Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Lovee Death Letter(SOLD)


This is my easily frightened calico cat, Lovee. I get real close and I look right in her face.
Oil on canvas 8"X8" This painting is sold.

Checkin' the Surf (SOLD)

After a big storm  locals drive the beachroad and check the surf on the outer banks of North Carolina.
oil on canvas 8"X16"
this painting is sold.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

A Paris Stomp

Here Rick Nilson does his best to mock the masters. In this case the artist is Gustave Caillebotte and the painting is "Paris, Rainy Street". "I have just sketched in some of the shapes. No.  Don't ask me why. I spend a lot of time deciding what not to paint. Yes. If I get past it, then there is the "how not to paint it" bit. Sometimes. I will probably keep adding paint to this. No.  Don't ask me why. I am having a lot of fun with this scene, but there is just so much.....stuff." He said.
 Oil on canvas 14"X11"

The Bell "Murder!", I answered(SOLD)

This cat can be a real jerk. Sure, I  enjoy the occasional headless songbird as much as the next guy. Shirley, however, was bringing me more than we could really use.  I decided to try a collar and a bell in an attempt to level the field. Later that evening she brought a dead bunny to my studio door and proceeded to sling it's  lifeless body around like a bloody glove made of fine italian leather. When the limp carcess hit the sliding glass door for the second time she looked up at me. "Murder!", I answered.  Oil on canvas 8"X16" This painting is sold.

Pastoral South Dakota







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I took these shots wandering around North Eastern South Dakota. In the photo with the ponies, if you look hard you will see a llama. This llama has his own story. There is also a zebra cross something and a mule.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Hose Bib


Things in my garden. a leaky hosebib.
oil on canvas 8"X8"
this painting is no longer available.

Kitty Hawk Lifer(SOLD)

Kitty Hawk Lifer

About This Painting:
One day last summer this lifegaurd shared his stand with a friend. Kitty Hawk Lifegaurds use yellow umbrellas.

Media: oil on stretched canvas
Size: 8 in X 8 in (20.3 cm X 20.3 cm)
this painting is sold.

Leavin' Trunk(SOLD)


Leavin' Trunk, painting by Rick Nilson
About This Painting:
Most weeks in the summer 20,000 families unload and then pack their leavin' trunks on the outer banks of north carolina.
this painting is sold.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Blue Minor (SOLD)


Study in blue minor, painting by Rick Nilson

About This Painting:
This girl is being dragged through the surf by someone I do not know. I see nothing to be gained by any type of explanation.
There's no words that need to be said. other than, "this painting is sold"

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Lifeguard (SOLD)


Lifeguard, painting by Rick Nilson
About This Painting:
this is a lifegaurd watching the outer banks of north carolina.
Oil on canvas
this painting is sold.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Healthcare Crab (SOLD)

In a grandstand prank aimed directly at  health care reform, this north carolina bluecrab tears off its own claw, and hopelessly clouds the issue. If you would like to have this painting, send me an email.
Oil on canvas 24"X24"
This painting is sold.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Good Kitty, Play Dead Kitty (SOLD)

Cindy said when our old cat dies we should get a puppy.
In an act of unwavering gratitude for all the good years we have given her, this cat walked right out in the driveway and assumed the position. She recovered, but I am watching closely thinking border collie.
There is a lot of open or negative space on this canvas. I call it "not kitty".
Oil on canvas 14"X11"
This painting is sold.

Bestiole Amie (SOLD)



About This Painting:
The smart continental calls them Bestiole Amie. Thats french for lady bug.   I painted this in a workshop demo. One of the ladies brought the photo from her garden. Immediately after explaining the fatal error of putting the focal point in the middle of the canvas, I did exactly that. To lessen that feel, I used a technique I am fumbling with.  I intentionally blur or soften a  balance of  the edges. Check out Karin Jurick's people. Thanks Karin. I blurred enough of the bug to bring the focal point to the face in the lower middle. Still not the best solution, but it doesn't, you know, "...bug me, my wee mouton".
this painting is sold.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Dog Walk (SOLD)

This girl was walking her dog along the beach on the Outer Banks of North Carolina
Oil on canvas 14"X11"
This painting is sold.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Serendipity Revisited (SOLD)

This is the house in Rodanthe Nights. It was moved earlier this year.
The house is on the outer banks of north carolina.
I decided to add more paint to this until I was satisfied. I believe I am.
Oil on canvas 16"X20"
This painting is sold.

