Wednesday, May 9, 2018


This one began with some heart work in one of the videos (I think it was the Shelly Klammer session).  

It began as this heart, some lines, and then tracing a leaf pattern from a sketchbook I had (I cut out the sketch from the thin paper and just taped it down and traced around it, then painted inside).

It was probably done, but Sketchbook Revival is all about the process - so do more and see what happens...

And this happened :)

More Caran d'Ache water soluble crayons, more linework, and more color.

Sometimes you have to know when to stop!

There are SO MANY videos shared on the course, it's hard to "keep up" but I'm trying not to pressure myself about it.

We have the videos available until May 18 - plus, each sketchbook artist in the course is offering freebies that could take you to more play and fun, too.

This one was done while watching Val Webb (LOVE HER!!) sharing her ink technique for a great blue heron = fun and interesting shapes using an old chip brush (from the hardware store) and India ink only.  I've taken 2 online courses from Val and she shares to much information, holding nothing back - it's worth checking out if you like painting birds or plants.

I'm looking forward to the botanical artist videos, too.

So...more to come!  

If you want to join in, you still can - just look for 
Sketchbook Revival (Karen Abend - the host), and you'll find it.


Chris Lally said...

Wonderfully creative, Rhonda! Love your work!!
And thanks again for the Sketchbook Revival recommendation. I'm still working on viewing all of those videos!

Debbie Nolan said...

Rhonda - it looks like you are having lots of fun with your sketchbook - just love the Heron-beautiful friend. Think it needs to be framed. Have a delightful day. Hugs!

E.M. Corsa said...

The heart piece (pic two) captured my attention. Beautiful Rhonda.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks so much, Chris, Debbie and Elizabeth. Elizabeth, starting with a heart can really take you placed - try it! There is just something so evocative and full of memory about a simple heart shape (remember the Valentine's cards we'd share with our classmates in school or that first Valentine we got from our first love?)

Chris, glad you are enjoying the videos and doing the sketchbook revival, too. Hope you feel you can share a few when you've gotten through them. I think this was a great online course - and all for free!!

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

so much colour :D love the bird :) reminds me of old Japanese ink paintings :)

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Jennifer Rose.