Sunday, December 27, 2009

Java Time

A small painting I did while visiting a Starbucks store. The young lady was so nice to let me use her as a model. I hope everyone has a wonderful new year in 2010. Thanks, so much for your support. 6x8 oil on hardboard. This painting is for sale at The Nashville Gallery c 2009

Friday, December 4, 2009


This is a painting that is included in the Small Works Show at Nashville Gallery this Saturday 6-9 pm 218 South 11th St. Nashville, Tn. If you are in the area please stop in and say hello. 6x6 oil on gessoed hardboard c. 2009.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Nashville Gallery Small Works Show

You are invited to "Small Works" original art opening reception at Nashville Gallery, Nashville, Tn. December 5 6-9 pm. Featuring a variety of the areas favorite local artists. Ann Cowden - Bill Barnes - Thalia Kahl - Sherrie Levine - Rob Riley - and Nancy Rhodes Harper For your holiday shopping pleasure many of the paintings will be offered unframed perfect for stocking stuffers, hostess gifts and a wonderful way to help a young person begining their own original art collection. The evening show and reception is part of the east Nashville Art Crawl. Thanks for supporting the arts!

Nashville Gallery
218 South 11th Street
Nashville, Tn. 37200
December 5 - 6-9 pm Show runs through January
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Flint River Land Trust

I painted this for a fund raising event the local land trust organization hosts here in Huntsville, Al. I am proud to say this piece found a new home and helped to raise funds for land preservation. Which is an important cause for all of us to think about. Thanks for looking.
11"x14" oil on linen. © 2009 Sold .

Thursday, October 1, 2009

A Special Thank You

I wanted to give a special thank you to those of you who are following my blog and those who visit. I appreciate it so much and you keep me going. I enjoy looking at your blogs and art as well. You are treasures.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


I have been really busy working on some commission pieces. My show went well and the paintings are selling, for which I am so grateful. I need to get back in the groove and catch up on my daily blog postings. I am sorry I have been lax about it. Tonight I am taking 2 plein air paintings (will post later) to a preview party for a Land Trust Auction to be held in late October. It should be fun.  We are having perfect weather for plein air painting and I hope to get out there and paint next week.I need to take some pictures around town as well. This painting is of an old water tower, the kind you still see in many small towns across the country. They are disappearing fast though. 12x16 oil on linen. For sale at

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Art Show

I would like to invite everyone to my art show at Renaissance Art Gallery in Northport, Al. Thursday Sept.3, 2009 5-8:30pm. I have been working hard for the past few months preparing new work for the show, which is the reason for my absence from blog posts and paintings. If you are in the area I would love to see you and if you can't be there you can view the paintings on line by clicking my Renaissance Art Gallery link to the right of this page. Thanks so much, Nancy Harper

You Bought The One I Wanted

A sneek peek at one of the paintings from my gallery show next week at Renaissance Gallery in Northport, Al. Sept.3 5-8:30pm . Everyone is invited.

12x12 oil C2009
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Monday, August 3, 2009

Portrait Study

This is a study I am working on for David darrows on line class concerning fleshtones. Excuse the picture quality there is a bit of glare. I will redo it later. David's classes are great and you get a lot for very little money. oil 8x10 c 2009 NFS

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Three Make A Chef

This is a small commission piece. I am happy with the way it turned out and the client liked it so that is what is important and as always a big relief! 10x10 oil on linen. c2009 private collection.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Mountain Meadow

This is a meadow on top of a beautiful mountain in Alabama near a quaint little village called Mentone. I push myself to paint landscapes because I feel they are my weakest paintings. My love is figurative work but I love being outside and painting en plein air and it is a challenge. 9x12 oil on linen.

Monday, June 8, 2009


I am having anxiety over a figurative commission I am working on. I feel almost frozen and I don't know where it is coming from. It must be the pressure I am putting on myself to paint an wonderful painting for the client. I keep telling myself paint just like any other day when you are painting for yourself. I hope this passes soon! Does anyone else out there ever feel this way?

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Palace Guard

This is a 10x10 framed oil available for sale at Renaissance Art Gallery. I think the complementary colors work well here and people are my favorite subjects to paint! c2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Artful Dodger

I love the effect of light on the bikers back. Backgrounds are always a challenge to me. How much detail do you put in ? How much do you leave out and just indicate an impression of an object? Some of the many decisions you have to make. If you listed all of the things you have to remember while doing a painting it could be overwhelming to even begin. It is the love of the process and the final result that keeps me trying over and over. 10x10 oil c2009 available for purchase from Renaissance Gallery in Northport, Alabama.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Seeing Through You Louis Prima!

