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I bought a block of Stonehenge Aqua Hotpress after seeing a lot of work from an artist who uses it well.  I'm not usually a fan of hotpress paper so we'll see.  I want something that gives me interesting texture without being a fussy as Yupo and something that's still paper.  This might be it! I like the texture it gives me and the way the paint doesn't soak in and can be pushed around.  I can also lift out a little and reshape areas after it's dried.   Interesting so far... And...
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I forgot the theme and painted this on the 7 x 10 Arches 140# rough block of watercolor paper.  Not a bird.  An interesting plant.  It was not this color, being just mud-brown and dull.  A printout that was running low on certain inks caused it to look blue and silver so I thought I'd use those colors and try for some pen and ink along with the watercolor.   I'll get back to the birds on the 7 x 10 rough after this - but I also have some totally different and interesting paper I want to t...
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Again, part of the 7 x 10 Rough series of bird paintings for 2019... The great blue heron is a beautiful bird, often showing blue-grey and violet, sometimes just a dull grey color.  This one (from a photo taken during my recent Anna Maria Island trip) was in the evening and he looks very blue.  He (or she?) was fishing for little things beside a running stream inside Perrico Preserve.  I know herons and egrets are found in the Ohio River Valley area, but I've rarely seen great blue herons arou...
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Another in the series, 7 x 10 Rough... The pileated woodpecker comes to our suet feeders once or twice a year, but never stays.  He's just passing through.  This woodpecker is the model for the Woody the Woodpecker cartoons - you can see why with that red topknot! [Author: RH Carpenter]
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I think he ate too many Christmas cookies! This is watercolor on an Arches block of 7 x 10, 140# rough paper.   New Year = New Birds :)  The next few will all be on this block of rough 140# Arches so I'm calling the series [Author: RH Carpenter]
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I started an abstracted painting - just putting down paint and letting it go.  Then reinforced the idea of the water, sandy shoreline, and grassland.  And added the great white egret.   Still have AMI on my mind.   [Author: RH Carpenter]
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While in Anna Maria, I often visit The Olive Oil Outpost for a scrumptious cafe con leche.  It's my routine to stop once a day - yes, I'm addicted and like the people there a lot.   On the way to the OOO, beside the walkway between streets, was this strange plant that had red pods growing on a tall red stem (it stood about 4 feet high).  It also had a single white flower blooming, which I did not paint.   It caught my eye and I had to try to paint it when I came home.   ...
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Another on the slick mixed media paper using watercolors.   Blue skies, sunshine, walks to the beach, and the date palms outside the house where we stayed on AMI.   [Author: RH Carpenter]
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This was painted, while I was on Anna Maria Island in December, with watercolor on a slick paper (actually, a mixed media block of paper I thought I'd try).  The paper causes the paint to sit on top, creating some interesting textures.  It's not like Yupo since it is paper, but even more slick than hot press watercolor paper.   Playing around with, but still using watercolors (tubes, crayons, pencils). This is my impression of the two weeks in Anna Maria and all I saw there in Decemb...
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Started a poinsettia for the last painting of the year.  I prewet the leaf shapes and the dropped in the colors, letting them bleed and blend.   After that dried, I went back and put in the black using Lunar Black by Daniel Smith (it granulated so I added some dark red to it in places and made sure it was pretty solid around the leaves).   I let that dry before going in with Sap Green and Bismuth Yellow for the middle buds, and put in the hint of color...
