Thursday, January 31, 2008
I painted this from a live model and I wanted to share, not sure if you consider it plein Air, but it was very cold in the our industrial building we meet in and almost like being outside. Watercolor on gessoed paper. 5 inches by 5 inches.
Study of the Ichnetuckne River
acrylic on watercolor paper
I've been asked to do a few paintings of the river for a future exhibition. I always like to do several studies before I start a large painting. I like to get to know the scene and the image I will be using. Exploring north Florida rivers in the winter is a wonderful experience. No bugs!! I took some photos while I was there to do this painting and the large paintings will be done from my photos in the studio.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
acrylic on cold press watercolor paper
I have been working on large format studio paintings this month, which I cannot share here. I have also enjoyed working out on location doing the small paintings on paper.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
acrylic on watercolor paper
Art Notes Blog HERE
This painting is part of a series of single palms I call Palm Icons. It is done with a limited palette of:
Stephen Quiller Acrylics
Cad Red Light
French Ultramarine Blue
Thursday, January 24, 2008
This is a plein air I painted at night in Leiper's Fork Tennessee. My first night painting. What a surprise to see it in the day light! I thought I had better find something to post, so I wouldn't be forgotten. I had a great time painting with Dawn Whitelaw on this evening as well as some other new friends. This painting is for sale in my Yessy Gallery for $110.00 plus shipping. It is an 8x10 oil. http://www.yessy.com/nrhodesharper/gallery.html
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Round The Bend
oil on panel
Art Notes HERE
Thank you BJ for including me on the blog. I'm honored to join my fellow Southern painters.
This painting was done on a visit from the Alabama Plein Air Artists last week.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Its plein air or from life, I painted it in the gardens. Lots of texture, you can click the picture to see it better. Its 5 x 7, oil $150.
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on hardboard
Haven't been out on location in quite a while. I know there is probably a neat name for this area of the levee, but the sign just says G-36. The lock in this area is still closed, the lake is still too low. The canals and creeks are filling up, but not the lake.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Standing in an observation tower painting a Prariescape is as fun as can be! That's obvious. Just the usual obstacles---blasting wind, cold temps for Florida and, yes, even visitors. Luckily they were people and not turkey buzzards which we saw by the thousands later at Myakka River.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
This original oil painting by Bernie Rosage Jr. is available for purchase via auction at eBay... click HERE...
Saturday, January 12, 2008, I had the privilege of stepping back in time and attending the 143rd Anniversary Commemoration of the Second Battle at Fort Fisher. The Civil War Living History program included artillery and infantry demonstrations, period music, fort tours, and a living history/plein air demo by yours truly dressed as a period artist. After a down pour the sun came out and I set up my French easel and began to paint. I positioned myself to paint Shepherd's Battery with the palisade making for an interesting composition. Shepherd's Battery was where the main brunt of the attack occurred 143 years ago. Fort Fisher during the war was known as the Gibraltar of the South. It was important to the southern cause because it protected the mouth of the Cape Fear River where blockade runners would travel to deliver supplies to Wilmington. From Wilmington they were distributed throughout the Confederacy. When the fort fell January 15, 1865... it only took 3 months for the Confederacy to collapse. I spoke with several people about the history of plein air painting and how the invention of the metal paint tube in the mid 1800's made it possible for painters to go outside and paint "en plein aire" for the first time... a French term which means "in open air". What a GREAT day!... I got to combine my love of history and art!
Read my art journal entry about this outing here...
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Those of you who live in Brentwood/Franklin know this barn on Moore's Lane. It sits on some primo Brentwood property surrounded by McMansions. I am surprised the family has not sold out yet. I painted this last week and finally the white decided to dry so I could scan it. The late afternoon winter light is always nice.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
"Winter on the James" Oil on canvas, 9x12" (WIP)I actually love old cemeteries any way, but the Hollywood Cemetery is one of Richmond's landmarks and a major tourist attraction in our town. Not only is it the burial place of two presidents and several prominent figures in civil war history, but it is also incredibly beautiful.
The day started out as a nice, sunny, and unusually warm winter day. But shortly after I got there, I soon found that my "perfect" spot on a bluff overlooking the James River had the disadvantage of getting whipped into a frenzy by the wind! I really did have to cut this session short. I think the piece may need a little more work, but I will return on a better day.
As it was, by the time I packed up my gear, I looked like I had been attacked by a giant tube of Windsor green paint! (Ah, the joys of plein air painting!) Any way, I am just glad nobody saw my little Jerry Lewis plein air routine. Well, maybe some ghosts saw, but (at least today), they weren't talking. ;-)
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Vibrant landscape paintings & prints
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
The painting is 8 x 10, oil, mostly painting knife. Painted from life or en plein air and all in one go with no picking afterward or alla prima. Very thick, juicy paint. $250.
The path to the pond behind my mother's house is always a treat in fall. I started this one back in November and finally got out to the studio finish it up. The thing with fall colors is there is always so much to attract attention. It's hard to zoom in and concentrate on one focal point. Working even quicker than usual, I concentrated on the reds and blues which on that day shimmered with excitement.
"Change in the air" 11x14 oil on canvas en plein air November 2007
Monday, January 7, 2008
Recovering from my knee injury is taking longer than I expected. I'm taking this time to get organized and found this image of a painting I did close to Savannah, Georgia back in 2005 painting en plein air with friend Maureen Kerstein. Pastel on Wallis, cropped down to fit 12x12 frame. I really liked the un-cropped version so I'll show both. Since it's such a special painting to me, it hangs in my office - not for sale. :)