Monday, March 31, 2014

TROPICAL PLANT



Another half sheet started to get myself in gear for the upcoming Carol Carter workshop.  While looking at the 5 x 7 photo, I just drew the shapes I wanted on the watercolor paper, not putting in every little thing but focussing on the stars of the painting and the supporting characters.  



When it was time to get the paints wet, I was thinking hot color!!  (I tend to use cool colors and prefer cool colors so haven't as much experience with hot colors so I need the time spent playing with warms and hots to learn how they work.)  

This is the place where I tend to get lost in a painting that is all shapes and colors like this.  Think values as well as shapes - where should the darkest darks go to set off the stars (those upright leaves of whatever this plant is) and where should the boldest colors go.  Playing with reds against greens can muddy quickly if I don't keep an eye on the bleeding of the colors!  Lots to think about in this one.  

While I love Carol Carter's work and her signature style, I don't want to copy her style - probably couldn't if I tried.  But I would like to play enough with wilder color choices so I can start automatically seeing and choosing more colorful, fun choices in my palette when painting.  And I think that can be learned, just like composition can be learned.  

Wish you all could be with us at the workshop this weekend!

7 comments:

CrimsonLeaves said...

I love what you've done so far, Rhonda. Hot colors indeed!

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

I wish I could be with you at the workshop too!

Your drawing looks hot, hot, hot and is coming along nicely. I can't wait to see it finished.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Sherry and Carol :) Fun to play with hot colors I don't normally use.

Umar Saeed said...

Amazing painting Rhonda and nice use of colors. Your paintings are really amazing. It is great to see beautiful paintings online on various websites and great art work by the artists. Thanks

RH Carpenter said...

Thank you, Umar, for taking the time to stop by and comment :) I hope you return to hear more about the Carol Carter workshop our watercolor society just hosted :)

junaid said...

This looks something really amazing. I loved that drawing. Would you put that drawing for sale or doing it because you just being passionate about painting? Anyhow, I think it's your personal matter. I really loved that.

RH Carpenter said...

Thank you so much, junaid, for stopping by and for taking the time to comment. Do you mean put the drawing (which is just a line drawing on the wc paper) or the painting for sale?