Monday, December 3, 2007

Monday, December 3, 2007 - White Heron 3 Color Challenge

Stage 2 - keeping the misket on, I did the background in Phthalo Blue, Natural Sleeping Beauty Turquoise and Lunar Earth. Then removed the misket and I think I need to darken some of the background here and there and maybe the feet and beak a bit more.

What do you think?


Sandy Maudlin said...

WOW! So tropical and watercolory too. I like it. There's such a lot of movement in the painting, too. So lively.

Corrections? The beak - darken like you said for sure since the emphasis is maybe a bit too much on the legs. Soften the joint between feet and legs slightly?? Darken the shadow under where the head and neck join first before you decide to darken the background. Grade the shadow darker at the top where it meets the head and neck. Keeping your brush totally out of the white areas will keep those areas superbly sparkly. WONDERFUL!

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...


This is looking good, very watery. Don't forget to ground the heron, though, by adding shadows to the shadowed side of this feet, between the toes, etc. Or, maybe he is lifting off or coming in for a landing, which would negate the need for "grounding"? Now I am not sure!


RH Carpenter said...

Thanks so much for the good critques and suggestions! You 2 keep me grounded :)

Suzanne McDermott said...

Hi Rhonda! I just happened on your blog and what I think is that I love your watercolors! It just so happens that I am currently writing about setting up my basic palette and have been messing with Daniel Smith and M. Graham colors. I love your test swatches and what you've done with the limited palette. I'm almost wishing that I only had three colors but I'll calm down after I settle on my new set up. I'm going to put your blog in my sidebar. Have been posting daily for about six weeks and concentrating on the blog itself. Now it's time to reach out and connect with more artists. And look how close you are in Kentucky! Thanks for making such beautiful work.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks for stopping by and posting, Suzanne - I now have your blog on my faves to check up on regularly - you are one prolific lady!