Sunday, April 13, 2014


Started my own colorful bicycle in the last day of the Carol Carter workshop.  Did not finish mine.  As coordinator, there are some extra duties I have to take care of during, and especially towards the end, of the workshop, so I was getting tired by the afternoon of the third day.  I didn't want to continue and ruin this good start so I told Carol I'd stop here and do more later - or another version on my own.  Not an excuse, I just know myself and my stamina (or lack thereof!!).

Then I took a few days off from painting - didn't even get anything out but was percolating some things to do when I felt the inspiration strike and the energy level rise so...

For myself and from a photo I've used before (and one I've painted before), I began a little bird.  You know I gotta try some more color on the birds, right? ha ha

Hansa Yellow Light around the bird and then Shadow Violet (the Daniel Smith color I love now) around the outer edges.  Then I wanted to move that yellow around like it's birdsong - you may see lots of birdsong in the air this spring or you may just hear it :) but it's there!!  Our birds are so loud and they are busy calling for mates every morning and evening now.  Beautiful!

I am doing a couple of things from the workshop:
1.  weighting my paper down as it's drying and watching it a bit more
2.  putting a towel underneath the paper to absorb the excess water and also help with puddling, etc.
3.  painting in sections and keeping some sections dry in oder to make cleaner areas here and there - and, hopefully, maintain some white sparkle in areas

This is not finished - but getting close.  Need to add in some more feather shapes and ground him underneath with a little shadow shape.  

Arches 140# cold press paper, 11" x 15"
Daniel Smith paints

The Littlest Bird Sings the Prettiest Song


Maggie Latham said...

I just knew you would use these techniques with your looking really fabulous, Rhonda.

CrimsonLeaves said...

Ooh, Rhonda! Both of these are amazing and I can see you definitely picked up some new talents from the workshop! Gorgeous and I look forward to seeing them completed!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks so much, Maggie :)

Sherry, thanks!

Katherine Harra said...

Someday I WILL come to Cincy for a workshop with you folks, you seem to have wonderful teachers, and I can tell how much you learned - even if being in charged kept you busy and distracted.
Meanwhile - what's the best place to keep track of what will be offered to the wide world? The Greater Cincy W/C blog perhaps?

Sadami said...

hi, rhonda, i luv them all! cheers, sadami

laura said...

... And you're using a title--which I just love, btw: brings a smile to my face!
The glow of the yellow is really well done.
I forgot about the towel: that's something I want to do too, especially since I am always having to blot my (too wet) brushes.
You are a good learner!! I'm going to try to emulate you.

Debbie Nolan said...

Rhonda - what a great start to your bicycle. You are wise in waiting (I need to follow that advice too).
As for your bird - just lovely friend. Your bird sings - have a great day.

RH Carpenter said...

Katherine, we'd love to have you! Yes, do check the GCWS blog for any news of upcoming things - right now, I don't think anything is in the works until this fall? Maybe...but I'll let you know if I hear of anything since I'm not longer coordinating them.

Laura, I feel like I am getting the hang of this, using my color palette and doing several things I'd never done before, which are working out well so far. Nothing big done yet but just 11 x 15 size paintings to get going. I have a crow just started today!

Debbie, thanks. My problem will be going back to it and finishing it - since it's not my photo or materials/colors/etc, I may put it aside and do something else like this in the future from my own photo work.

RH Carpenter said...

Thank you, Sadami :) I almost missed your comment there! Have a great week :)