Saturday, July 26, 2008

Portrait 3 hour Studies

Since Fall of 2004, I have been attending live model sessions in Franklin, TN at Southgate Studio. These sessions do not have an instructor but we critique each other's work, which is so valuable because sometimes others can see clearly what you are missing. The image at the left, Kenyata, is one of the first that I did (from 2004). I probably shouldn't show it but it is a good indication of how someone improves and grows over time (hopefully). Now I'm going to put the painting I did last Monday night on the right to compare. I think I can see an improvement--hope you agree with me. Please view my slideshow with several of my studies from Monday night sessions. They are not in chronological order but you can see a difference in the quality of the paintings.

Left: Kenyata Fall 2004 Right: Sketch (yes, really his name) July 21, 2008

Friday, July 18, 2008

Latest Paintings

12x16 Oil Commissioned Piece
Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2008

This young lady was in a wedding earlier in the day, she looks lovely with her hair up and the late afternoon sun shining on her as she looks at the river.

9x12 Oil Commissioned Piece
Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2008

Enjoying a fun filled day at the water park--wish I was there!

Daisy's and Apples 10x12 Oil
Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2008

I collect white pitchers and love to use them in my still life paintings. I have several pieces of pottery that are all possible "subjects" in a painting.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

The Studio

Welcome to my creative space!

Lots of unfinished paintings.

I made these curtains and added shells that I had gathered on the beach.

Future paintings I hope--I want to do a teacup series someday. The forks are my little easels.

I love my studio but I thinked I've bumped my head on the slanted ceilings a thousand times (helps me think better---I think).
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 11, 2008


Desert Vista 9x12 oil
Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2008
This painting reflects the cooltones of the desert, the purple mountains in the distance. These vintage cars are a challenge to paint.
Sunset Glow 9x12 oil
Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2008

This painting is so retro with the "vintage" car and trailer. The glow is from the sunset, that nice yellow orange glow that makes everything beautiful.
The slide show with this post consists of some of the sites in Bowling Green, Kentucky. We have a beautiful campus, Western Kentucky University (my alma mater), in addition to an inviting downtown square that has a beautiful fountain. And don't forget . . . home of the Corvette!

My next post will contain two new paintings that I have done. One is a figurative and the other is a portrait piece. Until then. . .


Saturday, July 5, 2008

Painting from Life--Florals and Still Life

Floral still life 9x12 oil
Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2008
In 1999 I began taking oil painting lessons from Portrait Artist, Angela Kuprion. There were 3 of us in the class and we were so excited to be studying with Angela. We were like sponges, taking in all the valuable information that Angela could provide. I had no idea that painting was so complicated with so many things to take into consideration such as composition, design, value, edges . . . We would paint from life each week, painting florals, fruit and eventually plein air painting. One of the most important lessons that I learned was to "PAINT FROM LIFE".

The painting featured above was one of the paintings from Angela's class and one of my favorites. I love the composition and the softness of the lilacs and the reflection of the fruit on the bowl.

If you are receiving updates via email, please visit my blog for the new slideshow--Florals and Still Life.

Until next time. . .