Painted as a study from life to understand color and form, these paintings may have been used for larger paintings or stand alone as a finished piece.

All paintings are 6×8 inches or smaller.

Turning, 6x8, oil on linen panel, © Nelia Harper
Turning

oil on linen panel, 6×8

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Road to Horsetooth, 6x8, oil on linen panel, Turning, 6x8, oil on linen panel, © Nelia Harper
Road to Horsetooth

oil on linen panel, 6×8

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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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Bitty Bird, 3 1/4 x 3 1/4, oil on canvas panel, © Nelia Harper
Bitty Bird

This little bird sits in my studio observing the day-to-day activities. He loves to pose, especially with bits of flowers.

Painted from life.

Oil on canvas panel, 3 1/4x 3 1/4

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"On the Cob", 6x8, oil on canvas panel, © Nelia Harper
On the Cob

Painting this corn on the cob reminded me of childhood summers and working in the garden with my Dad.

For as long as I can remember, my father planted a large garden. And, he still does. I loved to help him. As I placed corn kernels, hunks of potato, and tiny onions in the ground, a feeling of hope and promise filled me. I marveled at the straight rows, and the little seeds that grew into giants. Planting miniature versions of vegetables felt like a million little possibilities
 
In August, we could start to pick the corn. Pulling away the husk, was like unwrapping a present. Under the papery wrapper, rows and rows of sweet kernels waited for a slather of butter and salt. We devoured those ears of corn on the cob. Fresh green beans, cucumber salad, and baby potatoes completed any meal.
I still relish plant seeds, and see those little seeds reach for the sun. I especially love it when I can step outside to ‘pick dinner. Although I didn’t pick this ear of corn from my garden, I still delight in knowing that a seed created this ear of corn. And, there’s nothing like the taste of fresh corn on the cob, slathered in butter and salt!
6×8, oil on canvas
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Winter Morn, 6x9, oil on board, © Nelia Harper
Winter Morn

painted en plein air

oil on  board

unframed

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Weathered, oil on canvas board, 5.35 x 3.75, © Nelia Harper
Weathered

oil on canvas panel

unframed

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Orchid Study, 4.5x5.5, oil on linen panel. Reflections of You, 16x20. oil on linen panel, River's Song, 11x14 oil on linen panel, © Nelia Harper
Orchid Study

oil on linen panel

4.5 x 5.5 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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Green Ice, oil on linen panel, 5x7, © Nelia Harper
Green Ice

oil on linen panel

5×7

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

oil on panel

5×7

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

egg tempera, 6×6

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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

unframed

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The Hibiscus ~ Egg Tempera 6x6 © Nelia Harper
Hibiscus

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

unframed

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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

unframed

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