Tuesday, July 19, 2011


I did another little study/copy of a painting from the landscape book by Gordon MacKenzie.  The book is actually VERY good, even telling you about what pigments to avoid, etc.  He starts with beginner stuff - paper, brushes, paint, etc. (but it's an older book, copyright 2006, so nothing about Daniel Smith paints in the comparison charts).  Then he goes into masking, using a palette knife to paint with and put on miskit; and gives you dozens of ideas for landscapes in small paintings he has in the book.  There is so much information in the book, it would be good for a beginner to landscapes or even someone who has tried and not gotten it right (like me).

This little one is also in my
Arches Carnet de Voyage travel
pad, 6 x 10.

Calling this
No Fear of Green

I'm hoping these little studies and copies will help me get over my fear of greens :)


Sadami said...

Hi, Rhonda,
Take it easy and JUST enjoy painting!

Mimi Torchia Boothby Watercolors said...

I live in the Pacific NW (very green year round) and have a fear of green too. So I really relate.

Nice green painting!

RH Carpenter said...

Sadami, I'm enjoying these little studies - no pressure to create a masterpiece, a perfect thing; just putting paint on paper and seeing what happens :)

Mimi, you definitely see green all around you! Thanks so much for your comment.

Carol Blackburn said...

Really nice. I can picture a couple of boys jumping off that ledge. Maybe your next painting?

Bruce Sherman said...

Hi there Rhonda!... Good or you!... getting over the fear of greens opens a lot of doors for any painter... but especially for the spring-summer plein air enthusiast!

Love the loose... painterly quality of your work and your use of your sketcth book to support your growth in draughtsmanship!

Enjoyed my visit...,. will be back again!

Good Painting!... and Happy Summer!
Warm regards,
Bruce Sherman

Caroline said...

Hello Rhonda, lovely fresh looking watercolour you have certainly got the loose style of painting done really well. In a way sketching makes us less afraid and often very bonny works will emerge. To start to paint on a white sheet of good quality watercolour painting can be very nerve wracking as once the paint is on it is very hard to remove. Look forward to seeing some more. You can add a touch of burnt sienna or light red to tone down bright green. There is a lovely olive green by windsor and newton which is lovely for landscape painting.

Kerby Rosanes said...

Your masterpieces are simple but very nice. Your use of the green color and it's shades were unique. Good job!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Carol! Figures? Awkkkk!!! ha ha

Bruce, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment :) I took a quick peek at your blog = beautiful, clean work!

Thank you so much, Caroline, for those recommendations in colors and toning down the greens :) I'll try to see what I have to work with to keep things from getting too neon green!

Kerby, I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and comment!

Bene Note: I am using the paintings in the book by Gordon Mackenzie, for starting points; then closing the book and continuing with the painting on my own - but I think he gets full credit for the composition of these/for the foundation of these paintings; no credit to me except that I can work with the colors I've chosen (not always his colors) and make it look pretty good.

AutumnLeaves said...

Ooh, this is a beauty, Rhonda!! What a gorgeous sketchbook page!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Autumn :)