Tuesday, January 15, 2013

WISHING YOU A BLUE BIRD



Another painting without drawing.  I'm enjoying this and hope I'm getting better - I'll know when I review it all next month and see if there has been any change.

This was one of the blue jays on a post near the suet feeder.  I saw a blue jay yesterday that was so big I told Sweetie, "I think that jay ate all the other jays!" because we aren't seeing as many as we used to see around the feeders.

9 comments:

Mick Carney said...

An admirable piece of work and I envy your courage in attempting this sort of subject without a drawing.

Heather said...

Wow - that's impressive! No drawing? Keep 'em coming. They rock!

CrimsonLeaves said...

Look at the beautiful flue feathers and markings! Well done, Rhonda!

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

I'd love to see a blue jay! How special.

Looking back over these posts it's interesting to see how strong the drawing is and less hesitant. You have a nice balance of strong drawing and expressive brushwork in the feathers. You must be really pleased with the results.

RH Carpenter said...

Mick, you know they say "fools rush in..." :) Thanks so much for your comment on this one.
Heather, yep, no drawing - it does make you slow down and look before putting that paint on the paper. Thanks so much!
Sherry and Lisa, thank you both - I am using a rigger brush to draw with a bit and sometimes even painting most of the painting with it (these are only 9 x 11 pages in the journal)but then get out the bigger round to add and fill in larger blocks of color, etc. I am getting some good results, some okay, some not so good - but that's okay, I do feel it's a learning process all the way!

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

Hi Rhonda, I've been watching your progress with your painting without drawing and you'be been doing some wonderful stuff.

I like this bird.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Carol. Normally, he would have a spiked topknot but he had his head back which smoothed that out some.

renate said...

Hello Rhonda:) Another great work. I think you make lovely work this way! A big compliment:)

RH Carpenter said...

Thank you so much, Renate!