Monday, November 30, 2009

Later that same evening in Rodanthe(SOLD)(Serendipity)

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

Paroled Crab(SOLD)

He's going to mess with you.
This is an original oil painting of a beautiful swimmer crab by Rick Nilson.
Accept no substitute and Copy no other.
Oil on canvas 14"X11"
This painting is sold.

Charter Fleet Pirates Cove (SOLD)

When you can't think of any two words that gets your heart pounding like
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

Friday, November 27, 2009

Missed The A Train (what happens at the terminal, stays at the terminal)

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 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"

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Legally Crab (Don't start me talkin") (SOLD)

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.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Atlantis and the sea

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"

J. Crew Drama (The landscape of her shoe)

I feel comfortable using shoe and landscape in the same sentence.
Oil on canvas 10"X14"

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Fur Ball Pole Dancing aka: Pôle de boule de fourrure danse(SOLD)

 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).

Friday, November 20, 2009

The crab I love so close at hand (SOLD)

Sometimes these blue crabs make my day, or it could have been that greasy pizza, but I think it was the wine.  It seems that kickin back at the beach "creating" can be like that. Blue or No.
Oil on canvas 12"X24" (SOLD) to a repeat collector in Kill Devil Hills, NC

Lone Cedar (SOLD)

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)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Cat on a Stick (SOLD)

This painting will have to dry for 2 weeks prior to shipping.
This is my cat being coaxed around a piling with a fishing lure over her head.
On Pole Dancing
Oil on canvas 14"X11" (SOLD to a collector in Willow Springs, NC)

Rodeo Shrimp

Pen and marker sketch
not for sale

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

"Trois paire de chaussures" The Smart Continental

"Trois paire de chaussures" is the way a smart continental might refer to, "Three pair of shoes"
Acrylic on canvas 20"X20"
Just like VanGogh. Accept no substitute.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Cocaine Blues (SOLD)

" A lot of people don't know what's the matter with them sometimes , because nobody can't get along with them, you know...."

Rev. Gary Davis
Oil on stretched canvas 8"X6" (SOLD to a collector in Elizabeth City, NC)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Bad Lamb/Reform farm Bound(SOLD)

He was immune to her reform farm threats.
Oil on canvas 12"X9"
as always our guarantee
"No salesman will visit your home"
The sun finally came out on sunday afternoon.
(SOLD to a repeat collector)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Watch this storm Live and a beachroad video and more added on Saturday

South Nags Head.


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.
If you click
there is a facebook link to pictures of south nags head yesterday.
is yet another facebook of some of those houses on little sticks.
HERE and then HERE
I do it for you.

The Last Blue Crab in Pepto-Bismol (SOLD)

This little blue crab will spend a long time, I hope, hanging out in St.Johns, USVI. Thanks to Kate. I painted this yesterday as a demo in a painting class that I hosted in the mancave.
Oil on canvas 16"X12"

Marshes Light(SOLD)

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.
Oil on canvas 24"X12" (SOLD)

Gary considered a career as a private detective

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 click here. it will take you to a link. Good outdoor family fun on Roanoke Sound. Bring mosquito repellent.
Not for Sale
Oil washes on 12"X16"

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Bumble Bee (SOLD)

I found out this morning that I have been juried into When I got the email congratulating me, I was so excited that a little bit of pee came out.
Oil on canvas 5"X7"(SOLD to a repeat collector)

Friday, November 6, 2009

Pimp My Crab (SOLD)

She said "..why don't you pimp my crab?"
I said " much time do I got?"
She said ".....You got all the time in the world."
Oil on canvas 16"X12"
(Sold to a repeat collector in Va.)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Last Esso in Red Oxide (SOLD)

This is the last Esso station before you get to the Outer Banks. Its on the west side of US158 in Currituck County. I hosted a painting workshop today. We all paint the same thing. This is my version. We spent the day in class just finding these shapes. Unfortunately, by her own admission, Deb said nothing clever, but Donna bought a painting. Way to go Donna. Try harder Deb.
Oil on canvas 9"X12" (SOLD)
Oh! I have approximately 35 to 40 paintings hung in a one man one month show at the Full Moon Resturant in historic downtown Manteo. I took pictures of it yesterday, but they were terrible. I will get better ones. Stop by for lunch and say hello to my Paul Dillon in the gallery. I have a few more paintings there. I will be having a press release coming soon about a new photo and painting workshop I will be hosting at the DCAC gallery in Manteo in about a month. Real Hightec Gritty Stuff, a dulled cutting edge thing.

Dancing around Delphinius (SOLD)

This is the Delphinius docked in Wanchese Harbour. I start with a red stained canvas. I have spent a lot of time dancing around painting the letters DELPHINIUS. I had a painting class today. I painted this early this morning before the painters showed up. I have spent most of my time just on a few of the most difficult shapes. The bow line is always a deceptive shape.
Oil on canvas 12"X9"
(SOLD to a repeat collector)

Monday, November 2, 2009

I raised my claw (SOLD)

A art critique asked me if I could describe my new voice. I told him that I said "Yahh, you betcha". Just like the girls in Fargo.
Blue crabs 6"X12"
This painting is sold.

The Replacement (SOLD)

Do you have a cat? We have three cats now. The oldest is an ancient calico named "Prissy" or "Prissie". I am never sure. About 2 years ago Cindy noticed Prissee was slowing down a lot and perhaps only days away from death.
It was decided that the time had come to activate a cat replacement plan. A plan that would ease the inevitable pain that accompanies dead pets. We collectively decided that the best replacement was another calico. To ease the bereivement, the replacement must shared all the markings that calico cats have. We hoped to find one that was good enough to fool the neighbors into thinking a death never happened. A seamless transition from one cat to another. We try to think how our decisions will effect others.
We found the kitten depicted as a full grown cat in this painting. Her name was "Shirley", but her name tag said "Shirlee". I just ignored it. I could not, however, ignore her twin sister, Laverne. We left the shelter with 2 kittens. Laverne and Shirley. As luck would have it, Laverne died within 48 hours. It was now apparent we needed a replacement for Laverne. A new search began. The neighbors never saw Laverne, so we were less particular about this replacements general appearance. We found a skittish pastel calico in another shelter. We called her "Lovee" (I am certain it wasn't "Lovey").
We considered calling her Laverne, but it didn't seem right. I believe that our neighbors think we have two cats.
Oil on canvas 9"X12" (SOLD)



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