Thursday, May 15, 2014


This study is done.  I like the water splashes and the little bits of white all around - done with masking fluid before putting any paint on the paper.  

I'm learning as I do each of these.

I laid the large sheet on the kitchen/dining room table today and cut it even (it was a bit off here and there).  Then I traced the large birds on the paper from the tracing paper drawings I had done previously.  I let that sit a while and realized it didn't look right - I want the spoonbill with her wings up to be closer and larger and the other spoonbill (wings down) to be higher, farther away and smaller on the picture plane.  So - did some more drawing.  Then set it aside again.  

And now I'm doing another study, this time on a half sheet (15 x 22 inches) of Arches watercolor paper.  Here's the drawing (on tracing paper which I will trace onto the watercolor paper).

There is no splashing water on this one - just an elegant pink wing and reflection I am calling 
Rose Adagio.


Studio at the Farm said...

Rhonda, this is so beautifully done! Congradulations!!!

Lorraine Brown said...

you have created the splashing water just right, its such a process getting everything just the way you want I'm sure many people think we just dive in and paint but there is so many hours of prep first

Gary L. Everest said...

Aloha Rhonda,
I really like what you did with the splashing bird. Great action, great look to the flying water and great color on the Spoonbill.
One other feature caught my eye: The bird appears to be looking directly at us. I think it's a tremendous way to engage viewers with this obviously curious feathered friend.
Have another good day tomorrow.

CrimsonLeaves said...

This looks awesome, Rhonda! I love what you are doing with these spoonbill pieces and cannot wait to see the next. The drawing is fabulous!

Pam Johnson Brickell said...

Absolutely stunning, Rhonda!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks so much, Kathryn, Lorraine (yes, planning helps!! ha ha), Gary (Aloha, my friend!), Sherry, and Pam. Your comments made me smile today.

Katrina said...

Watery and " feathery " and full of action. Nice!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Katrina :) The next one is more "still" than this, but I hope it will be as pretty. They are such odd birds - beautiful bodies but such homely faces!