Saturday, November 15, 2014

THE BIG BLUE FLOWER


Deb Ward asked me if I had ever finished that blue flower.  I hadn't; instead I sat it aside and looked at it often and didn't know what to do with it.  So I began the stamens inside, trying to go slowly and do a good job.  Now, it's done - I think - but I'm still unsure about the finish.  Too much emphasis on the inside?  Should have been a different color?  What?

Maybe it just needs to sit a while longer for me to like it.


Full sheet watercolor paper (22" x 30")
Nothing But the Blues



12 comments:

humbird said...

For me you painted the dreaming flower. Love it as it is. x

CrimsonLeaves said...

I think this is just beautiful, Rhonda. The sketched birds below are wonderful too.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, humbird :)
Sherry, thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and comment - with all you have going on, it means a lot that you still put yourself out there and visit and comment on blogs!

debwardart said...

Looks good to me! How about a tiny bit of the blue used in the middle (cerulean?) somewhere in the petals on the left - looks like you may have used some there but could add a touch more. Maybe soften just a couple spots on the stamens on the right hand side so they soften a bit into the petals. You do blue beautifully!

AK said...

I think it is is a lovely work. It is also good that you are not satisfied. The desire to have done better should not die. Happy painting.

Lorraine Brown said...

I think it is a lovely flower, never done a full sheet myself but you have handled it so well

RH Carpenter said...

Thank you so much, Lorraine :) I think a few tweaks and it will be show-ready (maybe!).

laura said...

A full sheet!? That's pretty amazing. I like the painting as is too--the center of the flower is amazing, as is the modeling on the petals. And of course I love blue.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Laura. I often do full sheets but mostly 1/2 sheet sizes but painting wet-in-wet is challenging and fun on a full sheet.

Marilyn said...

It is really, really lovely. I think it is finished.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Marilyn :)

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

If I may suggest.... a bit of a crop on the right...I know this would make the centre of the flower the centre of the painting but the strong blue would counter-balance it well. It is a very striking painting and will look fantastic framed up.Stunning!