Sunflowers, 10x8, oil on board

8×10, oil on board

painted en plein air

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Lilacs, 16x21, oil on linen, © Nelia Harper

Lilacs, 16×21, oil on linen


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Yucca Study, 4x6, oil on linen panel, © Nelia Harper
Yucca Study

Yucca Study, oil on linen panel, 3×4

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Peonies, 13.25x15, oil on linen © Nelia Harper

oil on linen panel

13.25 x 15 inches

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Love in a Puff, 5x4, oil on linen panel, © Nelia Harper
Love In a Puff

oil on linen panel, 5×4


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Black-Eyed Susans, oil, 12x9, © Nelia Harper
Black-Eyed Susans

oil on panel


plein air

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"Rabbitbush" pastel, 16x20, © Nelia Harper

While doing some plein air painting on a brisk January day, I came across this gigantic rabbitbush.   It still had several of its colorful blooms. Startled by the sheer size of the bush and enthralled by the sky and frozen pond, I knew this would be my next painting.

I hoped to convey the drama of Colorado’s winter sky.  Will the storm blow in or move on?  I also wanted to create a sense of texture and the feeling of windswept space.  By creating such a large bush, I hoped to instill a feeling of the size and magnitude.  How old is this bush?  What has it seen?  How long will it remain?


16×20, pastel


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Spring Blossoms, egg tempera, 6x6 © Nelia Harper
Spring Blossoms

egg tempera, 6×6


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Autumn Leaves, Egg Tempera, 9x12 © Nelia Harper
Autumn Leaves II

In a last burst of colorful glory, autumn fills the senses with leaves, wet soil and the hint of snow on the air.  Autumn Leaves II revisits a pile of leaves, tossed on the ground in a multitude of color.

egg tempera, 9×12


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Columbine Fairies, 8x10, egg tempera, © Nelia Harper
Columbine Fairies

egg tempera on traditional gesso panel


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The Hibiscus ~ Egg Tempera 6x6 © Nelia Harper

In the Victorian era, the hibiscus flower represented delicate beauty.  In Hawaii, the hibiscus is often worn behind the ear as a sign of a woman’s marital status and as a symbol of hospitality.  In Egypt, the flower was used as a medicinal calming tea.  As I painted this flower over four months, I was reminded of Buddha’s Flower Sermon in which words are not required to understand its meaning.

The story goes, that Buddha had gathered his students for the daily teaching.  On this particular day, rather than speaking, he held out a white lotus flower for each of his disciples and said nothing.  Each of the followers seemed a bit confused, except for one – he saw the flower and smiled a wide smile – understanding what Buddha was saying, without words.

For me, the story represents that the world and all of beauty exists in the one flower.  The flower represents all flowers and that nothing is permanent.  And, that painting this flower contains all the lessons of painting within this one painting.

egg tempera, 6×6


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Meadow of Gold, 8x10, pastel on paper, © Nelia Harper
Meadow of Gold

In the fleeting warmth of the high country, summer bursts forth in a profusion of flowers. Each bud explodes in color. The red paintbrush seeks its moment of glory in the carpet of gold.

Snowy Range, Wyoming

pastel,  8×10 

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