Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Happy New Year 2011

A view of my front yard on Christmas day. Happy New Year everyone!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Who Me? by Nancy Rhodes Harper

Who can resist seeing this cute white bearded man at this time of year? He just has such a happy face. 6x6 oil on gessoboard ©2010 Thanks for looking

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Weight Of The World Is On Her Shoulders by Nancy Rhodes Harper

This is a small study of a woman who was in a photo walking down the street. She looks so intent and serious. 6x6 oil on gesso board ©2010 $100.00 plus s/h Thanks for looking! SOLD

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Where Is The Great Pumpkin Charley Brown? by Nancy Rhodes Harper

Another painting from my pumpkin patch adventure. This lovely family was scouring the field for that perfect, great pumpkin. Such wonderful memories for children and kudos to the parents for taking the time to create the memory. 9x12 oil on archival canvas board ©2010

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Perfect Pumpkin by Nancy Rhodes Harper

A couple of weekends ago I got an itch to paint some farm animals. I found a Petting Zoo on a farm near me so I took headed out to paint. The farm was wonderful and being fall they had a pumpkin patch with a hayride to the patch to pick your own pumpkin. Of course I went on the hayride and it was so fun. The farmer that owns the farm was helping visitors pick their pumpkins and I snagged this image of him. I managed to paint a couple of plein air pieces while I was there with my friend and fellow artist Robin Roberts. 9x12 oi on archival canvas board.©2010

ps. I sold 2 paintings at my show in Northport, Al. at Renaissance Art Gallery last week!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Cheeky by Nancy Rhodes Harper

Yes! It is getting to be that time of year, ready or not! I am not ready, but feel compelled to paint the dear old fat cheeked man from the North Pole. I love his rosy cheeks and happy smile! 4x4 oil on Ampersand canvas board. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Melange by Nancy Rhodes Harper

 This little shop is in Eureka Springs, Ar. and I think it has such style. A great  retail shop! They always have a wonderful window display. Doesn't it make you want to go in? 6x6 oil on panel ©2010. Thanks for looking!
I am still plugging away at my Sept. painting marathon and I believe this is 22. Yes, I know it is Oct. but I want to present each painting on it's own instead up uploading a bunch just to be finished.
Contact Nancy Rhodes Harper if interested click on my name.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Red Hat by Nancy Rhodes Harper

She is not a member of the Red Hat Society, she is simply dramatic and loves red hats. 6x6 oil on gallery wrapped canvas. ©2010. The painting is for sale at the Bellemeade Shoppes in Nashville, Tn. Contact me, Nancy Rhodes Harper if interested in purchasing. Thanks for looking!
No. 21 Sept. Painting Marathon

Thursday, September 30, 2010

And Thou by Nancy Rhodes Harper

I am not really a lover of wine. Never acquired the taste. None the less it is a beautiful subject to paint and people seem to be drawn to paintings of wine. 6x12 oil on gallery wrap canvas. ©2010 $150.00 plus s/h. Contact me Nancy Rhodes Harper if interested. Thanks for looking!

No 20 in Sept. painting marathon.


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Autumn Grapes by Nancy Rhodes Harper

I often take nature and it's bounty for granted. I have never really thought about it before but isn't it  amazing that the colors of fall reflect in our fall crops of fruits and vegetables. Pumpkins, grapes, gourds (we don't eat those do we?), fall apples, Indian corn, on and on. Beauty is everywhere if we take the time to look and it is free! 4x12 oil on gallery wrap canvas.©2010. This piece is available at the Belle Meade Shoppes in Nashville, Tn.  Contact me if interested. Nancy Rhodes Harper (click on my name). Thanks for looking!

