Friday, January 30, 2009

Monday Night Model Session

I've been away for a few days, had to escape the cold and relax while visiting my dear friend Sandy. So I went to sunny Florida to hear the sound of the ocean waves gently hitting the lovely white beaches . . .

then returning to a winter storm watch with snow and ice brrrrrrrrr!
Erin was our lovely model for the last Monday night open model session that I attended a couple of weeks ago. My camera battery died so this pose is off a little from my painting but it's close.

This is my 3 hour painting of Erin, I would have loved to do her full figure but I didn't have enough time and my canvas was not big enough.


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Grandchildren on the Beach

These were paintings that I was commissioned to do for Christmas gifts. It was fun working with Lora on these two paintings; going through her wonderful beach pictures of her Grandchildren. I went through several pictures and came up with a painting of the three children and with Lora's help, we came up with an acceptable composition.

5 x 7

Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2009

I'm afraid once again my photography of the painting does not do justice to this adorable little girl. Lora has another Granddaughter that has the most beautiful white blond hair.

5 x 5
Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2009

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Portrait of Aiden and Amelia


Two of my very best and oldest friends, Tom and Carol, were blessed with a new granddaughter this year. Little Amelia was born on big brother Aiden's Birthday, what a special Birthday gift! One of my goals for this portrait was to capture that proud big brother smile that Aiden had for his little sister. Tom surprised Carol with this portrait for Christmas. I hope they will always enjoy this very important "moment in time".


12x16
Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2009


Thursday, January 1, 2009

Portrait of Kristina & April

I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! 2008 has been a year of growth for me as an artist and I hope 2009 will see even more growth. I was commissioned to paint these two lovely Sisters, Kristina and April, as a gift for their Father. This portrait was challenging because of their beautiful smiles; teeth are difficult to paint. I'm happy to say that Dad was very happy with the results.



11x14
Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2008