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Still working on wet-in-wet and sticking with it.  This one wasn’t so great and you really had to do the mountain shadows using dry brush, but it’s okay.  Not every one will be a winner. [Author: RH Carpenter]
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Just a frozen autumn pond. [Author: RH Carpenter]
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This is a little scrap, just bigger than a postcard.  I was trying to copy a painting in the book and it’s supposed to be paler yellow mountains and a misty look at the bottom using blue, but it didn’t quite work.  Oh, well.   I received a recent newsletter post from an artist who said take a month and ruin a lot of paintings as a way to explore and grow - maybe this is painting number one? ha ha.  [Author: RH Carpenter]
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Still playing with shapes and blending colors.  With the pots, you lay down the shadow shape only and then, using clean water, you move out and around to create the shape of the pot.  I like the bottom left one the best.  The top right bled out too much creating a feathered edge and the bottom right just looks dull.  So - fun to try and play with.   The red/blue is just laying down colors with white space in between and then bleeding them together with clean water without touching either ...
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Come into my studio, it’s very wet outside! [Author: RH Carpenter]
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This simplistic cup and saucer looks so easy, but it’s really not.  The technique is, you lay down the color on the whole page and then, before the paper dries, you start lifting off the color.  Your goal is to get the shape right and to get back to white (or close to white).  So don’t use a staining color!  In the book it says to try this 10 times and then, if you haven’t gotten it yet, try again :). Isn’t that always the way = just keep trying. I didn’t get the saucer right (can never...
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No more tomatoes at the Farmer’s Market, but I can still paint some.  Very wet and loose - I may just be getting the hang of this technique! [Author: RH Carpenter]
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Trying to work on the iPad and update some blog posts.  I’ll be talking to the local tech guy about the photo all disappearing from the desktop and what can be done to try to retrieve all those - I hope!!!   Until then, this isn’t as quick and easy (or familiar) to do on the iPad but it’s do-able, so... Hope you all are having a better November than I. I’ve had 4 migraines (which means 8 days) of pain or aftereffects of pain so far this month :(. And that was before I lost all the pho...
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Autumn seedpods. [Author: RH Carpenter]
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Long and soft landscape.  Lots of green Still practice practice practice to get it right.  Sometimes I think I've got it, and then it eludes me again.   Watercolor takes a lifetime to master! [Author: RH Carpenter]
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Square landscape.  Lots of wet-in-wet and waiting for the right time to darken (and getting it wrong and trying again).   When this wet-in-wet style is done well, it looks so easy and beautiful and fresh.  That's what I'm aiming for with this practice practice practice. [Author: RH Carpenter]
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Just  playing with yellows and what works to shade them without getting too green or brown. What do you use to shade yellow? [Author: RH Carpenter]
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Rainy street in autumn. We certainly are having enough rain.  So much that the little Halloweeners were few and far between last night.  Now I have to eat all this leftover candy!!  So sad! ha ha   [Author: RH Carpenter]
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Wet-in-wet.  Light and washy.  Need more variety in the greens but not too bad on the berries. [Author: RH Carpenter]
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Glad I got this one finished by Halloween.  He was really giving me fits until I finished it :) Now on to something else... [Author: RH Carpenter]
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Well, he grumbled so much, I had to do a portrait of him, too.  Just a light wash and shaping of the crooked features before finishing.  Not sure why the blue background looks violet here - maybe something to do with the orange against the blue? [Author: RH Carpenter]
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A grumpy old pumpkin. [Author: RH Carpenter]
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I have been following and commenting on some blogs without the comments ever coming up.  Not sure what the problem is - a blogger glitch?  So if you aren't hearing from me in the last week or so, it's not because I'm not watching and trying to comment.  My comments just aren't getting through for some reason :( Sorry, Chris, Jennifer, Bruce, Laura, etc.  I haven't forgotten you all! [Author: RH Carpenter]
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Started a little pumpkin painting, using an outdoor ornament as a model.  This guy wants his portrait painted too, after I finish the first one.  He's such a bully (as you can tell by his gruff expression), and he's not too impressed with my small pumpkin painting - or maybe he just wants to know why I started with the small one and not him?!? ha ha [Author: RH Carpenter]
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Vase and mug.   Almost through the Ewa Karpinska book on the wet-in-wet style of watercolor painting.  Still have a few books to go to get me through the autumn. [Author: RH Carpenter]
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