Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Amplifier Featured Artist of the Month for September

I am honored to be the September Featured Artist of the Month for a local publication, The Amplifier. Please click on the link to learn all about me.

I've been on a motorcycle trip for the last couple of days to visit friends in Chicago, IL and to go to Milwaukee, WI to the Harley Davidson 105th Anniversary Celebration. The weather was beautiful and we had a great time. Now I have to get back to work so I'll have more posts. . .

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Boy with Blue Hat

5x5
Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2008
I love the floppy hat that this boy is wearing--does anyone know what they're called? He's found something in the water, perhaps a nice big shell. I'm always afraid a jelly fish will find me! There is a beach that Sandy and I go to on the Gulf side of Florida where you can find shark's teeth. It's so much fun to find them but, you have to be quick to pick them up before they disappear into the ocean.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Beach Toddler

5x5
Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2008

She's having a great time playing in the water! I was visiting my good friend Sandy in Florida (don't remember the beach--somewhere around Ft. Myers) when we saw her. All these beach paintings are making me want to go to the beach again!


Saturday, August 23, 2008

Lilacs & Thistle



8x10
Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2008


I don't have a cat but couldn't resist painting this one that belongs to a friend of mine. I like the contrast between the flowers, the pitcher and the cat.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

My Dramatic Ballerina!

9x12
Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2008
This is the latest in my series of ballerinas. Note the very dramatic lighting from the top. I'm not sure if I am finished with this one yet. I will have to look at it and mull over it, probably tweak it here or there. . .really I don't officially finish them until they are out of my reach. And she needs a name--any suggestions?
Thanks everyone for your input. I really appreciate you taking time from your busy schedule to write a comment or send me an email.


Griffin watching the sunset


5x5

Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2008



Griffin looking so thoughtful--unusual for one so little. I wanted this painting to be loose with just a few edges. Notice the warm sunshine on his back--I really wish I was there right now!


Friday, August 15, 2008

Kara on the beach

5x7
Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2008
This is my Great Niece Kara walking on the beach in Hilton Head, SC. She was really having a good time, enjoying the sand and the breeze from the ocean in the late afternoon sun.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Horse Portrait


Unnamed 8x10
Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2008


Last night I decided to paint a horse portrait. There are still some tweaks to be made but I hope I captured the essence of this lovely horse. I'll have to find out his or her name and post it. My reference pic is below (don't look too close).

Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2008



Thursday, August 7, 2008

Erin and Jana Rose

Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2008
This is a painting of Erin from our live model session last Monday night. Erin is dressed in a 1920's style with a long flowing halter dress on. My canvas wasn't big enough to capture her lovely pose so I opted for a head and shoulder composition. She still needs work, of course, but I have about 4 hours of painting time on her.

Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2008

Jana is my niece and I have always adored the picture that was taken by her father, Gerald. Her long, flowing honey colored hair and sweet little face is what I love about it. Jana is all grown up now with two little ones of her own and I can't wait to paint them also. This is one of the first figurative pieces that I did and I had lots and lots of advice and help from my good friend Angela.

I'm working on a painting that I hope to post soon--a 24x36 ballerina--Heather, she was only three years old at the time but she's an adult now.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Gil's Sheep


Gil's Sheep
12 x 12 oil
Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2008
This painting was fun to do mainly because I think sheep are so adorable! They all look so curious, I guess they were checking out the artist snapping pictures of them. The late afternoon sunlight is so nice to paint. This is a 12"x12" oil.