I was in a workshop last week which took the wind out of my painting marathon for Sept. Although I continued to paint. I was so tired in the evenings I just wilted. It looks like I will lap into Oct. and I may have to post more than one painting to finish.
 Painting No. 19 in Sept. marathon series.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Mocha Frappachino Ambiance by Nancy Rhodes Harper

I somehow survived my entire life without drinking or even liking coffee. It smelled great but tasted so bitter and bad. Until the day! The day the heavens opened up and the big green sign came down from the sky and I heard this giant alien coffee bean say: "Mocha Frappachino With An Extra Shot!" Ok, I said, but I don't like anything with coffee in it. Oh you will like this the bean said. Go follow the road to the big green sign and tell the people called barista's that you want a venti mocha frappachino with an extra shot. Well by this time I was sure I was pretty much going nuts or was going to win a Nobel peace price because I was having a conversation with a coffee bean. Ok, I am just kidding about the bean but not about discovering the great frappachino. I have to think of them as poison now because I like them too much and save them for a once in a while treat, that is after I load an extra $50.00 on my Starbucks card. This is a 6x6 oil painted in a local Starbucks. ©2010 thanks for looking!

No. 18 Sept. painting marathon

Monday, September 20, 2010

Looking For Parmesan by Nancy Rhodes Harper

Another beautiful vegetable, that is beautiful to look at but takes time to prepare when you cook it. I am all about simple, fast instant gratification kind of vegetables but eggplant Parmesan is really wonderful. I love the deep lush colors that the sunlight casts upon them as they glow in the garden. So perfect. 6x6 oil on 2" gallery wrap canvas ©2010. Available, contact me for information. Thanks for looking!
Note: A very dear friend Beckie Saar Leone, pointed out that I was off in my count for my daily painting marathon works ! I had lost a day in there somewhere and was cheating myself out of a painting. Can you imagine? I am so grateful that she is so observant. Thanks Becky!

No. 17 in my Sept Daily Painting Marathon

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sophisticated Country by Nancy Rhodes Harper

I love to visit Nashville, the people are great, there is a huge artist community and lot's of interesting things to see. The building in this painting with the two spikes on it is nicknamed the bat building because it looks like batman's headpiece. It is currently owned by AT&T. 8x8 oil on 2" gallery wrapped canvas. If you are interested in purchasing this piece please contact me. Thanks for looking!

No. 16 in Sept. painting marathon.

Friday, September 17, 2010

One Singular Sensation by Nancy Rhodes Harper

When I was a child it was my dream to be a Broadway dancer. Being from a very small town we did not have dance classes of any kind, so I got my dance education from variety shows on tv. The Jackie Gleason Show featured a group of dancers called The June Taylor Dancers every week and I would stand in fromt of the tv and dance with them. One September when I was around 6 years old the June Taylor Dancers came to perform at out county fair. At last I saw my chance to be discovered and on my way to Broadway. I stood in the dirt in front of the stage and danced uninvited with the June Taylor Dancers and I must admit I got quite a lot of applause for it too! Fast forward a few years and I decided to take ballet in college. Right, you guessed it, I had never taken ballet before and I was horrid. We had to dance in the theater production of The Music Man and I heard our teacher say "Oh my god that redhead is going to ruin the show!" Well that did it. I learned the routine made it through the musical and retired from dancing! 6x6 oil on panel ©2010 $110.00 + s/h contact Nancy Rhodes Harper if interested in purchasing. Thanks for looking!
No.15 in my Sept. painting marathon

Thursday, September 16, 2010

I Heart Radishes 2 by Nancy Rhodes Harper

My fascination with the beauty and fun of painting radishes continues. I have plans for a few more. I really don't like the taste of radishes though. Which is a problem because I will just throw them in the compost when wilted. It is kind of wasteful but, still green! It may be turnips next! 6x6 oil on panel ©2010 Contact Nancy Rhodes Harper if interested in purchasing. Thanks for looking!

No. 14 of Sept. painting marathon.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Two's A Pear But Three's A Crowd by Nancy Rhodes Harper

Pears are quirky little things and really fun to paint. My favorite is to put them in a salad with greens, walnuts and blue cheese, yumm! Pears are wonderful when they are perfectly ripe and juicy but if you get one that isn't quite ripe it is hard and no real flavor. Viva la pear! 6x6 oil on panel ©2010 $100.00 Contact Nancy Rhodes Harper Thanks for looking!

