Saturday, July 21, 2012

SEASCAPE AND BOAT

My beginner class finished the little seascape and boat painting.  Nancy and Linda paint the same thing as I show them the techniques they need to learn to paint their own work some day; each time, the finished works are different due to the way each handles their brush and pigment to water ratio.  It's fun for me to see the finished pieces but I never remember to take a photograph of them!


So here is my finished boat off Base Beach on San Salvador Island in the Bahamas.  This little boat takes students and professors over to 2 out islands - one full of birds and the other full of iguanas.  This year, we didn't take the trip over as we'd all been there many times.



And I'm not pleased with the outcome of the Indigo Bunting - it got too muddy and no lights and ugly.  Even cropping it down doesn't make it look any better to this one is going in the round file!  Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose :)



9 comments:

Sadami said...

Hi, Rhonda,
I feel you're a wonderful and caring teacher. Good on you. At the same time, please be kind to yourself.
Kind regards, Sadami

Pam Johnson Brickell said...

Love how you captured the water in our first piece!! I wish there was a 'like' button for comments... I agree with Sadami!

Tina Besecker Marohn said...

I like your sea painting! Watercolor is so hard, I can see how it would be easy to muddy colors. Have you explored any other medium?

CrimsonLeaves said...

Love the seascape; the blues of the water are beautiful and I love how the rocks pop through close to shore.

I don't think the bird is muddy at all! Maybe the background a bit but maybe you could try acrylic over the top of that? Not that I know what I'm talking about, honestly.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks so much, Sadami, Pam, and Tina!

Tina, I have only done fluid acrylics a little and some heavy body acrylics in a university class but wasn't taught how to use them. So very limited - drawing and watercolors are my main things :)

Thanks, Sherry! I could acrylic over it - maybe - but I think the problem is the lack of pop to the bird - so maybe acrylic over him instead? hmmmm....

Mick Carney said...

The first is lovely and the second only needs some discrete darks in the plumage of the bird to give it the lift you require.

RH Carpenter said...

Mick, you are right - he needs a few well placed darks! So glad to have extra eyes on some things that stump me :)

Caroline Simmill said...

lovely seascape Rhonda, it is so interesting when each student does their own interpretation of the same scene. Glad to hear the class is going well for you.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Caroline :) I am enjoying it so far! ha ha I think my 2 students are enjoying it, too.