Thursday, July 31, 2008

Pink,Yellow, Blue (on painting the beach road)

Another scene at sundown along North Carolina Highway 12 (the beach road)
Oil on canvas 22"X18" (Check for availability).

Wrap Around (On "please question the engineer")(SOLD)

I did this painting a while ago. Another scene along North Carolina Highway 12 (the beachroad) a little oceanfront house. This house has been moved back from the first line of vegetation and raised above the flood plain. You can tell by the way the foundation pilings don't align with anything above. The painting was a little too loose for my personal taste and without telling you why the foundation looked odd it seemed a little odd to me. Lesson learned "PAINT WHAT YOU SEE" and please " question the engineer". The last time I broke out the oils I reworked this, and I am now happy with it. Oil on Canvas 22"X18". (SOLD)

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Purple Crab and Cork (Sold)

The oil paints have allowed me to get a little more bold with the acrylics.
I have never used purple and orange like this.
Acrylic on canvas 24"X36"
this painting is sold.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Shades of grey (on painting the beachroad)(SOLD)

A drive down the beachroad at sundown last night and this house showed up again. Another scene along North Carolina Highway 12 (the beachroad). Oil on canvas 16"X20".

Monday, July 28, 2008

Hanz and Franz "Pump You Up!" (on painting wallflowers)(SOLD)

More crabs. It was just color with these guys. I am trying to get back to oil paints. The colors are so.....buttery rich, and powerful like Marlboro Reds. One coat coverage. No screwin' around. Stick around have some aqua. This was fun to paint and a great way to start back into the oils. Oil on Canvas12"X32
This painting is sold.

Friday, July 25, 2008

crab colossus and cork (on painting wallflowers)(SOLD)

This painting is hung at Lighthouse Garden in Corolla, NC. Right there by the Currituck Lighthouse. Monday or so. You know.......island time......... Acrylic on canvas 18"X48" (SOLD)

Thursday, July 24, 2008

"Willing to follow"

If you count this guy over and over you will fall asleep. 1 , 1 , 1, 1, ,1, 1 ,1, , ,,,,, 16"X16" Acrylic on canvas .
this painting is no longer available.

Monday, July 21, 2008

"Crabe bleu" (real men don't do washes)(SOLD)

A painting of one of the ususual suspects. This felt a little too cool. I highlighted areas of the yellow green with a yellow white wash. I washed in a few more bluegreen shadows. Real men don't use washes. I have paintings hung in a gallery in Historic Corolla Village. So the next time you're in Corolla, NC. Stop at
Lighthouse Garden.
I have added a permanent link to the site below. When you're there buying my paintings, tell Carole I said hello.
Acrylic on canvas 16"X16". (SOLD)

Saturday, July 19, 2008

I'm ready for my closeup now (painting the geometry of it)

I break all the rules on crab color with these red crabs. I like red and the blue green feels cool and that's what I know about painting. (red and turquoise) I do know something about design. Fine design has recognizable geometry. Red crab or blue the geometry of the thing has to be sound. If it is all else can be forgiven. I painted on this with my camcorder running, and then I painted on it some more. I had a sandwich a little later and then I painted on it some more. After a while I painted it some more and then I signed my name to it when I liked it. Acrylic on Canvas 16"X16". You can buy this painting directly from the artist for $195.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

"One Big Ass Crab" and Shirlee? (SOLD)

(cat not included)
My cat is not afraid of really big big crabs. I left the work in progress to show the scale of this painting. This cat is not for sale, but if you are interested in buying the painting, lets talk. I donate a portion of the sales of all my paintings to The Dare County SPCA. 18"X48" Acrylic on canvas (SOLD)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

"Purple Cow" (on art when life gets in the way)(SOLD)

Today life managed to get in the way again. Inspite of all that here is a purple cow for your viewing pleasure. mixed media.(SOLD to a Collector in Texas)

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Little m's (deliberately painting )(SOLD)

