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. . .

Rhonda


15 comments:

Beverly said...

Rhonda, I came here via Deborah at Pictures, Pot and Pens. Welcome to blogging.

I have enjoyed viewing your work. My favorite is the one at water's edge with the sailboat in the background.

Do you have a trip to Alaska planned?

I'll leave my url here. Would you consider changing your blogger profile to allow commentors to leave their name/url?

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Jeanne said...

Rhonda, Deborah sent me to your blog and I am glad she did. Your art work is fabulous. Your lilacs and fruit is beautiful. I'll be bak again soon.

Jeanne

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Ho Rhonda,
I came over here from Deborahs blog too. So wonderful to meet you. Welcome to blogland!

I have enjoyed looking at your paintings. They are just beautiful.
Penny

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Hi Beverly,

Thanks for stopping by and sharing. The painting you commented on was from a cruise stop in the Caribbean. My husband and I have slightly different views on a trip to Alaska, I want to go via cruise ship in luxury and comfort and he wants to go on our Harley! Maybe I should just meet him there. I would consider allowing URL's but don't know how to do it. I did change a setting so we'll see if it shows up.

Thanks for visiting and please come back.

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Hi Jeanne,

Thanks for visiting and I'll look forward to the next time.

Rhonda

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Hi Penny,

I was checking out Deborah's site yesterday and visited your blog--loved it. Your mosaics are wonderful! I think Deborah and I have several of the same interests--I love the cottage look, geneology, travel and I'm very retro--I am crazy about anything that reminds me of my grandmother. So far I'm enjoying "blogland" there are lots of interesting and fun sites. Hope you'll stop in again!

Thanks,
Rhonda

fairmaiden said...

Thank you for visiting Sea Cottage. Your paintings are beautiful. My favorite is of the ballerina in the turqoise skirt.

Painting with oils was the first medium I learned back in my freshman year of High School. I loved it. And did very well. My art teacher took me under her wing and mentored me. She had such hopes that I would be a successful artist one day. Art was my first love and passion at the young age of 5. I majored in art my first two years of college. But ended up getting a B.A. in nutrition. In college I learned to watercolor paint and that is the only medium I paint in now...which is rarely. But one of my favorite oil paintings was of a ballerina. Sadly I only have a photo of it now. I always gave all my art away. For these past 15 yrs. I have continued to think I will make time for my art...but I still need to. Just to let you know, you inspire me to. So, thank you!

Alice said...

Welcome to Blogland! Your paintings are exceptional, each one totally unique and with its own personality. I've enjoyed seeing each one, although since lilacs are my favorite flower, the picture on this post is tops!

Mary said...

Deborah told me of your talent so I had to stop by - she was right! Love everything - your color palette, the back views of the ballerinas, the children and the flowers - all beautiful.

Welcome to blogland Rhonda.

Deborah said...

We are all axiously awaiting your next post. Would you like to take part in my Friday's Favorite Family Foto? Photo can be old, your furry family, anything! Let me know.

Oh BTW, I tagged you. Come over and see what it's all about!

Hugs,
Cousin Deborah

Paz said...

Ohhh! Ahhh! Another art blog for me to enjoy. Yipee! I love your paintings. Beautiful work! Thanks. And thanks for stopping by my blog.

Best,
Paz

Pat said...

Hello Rhonda
I've enjoyed looking at all your paintings and especially enjoyed the ballerinas.
I live in NYC and love to travel also.
Someday I hope to be able to pick up a paint brush and just begin! You are an inspiration!
All the best, Pat

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Thanks All for stopping by, viewing my art and your encouraging comments. I've been looking at everyone's blogs and they're all so interesting!! Please visit again.

Rhonda

FCP said...

Rhonda,
You've been busy--the blog looks great. I think this is my favorite painting.
all the best,
Faye

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Thanks Faye! You've been busy too--as usual. Thanks for stopping by. Love your painting today--one of my favs.

Rhonda