Somehow her eyes are captivating to me. She really reminds me of Keely Smith. She was a singer with Louis Prima and performed way back when in Las Vegas. They were always around the "Rat Pack" fellows. I love painting people and this one was really made up but ended up as Keely. The brush strokes are bold and the color striking. Thanks for looking! This is a 10x10 oil on linen. c 2009

Saturday, April 25, 2009


Exciting things are happening. Lot's of commissions are coming in and I am having a show next September at Renaissance Art Gallery but more on that later. The photo of this painting is not as sharp as I would like but it will have to do as the painting has already been shipped to the gallery for sale.She is really beautiful and so fresh with vibrant, luscious brush strokes. The painting is framed with a black and gold wood plein air frame from Del Frames. The framed size is 15x18 unframed 11x14. Please visit Renaissance Art gallery for purchase information. oil on hardboard. c 2009

Monday, April 20, 2009

It's Raining All The Time

I am submitting this one to my gallery for next months art walk celebrating music. The inspiration for this piece was Ella Fitzgerald and her sweet voice. It will be available for purchase from Renaissance Gallery. 12x16 oil on fine linen c2009 sold

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Bee U Tee

A little warm up study to start the day. Concentrating on brush strokes. 6x6 inches c2009 $110.00 at Boundless Gallery.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Plein Air Trunk Show

I painted this on a recent outing with the Alabama Plein Air Painters group in Springville, Alabama. A fellow artist was painting out of the trunk of her suv and the light was really nice. 12x12 oil on hardboard. c2009
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Friday, March 27, 2009

He's Clueless

This is my version of Karin Jurick's Different Strokes From Different Folks challenge . oil 11x14 c 2009

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


A loose expressive portrait of a pouty young woman. 9x12 0il on linen c2009

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


I love Milt Kobayashi's work. He paints such facinating characters. I wanted to experiment and try his style. It was actually harder than it looks and no way can I compare but it was fun. c2009
oil 9x12 NFS

Friday, March 6, 2009


The original photo is above!
This is a commission painting for a friend, of her grandchild.
He s a beautiful child. The painting was still in progress at this point and needed to be tweeked just a little.9x12 oil c2009 private collection

I thought I would add the original photo of the painting. Taken from a perspective standing above the subject looking down.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Reading Room

Imagine it is a beautiful summers day, all daily chores are finished and you actually have time for yourself. Read a book, take a nap, paint or whatever. You make some ice tea and head into your favorite outdoor oasis where you find a daybed with a cooling fan. Who could ask for more? 6x6 oil on hardboard c 2009 $110.00

I have the honor of being a featured artist this month on our local art blog.   please take a look.  Thank you to all for your support, those who follow my blog, my facebook , Boundless Gallery and Daily Art Painters. I am so greatful to you.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Miss Priss

I have been working hard on trying to set up myself for approaching galleries. I have been gathering my paintings, choosing the best, framing, and painting a bit larger than these daily paintings. I am going to get back into the habit of painting a small 6x6 warm up to post here and be available for sale on boundless gallery. the rest of my work I am not sure if I am going to post until it is sold in a gallery or if it is posted, it will have to be purchased through the gallery. I am very close to my accomplishment but more on that later. Paper work ugh! Gathering the necessary forms, licenses, organizing inventory is taking up a huge amount of time right now but I am hoping when it is in order I will be able to have a day for business and the rest for painting as well as maintaining daily life responsibilities. 6x6 oil on hardboard. c 2009. S110.00
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Friday, February 13, 2009

Love Not Returned

Unrequited love. 8x10 oil on pintura board. Rich brush stokes. Limited palette. c2009

View this piece and many others at the Artist Challenge site.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Steele Street Old Town

The finished painting. I am going to go back and refresh myself with some studies of perspective. I don't know why but I am slanting vertical lines slightly the the left.I think the light in this painting turned out well. It was difficult not to use too much white when the sun was shining on the house so brightly and the house was very close in color to a tonal white with white trim. My friend Elio tells me to stay away from the white. 11x14 oil on linen c2009 NFS at this time.

