Saturday, May 23, 2009

Apple Martini

I've been diligently painting for my show at The Gallery at 916 opening on June 5th. I'll be sharing the spotlight with Bill Guffy, a very talented artist, check out his site via my link. I've been painting a series of "martini" drinks. Personally I don't care for the taste, but they look so cool. This is my Apple Martini and I adore the greens. The glass and the liquid was a challenge to paint and I'm still tweaking them. This is one of four for this series.

16 x 8
Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2009

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Rhonda's Lilly Pads

I've really enjoyed using my palate knife lately. I love impressionalistic paintings so I've been working on painting with less "crispy" lines and using more paint. Not really sure if I'm finished with this one but this is where it is right now. I took the picture in the Florida Everglades while dodging the alligators on an air boat, what fun memories. When I was in New York City, I stayed in the Monet area for a long time looking at his lilly pads (of course mine don't begin to compare but I can dream. . .)

I have to share good news, my son Justin is graduating from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green Kentucky, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture, his area of concentration is in Agronomy. We're are so proud of his accomplishment and we're going to C E L E B R A T E!!!

I have to name this for my show, but I don't have the energy right now!

12 x 12
Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2009

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Fountain's Beauty

I'm painting for my next show at The Gallery at 916 opening on June 5th, so please forgive me if I haven't paid you a visit lately. This is my latest "fountain" painting and I think it's my favorite. I used a palate knife for the sky, I have blue paint everywhere in my studio. As usual, if you have a title suggestion, I can use some help.

16 x 20

Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2009

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Live Model Session, Monday night

Last night I painted in Franklin, TN and this is my study of Becka. The lighting was dramatic, shadowing her eyes. She has wonderful pouty lips which were fun to paint. I need to lighten up the background to make this a stronger painting. I was a little challenged because I had my canvas reversed and I was painting on an unprimed surface. Guess I was really in a hurry. Being the optimist that I am, I realized that this forced me to use more paint. I'll make sure I have my canvas on the primed side in the future though--much easier!

This is the same model painted previously. Her hair color was different.

I thought a little motivation was in order so I posted several of my head studies from the Monday night sessions. I really like it, I can look up and see years of head studies and hopefully some progression in the right direction.

More studies and I still have room on the other side for new ones!

Thanks for joining me, can't wait for next Monday night!