so I shifted it a bit to straighten it - we do this naturally when we draw, seeing things more head-on than tilted).


Now I'll have to add in some warms.

16 comments:

Christiane Kingsley said...

Beautiful finish on the Present and great start on the portrait. You sure are keeping those brushes productively wet. Have a great day, Rhonda!

jane minter said...

the bow looks really shiny rhonda .. wonderful present series ..the stencils look really interesting ... happy christmas !

jgr said...

yes, i really like the present and I can imagine how cool the Jade Irridescent pigment must be. Also a nice start on the portrait! Looks like you're on a roll!

Cathy Gatland said...

The presents look exciting! - don't know how you're managing to do so much painting at this hectic time, respect! Happy Holidays Rhonda

Caroline said...

A very beautifully painted Christmas gift that is very skillfully painted and drawn. This is really something, well done.

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Christiane!

Jane, thanks for stopping by and commenting. I have to check out what you've been up to lately :)

Jane, thanks, the irridescent pigments helped the shiny look, I think.

Cathy, I'll do anything to keep from cleaning! ha ha

Thank you so much, Caroline! Your comments are much appreciated as I so admire all of your work. In fact, I may take another trip over to the faery glen and relax a while...

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

Wow Rhonda...That is the shiniest ribbon I have ever seen in a painting. You nailed this!

debwardart said...

Great job on the present! I'm seeing a SERIES of Xmas cards for next year!!! Also liking the portrait!

Suzanne McDermott said...

What a happy image to find... a happy gift box with a beautiful bow. Those Daniel Smith paints are such fun to play with! I wish you good cheer and great joy throughout the holiday week. XO

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks so much, Susan, Deb and Suzanne!! (Deb, I used to paint cards for family but I've stopped doing that - but these could come in handy for next year.)

Pam Johnson Brickell said...

The present is toooo pretty to open! Great series ! Love the initial washes on the portrait!

Nick said...

Lots of experimentation, new portraits, and that present really does look shiny. Cutting these out of the roll, or saving that for the Magnum Opus?
I hope your holidays are happy and warm, and here's to even bigger and better things in 2011! :)

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Pam. I've enjoyed doing them - think they are done for now and I'll try to save them for cards next year.

Nick, wishing you the very best for 2011 and that Santa looks the other way when you're being bad :) These are from 1/4 sheets I've had around, still have the roll and thinking thinking thinking about something big and bold and do-able for me - it could happen!! (as Judy Tenuda used to say).

Vicki Greene said...

You have been very busy. I am enjoying your experiments with the wood icing. The present painting is very nice - like that bow and the folds in the wrapping paper are perfect. Your latest portrait is looking good already.

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Vicki! I'm enjoying your seashell painting :)

Teresa Palomar Lois said...

Just when I thought the blue ribbon one was the winner you do this, definitely my favorite so far <3, love the colors, love the texture, love the shine, miss a background though. Ok, yes, I know it looks great on white too :)