fair enough

Oil painting by Nicholas Harper titled Sophie depicting a woman with big hair holding an owl that has been blindfolded
Sophie | by Nicholas Harper | Oil on panel | 2017

I was about 20 years old the first time I entered a painting into the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Competition. It didn’t get accepted. Fair enough (pun), the painting sucked. In fact, the oil paint might have still been wet when I dropped it off and nails poked through the back of my shoddy makeshift frame, that can’t help ones chances… I then entered numerous more times only to have my ego repeatedly dashed against the jagged rocks of the unrelenting shores that is the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Competition. Continue reading “fair enough”

bella donna

This was a short movie I made about three years ago showing the progress of my painting Bella Donna.  If the girl in the dress looks familiar it should, as it was my rendering of a painting by Mark Ryden.

The painting was finished just a day or two before heading to an exhibit at Gallery 360 where it sold prior to the opening reception.  I never really got to live with her before she went to her new home which makes this little movie even more special for me.

Hope you enjoy!  Cheers!