Saturday, March 12, 2011


This is another small painting - 7" x 9"
I often do a couple of small ones when I'm working on the SWAP painting so
I have some to hold in reserve.  I began this one, using a postcard from our
local grocery (promoting a grand opening event) - nice blueberries in
a wooden "box."  I'll have to get the
deep colors in there and leave the
whites and pales to show shine.  It
makes me happy, working with blues
and violets - I guess it's calming for me. And I'm getting more used to using complementary colors in things I paint to have some visual pop.

Today, a friend and member of the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society, Susan Grogan, is taking part in a show at the Miami Township Civic Center (6101 Meijer Drive) from 10 am - 4 pm.  She has a booth there to show and sell her watercolors (and she is very good!!).  I'm hoping to get to visit for a while today.

Tonight, the TriState Photographic Society is having their annual year-end award banquet.  Lots of good food, good people and fantastic photos to see :)  Sweetie may even win some more ribbons and/or plaques this year.

Tomorrow, I hope to visit the Women's Art Center of Cincnnati (The Barn) second Sunday show as well as the current show that's been there a while in a second gallery (it's called Oil and Water).  I want to check out the space since our watercolor society will be having a show there in June (and I'm coordinating the registrations and accepting the paintings and $ on the drop off day).  

I'm also going to try to get a painting into the WACC annual juried show (sent in the forms and $ already but will still have to hand deliver the painting at the end of this month).  


Christiane Kingsley said...

Wow, Rhonda, you sure are keeping yourself busy! I like the blueberries.

laura said...

Gorgeous berries; I love the color--so cool against the warmness of the box.

RH Carpenter said...

Christiane, busy painting is happy times :) ha ha Thanks!

Thanks, Laura. I love playing warm against cool when I can.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

The parakeets have turned out marvelously. Lucky swapper! This new berries and box is a very interesting composition and colour palette.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Joan. I made some changes to the postcard - added berries, moved the whole thing to the side, etc. and not sure about the table or background yet. Should figure that out before I got much farther. The birds are going somewhere they are still having winter so I hope they are a bit of brightness there :)

Carol King said...

I just ate my first blueberries of the season today! When I saw the beginnings of this painting it made me smile. Can't wait to see it completed. Yum.

RH Carpenter said...

Carol, I like the look of blueberries but not the taste - I think it has something to do with the texture :)

Carol Flatt said...

Hi Rhonda,
Just wanted to comment on your painting and tell you how much I like it. The composition really draws me in right to the box of delicious looking berries. Very clever and appealing!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Carol. I hope to get back to that painting this week :)

Katherine Thomas said...

Very nice composition! Your work is so fun!

Pam Johnson Brickell said...

Oooo, this is going to be a yummy painting. Go girl!

mimi torchia boothby watercolorsq said...

what a nice composition! I am curious to know where your swaps originate..

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks so much, Katherine and Pam - you boost my ego! ha ha

Mimi, thanks - I run a Yahoo group that swaps paintings every 3-4 months. It's a small group (about 40 of us participate each time) and we have gotten to be friends from doing this for so many years (since we started in May 2003). If you're interested in joining us, I'd love to send you an invite (we're a closed group because we share our mailing addresses, etc.)

Sadami said...

Dear Rhonda,
I really love this small work. Your color use is very attractive. Composition is so lovely. Keep up and make us happy.
Cheers, Sadami

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Sadami :) I hope to finish this one (it's small) this week if I can get myself in gear!