First Tracks, oil on linen panel, 9x9, © Nelia Harper
First Tracks

Currently on location at Museum of Friends, Walsenburg, CO through June 15th.

To purchase, please contact the museum at 719-738-2858.

painted en plein air

oil on linen panel

9×9

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Curiosities, 5x7, oil on panel, © Nelia Harper
Curiosities

oil on panel

5×7

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Cattail Chaos, 8x10, oil on aluminum panel, © Nelia Harper
Cattail Chaos

painted en plein air

oil on aluminum panel

8×10

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Blue Booties, oil on linen panel, 5.5x5.875, © Nelia Harper
Blue Booties

oil on linen panel

5.5×5.875

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Lavender Sky, pastel, 11x15 © Nelia Harper
Lavender Sky

Pastel, 11×15

unframed

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Curious, Pastel, 12x12, © Nelia Harper
Curious

This little deer and I spotted each other as I walked along a hiking trail.  We watched one another with curiosity.  Who would make the first move.  The image of its ears pointed forward, taking in every sound, hidden in the undergrowth stayed with me.  Slowly, the idea began to resolve.  The colors began to take shape, the pattern of light and dark began to emerge.

11.75 x11.75

pastel

framed

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"Aspen Meadow", 11x15, Pastel, © Nelia Harper
Aspen Meadow

As I was walking through this meadow in Rocky Mountain National Park, there was a light mist in the air from an early morning rain. Sun filtered through the spring leaves and bounced off the grass and mist, creating a soft glow. What a treasure. I often think back to that day, the light filtering through the aspens and the lightness I felt at seeing such beauty.

Painted from memory and imagination.

11×15

pastel

unframed

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Spring is in the Air, 9x12 oil on linen, © Nelia Harper
Spring is In the Air

An early morning mist hung in the air saturating the air with moisture.  Spring began to unfurl it’s radiant color and perfume enticing every passerby.

Fort Collins, CO

9×12, oil on linen

plein air study

unframed

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Devil's Playground, 8x10, pastel, © Nelia Harper
Devil’s Backbone

Painted at the Devil’s Backbone Open Space park in Loveland, CO.

8×10, pastel

plein air

framed

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Breathing Space, 9x12 oil on linen, © Nelia Harper
Breathing Space

Painted en plein air at Bobcat Ridge Open Space.

Fort Collins, CO

oil, 9×12

plein air study

unframed

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Autumn Surge, 11x14, oil on linen, © Nelia Harper
Autumn Surge

Currently on location at Museum of Friends, Walsenburg, CO through June 15th.

To purchase, please contact the museum at 719-738-2858

Painted en plein air along the Yampa river during the Steamboat Art Museum Plein Air event.

Steamboat Springs, CO

oil, 11×14

plein air 

unframed

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Aspen Study No. 5, oil on panel, 7x5, © Nelia Harper
Aspen Study No. 5

oil on panel

plein air

7×5

unframed

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

oil on panel

12×9

plein air

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Schoolhouse, oil, 8x16, © Nelia Harper
Schoolhouse

Perched on top of the rise, this old schoolhouse looks out over the tranquil Yampa River valley and Sleeping Indian Mountain.  As I painted this scene during the Steamboat Art Museum Plein Air Event, clouds rolled across the valley and I imagined what how it felt to walk to school during the winter months when the land was being settled.

plein air

oil on canvas panel, 8×16

Steamboat Springs, CO

unframed

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Golden Days, 8x10, oil on linen, © Nelia Harper
Golden Days

Currently on location at Museum of Friends, Walsenburg, CO through June 15th.

To purchase, please contact the museum at 719-738-2858.

Painted en plein air at Rocky Mountain National Park

8×10

unframed

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"Heirloom Beauties", 8 1/4 x16, © Nelia Harper
Heirloom Beauties

Heirloom Beauties was inspired by yet another trip to the Farmer’s Market.  The good folks from Honeyacre Farm devote their loves to growing luscious heirloom tomatoes, meaty, flavorful bell peppers, and solid cucumbers the size my arm.

