Thursday, December 27, 2007

Happy Days


Bright cheery Happy Days! oil 8x10 on board

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Comin' Up Roses



I decided to take a more abstract approach to these roses. The way I was trained to paint was so opposite of this. It is still difficult for me to abstract and simplify. 8x10 oil on board

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Innocent


I had so much fun painting this. It has a lot of texture with the brush strokes and I love the bright colors.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Girl With The Pearl Earring My Study





I was dying to try a study Of Vermeer's Girl With The Pearl Earring. Upon comparison I can see I have some tweeking to do with color and shadow, but I feel my study was actually not too bad. 12x16 oil A great learning experience is to copy the old masters, although there is no real comparison, I had fun.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Beauty Is....



A fascinating subject. Women applying makeup. It is a kind of sisterhood a kinship, the way we apply our mascara, pursing our lips. Strange expressions. A fun study to do in a stylistic manor. 6"x8" oil

Friday, December 14, 2007

Madonna Of The Roses


I made up this girls face. I used the Small Cowpert Madonna by Raphael as an influence. I am experimenting with unusual stylistic paintings of faces 12x16 oil

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Cozy Sunflowers


I have been wanting to paint sunflowers for a while. This is from a photo. You can not really see it but there is heavy texture in this painting. The painting also evokes a calming mood to me. 24x36 oil.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Napper


I had hoped to convey an older gentleman on a very bright hot summer day, napping on a bench. I hope the subtleties of the background show up. The values are dark so I hope it works.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Dog Walker


I tried to really work on my values in this piece. I think I am improving that when working from a photo where you have to create them sometimes. There is nothing like painting from life but that is not always possible so you use your memory to get it.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Japanese Garden Birmingham Alabama



This is a beautiful, peaceful place in the middle of a busy city. Reflections are hard for me for some reason, I don't like to paint them they seem tedious to me. I think this one worked out ok though. I used a lot of paint on a 6x8 gray toned gessoed board.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Practice Making Peace


I used thick paint and a very limited palette to create a mood and a message of making peace. 8x10 oil

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Buddha-ful Face


6"x9" oil. Quiet zen like mood to this painting. Cool colors.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Santa 2



A small version of the previous "Cathy's Santa". This is the study I used for the large canvas 6"x8" oil. For sale on ebay. ttp://cgi.ebay.com/painting-oil-original-santa-christmas-n-rhodes-harper_W0QQitemZ120193428064QQihZ002QQ

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Small Cowpert Madonna Homage to Raphael (finished)


This was a great exercise and so much fun. I love the softness of Raphael's portraits, the faces always seem exactly as they should. 8x10 oil on pintura board.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Homage To Raphael (in progress)



From time to time it is good practice for an artist to study the old masters. I love Raphael and I am painting my interpretation of Raphael's Small Cowper Madonna circa 1505. It is impossible to try to render a painting such as the original but it is good study practice for me. I am in progress with this painting and it is 8"x10" oil.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Cathy's Santa


This Santa painting was a commission piece for my dear friend Cathy. The idea I have to say came from Paula Deen's nephew Jay Hiers who painted one for her. However I borrowed the idea the image is different. This piece is huge 30x40 oil. Other paintings with slightly different faces can be commissioned for $400.00. Happy Holidays!

Friday, November 30, 2007

Santa Baby


Can You guess who I am? Happy Holidays! 8"x10"oil. For Sale On Ebay For some reason his whole face does not show but he has a beautiful mouth, check it out on ebay you can see the whole picture there. SOLD

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Jethro Tull

 
Meet Jethro Tull a 6x8 inch oil of a very cheeky dog (or rock star however you want to put it). Lot's of texture and personality to this one.
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Monday, November 26, 2007

It's You!

 
A 6x8 figurative piece. Why is she so surprised when she see's the person? Is she glad,scared or just surprised? Those are emotions this 6x8 oil reminds me of. Enjoy!
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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Shelter

 
It is raining heavily here as a cold front approaches and families gather together to celebrate and give thanks. I hope everyone has some warm comforting shelter and someone to be with tomorrow. Happy Thanksgiving Everyone
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Monday, November 19, 2007

Half Full-Half Empty?

 
Large brush strokes colorful quick study. 6x8 oil for sale on ebay SOLD
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Friday, November 16, 2007

Where Do I Go From Here?-bench warmer 16

 
This piece is all about texture with brush stokes.minimized as much as possible. 8x10 oil
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Secrets He Knows - 2

 
I decided to pull my watercolors out and try a portrait. This is the same subject I did a couple of weeks ago in oil. If you want to see some really great watercolor portraits google Jane Paul Angelhart.
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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Summer In The City

 
I want to paint more scenes like this. I enjoy the architecture,the people, the whole busy scene. oil 8x16.
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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Selling On Ebay

I took the plunge and put 2 paintings up for sale on Ebay. I know it will take a while for me to get established there, so I am patient. Wish me luck!

Puckett's Grocery Leipers Fork, Tn.

 
A study of the famous Puckett's Grocery in Leipers Fork, Tn. Afun study during the Ken Auster workshop. 6x8 oil on board
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Friday, November 9, 2007

Scottish Bench Warmer 15

 
I don't know how or why I got started doing this bench warmer series but I am still infatuated with it. This is an 8x10 oil on board.
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Thursday, November 8, 2007

A Man Of Distinction-A Real Big Spender

 
My attempt of trying to capture the light in a store window(from a borrowed photo)and recreate it on canvas.12x16 oil
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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Attentive

 
Another study of values. I need to work on faces in general but in these studies i just want to convey that there is a face there.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Sunday On The Steps

 
I tried to use a lot of paint with very few details. I think the idea came through.
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Monday, November 5, 2007

Ken Auster's Workshop

I was asked by Mark from Dallas about my workshop experience with Ken. I thought I would just post a reply here in case other's were thinking the same things. I had been nervous for months before this workshop. When you respect an artist so much they almost become like a superstar in your mind. At least in my mind. Would I be over my head and not on a level to understand or keep up in this workshop? Well, I was pleasantly surprised on the very first day. Ken likes to put things in terms everyone can understand. He does not use a lot of artsy jargon. He basically tells you everything he knows about painting in a very short time and you can absolutely understand and retain the information. All levels of artists take his workshops. He does a lot of demos and lectures while he is painting, wasting no time. He is receptive to any question, even if you think it is a dumb one ask it, you would be surprised at how much information comes from a question you may think as dumb. I believe there are no dumb questions when you are trying to learn and grow as an artist. We experienced bad weather so our painting time outside en plein air was limited. He made the rounds to every person offering really helpful ideas in a very non intimidating way. You will enjoy his humor. He is very straight forward, very laid back and wow can he crank out a demo in a very short time. He loves a lot of paint and will push you to be free and more loose in your painting. If you are a very neat person who uses little dabs of paint and never gets dirty and paranoid if your brushes aren't clean, he may be shocking to you. He doesn't wash brushes EVER! He uses wax paper as a palette and throws it away when finished. All in all he is very liberating in the process. If you get a chance to take a workshop from Ken by all means do it! You will learn so much and be so inspired, I guarantee you will grow as an artist. Hope this helps Mark! Go for it. His dvd is well worth the money and if you are signed up for a class you get a discount. Although I couldn't swing it myself this time, he discounts his demos for students to 50% off! Now, I am just a fan and I am not on his payroll, LOL! See ya...

A Dog's New York State Of Mind

 
I painted this a couple of months ago, I am not sure if I have enough dark values in the overall painting. Hmmm. after looking at the painting online. I think it works ok as far as the values go. oil 8x10
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