Saturday, February 11, 2012


Just enjoying the colors and playing a bit. 

The first one, I just created a cold, icy scene based on a photo in a magazine.  Won't do anything with it but was trying to get that cold, iceberg look.

The second one, I used a photo and painted without drawing ahead of time (which is why her head isn't shaped right and her fingers are really badly done!).  Oh, well, practice makes perfect and I'd like to be able to draw with my brush and not have to predraw or sketch everything ahead of time - but that's not so easy as you think you have the right shapes and then you don't and you can't fix it as much in watercolor as you can with other mediums.

And faces look really mean and strange without eyes.  I think the next time I try a portrait without predrawing, I'll start with the eyes.


CrimsonLeaves said...

You did a great job on those icebergs, Rhonda. I so enjoy watching you play, experiment and learn. And sharing your thoughts on each process is invaluable!

Jeanette said...

You definitely have that icy feel of the 'bergs Rhonda. I expect to see a seal pop up at any moment. :)

For watercolour (or anything) drawing is beneficial. Its your roadmap. For portraits, a must unless you're going for a really loose approach. And you can add to this piece, lift paint, increase depth and get it where you want it to be. Its fun to experiment.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Sherry and Jeanette. I know the girl is ugly but was just seeing how bad or good I could do without drawing - maybe I learned my lesson. Sweetie saw it this AM and said, that painting is really ugly (before he knew it was mine)! ha ha Since I know how to draw and am good at erasing, I should stick to that and not try loose faces (yet).