Tuesday, July 9, 2019

It's Almost Here!

The competition is pretty stiff especially with "Abyss" by Jessie Lane.  He does such incredible portraits and I'm all signed up for one of his workshops he'll be teaching in September in Torrance, CA.  The La Brea Exhibition is going to be so exciting!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

March Madness

Let's just say my time away from writing in my blog has been pretty filled up with art, specifically drawing.  This year, I wanted to enter two pieces into the 27th Colored Pencil of America Society's International Exhibition to be held in Brea, California this summer.  If they both get in, I will have earned my CPSA letters.  If not, that's the way the cookie crumbles and I'll just have to try again. 

I am addicted to Instagram and follow many talented artists as well as photographers, most particularly the National Geographic photographers.  Most that I follow, specialize in the ocean's underwater environment, another is doing dog portraits which is so lovely and delightful, and another is photographing the Canadian wild life in the polar regions.  Although I have done this idea a long time ago, I wanted to do a better one now that I have my art skills have advanced a bit and, that is, to redo a desert mandala. In the early 90's, I did a pen and ink version and gave it to a friend.  This time, I did a very detailed colored pencil piece on a wash of Derwent Inktense  of the desert animals and plants of the Anza Borrego desert in Southern California.  It is a sunset and night scene with flowering cacti.

"Anza Borrego" 22.50" x 22.50" Colored Pencil on Inktense wash
Eventually, I would like to do other latitudinal terrains like the polar regions, the rain forest, and other regions.

The second colored pencil piece was a time intensive piece.  I adore the artist Chuck Close, and started out doing my piece on an angled grid.  Eventually, I abandoned the grid and just drew to make the composition as strong as possible.  I stylized the lily pads and lotus blossoms and buds in a colorized way, sort of like Gustav Klimt, but not.   I entitled it "Mono No Aware", a Japanese term for the way one feels or empathizes with the beautiful transience or impermanence of something or someone. It is like fall with all it's beautiful colors and leaves, but you know that winter is coming and all the leaves will be gone.   

"Mono No Aware" 22.50" x 22", Colored Pencils on Inktense wash
So now I'll cross my fingers until they announce who will be juried in by the end of May.  

With the next art piece, I'll switch from pencils to brushes to work on a very large 30" x 40" watermedia painting. I am free to do anything with this painting and am not limited to just watercolors.  I don't want to jinx this future piece, but will update with more information when I've completed it.  For now, I'll just say but I'm so excited to be working on a big commissioned piece that will be hung in a public place!  

I've also designed a new website and here's a peek:  Rhonda Pettit Anderson Art

At the home front, my kitchen is being completely renovated and I've been living in white dust and take-out meals for about a month.  Things are just now starting to be put back together, the recessed ceiling lights are going in, the walls have been painted and now we wait for the cabinet installers.  We have the cabinets and the appliances in the garage.  It's a dance to order new things, have them delivered, and then to have them installed.  The best I can say is that it should be over by the end of April!  

Wishing you a lovely spring!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Eyez Got It

Sometimes it's good to go back and study past and current artist masters to refresh and reset.  In one of the drawing 101 classes I took, back in the day, I had to draw an old masterpiece and chose "Blue Boy" by Thomas Gainsborough and it helped me to see the lines through the eyes of Gainsborough. I thought I would revisit this idea of drawing and painting in the style of the art masters except I would isolate it to just an eye from a painting.  Using watercolor pen/brushes as the base, I then added further detail with colored pencils on top.  I'm pretty happy with the results and from doing Chuck Close's eye,  I now want to further study painting on the grid with the first theme of a southern California desert.

Here are all 27 studies of the eyes of the master artists in no particular order:

