Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Abstract--thinking outside the box

I spent the day with my friend Betty, a fellow artist, to attempt to paint abstractly. I met Betty when we went to New York City to Mr. Kinstler's class. Betty is a fountain of information and very enthusiastic about her art. This is very inspiring to me, thank you so much Betty!
Abstract painting is totally the opposite of my normal thought process so I thought it would be a very good exercise. Betty prepared the panels that we worked on and I just went with the flow. Here is my panel, ok I'm jump starting my creative juices--where is my inspiration??? We are using acrylic paints, which is new for me since I paint in oils.
Ahhhh my inspiration! As I've said many times before, I love fabric and this color combination appeals to me so let's go.

Prepping the surface, looks like the surface of the moon right now, looking for a little excitement. One thing that I liked about the panel is the feeling of movement.

As soon as it dries, I'll start applying color. I can't wait!!!!

I begin applying color and playing with the feel of the panel surface to find my focal point. It's very relaxing and fun!

After trying all of the colors in my "inspiration fabric", I decided to tone down the pinks and bring out more of the blue and brown. Betty had a beautiful gold paint that I couldn't resist.

I basically ran out of time and was still tweaking. I think I could still be working on it and it's been 3 weeks. I was surprised at how long you can work with the color. Since it's abstract, I can work on this panel as long as I want until it looks just right!
Any title suggestions for Rhonda and Betty's art?



Tuesday, April 14, 2009

lemon still life

I'm gearing up for my show in June and I'm painting from life. I don't think I'm finished with this one yet, I still need to put highlights on them. Tonight I'm painting pears! Any suggestions on a title for my lemons?

8x10
Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2009

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Moose Portrait

You never know what I'm going to be painting--I don't like to limit myself (obviously). This small painting is for a very dear friend that is a "Moose" fan. When we travel, if we have to buy a Moose item for her if I see one. She is celebrating a very special Birthday today and I painted this for her.



6x6
Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2009

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Fountain Square Park Bowling Green Kentucky

I just love to paint the Downtown Square area and The Fountain is a favorite of mine. Everytime I look at it, I notice something new. For those that are familiar with The Fountain, it was renovated a couple of years ago but my reference pictures were taken before and there was a greenish patina on it. Once again I have stellar photography on one of my paintings; across the top is a shadow so please ignore. This was a commissioned piece so I was concentrating on delivering on time, hence the photography. I forgot to post on my abstract but I'll post soon--not quite sure that's my calling but you can be the judge.


16x20

Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2009

Friday, April 3, 2009

More sketches

More sketches, I'm branching out now drawing more of the figure. He looks pretty sad on this sketch--guess I could have put a little smile on him. He was a little under the weather.

He was feeling a little better for this sketch. The nose photographed darker than it was drawn, I'm not sure how to avoid this. Still need to take that photography class. . .

Last Saturday I went to a friend's studio and I did my first "abstract". It was a lot of fun--stay tuned for my next post. I don't usually think outside the box so it was a stretch for me.