I reposted the photo as the image was blurry and did not show the brush strokes.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Steele St. In Progress

I just started this one yesterday "en plein air" and then I had to stop. Today it is overcast and gloomy so I will stay inside and finish it. The house is such a strange color, I will really have to push my values on this one. All of the trim was white the house is a pale pale almost pinkish taupe. Even the window trim is pale. I did recieve an commission while I was painting in our historic district yesterday. Lot's of other people wanted my card. I think if I wnet to a different street to paint everyday, I would have a lot of business! I am going to write more about the "smARTist" telesummit soon. It was wonderful and so much information to process. I highly suggest that everyone try it next year, it is worth the money and you suddenly become more aware of those opportunity doors opening that you may have ignored in the past. Plus you can attend in your pj's in your own home. If you don't have time for it live, you can download it to keep and listen to over and over. The coaches were wonderful and it was so organized. More on that later. The number 1 marketing suggestion is Facebook people! You won't believe who is on there and who my friends now are. Some of the huge names in the painting world up close and personal! It is fun to check in on all of the other artists and old friends. Great groups to have discussion with as well and it is free. I am still trying for the best paintings to enter into a couple of competitions and that old evil perfectionist bug is nagging at me even though I know there is no such thing. I used to be petrified by it. If a painting wasn't my idea of perfect, I wouldn't paint at all! I wasted so much time with this stupid way of thinking. Instead of painting and growing, I stopped. Maybe a subconscious way to sabbatoge myself or a fear of success, I don't know. Any way, I have now moved on and time is what it is an I am loving painting any way they come out I am growing everyday even at 56!

Friday, February 6, 2009


I am working on some paintings to show galleries and enter in a couple of competitions. I can't post them because they need to be fresh paintings and not previously published. I am having a really hard time as I think I am pressuring myself for their quality too much. I pulled this painting out of an older post in this blog. It has alot of texture and the colors are bright. Enjoy! oil on pintura board 6x8 c.2007

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Concentrated Limeade

I wish you could really see how thick and juicy the paint and brush strokes are in this painting.I think I am trying to outsmart light deprivation syndrome with the color choices on my palette lately by creating these fresh spring like colored paintings. I love these goblets and I don't use them much because I am afraid one will get broken, the glass is very fragile. So painting them is the next best thing to using them. I plan on doing a really large painting on black gesso of one of these goblets. 11x14 oil on gessoed hardboard. c2009
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Daddy and Me

As I was painting this from an old vintage photo (although this is not a painting of my dad and me), I noticed how much the little girl looked like I did when I was young. My dad was a sign painter and our shop was on the town square. One special birthday he took me by the hand and we walked over to the Western Auto Store and he bought me a beautiful blue westernflyer bicycle. I was so excited and happy. I could barely reach the pedals but I rode my bike around the town square buzzing my little bike horn so everyone would see me and my new bike. Things like that were hard to come by for a sign painter in a small town supporting a wife and six kids so I really know how my dad sacrificed for me to have that bike so I could be like the other kids in the neighborhood. My dad sadly passed away the summer of my 12th birthday and the memory of that day is one of my fondest. My inspiration and certainly my painterly eye comes from my dad. Thank you Daddy! 9x12 oil on linen on gatorboard. c2008
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Monday, January 26, 2009


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This is a small oil that has a big presence. So much texture. Sometimes the paint just flows from the brush and it was like the brush took over. 6x6 oil on hardboard.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Hard Cider

I love my new turquoise dishes from target and I am having fun painting them. I am a die hard braeburn apple fan but these empires are pretty good as well. The colors in them are so lush and brilliant. Who couldn't resist painting them?
6x6 oil on hardboard c.2009 $110.00 at Boundless Gallery
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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

New Generation Of Hope

Today is inauguration day as we usher in a new generation, a president who is young and our country is putting a lot of hope on his shoulders, a very historic day to celebrate. This painting to me represents a new generation of hope balancing on what has been created by our elders and ancestors. 8x14inches oil on linen on top of gatorboard. c 2008 SOLD

Although the photo looks blurry. It is not. the painting is done n a very impressionistic style with loose brush work.

Monday, January 12, 2009


I really tried to work on color harmony here. I finally bought a descent light to light my still lifes. It made a big difference for me. 9x12 0il on linen on gatorboard. c 2008
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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Lost Found Or Kidnapped

A little whimsy added to this piece. Bright sunshine, movement subtle color palette. The image (photo for the lady was loaned to me by RobW over on Flickr. Here is a link back to his image of the lady."" I took that image and put her in a different setting ,walking a dog. Thanks RobW You are the best. ©2008 12x12 oil on canvas board

Monday, January 5, 2009

2009 Resolutions

Two women returning home from celebrating the new year's arrival. They are on the subway. Do they have regrets or are they just tired?8x10 oil on board c 2008
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