Monday, July 21, 2014

VAL WEBB ONLINE COURSE!


I am loving the Val Webb online course, Painting Birds in Watercolor and Beyond.  Val has created a technique I've never seen, using white gouache as a resist with black ink.  I will not give away her secrets but have gotten Val's permission to share the 2 paintings I did for the class this past week.  I think the final results look like lino prints with added watercolor.  I highly recommend Val and her online courses and want to thank Laura Starrett for recommending her to me.    

(Both of these were from photos Sweetie took in our last trip to Florida - you know we love our birds and always enjoy seeing the sea- and shore-birds when we visit Florida.)

So - if you really like this "look" and are intrigued, check out Val's webpage and the list of her online courses - and sign up (the classes are very easy on the pocketbook, and Val gives you so much extra information and reference material!).  She offers watercolor and colored pencil and drawing courses online and you move at your own speed within the weekly lessons offered.

Right now, Val has a painting done with this technique on her blog post, with a link to more information in an older post.  



Wouldn't these make a nice set hanging side-by-side, facing each other, on a wall in a beach cottage? I really like the ragged black edging created by the black India ink.  The pelican is done on Arches watercolor board (8 x 10 inches) and the egret is done on Arches 300# cold press watercolor paper.  


11 comments:

Debbie Nolan said...

Rhonda - wow - these are wonderful - will certainly check out Val's sight. Been wanting to take an online course - thank you so much for the recommendation. I want to go check out your other two posts with the birds. Love seeing your work. Have a great week.

AK said...

Thanks for sharing.

debwardart said...

These are delightful - show worthy!!!

RH Carpenter said...

I think you'll enjoy Val's teaching online, Debbie :)

Thanks, Asit and Deb. Deb, I may do more of these of different photos I have - I'd like to do them like small tiles but it's hard to get in all the nooks and crannies with the thick gouache!

CrimsonLeaves said...

Good golly, Rhonda!! I think you've found your niche with this type of painting. These are both fabulous and had I the money, I'd be laying serious dollars for them! They are awesome! Thank you for Val's link too!

Katherine Thomas said...

I am really excited about your bird series this summer! Each one is spectacular. They would be awesome hanging in a solo show! (hint hint)

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

Hi Rhonda, these are FANTASTIC! I love the ink/gouache resist. These have such an interesting look and I do like the black edging as well as the black within the paintings.

Thanks for sharing Val Webb's info, I'm going to check out her website.

BTW, Leslie White http://lesliepaints.wordpress.com/
does gouache resist as well.

Alex said...

Very creative and original, Rhonda! I will surely check out Val's website.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks so much, Sherry, Katherine, Carol and Alex, for your very positive comments on these!! Makes me very happy.

Katherine, since I didn't get in Viewpoint this year, I may have to just get busy and do a show of my own! ha ha

Studio at the Farm said...

These are beauties, Rhonda!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks so much, Kathryn :)