Monday, August 7, 2017


Worked a bit more on the painting of the mosses on paper.

Then I put down gold gesso on watercolor paper, let it dry, and began the painting again on the gold gessoed paper.  

Not sure about this version as it seems I'm lifting color every time I'm putting color down - so will think on that a while and come up with something to help darken and shape the mosses.  


Chris Lally said...

Will be interesting to see what you come up with, Rhonda. I love the gold gesso and hope to pick some up sometime.
Wonder if a small bit of gouache or acrylic, ink, ... would help (???) Whatever you come up with, I'm sure it will look great!

laura said...

Rhonda, I love your experiments! No one tries as many different techniques as you, and it's fun to see what you come up with!

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

the composition on the second one is def better and hopefully the colour stops lifting

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

The gold gesso is interesting stuff and I am liking the subject very much.

Maybe you could try a version where the gesso is used in part of the painting and not across the whole? Would it wash out and fade at the edges so that you could go into the detail of the moss? It's a tricky business this painting lark isn't it? I know you will find a way....

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Chris, good ideas to try on this one :)

Thanks so much, Laura, I wonder sometimes if I'm too scattered! ha ha

Thanks, Jennifer Rose :)

Lisa, good idea to use the gold gesso as paint, not as a background layer. I will try this again after working on this one - each mistake means you learned something!