Sunday, February 19, 2012


For some reason, I didn't get a photo of my finished magnolia and it's in the car, waiting to go back for Day 3 of the Carol Carter workshop.  I'll get a photo of the finished one today.  But in the meantime, here are some luscious Carol Carter paintings to share with you.  Since Carol drove from St. Louis to Mount Vernon, she could bring a lot of her paintings, framed and unframed, finished and unfinished.  She used them to show us how she incorporated the lessons she was sharing each day - and gave us ideas on how we could incorporate those lessons into our own paintings when we got back home.

Enjoy!  And more from Day 3 to come later today.

Sorry about the post being in the center of this one - that was the best photo I could get while she talked and held it up (lots of students closer so I didn't want heads and knees in the photos :)

I loved Carol's expression in this one - when an artist talks about their love of painting, it shows in their face, doesn't it?

This was a painting Carol did to commemorate a friend who died.  She used colors she would not normally choose, challenging herself to create something beautiful with colors she didn't necessarily love.  And it worked - this painting is so striking!

And a teaser - this one is my magnolia painting started, working from the background foreward.  Delayed gratification!!  I'm not good at it, but I was a good girl in the workshop and did it just like Carol told us - except mine didn't look like her's at all.  Carol said I have a more naturalistic style and look to my paintings; meaning, I am more in tune with nature/the natural world and show that in my paintings.  I think she may be right - I love her bold colors but wouldn't normally reach for those combinations in my paintings. 

At the critique at the end of the day, we put up our paintings - all different and many different flowers showing - and Carol made us each start by saying what we liked about our painting - no negative nellies allowed in her workshop!

My finished magnolia is at the bottom (the vertical one just to her right).  I'll get a better photo of it today to share later.

And on today's agenda:  COWS!!!


Tina Besecker Marohn said...

This looks like such a wonderful class. Her work is so bright and wonderful and I'm totally impressed with all the student work! Thanks for sharing all this.

Studio at the Farm said...

Rhonda, again I must say I am enjoying your workshop so much.

Maggie Latham said...

Rhonda, it’s so nice to hear about your workshop. Can’t wait to see your finished painting. When I first saw the photos of the painting with the pole, I though wow what a clever idea the painting has been cut into tow and viewed together!

Linda Young said...

Rhonda, I see yours on the critique wall and really like it. If she says your have a naturalist approach then I say go for it! You've really got a nice one here.

debwardart said...

Looks great to me - is that the one you had worked on before? I would probably like Carol's w/s - what is that she said - oh yes "delayed gratification" - i.e., sloooooo down, don't rush!

RH Carpenter said...

Tina, Studio, Maggie, it's been interesting and such a good experience - learning and trying to incorporate her style into mine now will be the lessons when I get home.

Thanks Linda :) You're right, I need to accept my own style and not try to be someone else (which I couldn't be anyway).

Deb, yes, this is one I did before. Pretty different!

Carol Blackburn said...

How awesome. Look forward to the close-up of your magnolia.

laura said...

I love the black iris, and the bloom around the buds: the kind of thing I can never pull off intentionally!
I have teachers who ask you to start with "what you like" too, and I think it's a very helpful thing to do.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Carol and Laura! Carol Carter stressed to paint what you love - what resonates with you so it shows in your work. I think that's a good thing to do, even as a beginner just starting out (perhaps if every beginner did that instead of rote lessons he/she would progress in a different way?).

Don said...

hi Carol,
that looks like a really good coarse...and such fine art at the end of it :)