Study of Alice Neel Eye

Study of Basquiat Eye

Study of Botticelli  (Venus) Eye

Study of Chuck Close Eye

Study of Edgar Degas Self Portrait Eye

Study of  Egon Schiele Self Portrait Eye

Study of Frida Kahlo Self Portrait Eye

Study of Friedensreich Hundertwassen  Eye

Study of Paul Gauguin Self Portrait Eye

Study of David Hockney Eye

Study of John Singer Sargent Self Portrait Eye

Study of Kathe Kolliwitz Self Portrait  Eye

Study of Gustav Klimt (Adele Bloch-Bauer) Eye

Study of Leonardo Da Vinci Eye

Study of Lucien Frued (Francis Bacon) Eye

Study of Manet Eye

Study of Matisse Eye

Study of Max Ernst Self Portrait Eye

Study of Max Kurchner Self Portrait Eye

Study of Raphael Eye

Study of Roy Lichtenstein Eye

Study of Renoir Eye

Study of Rosetti (Elizabeth Siddall) Eye

Study of Peter Paul Ruebens Self Portrait Eye

Study of Tamara de Lepicka Eye

Study of Toulouse Lautrec Eye

Study of Van Gogh Self Portrait Eye

Friday, July 20, 2018

Summer Daze

I've been laying low this summer, and with the exception of Figure Inspiration Group, I've not been drawing or painting.  Instead, I'm taking a hiatus for just a little while.  There were several interactions that happened with a particular individual in a drawing group that I enjoyed going to, especially since it was nearby.  It felt like an ambush and was meant to humiliate me in front of the other members of this group.  Even when I was alone, this person cornered me and was either scolding me because of what I brought as my contribution for the potluck or saying something so offensive that it could very well be construed as racist (you should take the Sumei e because that's my thing she curtly said) . After this happened, I decided to skip the next week trying to let things cool off, but when I returned the next week, this person would not let it go and, again, in front of everyone, began to speak about this show I was not accepted in, but she was.  Honestly, I was disappointed about not being accepted, but it definitely was not the end of the world for me - you win some, you lose some and sometimes it rains. However, I was not the one who brought it up,  this person went out of her way to try to make me look bad and put herself up there.  This whole interaction totally knocked me down because I thought we were friends.  I don't know how the other members of this drawing group felt about it, but I can only imagine it was awkward for them.  For me, life is too short to feel bad and I don't go to drawing groups to be chastised and made to feel like a loser by some bully.  These kind of things really set me back for awhile, but I always get back on my feet and go on.  Although I love being a  part of art groups for the support and camaraderie, but I can't waste my time continuing to be unhappy with something I love. 

My "Lamp" drawing headed south after using some products I had never used before.  I'm not one to carefully experiment, I jump in and just do it and then learn by my mistakes, and this one was a big one. I'm a little wiser now, so I have another drawing that I will be doing a little experimenting on, but I am testing a little bit before I delve into it.  One thing that has been a big plus is that I was asked to donate a drawing to the Silent Auction for the International Colored Pencil Show to be held the end of July and early August in Chicago this year.  It was such an honor, I think I am the only artist without letters as last year was the first time I had been accepted and to win 2nd honors.  It took me a day to figure out what I was going to do and then I had it.  I decided to do a still life piece with one of my Buddha figures and draped orchids and flowers all around him set against a starry sky.  It's entitled "Speak No Evil".  My intention is that we all be a little more kinder and civil with each other in person and in social media.  Against my better judgement, it was tempting to make one of the stars the Twitter bird logo, but thank goodness I didn't go there.  Here is the drawing:
"Speak No Evil" (10.50" x 8" - Colored Pencils)
 This drawing is among other incredible drawings by super stellar artists.  You can check it out here:  CPSA Silent Auction .

Our days at Figure Inspiration Group are numbered.  The landlords are kicking Bravo School of Arts out and because we sublease on Tuesday mornings, that means us  as well.  There are other issues going on, but suffice to say we will no longer be meeting after the end of August.  The San Diego Watercolor Society, however, has a figure life drawing group that meets on Thursdays, so once my trip to Chicago is over and FIG is over, I'll be joining that group. 

I have several ideas for paintings and drawings that are stewing in my head that I will get to, but for the time I took a break I played with other materials.  I have a fascination with recyclable materials or re-purposing materials into art.  I have an artist friend who picks up stuff from her walks and makes art out of them.  She makes some incredible art objects!  I joined a mail art swap to make hearts with wings.  I love playing with the aluminum from soda cans and so I made my wings using the aluminum from soda cans and used dryer softener sheets and tissue paper.  I painted angels or muses on the hearts, and made tiny origami hearts with inspirational sayings and adhered them to the backs.  Here's what they look like: 

They were fun to make, but I should know better than to join two swaps!  

My next venture was to sew Talisman rocks with charms that I saw in an article "Objects of Comfort" from the artist Virginia Gertenbach in the February/March 2018 issue.  I fell in love with them on sight and had to make my own.  They will be my gifts to a particular group of artists I'll be seeing later in the year.  Mine are probably a little more colorful and incorporate beads and bits of old jewelry donated by another friend.  Each rock has a message tucked inside that I got from one of my meditation apps and it says, "May you be happy, may you be safe, may your heart be at peace".  And with that, I wish you the same and to have a lovely summer!

Saturday, February 17, 2018


I'm pretty inconsistent in keeping this blog up to date and, maybe, keeping people interested in my art.  I'm an introvert and it's difficult to describe everything that I do and why I do it.  I wish, sometimes, that I could be a very good story teller, but I find that it's so much work and I'm lazy in that area. However, I'm very passionate about art and a blog is a nice way of keeping track of myself and my art even if no one reads it.  I'll try to be better at keeping the updates going.  I do post a lot of my works in progress on other social media, mainly on Instagram @rhondaandersonart

 2017 was a very interesting year for me with some ups and downs. First of all, this happened: CPSA 25th Annual International Show  .  It was a beautiful dream except it was really happening, and to think, I entered on a whim wanting to give the piece one more shot at being in a show.  It was the first entry I was accepted and I won 2nd place with my drawing/painting "Lotus Dance". It was icing on the cake when it was purchased as well. The Mansion on the Strathmore was a beautiful venue for the exhibition, and they promoted the show so much and sold so much that they want us to come back again!
"Lotus Dance" hanging in The Mansion on the Strathmore

Last summer, I had a health issue and spent a few days in the hospital and had my first operation.  I had never stayed in a hospital before except to have my son.  I had never been waited on like that and I have to say, I kind of enjoyed being lazy and having others look after you.

