Monday, June 20, 2011


This painting was the result of a monthly project painting over at WatercolorWorkshop (a Yahoo group).  I began really pale and added the seagulls and a bit more pinks later.

The photos of the beach scene with birds and people were shared by Doris Glovier for us to use.  The photos actually came from the WetCanvas Image Reference Library and was taken by LateBloomer. 

Doris cropped the photo several ways, offering us different views.  In all of them, I saw this heart in the sand.

I hope you had a Happy Father's Day and will have a Happy First Day of Summer (in the northern hemisphere)!


Carol Blackburn said...

Love it, Rhonda. So unique.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Carol. I could go darker with the values in places but I think I'll leave it here. I don't normally paint along with groups anymore, wanting to do my own things, but this one was a challenge to me from another member so I had to give it a try!

Gillian said...

I see the heart too - how clever of you. You do birds so well. x

Caroline said...

Lovely painting Rhonda, the heart shape in the sand is a nice touch. Love those seagulls.

Sadami said...

Hi, Rhonda,
Isn't it a heart? If so, how romantic!! Hope your challenge goes well. Yes, news told me snow today! Brrr!Enjoy summer.
Cheers, Sadami

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Gillian. I just kept seeing that heart in the sand :)

Caroline, thanks so much - might make a good Valentine's card someday :)

Thanks, Sadami. The challenge was to paint from the photo so I did my best! ha ha (Snow??? Brrrrr - we are going to have 90F weather and humid/sticky today.)

Pam Johnson Brickell said...

Love the misty heat/haze of this piece - just like it is here right now. Great theme.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Pam. I guess I like it a bit misty, too :) We're having the heat and haze and fog in the mornings, too.