Tuesday, September 6, 2011

APPLES ARE RED - 2



Mixed a black from blue and brown and covered the background after darkening that middle apple and adding some more warmth into the right apple.  I think I'll leave the left one as is - less done but I like it.

A good dark cures a lot of ills!


17 comments:

Carol Blackburn said...

Lovely Rhonda....:)

MB Shaw said...

Seems to me like you just get better and better and better.

Ann Buckner said...

This one is much more visually exciting, Rhonda. Love those reds, the composition, the values.

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

Rhonda...the changes you did made this an outstanding painting! The background really supports the apples now.

I like the less finished apple; it looks like the one Gala apple among the Red Delicious!

Celeste Bergin said...

great color...this looks clean and fresh---bravo!

debwardart said...

Good save! When you glaze, start with stainers, that will help! Hope to see you soon, real soon!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks so much, Carol.

Mary Beth, I'm glad I'm getting better - it would be sad if I were getting worse, the more I painted! ha ha

Thanks, Ann :) You are an expert with reds, I know, but it took me a while to get to these reds that worked for me.

Thanks, Susan! Looking forward to your painting with the underpainted purple, too :)

Thanks so much, Celeste.

Deb, thanks for that great tip - now, if I can just remember it the next time I want to glaze something!

hw (hallie) farber said...

A wonderful painting.

jgr said...

Awesome!! It really makes the apples 'pop'.

Caroline said...

Your handling of the watercolour medium is really lovely Rhonda. How do you get those darks!

AutumnLeaves said...

Beautiful!!

Arti said...

Lovely reds...

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Hallie, Jane, Autumn and Arti for you comments on this one. :)

Caroline, thank you so much! The darks are just a deep blue (French Ultramarine, I think) and a brown (Burnt Umber with maybe a touch of Quin Burnt Orange to warm it up) and then lots of pigment and less wet washes but still enough water to let the paint flow - and fast painting so not hard edges draying as you're applying the paint. A larger brush for everything except going around the fruit when I moved to a smaller brush (No. 8 round).

Nick said...

I agree, seems a lot of people have trouble getting a dark sufficiently dark. got it here!

Tom said...

Rhonda,

Your apples really sing. I met you at the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Show this summer. Nice blog.

Tom

Gillian said...

This has real impact - when the values are right everything just pops. Beautiful painting, Rhonda. x

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Nick and Gillian :) It turned out well although that middle apple is not that shiny in real life - you know how cameras see things.

Tom, hi, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I do remember you and your two daughters at the show!