Saturday, November 15, 2008


Aspens 8x10 oil
I have just been tagged by Theresa Miller! This is a really fun way to get to know your blogger friends in art! The rules of this great game are:-
1. Put a link in your posting to the person who tagged you.
2. List 7 unusual things about yourself.
3. Tag 7 other bloggers at the end of your post and comment on their blogs to let them know.

Here is the list of 7 things about me, I have been told time and time again I should write a book…

1. I have 5 children by birth, 13 grandchildren, and two great-grand children. I also considered the 3 children by relationship with my dear Max as mine.

2. I had two scholarships one in music (piano) and one in Chounard in L.A.
which became The California Institute of the Arts. I pursued neither scholarship.

3. I have drawn all my life and painted sporadically. It wasn't until the last 7 years that I became serious about painting.

4. I traveled Europe and Hawaii before I was 6 with my parents Reginald and Theresa Rankin.

5. I grew up in Beverly Hills, California and have lived in Illinois, Hawaii, Utah, Oregon, Kansas and now Missouri.

6. I went to school with the children of Van Johnson, Frank Sinatra, Danny Thomas, Dean Martin, Jayne Mansfield, Jerry Lewis, Mia Farrows siblings and many more at Beverly Hills Catholic School now called Good Shepherd School for 8 years, Hawthorne School for one year (Kindergarten), Emerson Junior High and University High School. My first date was going to the movies with Burt Lancaster's son,the late Bill Lancaster.

7. I was quite a body surfer while living in California and Hawaii...drove an eighteen wheeler for almost ten years including hauling logs...grew all my own food (including animals and the butchering) and made all mine and my family's clothes for about 14 years.

And here is the list of fellow artists I am tagging:
Barbara Muir
Erika Nelson
Vicki Ross
Carol Schiff
Bonnie Luria
Elizabeth Floyd
David Lobenberg

Painting done above was a plein air done on vacation.
Until next time, Theresa


Barbara M. said...

Hi Theresa,

The hits just keep on comin' with you girl!!! Okay. It is an insanely busy week for me with an avalanche of marking, and a large painting to finish by tomorrow night, but I will live up to
your exciting challenge. You are the greatest, and I thank you for giving me yet another honour.

You dear friend and loving admirer
of your amazing art,


theresamillerwatercolors said...

Hi Theresa! I loved reading your entry and getting to know you more. Also, I love the plein air, fantastic!

Barbara M. said...

That should read "your dear friend"
I always make typos when I'm rushed -- sorry. The message is slow down.


Take care,


Carol Schiff Studio said...

What an exciting life you lead! Burt Lancaster's son? Who knew.

Being as I am technically challenged, could you easily explain to me how do I put those links to another blog in the middle of my post? Sorry, but you tagged me and I want to pass it on so HELP! Carol Schiff

E. Floyd said...

Theresa, Thanks for the honor, and it was great learning more about you. Wow, where did you live when you are growing and raising your own food?

David Lobenberg said...

You have indeed led an interesting life. Were you once a hippie? Thanks for tagging me, and since you made your short bio. so interesting, I shall do the same and list my favorite blogs!

Erika Nelson said...

Dear well rounded and seasoned woman, what a lovely background on you!

Do you regret not pursuing the art scholarship? xox

Theresa Rankin said...

Take you time Barbara....I know how it can be! Thank you for all your support!

Theresa Rankin said...

Many thanks Theresa for making me a part of this fun game!! I was fascinated to read about you also!

Theresa Rankin said...

Hi Carol and thank you...yes Burt Lancasters son...seems like a long time ago! To put the links....
You might try this page if not send me your email and I will give you a detailed description... is mine

Theresa Rankin said...

Hello Elizabeth and thank you after I got to thinking it was actually about 20 years of raising my own food, etc....I started while I lived in Hawaii...I was there for 15 years. I continued when I moved to Utah where I lived for about 10 years.

Theresa Rankin said...

LOL!!David! has been very interesting an frankly that is only a small part of it. Yes, I was a hippie...back to nature and all that...I guess in some ways I still have that same thought pattern! TeeHee! Anxious to see your bio!

Theresa Rankin said...

Erika thank you!...In some ways I do regret it....most people who went there ended up working for Disney...That would have been a treat I think..on the other hand I would not have had my children when I did....nor done many of the other interesting things I have done in my life. I might have missed out on some of the really bad stuff though...that would have been nice...but I might not have been as strong as I am today! All in all it has been a good choice!

Barbara M. said...

Hi Theresa,

I'm afraid my 7 facts are not nearly
as exciting as yours.

You've been tagged back by me!

Take care,
Love Barbara

Anonymous said...

Theresa- an honor to be tagged by you and how mundane my history seems compared to the one you've just laid out here.

What a life CV you have- wow!

I fear that the last time I was tagged, I used up my cache of interesting things!

Still catching up on my own stuff after a week of three houseguests and preparing for a show so please extend some wiggle room if I don't get to it.

I'm still fanning my face from being mentioned on your blog and alongside other fellow tagees....
Thank you.

Theresa Rankin said...

Gee thank you Barbara! I may need some time to do this again!! I am sure your facts are just as interesting as mine...!!!

Theresa Rankin said...

LOL! Thank you so much Bonnie....I guess I am as many have called me... a free spirit! Not to worry.....please take your time...i know you have many interesting things to say and show...I love your paintings!...I just got tagged again so now I have to delve into the memory banks for some more stuff!

Erika Nelson said...

T I just subscribed Linda to your blog, I didn't realize she wasn't subscribed.

Funny thing, a high school friend emailed me last night, I didn't realize she was reading my blogspot. I also didn't realize she might have wanted to pursue college. Instead she had 2 babies and brought them up so well they are wonderful! I think we are more alert to our choices than we realize. And if we ever try to 2nd guess that, we'd quickly find out we did it right the first time!

Theresa Rankin said...

Thank you Erika...I haven't heard from her in a while...I hope all is well!