Friday, October 23, 2015


Since I did all those Plant Life series paintings, I've felt like playing with greens. The background top and middle done.  Going to paint each element as a cell = wet just the element (leaf, branch, etc.) and paint that, step by step.

This is a fourth sheet, Arches 140# cold press paper.

More color - but definitely needs more variety in the values to get this one to look okay...

I don't know what this is - something growing on the top of a cliff on San Salvador Island, Bahamas, the last time I was there.  Yellow-orange round fruit and white flowers all on the plant at the same time.  

I wonder if any of it is left after Hurrican Joaquin ripped the vegetation off the island (so much so that birds are without nests and food and are so disoriented, they are flying into windows and vehicles :(   It is still a long rebuilding process for those people living on San Sal although we won't hear about that here, in the U.S., at all.  

5 comments: said...

these are looking good Rhonda.

Gary L. Everest said...

Hi Rhonda,
I think you're spot-on about punching-up the values, and when you do, this will be a wonderful painting. Great bones and colors. Can't wait to see it after you do your magic.
Know what you mean about never hearing anything further about San Salvador island. As we contemplated moving here, we noticed how little national media covers Hawaii. I guess sunshine and surf aren't tragic or gory enough to make people watch the news.
Hope you and Jerry have a nice weekend.

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

no, more than likely wont hear anything on the news about that :/ would probably have to really search to find anything and not just in the states. First I've heard/read anything about it

Debbie Nolan said...

Rhonda - this is looking great. Greens are always a challenge for me. You do them so well. Was thinking the same thing about Mexico and Hurricane Patricia. It will make the news for a brief moment and then it will be like nothing happened. Take care friend and have a great evening.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Carol and Gary (Gary you have more faith in me than I do on this one!!). Yes, we only hear about Hawaii if there is a hurricane heading your way - guess no one here in the dead of winter wants to hear about your sunshine and rainbows! ha ha I think it would be a nice change from all the bad weather reporting we get here, but that's just my opinion :)

Thanks, Jennifer and Debbie; the people on San Salvadore, Bahamas are suffering and no one has started a telethon or anything because they are basically a poor island, they get by without much help, and they will rebuild and stay there. Still no electricity so everyone is using generators shipped over (and paid for dearly). Some small airlines started flying over with food and building supplies right away - but not the biggest airline, BahamasAir - they offered nothing. The Gerace Research Center's interim director is there working to get it up and running for students and professors to return (it's a purely research station and was originally a navy base so made of concrete and painted white). And you're right about Hurricane Patricia, Debbie - once it comes up to Texas, we hear no more about the damage it did in Mexico.