In October, I had invited some mailartist friends to come spend time making art at an Airbnb down on India Street downtown San Diego. We all got on so well and it was one of the funnest times I've had collaborating with other artists.  We all worked on a group project for fun entitled "Project Wrongway".  We took those little plastic skeletons you can buy cheaply at Michaels, and styled them with cloth, ribbon, feathers, bling and all kinds of ephemera.  We video taped the Project Wrongway runway walk with "Skelly Tyler" hosting.  Yes, we all found our inner child and had a blast.  Here is the link to the video: Project Wrongway    We are going to meet again this year in Albuquerque!

Now, I am working on a entry for the Colored Pencil's 26th International Exhibit which will be held in Chicago this year.  I plan to attend whether or not my entry is accepted or rejected.  I would love to see the city as I've only gone through it a few times. Even though I do work both in colored pencils and watermedia, and soon mixerd media, I find each medium an excellent way to convey ideas and thoughts.  With all the negative diversity, I find that colored pencils are an excellent way to convey ideal universal ways of thinking and I am hoping the viewer will understand and agree with what I have to say.  This new piece will be called "Many Lamps, One Light" and it is my hope that other's who see this will take this in the most positive, spiritual way and that even though we may have different ways of worship or connecting spiritually with God, God is the same for us all.  I'm working on the background now and it's taking forever but I should be done with it soon.  I decided to work on illustration board using Caran d' Ache Pablo colored pencils.  I bought Alonya Nickleson's texture fixative and, also, the powder thinking I could use this for the background.  However, I learned that it only works on a textured background like suede.  So, now I'm painstakingly filling in the background.  After this is done, I plan to go back to hardpress watercolor paper and using the Icarus board developed by Ester Roi for future drawings.  It's so much easier to have the heat spread the wax of the colored pencil quickly and then to go back on top to put in the detail. Here are my stages, the penciling in of the different lamps.  After seeing the photo, I decided to switch the Art Deco lamp with the Lava Lamp. The next one are the lamps in color with all their different textures.

Pencil drawing "Many Lamps, One Light"

Progress with coloring of lamps

Monday, June 19, 2017

Bottles of Art on the Wall

Whoops, I let a whole month go by without writing about the art I've been making.  Well...., one of the things I got into is making "Bottle Art". On Instagram, I saw a lot of artist's bottle art for a show being held in Las Vegas.  It was just a show, and people could purchase their art either at the gallery or through the artist.  I thought it would be great if I could trade Bottle art using a template I made, but I think the format might be too large.  However, a few artists did agree to trade and I received amazing bottle art from them.  Here are some of the bottle art I traded.

Spring Nature Goddess with Bluebird

Cranky Smoking Elder Lady 1

Raven Shaman II


Raven Shaman I

Flower Crowned Bunny with Pink Moon

Cranky Smoking Elder Woman II

Cavaleras Las Flores

Sakura Buddha

Anthropomorphic Sun
I also made an art book entitled "Play" with Ravens playing with shiny jewels with each other.  I used a Gothic Arch template to create an accordion book.  Sandwich between the cover and the arches, are used dryer sheets.  I squirted watercolor using a hypodermic tool on it and the cover.  
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Cover of "Play"

Ravens at Play

Working on the inside and on dryer sheets 

I joined another drawing group at Foothills Gallery in La Mesa, so I belong to quite a few art tribes.  We can work on any project with any media, but mainly it's with colored pencil artists.  Quite a few of them have left the San Diego chapter as I did some years ago, and have now joined the LA chapter.  It sounds very inspiring, so I decided to join again, this time with Los Angeles.  I'm getting ready for the International Show next month and can't wait to meet up with all these wonderful artists from everywhere.  I'm so thrilled to have my drawing/painting hanging with very esteemed artists!  

On a sad note, my dearest friend's dog, Hurley, went to dog heaven last week.  He was my dog friend too and it was such a pleasure to have known him.  He had an amazing life journey, having been lost from his home and family during the Witch Creek Fires.  My friend saw him and adopted him immediately.  He was pretty chill except when there was a crackling fire going on in the fireplace, where he would just quietly go into another room  He will be missed so much.  I did a small, quick colored pencil portrait of him to give to my friend to help ease her sadness.