Saturday, March 7, 2015

Floral Painting called "Brenda's Garden"

This is a 16 x 20 studio piece I did from a small field study called "Brenda's Garden".  So much fun to do due to the abstract qualities of the plants.

Brenda's Garden
16x20 Oil

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Acrylic Abstract Portraits

I didn't really plan on taking an extended blogging break but here I am years later posting on my poor neglected blog!  A lot has happened since my last post, mainly retiring from the Corporate World a little over a year ago.  Time really does fly.  Here are some acrylic abstract portraits that I did last Summer.  Love doing these because they are fun and colorful.  The size for each of these is 20x20.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Gouache & Acrylic Pet Portraits

Kentucky is in the middle of a heatwave along with everyone else.  Hopefully it will cool off a little bit soon!  I've been painting small pet portraits, only 6 x 6.  These are out of acrylics and gouache paints which are water based.  Using the water based paints are a big adjustment for me since they dry so quickly but it's fun to try new mediums.  Edges are a challenge also, I like to blend them more but it's dry before I get ready--must work faster!!!

Last night I took my first pottery class, it was very interesting and relaxing at the same time as I watched the potter's wheel turn.  I'll take pics next week and post.

 My Lucky Dog!
 Mocha Pie

Sunday, June 17, 2012


What attracted me to Catherine was the way she was so lit by the sun.  My poor husband took many pictures of me painting this because I wanted to do a stop-action video to play for a festival I was attending.  I'm sure there is a simpler way to do it but the only equipment we had was a camera and of course our computer!  He did a great job with it and deserves a pat on the back for his patience.

16 x 12
Rhonda Hartis Smith

Monday, April 2, 2012

Pansy Painting

We have had such a mild Winter in Kentucky that my Pansys survived and bloomed all Winter long--amazing!!!  It's been such a beautiful Spring with everything blooming, roses, wisteria, pansys, lilacs, iris and of course the dogwood trees.  This painting was done from life and right after I painted them, I planted them. 

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Acrylic Portraits

I wanted to do some "funky" "fun" portraits for gifts using Acrylic Paints.  Since I use oil most of the time, there was an adjustment for me--the paint dried very fast.  By the time I finished the last one, I was working much faster!  These are only 6 x 6 and were lots of fun to do.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Portrait of Sloan

My latest portrait--Sloan.  He is such a sweet little boy, you just want to hug him!

12 x 16
Rhonda Hartis Smith