Friday, October 31, 2008

Three Sisters

16 x 20
Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2008

My niece is a photographer and she took this picture of three little girls that are sisters. I fell in love with it and asked her if I could paint it. I have to admit that I've never painted such little legs (middle baby sister) with such cute little pink toe nails!!! Any suggestions on names for this one? I know you can come up with something better than mine (Three Sisters).

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Fountain at Night

16 x 20

Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2008

This painting is of the Fountain in Downtown Bowling Green, Kentucky. I was on the square for a musical event one night and took a night shot of the Fountain and really liked the way the buildings had a golden glow behind it.

There is a lot of history on our Downtain Square, the square originally had a courthouse built on it in the early 1800's. But eventually a new bigger, better courthouse was built in another location and in May of 1872, the area was officially named "Fountain Park" by our city's leaders and a fountain was placed there. The original fountain was replaced in 1881 by a 6,000 pound precast Fountain from J.L. Mott Ironworks of New York City. The Fountain is crowned by Hebe, the Goddess of Youth. Statues surrounding the Fountain are Mythological figures of Flora--Goddess of Flowers, Ceres--Goddess of Grain, Pomona--Goddess of Fruit and Melpomane--Goddess of Tragedy. There are two arch entries into the Park made of Bowling Green limestone. The landscaping is beautiful and buildings surrounding the park have been renovated. Very charming and a source of pride to the citizens of Bowling Green.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

tea cup series # 3

12 x 16

Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2008

This will be the last tea cup that I finish before my November show--yes it's time. This was very challenging for me because of the two glass pieces. The candy dish was a very thick glass and not very transparent so I struggled with it. The cup & saucer was more transparent so the process was easier to get the feel of glass.

On my previous post, I received several very good suggestions of names for the paintings, thank you so much. It was very hard to make a decision but I decided to name the painting "Blossoming Friends" because the yellow rose signifies friendship.

Now get your creative juices flowing again because we have # 3 to name (please. . .).

Monday, October 27, 2008

Blossoming Friends

3 panels 12x16 each

Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2008

This trio is for my November Show at The Gallery at 916. I wanted to use 3 panels and have a continuation of the roses from one panel to another. My Mother-in-Law was kind enough to let me have a couple of roses off her rose bush. I tried to keep it soft and delicate.

Ok guys we have more paintings to name. . .

Sunday, October 19, 2008

3 pear still life

8 x 10

Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2008

Pears are sooooo much fun to paint, they have the odd little shapes--kind of bulging at the bottom or side and in a certain light they have all kinds of colors. Here are my three little superstars posing for me. The actual painting has more color to it--I need a photography class (in my spare time)!
Don't forget I'll be at The Gallery at 916 on November 1 from 10am to 5pm and November 2 from 1-5pm and look forward to seeing those of you that can come.

2nd in tea cup series

12 x 16

Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2008

This tea cup has special meaning to me because the tea set belonged to my Mother. She passed away at the age of 40 after a long illness and I was 19 at the time.

When I was a baby, we moved to Northern Ireland where my Dad was stationed in the Navy. We lived there for about 2 1/2 years so I learned to speak with an Irish accent and dance the Irish jig (according to my parents--I don't remember it). My Mother bought this tea set while overseas so of course I cherish it very much.

Now I depend on you guys to come with suggestions for names. What do you think?

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Cityscape--"Dusk in the Big Apple"

12 x 16
Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2008
This was from my trip to New York City last February, it was at dusk so that's why it's a little grey, at that point in the day when you finally turn on your headlights. What's a good title for this one? I know you can do better than my "The Big Apple". I feel like this painting needs something but I'm not sure what--any suggestions?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

My Cousin, Jr. Hartis

My cousin, David Hartis Jr. (known as Jr.) age 63 was buried today after a long battle with cancer. He was an avid outdoorsman excelling in hunting and fishing. He was a master at many things--bow maker, call maker (turkey, ducks), knife maker, fishing lures, carpentry, excellent marksman and was also very artistic. But most important he was a family man and he loved his wife Loretta and daughters Lynn and Tia and their families very much. He was loved by many and will be dearly missed!

The image above is a painting that Jr. painted and gave me of an American Kestrel, I love the detail of the bird, flowers, even barbed wire. I keep it in my studio as one of my inspirations. Below is a painting he did of a turkey. My son is also an avid outdoorsman and when he killed his first turkey, Jr. mounted the feathers and painted the turkey on the leather piece. The bottom image shows the feathers also.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Roxie in Feathers

On Monday nights I travel to Franklin TN to Southgate Gallery at the Factory to paint from life. We have painted Roxie many times in the past and she always has great costumes to wear, some of them she has made. Usually we only have one session of about 3 hours but every once in awhile, we get two sessions. We got to paint Ms. Roxie 2 nights and she was splendid in her purple feathers (a little challenging I might add). The next image is my finished product after about 6 hours of painting. I'll do a slideshow with my different Roxie's in a couple of days.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Enchanted Forest

8 x 10

Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2008

This is a little plein air painting called "enchanted forest" that I painted in Murray Kentucky. This one really has a lot of mystery and atmosphere in it. I haven't painted plein air in a while and I really enjoy it so I don't know why I haven't. Now that Fall is in the air and it has cooled off some, I may get outside and paint!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Pop Art--Flower Power

This piece of art was one of the first commissions that I did. This consists of 4 16x20 canvases. They can be hung together as pictured or you can separate them and put space between. The bedroom is accessorized in pink and black and is gorgeous. The flower has the black background and a pink square was painted on the wall to highlight the "painting". What a great focal point for the room.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Miniature series

These four paintings are the last of the miniatures that I have painted so far. . . I may do some ballerinas. I think my favorite so far is the one of my father-in-law on his tractor and the sheep. I believe that makes me a country girl (I already knew that though). When I was a girl, I used to go with my neighbor (who is now my father-in-law, yes I married the boy next door) and feed the pigs and cows. He would pull a little trailer behind his tractor and that is where I would ride. I moved to Kentucky from Nashville, TN and I thought it was wonderful to feed the cows, chickens, pigs, climb trees, ride horses. . .

A little nautical painting--this is for my Dad, a retired Navy man of 20 years!

My little "Tuscan" like scene--love those little trees that grow there.

Kentucky scenery, a lone barn in the middle of a wheat field. I took this picture on the back of our motorcycle on a weekend ride.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

miniature beach paintings

Here are more miniatures that are about 3 x 4" in size. I wouldn't mind being under this palm tree right now!
This is from one of my vacation pictures--I love the reflection of the bird on the wet sand.

My friend Sandy relaxing on the beach (she does that a lot--I'm jealous).

Just some lone beach umbrellas waiting to shade someone!
Any suggestions on names for these little jewels?

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Miniature paintings with easels

I have a fascination with these little easels made out of forks. I've gone to all the antique stores around and collected quite an assortment of forks and my husband provides the labor to transform the forks into these lovely little easels. Well I had to paint little paintings to go with the easels. Here are a few of the paintings, the first one is a vineyard, the second image is a better view of the easel, the third image is my little still life of three pears and finally I painted my father-in-law on his tractor and some of his cows (his big pets). So far I've painted eleven so stay tuned for more.