Friday, July 19, 2013


Fellow artist, blogger and friend, Gary Everest, has been regaling us with his new life in Hawaii.  One day he showed a photo of his breakfast - yum!  But what struck me was the potential painting there.  So I started this.  When the dark purple-black seeds go in, it will set it off. 

Calling this
Hawaiian Breakfast

I hope you don't mind my using your photo, Gary! I won't put it in a show but am just using it to practice my wet-in-wet watercolor techniques.

I'm not sure I've ever eaten a papaya...I once had mango ice cream in the Cayman Islands.  


Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Above all others this is my favourite colour combo. I love the zing! I love the flow and smoochiness in your painting it's delicious!

Debbie Nolan said...

Love the colors you chose for the background of this fruit. Hope to see it finished. Take care and have a fun day creating.


i like where this is heading rhonda ... great bright start

Lorraine Brown said...

Gorgeous colours Rhonda, fresh just like the fruit

Gary L. Everest said...

Aloha Rhonda,
It's wonderful! I couldn't be more pleased and honored that you would choose to paint this most delicious tropical fruit.
As for trying one...not everyone feels the way I do about them. Don't be shy in saying so if you find them not to your liking.
One more thing: Once, I found a Mexican papaya in a Portland grocery store. They are much larger than Hawaiian varieties and I purchased it without hesitation. Sadly, it had almost no taste, partly, I expect, from being picked before full ripeness.
Luckily, that's not a problem anymore!! :)
I can hardly wait to read your reaction after you try one.
Have a nice weekend!

CrimsonLeaves said...

Gorgeous colors!

Kevin Neal said...

Your patience is admirable. I would be there with the hair dryer just so I could finish it. I never wait to let the paint dry unless I have to leave.

Studio at the Farm said...

Love the colors and looseness, Rhonda!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks so much, Lisa! I love the word, Smoochiness, :)

Thanks, Debbie, I am playing with bolder colors.

Thanks, Jane and Lorraine!

Gary, Thanks so much - I knew you wouldn't be worried about me stealing your photo - and I haven't tried papaya yet but will if I get a chance. I see you've been back to the Farmer's Market and now I will have to hop over to your blog and see what other delights you have for us!

Thanks, Sherry and Kathryn :)

Kevin, thanks for the comment - I don't have much patience but had to paint and run - so left it to dry, hoping it would dry well. On to more today or tomorrow.

Thanks, everyone, for your positive comments! I am definitely moving into purer, brighter colors and wet-in-wet technique. Still spending time cleaning, sorting and dividing stuff from my aunt's house a few days a week - so that cuts into painting time and energy! So these are small paintings to play with and see where they go - thanks for following along!