Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Before I left for 2 weeks away in AMI, I sent in my money for Val Webb's online course.  This is the second online course I've taken from her and she gives you lots of info.  This time, it's about painting butterflies and birds on vintage postcards, using gouache and colored pencil.  When we picked up the mail today, there were 4 old timey postcards waiting for me from Val (2 blank to test drive and 2 actually used through the mail back in 1966).  So now I have some videos to watch and some materials to gather together.  I'll share what I do when I get things done.  I have a feeling this is going to be fun and educational.

So I may not have my Royal Terns finished right away, but I will get back to them.

I did paint in my Stillman & Birn sketchbook/journal while I was in AMI.  A lady working at a shop I visited every day (for the best cafe con leche on the island) was interested in coming by and having me teach her a few things.  She had the paper, watercolors, and brushes, but turns out she didn't have the time so...the pears I bought became my models and I used them.

And I took a few good photo references of the landscaping plants around in the sun - so more paintings to come.  

But right now:  Butterflies and Birds on Vintage Postcards


Chris Lally said...

Val Webb's online course sounds awesome, Rhonda, especially after hearing about the postcards. Wishing you much success with that!
Too bad your student didn't show - her loss, but we now have those beautiful pears to behold.
Great shot of the sunlit plant.
Really enjoyed today's post!

Lisa Greenbow said...

Your new course sounds like fun.
I like your pears.
I also like the tropical plants. They make me feel warmer just looking at them.

Sadami said...

Welcome home, Rhonda! Rest well and enjoy your life fully. Best wishes, Sadami

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

sounds like an interesting course and will be looking forward to your paintings on the postcards :)

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Love the pears - the shadows are perfect!

I hope you have fun with the course, it sounds really interesting.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Chris. I think the class will be fun and I may come up with some pretty postcards - to maybe send to friends :)

Thanks, Lisa. It was definitely warmer there, even if it did get below 40F.

Thanks, Sadami, Jennifer Rose and Lisa. I'll share the postcards I make when I get them done - I think it will be okay with Val.

I may mail out the postcards to friends!

Debbie Nolan said...

Dear Rhonda - those pears look lovely. The colors are so gorgeous that you used. Oh I do hope you will share your experience with colored pencil and gouache. Looking forward to seeing what you do with these two mediums. Take care and have a great weekend. Hugs!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Debbie. I will share the outcome when I get a few postcards done :)