Sunday, August 3, 2014

WIND DANCER


You know I love crows - and drizzles.  I started with blowing the color outward in the direction of the wings and tail (like Val Webb shows on her blog.  I wasn't thrilled with the outcome, whether I blew across the paper or used a straw, so I just tilted the paper, dropping water at the top of the pigment (with a brush full of clean water) and let it flow out out out.  I'm liking this one and can see doing others using this technique.  

Wind Dancer
On 11 x 15 inches Arches 300# hot press paper

18 comments:

Uli Day said...

love this!

RH Carpenter said...

Thank you, Uli! I was pleased the way it turned out. Just visited your blog and like what I see - went as far down as the mimosa flower and stopped - I have a planting in my yard now, tending it and hoping it thrives and blooms in a few years, maybe. From my grandmother's yard - she had 3 of them and I love them.

Dan Kent said...

This jumped (flew?) right out at me on my dashboard. Beautiful colors, wonderful action! And unique, too.

Katrina said...

I love this, too! The "drips" put your crow in motion and I like the colors.

debwardart said...

This one is great - I love the technique - keep it up!!!

Vandy said...

I really love this one, Rhonda. So much energy!

Lorraine Brown said...

Beautiful colour and I love the result from your technique

CrimsonLeaves said...

I think this is beautiful, Rhonda! The colors in the crow's body are just exquisite!

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Gorgeous! I love the movement, energy and spontaneity. The colours are great, they really show that beautiful oily sheen of black feathers. Exciting stuff.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks so much, Dan, Katrina, Deb, Vandy, and Lorraine, for your positive comments on this one!

Thanks, Sherry and Lisa!!

Guess I'll definitely do more of these crows this way - love the energy is conveys with just drips and drizzles.

Novice Naturalist said...

Yes!

PaintedSouvenirs said...

Like always, your art is surprising me, Rhonda.I love the effect you have created with his wings.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks so much, Novice Naturalist. I visited your blog and really liked what I saw - is it okay to link you to my blog on my sidebar?

Thanks, PS :) Surprises are good! Nick Simmons once said in a workshop that, when viewing artwork, you should ask yourself three questions:
Do I like it?
Could I paint it?
Would I have thought of it?
Good questions to ask - often we stand before a painting and say, "I wish I had thought of that!" But, honestly, this is a technique I got from Val Webb's online class and I just changed it to suit my style a bit more so there were bolder and more drizzles and drips. I'll definitely do more of these - need to get out my crow or flying bird photos for inspiration.

Cathy Gatland said...

This is fabulous Rhonda!

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

gorgeous. colorful and fun! Thanks for the link, too.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Cathy and Carol :)

Pam Johnson Brickell said...

Fantastic, Rhonda! this technique and the body position of the crow so speaks flight!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Pam. I'm going to do more of these using my own photos and positions - I often use another bird and make it into a crow because my crows won't come close enough to get good photos!