Saturday, July 14, 2012

A CASE OF THE SMALLS

I watched an old Superman (Christopher Reeve) movie yesterday evening.  The "special effects" were pretty lame compared to today's advances.  I saw the town Smallville, where Superman was raised.  Perhaps I should move there because I seem to be able to only work on small things right now - small paintings (fourth sheet or less) or postcards. 


So this is all I have to share, even though I went to Deb's yesterday and painted.  Granted, we had a mini-celebration for Sharon's birthday and ate and talked a lot!!  So not as much painting getting done as usual :)  But still just as fun.


This dragonfly is a postcard painting that will go out to someone next month or September.

I overworked and ruined the Indigo Bunting painting so started with a new drawing for that, paying more attention to the beak to make it right and getting the body shape better.  Will transfer and paint that this weekend, I think.

Hope you have a good weekend!










24 comments:

Teresa Palomar Lois said...

But small is good too, isn't it? big or small the thing is that you keep painting, when the time comes for a change embrace it, meanwhile just enjoy the ride sweetheart :D

Sadami said...

Oh, Rhonda,
Nice post! And you do not need to be humble too much. The work is so brilliant! That dragonfly I loved so much in Japan. Thank you for reminding me of it.
Cheers, Sadami

Maggie Latham said...

Small, but very sweet. I like him/her! I'm in a 'small mode' myself, too at the moment Rhonda. Talking, eating and painting....what could be better (lol)......

RH Carpenter said...

You are all right, Teresa, Sadami and Maggie :) Small is good, too; and sweet; and someone will enjoy receiving this one in the mail in August or September :)

jgr said...

I'm a fan of small, this dragonfly is beautiful!
Happy weekend to you.

jgr said...

Beautiful postcard! I think small is wonderful.

Barbra Joan said...

I do the same thing,sometimes I just can't get any larger than an
8x10".. Looks great though. and just as long as that paint is going onto the paper it's always a good thing.. !!! BJ

Carol Blackburn said...

Love it, Rhonda......what great gossimer wings.

Heather said...

Beautiful! I love this pretty little dragonfly. Nicely done!

renate said...

Hello Rhonda:) Love it. It's beautiful as a postcard. Great job!

CrimsonLeaves said...

Beautiful job on the dragonfly, Rhonda. Who cares if it is small? It is the process and end result that matters!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks so much to you, Jane, Barbara Joan, Carol, Renate, and Sherry, for your positive comments. It was a hit with Deb and Sharon, too. Small is fine - at least it's painting!! But for someone used to painting full sheets, it seems like just playing with paint - which may be a good thing to loosen up, not make it so precious, etc. :) Perhaps small is the new big?!? ha ha

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

Rhonda...this is just so beautiful that I hope it doesn't get "lost" in the mail! Love those wings.

Studio at the Farm said...

Small is good, too. Your dragonfly is wonderful, Rhonda!

Ann Buckner said...

I posted I thought but it vanished. You come a long way in your work Rhonda, and it shows in this painting. Love it!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Kathryn and Ann :)

Susan, I hope it doesn't get lost - I hate it when that happens! So far, it looks like 4 of mine have ended up missing :(

Carol Flatt said...

Small doesn't mean "lesser", Rhonda. This little treasure you've painted is exquisite. Love the way you've cropped it so the wings go outside the border, and the delicate colors enhance the idea of a dragonfly. This painting will be deeply cherished by some very fortunate person.

Vandy said...

Really lovely. Beautiful delicate colours.

debwardart said...

Good things come in small packages - this one turned out great! I see you did some line work on it, too.

http://carolking.wordpress.com said...

Love the dragonfly! It's really beautiful

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks so much, Carol, Vandy, and Carol :)

Deb, I drew in some of the wing detail (not all of it) with graphite pencil - not as heavy as pen so it worked well.

Sharon Whitley said...

Did you not know - size doesn't matter! - this is a wonderful dragonfly painting - I like the composition and delicate colours, and I've found a great new arty blog to follow!

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Hi Rhonda, I like your "smalls". This dragonfly is particularly graceful. I'm in a situation where small makes sense, maybe I should try!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks so much, Sharon! I hope you find enough to keep you coming back - I certainly enjoyed visiting your blog and seeing your beautiful work!!

Thanks, Peggy! Yes, sometimes small makes perfect sense and can be as loose as large if you do it right :)