No 13 in my Sept. painting marathon.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Lip Service Brigade by Nancy Rhodes Harper

I don't know about you but I love to buy lipstick. It never seems to stay on very long, it just disappears but the main reason I buy it is because I love the colors! I go to the makeup counter and look at all of the luscious colors and I can't resist. I will never tell how many tubes I have and if you ask I will totally deny that I have any. It is one of those things I like to keep as a mystery! 6x6 oil on panel ©2010 $100.00 plus s/h contact Nancy Rhodes Harper if interested. Thanks for looking.
No. 12 in my Sept. painting marathon series.

Monday, September 13, 2010

I Relish Radishes by Nancy Rhodes Harper

Radishes are so beautiful to me. Have you ever just taken time to stop and look at the amazing shapes and colors of fruits and vegetables? To think they are natural and so beautiful as well as nourishment to eat.  Our world is amazing!  6x6 oil on panel $100.00 ©2010 contact Nancy Rhodes Harper  
Thanks for looking!

No. 11 in my Sept. painting marathon.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Singing To My Shadow by Nancy Rhodes Harper

When you are an artist in any genre you have to be strong, with a whole lot of self confidence. You have to want to do what you do because you love it. Even if no one sees it, hears it or feels it, even if you have to sing to your shadow because there is no one else there. 6x6 oil on panel ©2010. $100.00 plus s/h contact Nancy Rhodes Harper if interested in purchasing.
No. 10 in Sept. painting marathon


Saturday, September 11, 2010

Apples To Oranges by Nancy Rhodes Harper

Hmmm, should I buy apples, oranges or both? This was a model we used in a Kim English workshop several years ago at a farmers market. 6x6 oil on panel $100.00 plus s/h ©2010 Contact me Nancy Rhodes Harper SOLD

No. 9 in Sept. painting marathon.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Thank God I'm A Country Girl by Nancy Rhodes Harper

Believe it or not there are still teenagers who spend their time on their farms prepping a favorite show cow to compete in a livestock show. This young lady is one of those teens. She isn't out running around looking for the next expensive purse to buy or running up and down the streets. She is so gorgeous, and she doesn't even know it. She has the world at her feet and she thanks God she is a country girl. A small sketch 6x6 oil on panel $100.00 +s/h ©2010 Contact me if interested in purchasing. Thanks for looking!
No. 8 in Sept. painting marathon!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Summer At The Lake by Nancy Rhodes Harper

When I was a small child I thought it must be amazing for people to have vacation homes, they must have been millionaires! How fun it would be to go to a cooler place where you can swim and play and meet other people during the summer. Although I have been on many vacations where we have stayed in some beautiful places we do not own a vacation home. If I did it would look something like this. 6x8 oil on canvas panel ©2010 $100.00 + s/h If you are interested in purchasing please contact me. Thanks for looking.

No. 7 in my Sept. Painting Marathon

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Another Kind of Painter by Nancy Rhodes Harper

This gentleman was sitting in front of a favorite eatery down south and enjoying the morning after breakfast. He had the coolest paint stained pants on so I felt a kinship with him. He is a house painter. 6x6 oil on panel. $135.00 + s/h ©2010 Contact Nancy Rhodes Harper if interested in purchasing. SOLD

No.6 in Sept. painting marathon.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Backside Of Vintage Cargo by Nancy Rhodes Harper

This is a wonderful store in Eureka Springs, Ar. called Vintage Cargo. They have the most beautiful things for your home. The front of the building is as you would expect beautiful. When I was driving around there this summer, I saw such interesting forms on the backside of the building. So I decided to paint it and this is the result. 6x6 oil on canvas board ©2010. $135 +s/h  contact Nancy Rhodes Harper if you are interested in purchasing. Thanks for looking.

Number 5 in Sept. marathon series.

Monday, September 6, 2010

The Good Kind Of Bad

Come on, admit it. We have all gone to some sort of outdoor festival and go straight to the food area and load up on things you would never eat at home. I only eat hot dogs at the ball park and what about cotton candy? Not to mention gyros,burritos,on and on until you pop! It is the good taste of bad for you food.
6x6 oil on panel ©2010 $135 +S/H Contact me if interested in purchasing and thanks for looking.

