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“Searching”, 90 x 120 cm, oil on linen

Though I have been busy painting new things, I am at the moment unable to share them, hence my lack of recent posts. My horrible camera stopped working on the same day that my cellphone stopped working. Though I cringe at all of the contacts I lost and the inability to photograph anything, I am actually very calm about it all. Over the past two years I have become ever more reclusive. I found it increasingly more difficult to paint with other people around me, whether they are talking on a phone or painting also. I had thought that by closing down my school in Florence and painting alone at home, I might find the peaceful atmosphere I was seeking to devote myself entirely to my painting. Still, however, people eventually learned where I lived, and though it might be nice to have visitors, I gradually grew more upset by the “pop-by visits,” urgent text messages, telephone calls. Changing countries certainly solved that situation! I am loving the ability to spend entire days observing and thinking without interruption or needing to work in short spurts between teaching duties. Lunch consists of the quickest sandwich possible. Social activities, phone calls, computer work, running, grocery shopping, and cooking – these are reserved for the appropriate time, after sundown when the natural light has faded and I can no longer see my subject or colors. Until I post new works, thought I would share some recent painting sales before Christmas, and some true words from Albert Pinkham Ryder.


“La Contessa,” 50 x 60 cm, oil on linen

THE ARTIST NEEDS BUT A ROOF

The artist needs but a roof, a crust of bread, and his easel, and all the rest God gives him in abundance. He must live to paint and not paint to live. He cannot be a good fellow; he is rarely a wealthy man, and upon the pot boiler is inscribed the epitaph of his art.
The artist should not sacrifice his ideals to a landlord and a costly studio. A rain-tight roof, frugal living, a box of colors, and God’s sunlight through the windows keep the soul attuned and the body vigorous for one’s daily work. The artist should once and forever emancipate himself from the bondage of appearance and the unpardonable sin of expending on ignoble aims the precious ointment that should serve only to nourish the lamp burning before the tabernacle of his muse.

–Albert Pinkham Ryder

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  1. January 17, 2010

    This is a beautiful painting!

    • Rebecca Harp #
      January 23, 2010

      Very much appreciated your compliments and comments, thanks!
      Rebecca

  2. January 24, 2010

    Rebecca, I found your work on “women painting women”
    blog.
    Your talent is amazing. Your painting is wonderful. Your post is real.
    Although I paint, I admire other artists work more than my own.
    I tend to gravitate to feelings. Your art has much feeling.
    Thank you for sharing you art, I learn mostly by viewing and pondering how things were done.

  3. Rebecca Harp #
    January 25, 2010

    William, thank you so very much for finding me on the womenpaintingwomen blog and for taking the time to look through my art more thoroughly. Honored to hear that it gives you pleasure and satisfaction, especially when heard from a fellow painter. I will certainly investigate your art as well!

  4. February 12, 2010

    Hi Rebecca, I too found you on womenpaintingwomen blog and I love your work. You are very talented and I can relate with your desire for quiet privacy. Thanks for sharing on the web.

  5. Rebecca Harp #
    February 17, 2010

    Hi Bonnie, thank you also for taking the time to click the link and see more in person here. I will be posting new works as they happen, so I look forward to chatting again!

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