Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Keeping busy.....

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Make a Smilebox slideshow's been almost a week since I posted....Life does get in the way!!! A few updates about what's going on here.
I have the living room about 95% unpacked. All that is left is hang the curtains and the wall art...finish unpacking the china and stemware...vacuum and then move in my easel and taboret. There is still a file cabinet and several boxes in the hallway that need to go upstairs into the office....and then I will have to organize that room again so I can find what I need. I hate this stuff....but always like the outcome once it is done.
I am becoming obnoxious from lack of painting........looks like a a few more days before I do anything artful. Maybe less...hopefully!!
We did however have a wonderful weekend....Last Friday we went to a reception of local artist Andy Thomas.....who has done extremely well!!! His last painting sold for $180,000...yes that's right folks....right here in little old Carthage, MO. Andy is represented by Greenhouse Gallery in San Antonio, TX. and Cherry's here in Carthage....she is working on a new website which we are all thrilled about. Take a look at his personal site here.
We had a lot of fun visiting with Cherry and Joe, other artists, buyers and a few of my clients were there which is always nice to see. Great food and a few glasses of wine topped it all off.
Saturday we went to Kansas to visit with Verna and Jack who own draft horses. They put together a draft horse horse pull and invite people from all over the area to bring there teams and plow. Verna was my mail lady for many years while I lived in Kansas and lives just south of where I used to live. There was a lot of great food....including Verna's famous beans and peach cobbler. It was a bitterly cold and gray day but there was a great fire and lots to see.

I have been invited to come for quite a few years and take pictures. Some of the pictures have become paintings....three of which are shown here. The two old boys are lifelong friends...since grade school. and I gave them each a print for using them as models. The original sold at a show in Dallas, Texas for $1800 it was a 16x20. The draft horses and plow are Jack's and is payment for his electrical work here at the house and a print of each will pay two doctor bills. The third is a treeline there at the pasture they plow and won best of show here locally last year and is now in the possession of one of my old students who bought it for herself for a Christmas present last winter. It is a very good place to go....and I always have a great time seeing the horses work. Jack has a new one he is training so he had three pulling the plow this year. I have seen as many as 5 pulling as one team. This was Max's first year here....and he thoroughly enjoyed it also! Some of the photos are his and the others are mine.
I also included a memory album our host for the Halloween party sent us. So have fun looking at all the pictures!!
Yesterday we went to get some paintings scanned down in Arkansas. He is new to us as my previous scanning company has transferred his business to Scott's Art and Frame. He will be doing the scanning and printing for me's a long way to I will only go down there when there are about 4 or 5 pieces to scan. We treated ourselves to Vietnamese food while we were down has become a ritual to have Pho and Bun!!!
That's about it for today....until next time,


Barbara M. said...

Hi Theresa,

I don't understand why you have to get your paintings scanned. All of yourpaintings are beautiful -- just
great. Wow $180,00 -- bring it on universe.

Loved the Halloween shots of you and Max too.

Take care,

Love Barbara

Erika Nelson said...

Love this set Theresa, there's something so genuinely thoughtful about these, I can't seem to put my finger on it. I see your heart on them.

Well you better get to painting or that house might explode lol!

David Lobenberg said...

Love the reds and violets in the tree line painting. I really enjoy expressive color.

theresamillerwatercolors said...

I love these paintings, you are an amzing artist! I also read your two previous entries.. you are an amazing writer and are able to put into words exactly what I have in my heart, especially the entry about Obama. Lovely, and thank you for posting such wonderful entries! Have a great day!

theresamillerwatercolors said...

Hi Theresa! You have been tagged! If you want to play the game, come to my blog and read about it. Enjoy!

Theresa Rankin said...

Hi Barbara....thank you for your wonderful support and stopping by. About the scanning...they do not improve my work or change it in anyway. It is a digital scan so I can make giclees from the original that are extremely accurate....right down to the brushwork. Taking a photo would result in a very small file some where between 1 and 5 megabytes or so. The digital scan or high resolution image as it is sometimes called is anywhere from 40 to 300 megabytes For instance by scanning at 400 to 600 dpi (200dpi x 2 or 300dpi x 2), there will be sufficient resolution to print at the bigger size.
If you scan a smaller slide or transparency, scanning at 1,500 to 4,000 dpi or more is common.

So by using the above example, an 8" x 10" file at 600 dpi is about 82 megabytes in size.

Theresa Rankin said...

Hi Erika ....thank you. I feel very close to the outdoors, farmers and animals since I have spent much of my life raising them, with them and actually doing it. I hope you saw the new photos on the side bar of the plowing! It was spectacular!

Theresa Rankin said...

Oh Erika, by the way...the house is in no danger of exploding...but I am if I don't paint soon!!!

Theresa Rankin said...

Thank you, David, for your comment...of all of them I thought this would be the one you liked.

Theresa Rankin said...

Theresa Thank you so very much for your encouraging comments...They are deeply appreciated and I am honored to have been tagged...I will pass it along soon!!

vickiandrandyrossart said...

Love the horses! Why don't you plan a scan day, and the 'gals' can come to my house to have a paint with Theresa day. We'd pay you to teach, and that way some of your expenses would be covered...And you'd get to stay in touch with 'the gang' here in NWARkansas.


eldonwarren said...

Loved the Smile Box. What a fun time it must have been. Thanks for taking the time to put that all together.

Theresa Rankin said...

Hey Vicki that sounds like a great idea!! I told Scott I wouldn't come down unless I had 4 or 5 paintings to scan all at once. I guess I will finally get back to painting here this week....its been over a month and I am starting to feel very rusty!
I noticed you were taking from Tim he still in Siloam Springs?

Theresa Rankin said...

Thank you for stopping buy Eldon...Yes we had a lot of fun! I need to zip over to your blog and see what's up!