Monday, January 27, 2014

GHOST BIRD



Another one painted without drawing.  Letting the brush build up the shapes and the pigment build up the values.  I thought about painting more on this, but I like the ghostly look of this Great White Egret.  

What do you think?


Ghost Bird
11" x 15" 140# cold press Fabriano watercolor paper

14 comments:

Maggie Latham said...

I like it too, Rhonda

Katherine Thomas said...

Yes! I really love this piece! It has such a strong emotion and expressive mood to it. There is something to be said for letting your intuition guide you, rather than planning out every detail... Of course, it's easier said than done... but you've done such a beautiful thing with this concept!

laura said...

I really love it ... I love how the washes in the background and the washes in the egret are so turbulent; there's a great watery feel to it.

Katherine Harra said...

I agree, you were right to stop, Rhonda. It's beautiful, and the light value over all gives it a very distinctive look.

Ruth Steinfatt said...

I like this a lot. It has a mystery about it that makes you stop and want to spend time with the painting.. well done :)

Sadami said...

ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ!!!!!

CrimsonLeaves said...

Great title for this beauty. I love the white limning light around the front of his body too!

Pam Johnson Brickell said...

Oh this is yummy, Rhonda. Personally, I'd put a tad more detail in its eye… not real dark but enough so the soul is there :)

Sharon Whitley said...

I love this especially as I saw a Great White Egret at Point of Ayr near where we live at the weekend - not a bird we see often!

RH Carpenter said...

I'm so pleased you all like this one, Maggie, Katherine, Laura, Sadami!

Thanks so much, for stopping by and for taking the time to comment, Ruth! When I get a moment, I'll come over to check out your blog :)

Thanks for all the positive comments, Katherine H., Sherry, and Sharon!

Pam, I did think, once it dried, that his beak and eye needed just a bit more. I don't think I did too much to finish it - and it will be posted next. In case you haven't noticed, I'm posting every other day which gives me a little leeway with painting and not
painting :)

Gary L. Everest said...

Hi Rhonda,
What do I think?
How 'bout I think it's great.
Aloha,
Gary.

Caroline Simmill said...

All your birds are so lovely Rhonda, it looks like you are enjoying painting them too.

debwardart said...

Eggs-cellent job! Glad you popped those darker colors, made all the difference from "good" to "great"! Soooo glad you are doing this series and enjoying it.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Gary, Caroline and Deb!