Thursday, October 23, 2014


This one is done.  Just darkened a bit around and under the dolphins.  They look a bit too cute, but that's okay - you get the idea.

This one is going to take a lot of time and patience to get it looking right and figure out how much whites to show, how much more greens, leaves and berries to get it to work.

The drizzled and sprayed masking fluid is what causes the organic, viney look of the whites left white so far.


Debbie Nolan said...

Dear Rhonda - You have certainly captured the sweet personality in the dolphins because to me they always look like they are smiling and I can see that is the way you have painted them. Can't wait to see the berries and vines finished. Looks like such fun painting the negatives and positives.

Katherine Thomas said...

This looks like a very exciting technique, and I applaud you for pioneering it in the area! I almost want to compare what you're doing with your watercolors here to the same type of creating that goes on in encaustic art? I love both types of artwork, and no very little about either... hopefully, the more I read your posts, the more I will understand how it's done and what kind of effects are possible. I'm already thinking mixed media.... colored pencil with poured painting... ?

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Debbie :) I see where I'm going to have to do negative painting - but often don't have the patience for it so this may take a while!

Katherine, you could definitely do a poured watercolor and then a colored pencil on top of it.

debwardart said...

Dolphins turned out nice! You do well with blue!!!

laura said...

Your dolphins are so happy! Which, actually, they always seem to be.
The second painting really intrigues me ... I have so many photos of twiggy branches with berries (can't resist them) but have no idea how approach them!

Gary L. Everest said...

Hi Rhonda,
Those dolphins don't look too cute to me, but something in the painting to help judge their size would reduce the cuteness factor.
In fact, I was going to say, "Hey, don't I know those fish!", thinking they were much smaller--and fish, not mammals.
Nice work, so pay no attention to this comment! :)))
And have a great day tomorrow.

CrimsonLeaves said...

Oh I do love the dolphins! And the berries/vines are looking amazing.

RH Carpenter said...

Deb, thanks, I do like all blues and I guess it shows!! ha ha

Laura, I think more patience will be needed to do more on the leaves and berries - not sure I have it but maybe if I work on it while working on something else at the same time - takes the pressure off.

Gary, yes, there is no indication of size - just water. Hmmm...maybe some seaweed flowing up and around? I'll think about it. Have a wonderful weekend!

Sherry, thanks so much!

Carol Flatt said...

I am so appreciative of people that experiment with various processes and materials and then describe their findings and opinions. So often I don't take the time to explore and investigate materials and methods that are new to me. One of the fundamentals of the learning process is to explore and "play" with ideas and supplies before jumping into a project. You do this so well, Rhonda, and it's a crucial step that I haven't disciplined myself to do.

Anita's art said...

I LoveSeeing These PouredPaintingS. ItsExcitingTK DiscoverTheSubjectThroUgh

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Carol :) Sometimes I think it just happens because I've read something and put it aside for later - and then get in a rut with having "nothing" to paint! ha ha As if that would ever happen!
Thanks, Anita! said...

Love the drizzled masking fluid on the painting. It gives such an organic feel to your painting.

Great dolphins!