Thursday, December 26, 2013


I finished the single pigment painting (Alizarin Crimson only) of the pink flamingo.  Here she is (oh, she has to be a girl, right?  Of course, all those pink flamingos can't be girls so maybe he's a handsome fellow who flaunts his bright pink color for all the ladies :)

Aren't they funny birds?  And the way they dip their heads down to filter out the little red crustaceans they eat (which gives them their color) seems so awkward.  

No color used but Permanent Alizarin Crimson from Daniel Smith.  One of my new 2014 colors on my palette (I have chosen a few to replace old ones I rarely used anymore and it's good to shake things up once a year and try new colors!).

I did not get my own barrista for Christmas but Sweetie gave me a brand new, fancy Keurig coffee maker.  Now I just have to try the coffees and find one that's strong enough for me (the mild blends taste like brown water!).  Any suggestions from those who use these type of coffee makers?  


CrimsonLeaves said...

Also a fan of strong coffee here. I find that if you use the amount of coffee usually in the directions (1 tbsp. per coffee cup of water) works best. We drink Yuban (my favorite) and apparently being the only girl in the office, I'm also the only one who doesn't find it too strong. For that, you'd have to use one of those filters that allow you to use your own coffee rather than the K-cups...Just a suggestion though. Everyone has different tastes! Love this beautiful flamingo and I didn't know they filtered out what they scoop up to eat.

Teresa Palomar Lois said...

Beautiful color for a beautiful flamingo. Maybe next year you'll get the barista... or J could become one, tshirt and vest and everything! ;)

Pam Johnson Brickell said...

Altogether yummy! Hope Santa was good to you :)
Happy New Year!

Joyce Washor said...

I wanna go to FL also!! Lucky u!
How about Starbucks coffee for your machine? I'm not up on the coffee thing, but I know they make strong coffee. Wishing you the best this holiday season.

laura said...

I'm impressed and inspired by what you can do with one color. The flamingo's pose, too, has a gracefulness enhanced by the surrounding white.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks so much, Sherry (I think I learned to like strong coffee from my grandmother's coffee - in an aluminum percolator and strong enough to walk out of the room!).
Thanks, Teresa - hope you have a wonderful New Year!!!
Pam, thanks so much - Happy New Year to you, too.
Joyce, our weather right now is warm and sunny - almost 55F yesterday!!! So odd. But no sandy beaches so I'll just have to return to Florida for a while.
Laura, I was afraid this single color wouldn't go dark enough, but it was fine! The bg is really a very pale first wash of the AC but it often doesn't show up in the photos.