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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

$325.00 Add to cart
"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

$425.00 Add to cart
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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

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You Sing to my Spirit Archival Print
You Sing to My Spirit Archival Print – Cascade Falls

Just as the sky began to lighten, I wound my way up the Thompson Canyon, and bounced over the well worn highway to the Wild Basin turnoff in Rocky Mountain National Park. Meeting other painters, we started up the trail with our 30 pound packs. About a mile in, the trail became steep and covered in snow. We carried on, and the reward was well worth the effort when we reached the tumbling Cascade Waterfalls.

As I painted, I thought of John Denver’s song, Calypso. The phrase, “You Sing to My Spirit” played through my mind as I painted next to the cascade of water.  This larger painting was created based on the plein air study.

This Limited Edition Archival Giclée is printed on smooth 100% acid free cotton rag, natural white, heavyweight fine art paper. As an archival, museum quality paper, this print has a light fastness rating of 100+ years under normal indoor lighting conditions.

The print is shipped in a protective clear envelope with acid-free foam core, ready to present as a gift or frame.

Each print is numbered and signed by the artist.

Size: 9×12 with a half inch white border

Limited to 250 prints.

Larger sizes available upon request.

 

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Wooden Bowl with Leaves, oil on canvas, 8x16, © Nelia Harper
Wooden Bowl with Leaves

oil on canvas board

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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

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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.

10×8, oil on canvas

plein air

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"Fall at Bobcat Ridge" Pastel, 12x16 © Nelia Harper
Bobcat Autumn

Walk through the foothills of Colorado in the fall and the world alights in yellow, orange and gold.  This pastel painting was inspired by a walk through Bobcat Ridge Natural Area.  Located in the foothills of Fort Collins, I return again and again for inspiration and the display of fall color as the leaves turn from green to orange, yellow and gold.

Pastel, 12×16

Winner of the Guerilla Painter Award – 2016 Pastel Society of Colorado Mile High National Show

unframed

$550.00 Add to cart
Fall Afternoon, Oil on Canvas 8x10 © Nelia Harper
Fall Afternoon

Each fall the trees beckon.  “Come and paint me”, they call.  “Look at how beautiful I am.  Do you see how inviting it is in the cool shade of my canopy?”  Inspired by a plein air painting session at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area just outside Fort Collins.

8×10, oil on panel

unframed

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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.

8×10, oil on canvas panel

plein air

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"Just Stopping by to Say Hello" egg tempera, 8x10 © Nelia Harper
Just Stopping by to Say Hello Archival Print

This Limited Edition Archival Giclée is printed on smooth 100% acid free cotton rag, natural white, heavyweight fine art paper. As an archival, museum quality paper, this print has a light fastness rating of 100+ years under normal indoor lighting conditions.

The print is shipped in a protective clear envelope with acid-free foam core, ready to present as a gift or frame.

Each print is numbered and signed by the artist.

Size: 8×10 with a half inch white border

Limited to 250 prints.

$35.00 Add to cart
Autumn Leaves, Egg Tempera, 9x12 © Nelia Harper
Autumn Leaves II Archival Print

This Limited Edition Archival Giclée is printed on smooth 100% acid free cotton rag, natural white, heavyweight fine art paper. As an archival, museum quality paper, this print has a light fastness rating of 100+ years under normal indoor lighting conditions.

The print is shipped in a protective clear envelope with acid-free foam core, ready to present as a gift or frame.

Each print is numbered and signed by the artist.

Size: 9×12 with a half inch white border

Limited to 250 prints.

 

$45.00 Add to cart
Spring Blossoms, egg tempera, 6x6 © Nelia Harper
Spring Blossoms Archival Print

This Limited Edition Archival Giclée is printed on smooth 100% acid free cotton rag, natural white, heavyweight fine art paper. As an archival, museum quality paper, this print has a light fastness rating of 100+ years under normal indoor lighting conditions.

The print is shipped in a protective clear envelope with acid-free foam core, ready to present as a gift or frame.

Each print is numbered and signed by the artist.

Size: 6×6 plus a half inch white border

Limited to 250 prints.

original painting, egg tempera, 6×6

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The Hibiscus ~ Egg Tempera 6x6 © Nelia Harper
Hibiscus Archival Print

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.

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

This Limited Edition Archival Giclée is printed on smooth 100% acid free cotton rag, natural white, heavyweight fine art paper. As an archival, museum quality paper, this print has a light fastness rating of 100+ years under normal indoor lighting conditions.

The print is shipped in a protective clear envelope with acid-free foam core, ready to present as a gift or frame.

Each print is numbered and signed by the artist.

Size: 6×6 plus a half inch white border

Limited to 250 prints.

original painting, egg tempera, 6×6

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

egg tempera, 6×6

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Follow Cow Creek, oil on canvas, 16x20 © Nelia Harper
Follow Cow Creek

It was a cool brisk morning in early spring. The snow had melted and the sun was shining down. The promise of summer was in the air. After a long hike, I returned to this scene. The light was perfect.

“Follow Cow Creek” was part of the “100 Years of the National Parks” juried art show in Estes Park, CO in 2016.

16×20, oil on canvas panel

studio

unframed

$650.00 Add to cart
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

unframed

$600.00 Add to cart
Columbine Fairies, 8x10, egg tempera, © Nelia Harper
Columbine Fairies

egg tempera on traditional gesso panel

8×10

$540.00 Add to cart