Sunday, December 22, 2013


Continuing on with my first lesson of January 2014 for the students when they return after the is the new,  No.  That can't be right! ha ha  

For someone who loves all blues, I do tend to wear a lot of pink, raspberry, mauve, etc. so what's that all about?  Oh, who cares?!?  

Here are the next steps of the pink flamingo in a single color (Permanent Alizarin Crimson by Daniel Smith).

1.  The masking fluid (Pebeo Drawing Gum) is off and some areas are darker and some more salt-textured sprinkles were added here and there.

2.  Going just about as dark as I want in the darkest areas except for the legs and bill.  While I don't normally have the patience to layer colors, this is kind of interesting in that it's just a single color and you're seeing how very pale and how very dark you can go with one color.  And I've not used Permanent Alizarin Crimson much at all (although I have it on my palette) - so it's my new 2014 color of choice! 

While I'm working on this, I'm also working on my program for the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society.  I give the program in January - the date is the 8th so we don't cut into members' holiday gatherings or travels the first week of January.  I'm going to be using our projector and DVD player to show a DVD of Birgit O'Connor to the group and then we'll all try to paint along with what she is doing.  I'll just lead the showing of the DVD and have some handouts, etc.  The meeting will be set up like a mini workshop with tables for the members to sit around and paint on.  So...I have to do some practicing and getting used to the projector and get some copies made and I have to do some painting of the subject - a canna - using her wet-in-wet technique.

As for time in between these two projects, I have wrapping of gifts to do, sending out of the last batch of holiday cards, and scheduling get-togethers and such - plus I have to make time for my Pilates sessions so I don't get too big on cookies and candies and pies and holiday fudge and punch and all that - I wonder how many calories one consumes at a typical holiday gathering where there are so many munchies out?  Maybe I don't want to know! ha ha

May your days be happy and bright, 
And may your bum remain tight in spite
of the holiday goodies consumed in the night!

And thank you for taking this journey with me this year, especially those who have hung in there through the years :)

10 comments: said...

Very interesting single pigment painting so far. I really like pink flamingos and can't wait to see how this goes.

Loved your little holiday poem, and no one needs to know how many calories are in a Christmas cookie.

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Gary L. Everest said...

Hi Rhonda,
It has been our distinct pleasure!:)

Autumn Leaves said...

I love how this is coming along, Rhonda. Nicely done!! Kudos to you for the Pilates!

Sadami said...

Oh, sweet Rhonda, you, too. ps. I had a big laugh, "And may your bum remain tight in spite
of the holiday goodies consumed in the night!"
Love and smile, Sadami

debwardart said...

Looking good - and so bright and fun in this dreary time of year. See you next year! (LOL)

minnemie said...

I' not a pink person... but I LOVE THIS! That says a whole lot:-) So well done.

Studio at the Farm said...

Rhonda, I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas!

Debbie Nolan said...

Dear Rhonda - great post - so nice to see how you work. I am sure you are a wonderful teacher. Love your Christmas wishes - I definitely do not want to know how many calories I consume during the Christmas season. May you and yours have a blessed Christmas season. Hugs

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks so much for the comments and the holiday wishes, Carol, Gary, Sherry, Sadami, Kathryn and Debbie! Here's wishing a very creative and joyous 2014 to come!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks so much, minnemie, for stopping and taking the time to comment. I didn't used to be a pink person, either - wonder how that happened? Loved reading your recent blogs posts - especially the one about the snails!!! ha ha Have a wonderful New Year!!! I'll be back to visit your blog again soon so hope the aliens aren't keeping you too busy to post later.