Monday, November 19, 2012


The winner of my 6th bloggerversary give-way is:

Sadami sent me her mailing address in Australia, and has asked for Small Seas No. 2.  The painting, along with some surprises, will go out in the mail today. 

Congratulations, Sadami :)

I have to admit, I hadn't been painting much lately.  First, Sweetie went away to Bonaire for 10 days and I was a bachelorette again.  While he was gone, I was getting ready for the painting crew to come in - which meant taking everything off the walls, boxing up books and removing bookcases and small furniture in the living room and giving the baseboards and trim work a wash.  Then last Monday and Tuesday and painters were here.  Wednesday, Thursday, Friday it was all doing everything in reverse - putting furniture back, unboxing books, deciding what paintings and photos to go on the walls (we're being much more selective this time - quality, not quantity!).  And I've gotten into an exercise routine (which was necessary after living on McDonald's caramel frappes while Sweetie was gone! ha ha  So walking 1+ mile each day and then Pilates to stretch out so not so sore.  And cleaning for class members to come tomorrow (I may be getting another new student soon which means I'll have 5 students come to the house.)

Where does the time go?  I don't know how you who have to work a 9-5 job can get any time or energy for painting!  I so admire those who do and keep working and striving and growing.

Enough excuses, though.  I mean, one can always make excuses about why they can't paint, right?  I do it enough, especially in the winter months!

Yesterday evening I did pick up the acrylic ink painting done in class October 30th and added some more distinct red berries and vines.  I think it needs a few highlights on the berries and it's done. 

I also finished the Christopher Leeper landscape.  I will share that tomorrow (when I get another photo of the finished piece). 

I hope you all have a great week.  Sadami, look for your package to arrive in a week or two (I think it will take that long to arrive in Australia?).


Sadami said...

Dear Rhonda,
Thank you~~~!!!!
Wowoooowww~(*o*)~! Oh,my, my joy is beyond language! I really look forward to your present. Oh, I'll go to a post office even every day!
You, too, congratulations on your 6th bloggversary.
Please take care, Rhonda and take it easy.ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ
Best wishes, Sadami

Katherine Thomas said...

That's a really beautiful piece! The richness of those colors and the contrast of berries is sumptuous! Sounds like you're keeping busy with all kinds of creative endeavors lately!

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Congratulations Sadami! You lucky thing!

Best wishes for the next six years of blogging, Rhonda x

hw (hallie) farber said...

Congratulations to Sadami!

Studio at the Farm said...

WOW!! Have you ever had a busy week!

RH Carpenter said...

You are most welcome, Sadami :) I think you can wait a week before beginning to check since it's just going in our mail system today! I hope you like the painting and little extras I included - just for fun!

Katherine, thanks! This was something my students wanted to try after seeing a demo at our watercolor society - so we did it and I think all of them turned out well considering it was our first time with this technique and material.

Lisa, thanks so much!

Kathryn, it has been a busy 2 weeks and maybe that's why I haven't felt motivated to paint much? Time to get back in the swing of things, though :)


a very belated happy 6th blog anniversary rhonda ! ...welldone sadami ! rich and vibrant ..must be a fun demo for your student rhonda

Debbie Nolan said...

So happy for Sadami - I know Rhonda she will love having your art. You are one busy gal. Hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Jane and Debbie!

CrimsonLeaves said...

I echo your sentiments on how anyone can find the time to create when they work outside the home. I know it is super tough for me. Good for you for exercising. I need to do that myself. Yes, I do. I do.

renate said...

Hello Rhonda:) I'm so happy for Sadami. Congratulations Sadami!
Your piece of art is beautiful Rhonda. Have a nice weekend:)