Oom Flippus looked up from his reading and said,........ "I've about had it with these queer sheep!"
Another scene along North Carolina Highway 12 ( the beachroad) The shutter's on this house have birds painted on them. When I drive by it, I sometimes say aloud, "look, little m's"! I am trying to be more deliberate with this painting. But meanwhile, I'm just sittin' here waiting thinking about little m's. Acrylic on canvas 20"X20" (SOLD)

Monday, July 14, 2008

Wool in the Landscape

Sometimes there is no reason not to paint sheep. Other times I try to forget. Meanwhile, if you have not checked out my youtube video then you have been in a cave or at least you should get out less. Here is a connection. In discussing the concept for this video, I liked the idea of adding things and then taking them away. The guys editing took the concept one step farther, in that they took out stuff that I had painted in and then added it again later. I love the way this is sort of visually confusing. Anyway, I'm getting a few views.

Dear Editing Staff, (Rick Nilson's speed painting a chicken)
Very clever and a brand new idea. I will carry this concept forward.

Oh....incase you were wondering, yes, you can buy this painting directly from the artist for $225.00

Friday, July 11, 2008

Three (on paintings in ebay)

And just then I put my brush down. Sometimes paintings are difficult and sometimes they can be easy. If you painted houses for a living you would be drunk most of the time. No. That's not what I meant. If you were at the top of your game all the time, then you would be pretty mediocre. 20"X20" Acrylic on canvas. This painting is no longer available.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Two (on painting odd in the landscape)

When discussing affairs like landscape design 2 is an odd number. Mostly 3 or 5 or 7 can be better than 4 or 2 or 6 when considering a particular plant or element in the landscape. Just plop down 2 of something and.............. where's #3? Or it's.................. "one is never enough for you, is it? You had to have that second one!"
One is better than two, but then you have to decide if your fancy is worthy of being a specimen or is it just mass out there by itself. I have already counted them, but they could be two specimens like ewe and lamb or just 2 sheep. That is odd. Acrylic on canvas 20"X20". You can buy this painting directly from the artist for $225.00

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Seasoned Crab (on painting with dissapointment)(SOLD)

Painting crabs can be challenging affairs. I painted one a few day's ago. I didn't like it much and I was a little dissapointed with my blues. I mucked in for a second time. I cooked him. He turned red and then I seasoned him with my special seafood rub (cad red and cad yellow and titanium white in equal parts) spattered on with a stiff brush, and then I got the mail and later I took a shower. I will probably have that chicken salad for lunch. Acrylic on canvas 20"X20" .

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Two blue crab (on painting loose)(SOLD)

Anonymous said...
This picture does not due justice to the original. We catch blue crabs all summer and this is a great piece reflecting our lifestyle. Thank you!
Rick said "No, Thank you!"
I have tried about 5 different paintings with this particular canvas. a fish. a fish. a crab. a crab. a crab. 2 crabs. I promised myself that I would keep this as loose as I could. The technician was squirming around in the chair and ginsoaked boy just laughed. So that being said, I just painted and then I didn't paint anymore, and then I waited until it dried. Then I took this picture of it. Then I uploaded into my artblog. Acrylic on canvas 24"x24". I donate a portion of the sale of every painting to The Dare County SPCA

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Crab Approximately(SOLD)

This is how I start my paintings. I did a pencil sketch on 8X11 last night. This morning I smeared a wash over the entire canvas. yellow ochre and red oxide in this case. I let it dry, this time. Sometimes I don't. I mixed my black to define the shapes of my crab in proportion to a square. I have found that I can play some with "correct proportions". In this case I want to make my crab look "beefier" (crab on steroids) I mixed white with the leftover background combo and with the black and established my masses. Then I started adding color. .....and then I posted this...... and then I made a sandwich......... I might make a few phone calls......... What is your number anyway? Acrylic on canvas 20"X20" Thanks for looking.



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