"Across the Pond" oil on panel, 9x12 © Nelia Harper
Across the Pond

There are hidden gems everywhere.  At a regular painting spot, the calm water created a perfect opportunity to paint this red barn reflecting off the water.  The trees were in full summer foliage, creating a perfect pastoral scene…water, mountains, trees, a red barn, everything a painter could want!

oil on canvas panel, 9×12

completed en plein air

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"Peace" oil on panel 9x12 © Nelia Harper
Peace

The feed and grain is an iconic building in Loveland, CO. Each year, our plein air group paints at this location.   The shapes and textures present a challenge to the painter.  This year, the peace symbol caught my eye.

oil on canvas panel, 9×12

completed en plein air

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"Fall Glory" oil on canvas panel 9x12 © Nelia Harper
Fall Glory

There are places we return to paint again and again. This is one of those places. Away from the hustle and bustle of town, tucked behind the hogbacks, Bobcat Ridge is quiet and serene. Fall lingers here, holding onto color until this snow flies. Tucked into a curve of the road, the sun warms the earth and the leaves glow.  The beauty of fall stands in proud glory.

Oil on canvas panel, 10×8

completed en plein air

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"Beside Still Waters" Oil on Canvas 8x10 © Nelia Harper
Beside Still Waters

Mist hung in the air.  Clouds filled the sky.  I rounded the corner, and was startled by the blaze of fall color.  The trees seemed lit from within.  I was drawn to the tumultuous contrast of rioting color against the mirror like smoothness of the river.  As I painted, stillness hung in the air.  Two fishermen worked their way up the Poudre River, calling out as they cast and caught fish.  Completed en plein air.

Oil, 8×10

en plein air

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Golden Owls 14x11 Pastel © Nelia Harper
Golden Owls

The “Twin Owls” rock formation is located in the heart of the MacGregor Ranch in Estes Park, Colorado.  As part of a larger formation known as Lumpy Ridge, the Twin Owls can be seen from across the valley.  Perched in their granite nest, the rocks harbor raptors and rock climbers.  On a picture perfect fall day, the aspens have reached the height of their gold color.  Each tree and leaf sparkles in the sun

pastel, 11×14

en plein air

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"Loveland Feed and Grain" - Pastel - 12x16 © Nelia Harper
Next Stop: Feed and Grain – Loveland, CO

It was hot!  At 9 am, the ambient temperature was already reaching 90+ degrees.   I searched for a spot in the shade, where I could focus and not fry my skin.  Spying a level, shady spot next to the train tracks, I setup and began to outline the lines and angles of the old building.  Not long into the painting, a train roared past, carrying shiny new windmill blades.  Where once we were fed by the trains that carried grain, now the trains carry windmills to feed our hunger for energy.  Although abandoned, the building will soon undergo a renovation and be transformed into a home for artists and galleries.

pastel, 12×16

en plein air

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"Old Friend" Pastel 12x15 © Nelia Harper
Old Friend

Along my favorite hiking trails, I look forward to seeing particular trees.  I’m drawn to their shapes, the curvature of their limbs, the shade they offer, or the feeling they invoke.   Over time, I feel like I know them, and that they know me.  I’ve had my eye on this particular bend in the trail.  I like the way the tree leans over, toward the bridge and the rock, greeting those that pass.  Just as people are unique in their character, so are trees.  As I painted this tree’s portrait, I felt like I was painting an ‘Old Friend’.

pastel, 12×15

en plein air

 

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"Cliffs of the Poudre" Pastel 12x15 © Nelia Harper
Lazy Day at the Poudre

Not far from the city, along the Cache la Poudre River, there’s a fishing hole that’s popular with anglers seeking trout.  Originating in the northern range of Rocky Mountain National Park, the ice cold water quenches the thirst of the residents along its path before joining the South Platte and traveling to the Gulf of Mexico.  The water gurgled past, the trees were just beginning to turn, and I wished I’d worn my bathing suit for a quick dip in the river.

pastel, 12×15

en plein air

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Fall Along the River 6x8 Pastel © Nelia Harper
Fall Along the River

Watching fall arrive along the South Platte River in Colorado is a special treat. The water drifts past, placid and gentle.  The cottonwoods shift from green to shades of orange and bright yellows.  The grasses glow, almost iridescent in the sunshine.  Yet, in the shade, the air is cool and refreshing.  While sitting on a log, painting this scene, I watched flock of wild turkeys fly across the river, minutes later, a pair of doves drifted past.  And, while I didn’t see them, I know that deer, beaver and muskrat are nearby, busily preparing for winter.

pastel, 6×8

en plein air

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"Riverbend Crossing" 11x14 Pastel © Nelia Harper
Riverbend Crossing

Looking for a place to set-up, I spotted a doe and young buck in the underbrush across the river. Along with the chickadees and juvenile bald eagles, they kept me company.  The doe bounded through the long grass and foraged through the scraggly brush.  Either she didn’t notice me, or she knew she was safe.

pastel, 15 3/4 x 11 3/4

en plein air

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"Cusp of Spring" 8.75x8.75 Pastel © Nelia Harper
Cusp of Spring

The allure of Colorado is the warm spring days interspersed between cold and snow.  The ice and snow melt, the geese swim through for a visit, children run and play and the moisture begins to work its way up the willows, promising summer days and sunshine.

pastel, 8.75×8.75

en plein air

 

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A-Maze-Ing - Pastel - 5x7 on UArt Paper © Nelia Harper
A-Maze-Ing

Rocks pile and tumble against the alpine blue sky of Wyoming.  From a distance, the rocks appear to be building blocks for a giant toddler.  Here they sit, forgotten in the eons of time.  Contrasted to the hard, sharp rock, aspens dance in the breeze, their golden fall colors warm and bright.

pastel, 5×7

en plein air

 

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