Here again is my cat doing zen like things in my backyard. I need a new venue or a new pet or a jonre. Maybe a niche. I have always wanted to have my own one of those. Yes, I need a nice little niche. Not too big, not too small, just one to call my very own. One that fits this perfect hell I'm in.
This is a painting of the beachroad. I have had it around for a quite a while and I ocassionally add bits of color. This is what it looks like now. We paint our sand fences pink, or at least I do. I took the reference photo for this late one warm summer afternoon in the coldest dead of winter.
Hereford were the cattle that originally were used to repopulate the great plains after we killed all the buffalo. There are a lots of exotic breeds now much better than herefords, but still a pale comparison to the buffalo. The hereford or red whiteface cattle with horns have been largely bred out of existence.
Oil on canvas 12"X16"
this painting is no longer available.
Most people can't make this stuff up. This is "Lovee" the pastel calico that replaced Laverne. If my neighbor and I were still on speaking terms he would testify. About a year ago my neighbor came to our house. He saw "Lovee" for the first time, however, he knew we already had a calico cat. In astonishment he asked, "..has that cat faded?"
Parchman farm was a 16,000 acre prison in Mississippi. This painting started out as a rural landscape of South Dakota. It had a barn, an old house and a concrete silo, with a big open pasture in the foreground. I thought the pasture needed something. So I added the sheep. Then I realized that the sheep really didn't need the house, the barn or the concrete silo. Sometimes the things I have the hardest time parting with are the things I need the least. This painting is sold to a repeat collector
I have painted this house before. This is an ocean front home in Nag's Head, North Carolina. When I moved to the outer banks I lost the key to the highway. Now I won't be leaving here running, and you know, walking is most too slow.
Since my dog died I have been paying more attention to my cats. This one in particular. Shirley. I am fastinated by the intense euphoric feeling she apparently gets digging her claws along the wood grain. I think I have captured that moment here.
Oil on canvas 8"X16" (SOLD)
Bob in South Dakota says I am the only artist that can paint his chickens. He's a wildman, he might get someone else to write you a letter. he'll do it too. Don't ask about painting chickens out here on the outerbanks without the expressed written concent of Rick Nilson, Bob, The National Football League, and the American Egg Layers Assoc. Manteo Chapter
This is from another photo furnished by my painting mate Mick. Serendipity again. I owe you Mick. For some reason this painting feels somber in a way that is hard to shake. I think the open electrical panel on the front of the house is the saddest element. The elctrical panel and the house are both vacant. When a house is condemned they "pull the (meter) ". Similar to "pull the plug".
My mate Mick spends his nights mostly in Rodanthe these days. I asked him to take a picture of Serendipity, the house in "Rodanthe Nights". It has been an icon on Hatteras Island for as long as I can remember. The first oceanfront home after about 25 miles of National Park Service Property. From the very top of the Oregon Inlet Bridge you can see Rodanthe in the distance. Its really RodantheWavesSalvo. "Richard Gere frolicking in the surf". Ahhh. Good Times.
Oil on canvas 14"X10"
I am going to officially call this my 500th painting. (SOLD) to a repeat collector
When you can't think of any two words that gets your heart pounding like "FISH ON"
Then, son, you have reached a different part of your life. These boats are part of the charter fishing fleet in Pirates Cove Marina in Manteo, North Carolina.
Oil on canvas 12"X24" (SOLD) to a repeat collector in Belhaven, NC
I had several inspirations for this piece. I always have done little doodles of people doing extraordinary things. I liked the idea of the dancers. One of the painters at Dailypainters.com does wonderful dancers. Connie Chadwell. I have also watched a lot of the paintings come in at DSFDF. Once I was satisfied with the dancers, I began looking for a scene for dancers. The colorful concrete floor of the terminal seemed like an easily recognizable icon. When I saw what Karin Jurick called her painting "Terminal Pace" and thought about all those poor people rushing around trying to catch their rides, the idea of "Terminal Dancing" seemed like a nice change of pace. I think I have missed the submission date for DSFDF, so indeed, I have ("Missed the A Train").
