Saturday, December 31, 2016

Corova Beach (SOLD)

Here is one right at the end of 2016.
Here is the end of my 8th full year of painting and blogging about it.
this is blog post #1610. 1610 times I have braved judgement and hit the "publish" button.
It does not get easier, but solace comes in seeing that yes, I am a better painter. 102 paintings this year. Keep up the good work, Rick.
Horses along the beach in Corova, NC
Oil on canvas30"X48"
this painting is sold.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

BlueFin (SOLD)

Here I have painted the BlueFin docked in Wanchese Harbor on a sunny afternoon.
Oil on canvas 24"X36"
this painting is sold.
thanks for looking.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

National Crab (SOLD)

Here is a new painting of a crab. 
oil on canvas 18"X24"
want  it?
This painting is sold.

House in Duck (SOLD)

This is a sketch of Sherri's house working from her photo. I went this morning and took photos for a larger work.
Oil on panel 8"X10"
Its been a while and I have new paintings to post.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Cable Ranch Dynasty (SOLD)

For reasons unexplained a painting of a seagull with tents.
Oil on canvas 16"X20"
this painting is sold.

Crab CakeWalk About (SOLD)

There is a silent reward creating a work of art for some special person or  special occasion. I love that. An anniversary or birthday and somehow I am a part of it.
This painting is like that. 
A bluecrab commission going to Australia. 
I know it is going to a beautiful  home somewhere downunder. thanks again.
Sincerely, Rick Nilson
Oil on canvas 18"X24"
thanks for looking. This painting is sold.


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

A Walk on the Low Tide

there was something touchuing the way this couple held hands on their morning walk as tourists along a desolate beach.
Oil on canvas 16"X20"

Monday, October 31, 2016

Posing the Red Bandana Brothers (SOLD)

These are great fun.
Oil on canvas 8"X24"
send me an email if you would like to own this.
this painting is sold.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Wake of your tail (SOLD)

I am no animal behaviorist, but I believe horses that are subjected to relentless biting flies stay in the wake of their neighbor's tail. I would. Take my word for it, this is my 1600th post on this blog. I have done at least one painting per post, probably a lot more. The more I paint the more critical my eye becomes. I only post the ones I am truly satisfied with.
Here is one
Oil on canvas 16"X20"
this painting is sold

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Snappy TItle

This was a fun  thing I did months ago. Never completely happy with it. I had a great name for it then. I think more about the horse is to be learned with a new subject. 
Oil on canvas 18" X 24"
You said it Rick.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Horses Study (SOLD)

here again are more of these!
Oil on panel 9"X12"
thanks for looking
this painting is sold.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Horse Study

I never did my homework in school.
well, hardly ever.
Oil on panel 9"X12"
buy this painting send me an email.

Sunday, October 23, 2016


Oil on panel 11"X14"
send me an email if you would like to buy this.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Blue on Crab (SOLD)

I always like to try these guys with a little cocktail sauce.
Oil on panel 9"X12"
this painting is sold.
thanks for looking.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Shy (SOLD)

Sunflowers manly style.
Oil on panel 10"X20"
this painting is sold.
thanks for looking.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Home out of range (SOLD)

this house sits all alone in a sea of marsh grass.
Oil on canvas 11"X14"
this painting is sold.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016

Little birds

Oil on panel 8"X10"
for sale. email me. 
thanks for looking.

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Price: $125 USD plus $12 USD s/h

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Shore birds

Shore birds  Oil on panel 9"X12"
for sale. thanks for looking.

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Price: $125 USD plus $10 USD s/h

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Oil on panel 6"X8"

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Price: $90 USD plus $5 USD s/h

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Ibis it is (SOLD)

I have seen them flying overhead over the last couple of years. Usually in pairs, but this is a relatively recent thing here on the northern outer banks of North Carolina. 
Oil on canvas 11"X14"
This painting is sold.

Monday, September 26, 2016


Blowing a gale offshore.
Beaufort Scales
Oil on canvas 10"X30"

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Price: $400 USD

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Seagulls 2

Oil on canvas 11X14
For sale. 
$250 shipping included

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Copyright Aargh

A friend game me a toy pirate that swallows coins.
Oil on canvas 6"X8"

Monday, August 15, 2016

Sutton Street Wedding

I came across a wedding at Sutton Street Beach Access.
Oil on canvas 9"X12"
for sale.

oil on canvas 11"X14"

Sunday, August 14, 2016

A cup of cake with a cherry

Who wouldn't love a little cake.
Things seem so different now. Now that it is the year 2016.  I think maintaining a blog offers a  clearer perspective or a reference point for life and for sure paintings.   It is all so true that painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult once you do. 
and the results do not seem to show or follow some logical or allegorical  scheme, but just some random chain of events tied together with overviews of my existence on these outer banks. I know that blogging is a more lonely place since facebook. That has changed.
I look back on my painting archives from 2007 and 2008 and realize that "things seem so different now". 
Oil on panel 6"X8"

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Oyster Cracker

I love painting these little still life works.
Oil on panel 6"X8"
Bon Appetite Saltines

Monday, August 8, 2016


a little thing with my favorite fruit,
Oil on panel 6X8

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Price: $100 USD

Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Last Fair Deal Goes Down

This bluecrab painting is framed with a handmade frame.
Oil on birch panel 20"X22"
Buy this thing.



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