4 in my Sept. marathon series.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Quack and March by Nancy Rhodes Harper

Who can resist a little cute, downy, baby duck? Especially when you see them all grouped together following their mother. Don't they look like they are marching? 6x6 oil on hardboard 2010. The price is $135.00 plus s/h. I accept Pay Pal. Please contact me Nancy Rhodes Harper if you are interested in purchasing this painting. Thanks for looking!

This is #3 in my Sept. Marathon Series.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Making The Cut

Remember the old barber shops with the barber pole outside that twists around with different colors? Maybe not, unless you are my age. You don't see many of those anymore. It seems chain stores and day spas are the way both male and females are going to get haircuts these days. This little shop is alive and well on Main Street USA. 6x8 oil on canvas board. Contact Nancy Rhodes Harper if interested in purchasing. Thanks for looking.

Day 2 painting in my marathon!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Main Street By Nancy Rhodes Harper

I am on a painting marathon for the month of September ! I am trying to paint at least 3 small paintings a day as well as working on my larger pieces. This is the first of the paintings. How often do you see something like this little truck in today's world wouldn't it be fun to drive this around town? I captured this image on Main Street in Northport, Alabama. 6x8 oil on canvas board. © 2010 If interested in purchasing please contact Nancy Rhodes Harper

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Austen and Iced Coffee by Nancy Rhodes Harper

I envy people who can take a break for lunch and do something relaxing like reading for a short time. It seems to take me more time to get into the groove. I am not much of a reader. I would rather paint. 9x12 oil on board © 2010. Contact Renaissance Art Gallery if interest in purchasing. Thanks for looking!

Friday, August 20, 2010

To Do List by Nancy Rhodes Harper

Do you use a list when you shop? I am afraid I have to make lists all of the time. Nothing beats a good old piece of paper to make a list on, I admit I don't like typing lists on my iphone. 8x10 oil on board. ©2010 For sale at Renaissance Art Gallery.Thanks for looking!

Monday, August 16, 2010

One Dozen Please? by Nancy Rhodes Harper

Photo borrowed from AleCue http://www.flickr.com/photos/10066932@N03/2165586667/

This little painting tells the story of a woman shopping for a dozen ears of corn to prepare dinner for her family. She is buying the corn from a local vendor in her city. I enjoy fresh veggies purchased on the street and this piece reminds me of the opportunities we receive to grow or buy fresh vegetables form our own community. I hope you enjoy the vibrant colors and loose brushstrokes. I had such a great time painting this. 10x10 oil on linen mounted on birch. © 2010. Available for purchase at Renaissance Art Gallery.

Monday, August 9, 2010

E=MC 2 really? by Nancy Rhodes Harper

A 12x12 oil of a lovely young woman intrigued by a book. This painting is currently for sale at Renaissance Gallery in Northport, Al. Thanks for the support of everyone who looks at my work and those that comment have no idea how much it means to me. ©2010

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Wireless Critic

On his cellphone critiquing a painting. 12x12 oil ©2010 Available at The Renaissance Art Gallery. Sold .
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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Magic Man

A small 6"x6" oil on gesso board. A magician was fascinating the crowd at our local art festival Panoply. c2010
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

What Evah!

A stylish fiesty lady with attitude. 6'x6"oil on gesso board. c2010

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Lost Bike

Continuing on my journey to improve my urban landscape paintngs I am pleased with this one. I love figurative work but it is the landscape whether I am in a meadow on on a city street that I find most challenging. Hope you enjoy this piece. 11x14 oil on canvas board c2010

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Thursday, April 22, 2010


A 6x8 oil of a friend while she was painting in a recent workshop we attended. Loose, lovely palette. c2010 .

Monday, April 19, 2010

Gorhams Greeks

I had the pleasure of painting with the Alabama Plein Air Painter's at Gorhams Bluff Alabama. This small oasis on top of a mountain in Jackson County Alabama is amazing. The architecture and community plan is simply beautiful. 8x10 oil on canvas board c2010
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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Coffee Break

A young man taking a break from serving coffee.
This one is 16x20 which is larger than I usually
The rich golden colors are not coming through the photo as
they really appear in life. The time of day is in the
I have many paintings to post, I just have not had time to
photograph them.
I hope you enjoy looking. 16x20 oil on hardboard. c 2010
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