Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Practice Makes Perfect--yes a Ballerina!

Faye and I were "Posing" in front of the Gallery in a spare moment during our opening reception. We had a wonderful crowd and lots of fun.

I named this painting "Practice Makes Perfect", another one of my ballerina series that I did for the Capitol Show.

7 x 5

Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2009

Friday, July 17, 2009

Bouquet of Roses

20 x 16
Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2009

here's a closeup

White roses are a favorite of mine so I wanted to paint a bouquet for the show and I have to admit I really struggle with florals. This is from life but before I could finish it I had to buy more roses and really needed to get a 3rd batch but refused to (lol).

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

"Richie" and "Petals and Poses" Exhibition

I have a new neighbor and I'm so excited about it. It's this beautiful horse whose name is Richie. He is a Rocky Mountain Horse that is known for being even tempered and good natured. Sometimes in the morning when I leave for work, he's standing there waiting for me to say "good morning Richie". I know you think I'm crazy, talking to a horse at 6:30 in the morning but he is so adorable. I have a great view of him from my studio, so sometimes I take a break and watch him. If the sun hits him just right, I grab my camera and head outside to take pictures (I have several already). This particular painting is from one of my first shots where he was running towards me. I tried to capture the movement but this is my first attempt at this so . . .

10 x 8

Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2009

I have my car loaded up and ready to deliver my paintings to the Capitol Arts for my show "Petals and Poses" that I'm sharing with fellow artists Faye Christian Phillips and Susan Lackey. The opening reception is Friday, July 17th from 5-7 pm at the Capitol Arts, 416 East Main Street, Bowling Green, Kentucky. We would love to see you and there's a "Concert in the Park" that night starting at 7-7:30.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Petals & Poses Show Ballerina & Blog Anniversary

7 x 5
Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2009

This is one of the ballerinas that I have painted for our Petals & Poses show at the Capitol Arts this month. I wanted my focus to be the light. I have worked on it more since this picture was taken so it's better now (hopefully). I have five ballerina paintings so far. Our model was in this beautiful white costume with a scarf that attached to her hair with a dramatic drape that wrapped around her arms. What caught my eye was the light filtering through the costume and scarf.
Blog Anniversary
My Blog is now a year old and I feel that I have made good friends all over the world via the blog experience. I've even met one of my Blog Friends--Paz of Paz's New York Minute when I was in New York last February. I've received a lot of positive feedback and comments, not even one negative experience. I've branched out into Facebook now, who knows what the next year will bring. A big "Thank You" to all of you that visit and leave your lovely comments.