Thursday, August 21, 2008

Reflections On A Quiet Pond 24x30 sold
Okay...I am officially stunned, overwhelmed and on my knees thankful and have been since yesterday afternoon! In fact my hands were shaking so badly I had to quit painting yesterday a little earlier than I had planned.
The owner of the gallery I am with, Cherry...of Cherry's' Gallery...called the other day to ask if a few paintings were available on my website. She wanted to pick them up and take them over to McCune Brooks Hospital. I had just recently sold a rather large painting to them....and of course I said yes. I have been holding on to a few, in my estimation, good pieces that I am very fond of...they are close and personal to me...and want them to have a "good home". The paintings she asked for were all available...with the exception of one..."Reflections On A Quiet Pond"and I told her I would not let it go for anything less than $2500. as I was not eager to sell it. The story on that painting follows.
It was a beautiful February day, cool with the portend of Spring not far off....Valentines' Day to be exact. Max and I had been seeing each other since the end of October...and had decided we were definitely for each other. I am a typical woman...and love all the wonderful cards and favors..that her man will bestow upon her. I had been previously warned though..by Max himself...that he was a stable guy...but not given to a lot of the sentimentality that many women crave. That's Okay....I said to myself....he's solid as a rock....and shows it in ways that one would never expect....like paying my bills for three months before I moved from Pineville to Carthage! He called to say he was picking me up and maybe we could go to George Washington Carver National Park and look around some, take some pictures and have a picnic. Of course I was thrilled at the invitation. He arrived an hour or so later and off we went to the park. Our timing was a bit off...or maybe he planned it that way... but we only had enough time to to walk around...take a few pictures and hold hands. I strolled around the pond looking for something I had seen a year earlier and also painted. I wanted to try it again with a little more knowledge under my belt. Then there it was.....Spring light hitting the side of a leafless tree...the reflection on the still water, a maze of reaching fingers with brilliant green moss and romantic soft color. I stood there fairly mesmerized by the beauty of it all! "That's a great shot" Max said.....I couldn't wait to get home and view the digital image. It was beginning to turn cool so I hurriedly took some more shots and we ran back to the car. We drove to his house and he surprised me with some chocolates and the dinner he had prepared for me...he waited on me hand and foot! Three days later was a repeat performance...on my birthday...complete with cake! So much for not being a romantic!! As a matter of fact he hasn't stopped cooking yet! Shortly after, we were viewing the pictures from that day....and between the two of us....came up with a painting. I thought I couldn't pull it off....that no one would like it and it was just too hard. Not Max..."Do it!"he said.."I know you can....go ahead and try something a little different." So try I did....after considerable studying! I am normally given to thinking outside the box....but for some reason...felt a little trepidation this time. The outcome was arduous...exhilarating...fun....and I learned a lot. Max encouraged me every step of the way...even when I was ready to quit and wipe it all off. One morning I woke up....and bingo...there it was the answer to the problem that was plaguing me. Fortunately I had long since learned to stop painting on a piece before I completely destroy it. Well, i have almost learned...I still make that mistake on occasion and must wipe away all the poor work. I quickly finished up the painting in the next two days and was extremely happy with it. Max loved it and enjoyed just sitting and gazing fixedly at it.
When Cherry showed that painting to the woman who buys the pieces for the hospital...She said, "This is the piece we have been waiting for! We have held off buying a piece for the hospital chapel for some time until we found the right one....but this is it!"
Hmmm?...How many lessons learned here?....well a whole bunch!! I think you smart cookies out there can see them!
The painting is in the possession of the hospital today....a brass nameplate is being made with the title and my name on it...we are a farther ahead financially than we were yesterday....and I am ever and always so thankful for life's lessons....and....My Max.
Lovingly,
Theresa

Cherry's Gallery, Carthage, Missouri

22 comments:

Barbara M. said...

What an amazing story. I think you're
ready to write a book, and I simply love the painting. It took my breath away when I opened your blog.

Good for Max -- and good for you.

I'll drink a toast to you and your success!

