Thursday, December 31, 2009

Sally, where'd you get your seafood from? (SOLD)

 I am posting this to show you how I start most of my paintings, and because I was too lazy to finish it and I want to draw this out till next year.
"Sally, where'd you get your liquor from?" Rev. Gary Davis
Oil on canvas 14"X10"

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A little Shirley Now and Zen (SOLD)

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.
Oil on canvas 8"X20
(SOLD to a repeat collector)

EightySix BlueCrab

I keep painting these guys and now I know its time to move on and say
"Going to leave these blues behind"
 .Oil on canvas sort of  23"X 9"
this painting is no longer available.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

My town with a little drop of posion

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.
Oil on canvas 22"X18"
Buy this painting on PayPal
Price: $335 USD plus $16 USD s/h
Or, send me an email

Careless Love (a study in canine)

Dogs seem to personify "Careless Love". They give it so freely to anyone who will accept it.  I painted a friends dog. I gotta get my own model.
I gave this painting to the dog's owner.
Oil on canvas 6"X8"

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Hereford on Killing Floor

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.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Pacifics in Chains(SOLD)

This is Pacifics, a commercial fishing boat docked in Wanchese Harbor, on the Outer Banks of  North Carolina.
Oil on canvas 20"X16"
This painting is sold.


This crab is sort of styling, if I may.
This is a abstract painting of a Coastal North Carolina blue crab by American Artist Rick Nilson.
Accept no substitute and copy no other.
I have a neighbor that runs a commercial crabbing buisness in his back yard. He has custom license plates that say,
 I hardly know him anymore either.
Ahhh. Good Times.
I'm just tryin' to make some cents.
Oil on canvas 6"X8"
this painting is sold.

Cat on Killing Floor (SOLD)

When all santa gives you is the blues.
Who's gonna come if I'm good my way?
 little red rooster crows all day.
Who comes around on special nights?
wearing boots way too tight.
Must be santa.
Oil on canvas 9"X12"
This painting is sold

Monday, December 21, 2009

Faded Lovee(SOLD)

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?"
Oil on canvas 14"X11"
This painting is sold.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Come on MeowMix, please deliver (a study in Feline) (SOLD)

these are my rules for a successful piece of art.
1. If it comes easy, I tell myself, "please let it be".
2.If I have a happy accident, I tell everyone I meant to do that. Including myself, and I believe it.
3. I am confident that I can paint more like Rick Nilson than anyone else on the planet.
4. I don't care if you like me or my work. I used to, but I don't know you anymore.
5. I will be crushed if you don't like my paintings.
Oil on canvas 8"X20"
(SOLD to a collector in Memphis)

Friday, December 18, 2009

Little Angel Mine (SOLD)

This painting has a glare in the photo that I don't know how to get rid of .
When I finish a painting that I am exceptionally proud of or that I really enjoyed painting, I find little ways to reward myself.
 I don't get weird about it though.
This is a blue crab painting by Rick Nilson.
Oil on canvas 8"X20"
This painting is sold.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Ewe on Parchman Farm (SOLD)

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

Monday, December 14, 2009

The New Hula Blues(SOLD)

a blue crab painting by Rick Nilson
oil on canvas 7"X5"

Key to the Highway (SOLD)

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.
Oil on canvas 11"X14"
this painting is sold.

Cat Scratch Fever(SOLD)

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)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Cheeze Boat

This is a commercial fishing boat docked in Wanchese Harbour. Local's call them Cheeseboats.
Oil on canvas 14"X10"
(This painting is a gift for my favorite people)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Dancing with Roosters

Rooster at the Copa with a fresh coat of Rick Nilson
These birds are just having too much fun. "Off with their heads!" cried the Queen.
Oil on canvas 22"X16" (this painting is a gift)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Sure Miss Elvis

A still life involving a windup mickey mouse toy lamenting the untimely loss of his muse, Elvis Presley.
Void where prohibited by law.
Oil on canvas 9"X12"

Three Birds (SOLD)

Three Birds 150 bucks
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
Void where prohibited by law.
This painting may be copied without notice.
Accept no substitute.
Oil on canvas 12"X16"
this painting is sold

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Serendipity Now (SOLD)

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".
The perfect gift for Festuvus celebrations.
Serendipity Now.
Let our sales team stuff your stocking.
Oil  on canvas 16"X20"(SOLD)

Friday, December 4, 2009

No Dog and Pony Cow

"Were in the big time now, Jack", " we're not just a couple of macho men from the flea market"
A Rick Nilson Holstien Cow
Accept no substitute and Copy no other
oil on canvas panel approx. 10"X8"
Buy this painting on PayPal
Price: $75 USD plus $6 USD s/h
Or, send me an email

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Crab on the Job Too Long (SOLD)

He wants to just go home and forgetaboutit.
This is a Rick Nilson Original Blue Crab Painting.
Accept no substitute and copy no other.
Beware of impersonators, pretending to be crabs.
Oil on canvas 8"X16"
this painting is sold.



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