Thursday, March 26, 2009

Sleeping Model

I went to visit my Dad tonight and he had just eaten his evening meal and I think he was ready to go to bed! Needless to say, he was a great model as he sat in his recliner and we watched old shows on TVLand. Well I'm not sure he saw any of the show. This is probably a 20 minute sketch.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Monday's Live Model Session

Last Monday night we were delighted to paint Roxie. I've painted her many times in the past and she does such a good job. I do see Roxie's likeness in this study but there's something not quite right. . . maybe if I had three more hours I might figure it out! It did seem like I had lots and lots of time with the 3 hours when you compare to the 5,10,15. . .30 minute sketches last week. Oh well, practice, practice and practice more.

This is my Dad. I have decided to sketch him each time I visit him, if possible. I have a special sketch book just for him. He was a very good model tonight, I was able to capture him watching "funniest videos". This is about a 30 minute sketch, I wish now that I had just used charcoal but this is the first sketch of many. I think his nose is a little big and a few other errors but it does look like him (a little?).

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Spring is in the air in Bowling Green Kentucky!

This morning I was struck with an illness--Spring Fever!!! I took my dear Dad for a little ride in our charming downtown area to see the beauty of flowers blooming and trees budding. Here are a few pictures of my favorite place--Fountain Square Park.

Such a beautiful day. . . we started at the fountain

another shot of the fountain

beautiful daffodils

Fountain Square Park

one last shot of the fountain before heading to campus. . .

driving up College Street to Cherry Hall. . .

The Hilltoppers did a great job in the basketball tournament this year--Go Tops!

our final stop was "The Depot" to see the old Louisville & Nashville train.

When we were done, my Dad had a little spark that wasn't there before. I'm guessing he has Spring Fever now! Thanks for joining me on my little trip.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Quick Sketches--a week of practice

It has been a while since I have pushed myself with quick sketches and when you see these you will know that I need A LOT OF PRACTICE! My wonderful artist friend Marian Pacsuta was kind enough to invite me and a few others to her studio to paint from life. We did several quick studies (actually all of them were quick to me) with the model changing poses every 5 minutes, then 10 minutes building up to 30 minutes. My ongoing goals are to work on my drawing skills, my light dark patterns, improve my values and I would like to loosen up a little with my brush strokes.

We have vowed to paint together more often (goal is once a month minimum) -- from life -- either by hiring a model or plein air (painting outside). I'm looking forward to a fun Spring and Summer!

below--5 minute sketch

10 minute sketch

10 minute sketch

20 minute sketch

30 minute sketch

Monday, March 16, 2009

Magical Dragonfly

This small painting is a little whimsical painted for a beautiful little baby girl. Hopefully the painting will grow with her over the years.

Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2009

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Nursery Painting--Teddy Bear

I've been working on some 6x6 paintings for my friends with new additions to their families. The fabric below and a teddy bear were my inspirations for this painting. The nursery is decorated in greens and browns and the fabrics are fabulous!!! Fabrics always inspire me, I love to look at the colors and how they coordinate together. I never ever get tired of going into a fabric store--I can't help it. Now fabrics are inspiring me in my art.
  • One thing that has been a constant in my family from generation to generation is sewing. I have a quilt square framed and hanging in my home from a quilt that was made by my Great-Grandmother!
  • Some of my earliest memories are of my Grandmother Mazie piecing quilts and making sure that she added just a little red to every quilt since that was her favorite color.
  • My mother quilted also and made doll clothes for me when I was a girl.
  • All of my Aunts quilt and sew and many of my Cousins.
  • I also sew and I have pieced a few quilts and for years I sewed custom window treatments and accessories. I eventually chose oil painting over sewing since there are only so many hours in a day.
Well I have two sons so I guess the family tradition ended with me -- unless I have Grand-daughters some day. . .

Guess what!!! I need a title for the painting below--any suggestions?

My inspiration (above).


Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2009

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Monday Night Painting from Life--3 hour study

On Monday nights I go to Franklin Tennessee to paint from life. I choose to travel an hour and twenty minutes to and from for the "experience". Not only do we paint from life, but we critique each other's paintings--in a nice but honest way. As an artist, it is so important to have a support group to get honest feedback and I feel very fortunate that I have this talented group of artists to paint with. I also have local friends that are artists and we get together from time to time to paint and talk about art. We have a relationship that allows us to critique in an analytical and impartial manner since we've been painting together for about 9 years (time flies). I know, I feel blessed! And now I have my friends in blogland to help me in my quest to be a better artist. Win Win Win