Barbara

E. Floyd said...

Thanks for sharing the story behind this painting! It is a beautiful painting - peaceful, harmonice, and mezmorizing - however the story behind it gives it extra depth!

Erika Nelson said...

OMG it was love at first sight Theresa your "Reflections..." is SO stunning and completely beautiful! It's a bravo piece and bravo for the hospital to have such good taste! Now why don't you ask the hospital if they are ready for 10-ft piece or a diptych or triptych for their lobby :) I say they would be foolish not to go for it! This painting is like a big warm blanket,I'm definitely in love with it! CONGRATULATIONS!!! Man I need to stare at it a little longer even though we're on vacation in Hot Springs lol!

Theresa Rankin said...

Barbara! Thank you so much for your continuous support!! Funny you should say that...I have been told many times to write a book about my life..I just can't think who would buy a book by an ex-truck driver turned artist...although I must say...my whole life has been like a roller coaster..ups and downs and thrills and chills!! Thank you once again for your sincerity...Max and I will toast you also!

Theresa Rankin said...

Elizabeth....Thank you for visiting and leaving such a nice comment...I am very happy you see the painting through the such emotional eyes! I have added you to my blog list!

Theresa Rankin said...

Erika...you little doll...you are so full of love and genuine niceness!! I love to hear from you and am so glad we can connect through hear. You were a sweetheart at the workshop and I look forward to having another one down that way. Brilliant idea about the future negotiations!! Enjoy your vacation! We will be leaving soon on ours.
Lots of love, Theresa

Barbara M. said...

Hi Theresa,

That's funny. I have done quite a bit of work in the publishing industry -- how about a novel?
Who would read a book about an ex-truck driver turned artist -- I would!!! What a story -- the hard parts, and the happiness -- finding love. I'm a major novel reader, and that story has legs.

I'm seeing a spot on Oprah already.
Visualize.

I'll miss your blog when you're on
holiday. Have a super time.

Barbara

David Lobenberg said...

The hospital made a great buy...a beautiful painting! Yea, I'm working on an arduous painting now. What hard work yet as it comes along, how satisfying is is becoming.

Susan Carlin said...

Terrific story and extraordinary painting. Congratulations all around!

Theresa Rankin said...

Thank you David....I know your painting will be a winner!

Theresa Rankin said...

Thank you so much Susan!!!

Erika Nelson said...

Theresa, I hope you have another workshop here, you are a blast and I learn so much just being around you! You are one of few who "can do and can teach", ' know what I mean?

Thanks so much for the link you're the best! x

milindmulick said...

I have not read the story yet I am writing a comment because the painting is too good,very smartly got everything rightly unified.
Also it reminds me of M.C.Eschers "three worlds"
Will read the story later..:)

vickiandrandyrossart said...

I agree with my China Doll, Erika...let's plan a 'real' workshop! I have a great location...

vickilou

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

I don't know if I should be more envious of your paintings (I really like this water piece) or your upcoming trip.

Theresa Rankin said...

Erika you are a doll...Thank you and I am back. I am trying hard to catch up with lots of new ideas and shows coming up...I look to be very busy..but am keeping the workshop in mind!! Blog is coming with all the details about vacation and Schmid and more...very soon!!

Theresa Rankin said...

Millind...thank you so much for your comment!! I appreciate it deeply! Reading is optional...pictures are better!!

Theresa Rankin said...

Vicki....let me know all about it...and thank you for stopping by!!! Reading your block and keeping up with you is a major task....you are like the energizer bunny!!! And a damn fine painter, too!

Theresa Rankin said...

Hi Lisa!! You can be envious of both..teehee.. I check your blog regularly and find it inspiring!! Thank you for the fine comment!

adebanji said...

I really really love this painting- you really captured the essence of that pond, almost dreamlike!

adebanji said...

I really really love this painting- you really captured the essence of that pond, almost dreamlike!

Theresa Rankin said...

Thank you Adebanji!!! Your comment is sincerely appreciated. I apologize for he late reply...I just found your comment yesterday!