Head out to Wanchese

This is the view as you enter Wanchese Harbor, North Carolina by boat. Looming rusting wrecks line the channel. The place can have the feel of a carnival terror ride about to happen, with haunting names like "Diamond Shoals" and "Buzzard Bay".This painting was crazy fun to paint. My counselors tell me I suffer from CSS, (cold start syndrome) and then this happened.   I love it. I considered balancing soft and hard edges across the canvas.  Hope you like it also.
Oil on stretched canvas 16"X20"

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Pine Grove Blues


The Godspell according to Rick Nilson. Alla Prima.  I having been feeling very "punie" for the last 4 days. I have made some progress on this, but I like best my alla prima work or the stuff I do in one setting and it is difficult to maintain interest in the work over several days or sessions. So now I post this questioning my morality, no I mean mortatilty. I felt you deserved to know and I didn't call in sick. I think I may nominate myself as employee of the month.
I am calling this progress.
I am lazily approaching a crazy commission. This is a sketch work in progress.
Oil on canvas 16"X20"

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Red Lobster (SOLD)

I host a painting workshop in my studio on most tuesdays. Today we all painted red lobsters.
Here is mine.
This painting is sold.
 

Kitty Hawk Reds


Kitty Hawk Reds, painting by Rick Nilson
About This Painting:
These little red oceanfront cottages in Kitty Hawk always seem so paintable. I painted this quite a while ago and I have painted these houses several times.

Media: oil on stretched canvas
Size: 24 in X 12 in (61 cm X 30.5 cm)
Price: $265 USD
How to Purchase:
Buy this painting on PayPal
Price: $265 USD plus $21 USD s/h
Or, send me an email

Monday, March 8, 2010

Galant Fox(SOLD)



Galant Fox, painting by Rick Nilson
About This Painting:
This is a boat that fishes out of Wanchese Industrial Seafood Park in the waters around the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
This painting is sold.
Media: oil on stretched canvas
Size: 11 in X 14 in (27.9 cm X 35.6 cm)

Friday, March 5, 2010

A Lot Like Ewe On Bitter Lake(SOLD)

This is just like ewe on Bitter Lake. My Wee Mouton.
 I have got to get back to painting the beach I love so close at hand.
Oil on canvas 20"X20"
This painting is sold.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

"Ewe on the Coolin' Board" (Death Letter)

I have a doctor's note and a perscription for vicadin. I had a wisdom tooth pulled and I feel equally as wise  as before the incident occured. When I first started painting I did not know there was a difference between fine linen and the duck canvas they sell at Walmart. I bought Walmart canvas duck and bought 1x pine at Home Depot for the stretchers. I then put one thin layer of gesso on the canvas. I then painted something with acrylic paint. That was a couple of years ago.  In the first few brush strokes of painting these sheep on Bitter Lake
 I realized I did not have enough gesso on this canvas. No wonder I wore out so many brushes. This canvas is like painting on stucco or devils hide sandpaper. I think I will try this again on a different type of canvas. I told you that this whole painting thing has been trial and error right from the gitgo.

 Bitter Lake is expanding rapidly and has taken much or all of this pasture. More than the pasture the south end of Waubay is threatened by the  rising water of Bitter Lake. I have studied it some in google and it appears that the airport in Watertown may have been the final manmade dam that held back most of the runoff from west of Summit. As a land planner  I see this as  a golden opportunity to redesign Watertown. Odd how the names seem so obvious to the telling of this particular "yarn" It is imporatant in the telling of any good story to be keen enough with your wit to know when to stop the telling.
Oil on "canvas"24"X24"
This painting no longer available.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Ready Set Crab

Ready, set, everybody crab.
this painting is sold.

Your Name Here (SOLD)



About This Painting:
When I was a kid I wanted a tee shirt like the ones I saw advertised with the girl and the guy standing there proudly modeling the bold text saying "Your Name Here". When I started painting this it seemed appropriate to add my own POV.   A blatant go at art appealing to the masses. This little house is in Nag's Head across from "Jockey's Ridge""Between the Highways"
Media: Oil on stretched canvas
Size: 12 in X 20 in (30.5 cm X 50.8 cm)
this painting is sold.

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