Friday, July 25, 2014

WENT OVERBOARD WITH THE BLACK INDIA INK


Great white egret in full mating plummage (from one of Jerry's photos).  I think this bird was just landing in the still water of an inlet.  

I think I went overboard with the black india ink on this one, and the feathery bits really should be white.  I have white acrylic ink so may go back in and put that in for the really wispy parts.  

This is another class assignment from Val Webb's online course, Painting Birds in Watercolor and Beyond.  Still loving it and pushing into things besides just straight watercolor on paper.  Val really gives you your moneys worth and then some and she did a gorgeous Great Blue Heron this week (a darker bird with more color would probably work better with the ink and watercolor).






9 comments:

debwardart said...

Miss Rhonda - if you touch one feather on this one I'll have to smack you - this is GREAT! Good job!

CrimsonLeaves said...

Absolutely stunning, Rhonda! A great job on the rippling water and the bird itself is stupendous! You are doing amazing things in Val's class!

suzannepaints said...

Your drawing skills are excellent. Love the watercolors using gouache. Very beautiful

RH Carpenter said...

Well, okay, Miss Deb! ha ha

Thanks, Sherry :)

Thanks so much, Suzanne. I am fairly confident with my drawing skills except when it comes to portraits! This one is just ink first and then watercolor - but I do intend to do more with the gouache and ink using colored gouache next time. So many art techniques, so little time!!

RH Carpenter said...

Suzanne, just realized this is the first time you've visited or commented and I wanted to welcome you. Just viewed your blog and I LOVE the painting of your father doing his daily crossword :)

Michelle Himes said...

This is beautiful, Rhonda - very sensitive and delicate. I also like your gouache and ink birds in the previous post.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Michelle. I hope you've been well :)

Sadami said...

Rhonda, beautiful!!! Congrats! Cheers, Sadami

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Sadami. I was fairly pleased with this first effort. Not sure I'll share my second effort - a hideous mess!!