Thursday, January 24, 2013

MORE STUDIES FOR CLASS


I did another sepia study in class, showing the students how to let the paint flow and use more water - this is something they both need to practice since they tend to paint dry, not incorporating the beauty of watercolor in their works.  I think it just stems from fear = they are afraid they will lose control if they don't paint with a lot of pigment and a little water - but that's the fun of watercolor! ha ha  Of course, I act like I've always known and done this - and I haven't!!  Something we all needed to learn as we learned more about watercolor, I think. 



Here is another one I did, using cool colors.  I thought about what colors I wanted first and still tried to paint it as loosely and fresh as the sepia one.  

I'll do another in warm colors, just for fun and to get more practice.  But I won't do the warm one until next class so I can show the students how going back to colors should be easier, after the Notan and sepia studies.


11 comments:

Linda Young said...

Rhonda, Both pieces are great; but I especially like the one done in sepia. The monotone has such a soft feeling about it almost as if I could reach right out and pet the swan. Nice work. You've been busy too!

Judith Farnworth Art said...

Learning lots and enjoying these Rhonda and will be studying the Notan effect in the future. I love the cool colour painting and can see how much easier it was once you have done the tonal study with the sepia... great posts!!

Maggie Latham said...

Love these Rhonda....

Celia Blanco said...

I love these studies and it gives us a lot to think about when approaching a painting. Thanks for sharing!

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

The most delicious thing to me about these is that beautiful arching curve of pure white paper against the inky dark. Like Linda says you feel like you can reach out and touch the soft feathers.

CrimsonLeaves said...

Again I like both versions but especially your palette in the color piece.

Carol Blackburn said...

Really nice Rhonda..........

debwardart said...

These are better than the first - good job! Practice does make perfect!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks Linda, Judith, Maggie, Lisa, Sherry, Carol and Deb :) Glad you like the progressions.

Celia, thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to comment. I'll need to check out your blog now :)

renate said...

Wow Rhonda, these are so lovely, both the sepia and the one with the cool colors. Beautiful. Can't wait to see the one with the warm colors:)

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Renate, I'll work on the warm one today in class.