Accept no subsititue and copy no other.
A Rick Nilson Original.
Oil on stretched canvas 12"X9"
This is an original oil painting of a blue crab by Rick Nilson. Accept no substitute and copy no other.
"Don't start me talkin', I'll tell everything I know."
Oil on Linen 16"X16" She said she had information, if her named wasn't used. (SOLD) to a collector in Vancouver Island, Canada If you would like to buy a crab painting, I do commissions.
This is Hayman Street Beach Access in Kill Devil Hills looking south to Avalon Pier. The pictures in this post were taken in August of 2009 and the one above was taken after our last storm. Do you see any difference?
This was taken a few days after our last storm. You will see the yellow house called Atlantis, only the concrete portion is yellow. I have painted Atlantis before, see (Yell Oh) It has lost a lot of siding on the wood part of the structure. The stairs, decks and a lot of sand from the outer banks are a little closer to the Swanquarter, NC. This is my painting from a reference photo while driving south along Virginia Dare Trail. Frank Sinatra was doing a Limp Biskit cover on the radio. There was a Starbucks Mocha Latte in the cup holder.
Oil on canvas 12"X24"
I am partially color blind in the blues and greens. I have found it to be beneficial to lay my colors out in the same location on my pallete every time. More men than women are colorblind. I don't know among painters. I am not totally color blind. Just certain shades of blue and green. This is the replacement cat's dead sister replacement, Lovee. Please see "The Replacement" Cindy thinks she spells it "Lovey". I try to ignore it. The Smart Continental thinks everything smells better in French.
Oil on stretched canvas 10"X14" (please forgive me for my sins).
This was one of the first 25 paintings. I have drawn enough landscapes for a lifetime. The subject holds no interest for me at present. It is one of the few painting I have done that has my full signature, "Rick Nilson".
A collector came by the mancave and liked this. This is a scene not far from my house.
Acrylic on stretched canvas approx. 12"X10" (SOLD to a repeat collector in NC)
"...BESIDES THAT," god said in her knowing way, "I THINK I WOULD LIKE TO SEE WHAT THIS SPIT OF SAND LOOKS LIKE A BIT CLOSER TO CURRITUCK COUNTY."
and the children of Israel said, "....oh."
When God said ("..go yee therefore, oh children of Israel, and live amongst and occupy my lands, and build your house up on the solid rock and not in the sand on those little sticks. .") ,she did not realize her children were counting minutes until the threat of cramps had passed or the money there was to be made in coastal development.
This is not my photo. I ripped it from a facebook friends page. I do not know who took this photo, it was from a northeaster along the Outer Banks last winter. Sometimes kickin back at the beach can be work.
I have a link here to the live camera on Avalon Fishing Pier.
A collector came by the mancave and bought this. I will take a better photo when the sun comes out. The paint is still wet so I will have this around for 2 more weeks. I had a student attempt this with me. I have another painter that tried to get off Hatteras Island today around noon and was turned back. The road to Hatteras is flooded by the storm all around us. Hatteras Island and Ocracoke are now cut off from the northern parts of the outer banks and escape. Mick, Stay dry down there, Mate.
I just use some mud to define the tones. I started with a white canvas. I added a very thin wash of cad red to the canvas. I am not painting, I am just using pigment tones to define my shapes. I used the mud left over from yesterday's painting class. I rely on sun for taking photos of my paintings and the last 3 days have been very cloudy, and overcast, all this storm is upon us.
I started this on Monday morning. Who does that? Who has a job like this? Who wakes up monday morning thinking, ".....yep, I gotta get started painting a drag queen...."
I tried to give this portrait a more stately look and less chorus line drag queen. I did not have a reference photo or a mirror.
If you come to the Outer Banks in the summer go see "The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama" on Roanoke Island. Yes, it is lost, but there are signs and arrows everywhere. The story of Sir Walter Raleigh, The Queen of England and the first English child born in America and a bunch of missing people."
If you clickhere. it will take you to a link. Good outdoor family fun on Roanoke Sound. Bring mosquito repellent.