Friday, November 28, 2008

Tropical Sunset

12 x 16
Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2008

This painting was a little harder than I thought it would be--as usual! The sunset was so beautiful and I really had a difficult time capturing it. Wouldn't it be great to see this scene every evening? If that was the case, would one take it for granted?????

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had our usual family gathering with lots of good food and of course lots of love, we have so much to be thankful for.

Friday, November 21, 2008

The River Hat

My reference for this painting was a small snapshot taken while on vacation in Mexico many years ago. My husband and I were in a boat also and we passed this boat with an adorable little boy with the white hat. I love the palm trees and the bank of the river as the back drop for the boy. I spent a lot of time on this painting trying to get it "perfect". Well I didn't succeed but I certainly tried! This painting is one of my favorites and will stay in my private collection.

16 x 20

Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2008

Sunday, November 16, 2008

New Site Coming. . and Help--Still Life Paintings that need names

I'm ready to start the new year with a new and exciting site thanks to my wonderful webmaster so stay tuned. . . I'll send a link to my subscribers and will post on my blog when it's ready.
I've taken a few days off to regroup after my show and now that I've rested up, I'm ready to paint again to complete my Christmas commissions. Since I haven't finished one yet, I'm posting a few still life's that I painted a little while ago that are unnamed (poor paintings). As usual I need help and you creative folks do such a good job . . .


Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2008

Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2008

I want to say a big "Thank You" to those who visit me on a regular basis and offer words of wisdom and make me feel warm and fuzzy. The blog wouldn't be any fun if I didn't have any visitors------next post A W A R D S!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Main Street 24x36 painting & Opening Event

Our opening was last Friday night, November 7, and before it began, Faye and I were taking a few pictures. I am standing in front of a long wall that was devoted to my works of art. Faye's art was on the other wall. I would like to say a big "Thank You" to Lynn and Melissa at "The Gallery at 916" for a very nice opening event. Several attended and fun was had by all! I'm sure Faye will have pictures also so visit her at her blog Faye Christian Phillips (I have a link on my favorites list).

On my previous post, I showed a small snippet of our Main Street and "Fountain Square Park". Although I have painted Main Street several times before, here is my latest and largest painting. I was working hard to get it delivered before the show and I made it--yeah (at noon the day before)!!!

Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2008

Southgate Studio and Fine Arts Student Exhibition

You probably remember "Roxie" from a previous post. Southgate Studio and Fine Art in Franklin, Tennessee has an annual student show each November and Roxie was my entry. Unfortunately, I didn't get to attend the opening due to a previous commitment so I got to see it for the first time last Monday night. Please stop by and see Pat and Jody, the show looks great and there is so much talent, amazing!! Roxie really pops doesn't she--with all those pink feathers.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

November Show at The Gallery at 916

Here are some pictures of our beautiful downtown area in Bowling Green, Kentucky--"Fountain Square Park". The first picture is the Fountain that I have painted a couple of times and I have to admit that I adore our little downtown area. It's full of personality and as I have said before, there is a sense of pride here. This is the same composition of the night painting of the fountain that I did.

The next picture is "Main Street" of which I am currently painting and should finish it tomorrow night. I have painted Main Street several times and everytime I look at it, I see something new.

This is "The Gallery at 916" on State Street in Bowling Green, Kentucky and this is where my show is for the month of November with fellow artist Faye Christian Phillips. If you get a chance, our opening is Friday, November 7 from 5-7 pm. Hope to see you there!!!!!

You may recognize "Blossoming Friends" named by my friend Pat from Brooklyn New York. This is part of the show at the gallery.