This still life was designed to create a bold statement.  I wanted to work with bright cadmium paint and explore vibrant color. I choose a deep red backdrop to complement the tomatoes and stock for delicate texture to contrast the smooth tomato.

still life

8×16, oil on linen

unframed

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"Rabbitbush" pastel, 16x20, © Nelia Harper
Rabbitbush

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?

studio

16×20, pastel

framed

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"Where the Wild Things Grow", oil on canvas panel, 5x7 © Nelia Harper
Where the Wild Things Grow

During a trip up the Cache la Poudre Canyon, I came across this field filled with aspen trees.  Although I wasn’t able to paint it that day, I knew a return trip was in order and soon the opportunity arrived.

Upon my return, the small aspen grove had filled wildflowers.  As I set up my easel and began to paint, I felt as if anything could stumble up out of the river or through the grove of trees.  While it would most likely be a deer, I couldn’t help but think of the children’s book, “Where the Wild Things Are” and my imagination went wild.

oil on canvas panel, 5×7

plein air

unframed

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"Bobcat Oasis", Oil on Canvas Panel, 12x16, © Nelia Harper
Bobcat Oasis

How many times have I pulled on my backpack and headed for a nearby park to hike, think, look and ponder?   Whether I have a lot on my mind, or I just feel the need to get out into nature, Bobcat Ridge Open Space is a ‘go-to’ spot. There, I am free to wander, wonder and ease back into myself.

As I painted this cottonwood against the backdrop of the hogback, I thought of napping under the tree or having a picnic lunch.  I reflected on the number of hikes I have taken through this park, and how it has become an oasis for my spirit, as well as an opportunity to connect with nature and myself.

Currently on location at Museum of Friends, Walsenburg, CO through June 15th.

To purchase, please contact the museum at 719-738-2858

oil on panel, 12×16

plein air

unframed

en plein air

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"Summer Sweetness", 11x15, Pastel © Nelia Harper
Summer Sweetness

Can you feel the fuzz?  Do you smell that sweet syrup of a ripe summer peach? Each summer, I look forward to peach season and picking up fresh peaches from the farmer’s market.  After they grow and ripen in the heat of the Western Slope, they arrive at the market ready to eat.  There’s nothing as delicious as a sweet summer peach on a hot day, especially when the juice drips down your hand…

11×15, pastel

still life

unframed

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"Peach Study" 5x5, Pastel, © Nelia Harper
Peach Study in Pastel

I’ve been looking forward to summer and doing a peach study in pastel for a larger painting.  Each year, Morton’s Organic Orchards sets up their fruit stand at the nearby farmer’s market. They begin with cherries that are so deep and dark in color, flavor and sugar that I feel ‘drunk’ after just a few morsels.

Following on the heels of the cherries, the peaches arrive. Clingstone peaches appear first – small and sweet. Then, giant freestone peaches arrive by the truckload, covered in peach fuzz. They line up, ready to be turned into pies and jams and in my case, ice cream and smoothies.

These little orbs of sweetness are surprisingly solid. I wanted the viewer to feel as though they could be picked up and held, as well as eaten.

pastel, still life, 5×5

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"Tributary", Oil on Canvas Panel, 16x12, © Nelia Harper
Tributary

I have driven by this area countless times and never knew a gem was hidden away.  We started the day at the break of dawn.  From camp, we drove a short distance from our campsite, and hiked out to see what we could see.  Following what I later learned were skunk track, I fell in love with this picturesque spot.

The sun was just coming up over the cliffs and began to filter through the trees. I listened to the hum and throb of the water, and watched the light shift and change, as I painted a perfect summer day.

Currently on location at Museum of Friends, Walsenburg, CO through June 15th.

To purchase, please contact the museum at 719-738-2858

Painted en plein air

oil on canvas panel, 16×12

plein air

unframed

$625.00 Add to cart
Wooden Bowl with Leaves, oil on canvas, 8x16, © Nelia Harper
Wooden Bowl with Leaves

oil on canvas board

$400.00 Add to cart
Pine Creek Canyon, Pastel on Pastelmat, 16x20 © Nelia Harper
Pine Creek Canyon

pastel on archival paper

16×20

$650.00 Add to cart
"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.

9×12, oil on canvas panel

plein air

unframed

$335.00 Add to cart