Thursday, December 17, 2015


One of my favorite places to visit on Anna Maria Island is the Olive Oil Outpost, a gourmet shop that also serves the best cafe con leches.  They don't make them with just espresso and milk (or cream).  They add a secret sauce and some gourmet sugar to the mix and it's liquid heaven.  I begin my visit with a trip there - and end it with a trip there.  Yum!  If you get a cafe con leche anywhere else on the island, you get espresso and milk (and they tell you that's what cafe con leche means - like I don't know that).  Anyway...

I took a photo of the owner, Kelli, making me a cafe con leche last year and, just before leaving, I painted this small painting in sepia and raw sienna with a little lunar earth for the coffee in the cup (wanted it to have a old-timey look).

I took it to her the day she was working.  Everyone seemed to like it and I hope she puts it up somewhere in the shop at some time - but that's up to her.  

I did take my Holbein travel kit and my Stillman & Birn watercolor sketchbook - I almost always take them with me when I travel for a week or more.  But didn't get my supplies out until the 2nd week.

Did a watercolor sketch of a pelican from a photo.  Just a reminder of the visit this year.

And just some color play.  Not pointy enough on the ends to be a starfish so just a colorful thing.

And another painting in the sketchbook of a pelican.  Could use a bit more but I like to leave the sketches as is from the time I did them - just reminders of a trip.  

This is a watercolor copy of the gouache resist painting of the pelican I gave Cindy as thanks for letting us stay at her house.  That one has already been shown but I'll try to find it and show it again to compare...

Here it is - using the gouache resist technique and ink with watercolor added at the end.  


debwardart said...

I love the painting of the barista and coffee - never had a cafe con leche but sounds wonderful! Also like the pelican resist painting.

Jennifer Rose said...

great pelicans :D

blagh, don't like coffee lol smells like a burnt drink to me

Jennifer Rose said...

great pelicans :D

blagh, don't like coffee lol smells like a burnt drink to me

Sadami said...

Hi, Rhonda, I love the first work most. Your work is all nice in this post!! Best wishes, Sadami

E.M. Corsa said...

Love the painting of Kelli but my favorite is the last pelican. How wonderful it must be to talented enough to paint every subject you want!

Gary L. Everest said...

Hi Rhonda,
You did a fine job on the barista and caffe con leches and I bet she really loves the painting. The other sketches are wonderful, too, the gouache resist being my favorite.
Now, get back to work on that comment you "promised" to re-send!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Deb. It's liquid heaven!!

I guess coffee is not everyone's cup of tea, Jennifer Rose! ha ha Glad you like the pelicans.

Thanks, Sadami!

Elizabeth, thanks. I'm not sure I can paint anything (I don't do architecture well and my landscapes are always lacking but I can do some things - and the less time spent on them, the better they look most of the time.)

Gary, thanks. I will resend my thoughts on your self-portrait :) You will not believe it but the last time I tried to visit, there was no comment box and then I was having issues with shockwave plugin!!! Guess the gremlins were really after me - or were they saying, "You don't know what you're talking about so just don't do it!"? ha ha

Barbra Joan said...

Love the coffee painting, and as to your previous post , Southwest side of Fl. My favorite place to unwind. Sanibel and Captiva.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Barbra Joan. We always say we'll get down to Sanibel and Captiva but haven't yet! I guess AMI is good enough - we did go south and see the Ringling Brothers displays and art museum (worth the trip) and we've gone to visit people nearby - St. Petersburg and Spring Hill. Sometimes we get lazy - afterall, it's vacation time! ha ha

Jennifer Rose said...

tea is good lol :)

RH Carpenter said...

:) I like tea, too, Jennifer Rose, but coffee is my drink of choice until I get too hyper and need some herbal tea - or if I have a cold, then tea and honey does the trick :)