Friday, September 21, 2012

ADDING TO AN OLDER PAINTING



I drove out to Deb Ward's yesterday and spent the day with her and Sharon, celebrating Deb's birthday (belated - it was the first time all 3 of us could get together).  We had delicious Graeter's pastries for breakfast and dessert and fried chicken and Waldorf Salad for lunch.  Yum.  (I scared up about 1/2 dozen wild turkeys on her mile long drive - I love seeing nature I don't normally see around my house.

I didn't take anything new to work on, but took 2 older paintings I thought needed some more work.

I'm pleased with this one. 



I'm not that pleased with the second one - the plate just isn't right and, as Sharon said, the background doesn't quite fit.  So I may do it again from the beginning and rethink it a bit.










But guess what Sharon gave me?  My very own personal crow! ha ha  She said she wants to see him in all my paintings from now on!

Thanks, Sharon - I'm trying to find a good spot around the house to perch him and have him watching over me :)


It's made out of some hard foam stuff and painted, fuzzy feeling to the touch, and quite large, so he makes an impression - now to just find the right spot for him to live.







19 comments:

Christiane Kingsley said...

Rhonda, I have always loved that first painting, from carol Carter's workshop if I remember correctly.
I am glad that you had a great and fun day!

Mick Carney said...

The second one only needs something to nail the plate to the table top and some clue to where the horizontal meets the vertical would help get over the feeling that the plate is suspended in thin air. Other than that I like it.

Vandy said...

Sounds like a brilliant way to spend a day. Lovely light in the floral painting, Rhonda. It's always satisfying when an addition to an older painting works well.

Barbra Joan said...

Glad to see your feeling better..
yes, your painting is very good.
and yes the dish needs help.!
Sound like you had a great time with friends,, nothing beats that! BJ

Studio at the Farm said...

Rhonda, I really like the colors and shapes in the top painting. And congradulations on your very own crow! :)

JANE MINTER said...

magnolia is very beautiful rhonda ..glad you've got a full - time model to work with now:)

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Sounds like a lovely day together. They are to be treasured. Love the colours and your clean fresh washes in both 'older paintings'.

As for acrylic inks, I have introduced two artist friends to them and they are creating some gorgeous work in their own styles. Go for it (them) - they are so like watercolours but a little more friendly. Joannie

CrimsonLeaves said...

Oddly enough, Rhonda, I am quite drawn to the second piece. I think the colors are exquisite and I like the twist on the pared pear. I think that crow simply has to go into your studio or painting space!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks so much, everyone. Christiane, yes, this is one of Jerry's photos I had painted once, then started again in the Carol Carter workshop, trying for more loose, watery colors - doesn't look anything like a Carol Carter painting but watching her paint for a few days helped me loosen up more and get more water in my washes.

Mick, good idea - the table needs to be represented (but the plate still is off enough to make me not want to fiddle with this one but start over).

Thanks, Vandy,Barbra Joan, Kathryn, Jane, Joan (I think I may order from acrylic inks), and Sherry!! I appreciate you sticking with me even if I'm just reworking old stuff.

Kevin Neal said...

Yes the top one immediately caught my eye. It's very good.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Kevin; it's good to hear from you!

jgr said...

That first painting is SO beautiful, I think you should frame it. The crow is great, too.

Irina Rekhviashvili said...

Beautiful magnolia.
I like your smiling photo so much!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks so much, Jane and Irina :)

Pam Johnson Brickell said...

Loving the magnolia piece. Love the colors/shapes within the pear. Looking forward to seeing your next variation! Great crow! Yes, a studio mascot :)

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Pam :)

Debbie Nolan said...

Rhonda thanks for sharing your art. Working on older pieces can be fun and perhaps leads to doing something different as well. Enjoyed the pictures you shared from the Cincinnati watercolor show. I just must talk hubby into taking me to see it sometime. Have a great week.

Linda Young said...

Juicy watercolors and I really like the way you handled the upper one. Those colors are nice,clean and crisp. Good job.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks so much, Linda and Debbie! Debbie, if you come up for the art show, come a bit further south to Mariemont and see the Woman's Art Club Show at The Barn, too - 2 good shows to visit in one day; then a nice meal out and back home for bedtime :)