Tuesday, December 3, 2013


I had to cancel watercolor class two weeks in a row:  once because I was just beginning my cold and didn't want to share it; and then again when we had over 1 inch of snow in the morning.

Hoping we could meet today, I made up a neat lesson - painting on gessoed paper.  I had the paper gessoed for them - all they had to do is draw this simple subject (from a photo from the WetCanvas folks) on the paper and have fun seeing how watercolor works on the gessoed paper.  This is my beginning.  It's on 1/4 sheet paper.  I still have to lift some areas and darken some areas to give it dimension, and put in those dark windows.  

This will be our last meeting for the year, giving them time off to get ready for the holidays - you all know how busy this time of year gets!


Teresa Palomar Lois said...

Busy month, I'm sorry you had to cancel twice Rhonda, but they'll begin 2014 playing on gesso, that's a great way to start a new year!

Autumn Leaves said...

Nice intensity of color, Rhonda. I can't seem to get that much saturation when I paint with watercolor on gesso. Love where you are going with this piece!!

Sadami said...

Dear Rhonda,
What a great and so caring teacher you are! First, please celebrate YOUR achievements. Second, please take care of yourself. Get well soon.
Best wishes, Sadami

RH Carpenter said...

I hate cancelling things because of a rotten cold, Teresa :) Still with a cough but not contagious so I guess cold symptoms can last 2-3 weeks :( I hope they try out the stuff I show them but yesterday they all said they don't paint at home - just in class.
Sherry, thanks, I'm not sure how I did it - just more pigment than water.
Sadami, thanks so much, you are a sweetie.

Katherine Harra said...

OMG, Rhonda, a WHOLE INCH of snow? Devastating, terrifying! (-;

Remind me what state you live in?

Sorry, I'm showing no respect. Have plenty of friends who will stay home for an inch or less, or even a heavy rainstorm. You probably had some grateful students!

Debbie Nolan said...

Dear Rhonda - hope you are feeling better...great lesson on working on gesso. I have used gesso quite often - I love the fact that you can wash it off and start over. Hope you have a beautiful day!

RH Carpenter said...

Katherine, I know - 1 inch of snow is nothing for those in the north but here in Kentucky, it slows us down, brings out the crazy drivers, and you never know if the streets will be cleaned or just ignored :) But that's not winter - that's coming this weekend, apparently!! 3-5 inches on Friday night with temps plummeting (it was 58F today and gloomy but nice and warm).

Debbie, I like the gessoed paper, too, and like playing with the gold gesso - so pretty!