Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Starting Again...


Here is the beginning of a new painting...well it is actually just a color study. I rarely do them...studies, that is.... but this one has some very tricky lighting aspects and color so I am inclined to do a study before hand. There is a problem....this is an old canvas and it has been gessoed twice....not a very good idea....as it is sucking up the paint like a dry sponge. Not only that but it has a lot of texture on it from gessoing it more than once. I guess I just like a challenge!!! I like the texture...most times. Well, we will see what happens as I plod along. I am painting from a photo and it is not terribly clear...but it's not horrible. The photo is of a church in Santa Fe, N.M., at sunset.


I have done a quick loose sketch with paint as my start and put in some values that I want to remember.
As far as the rest of my life we had a nice dinner/get together at a friends house Sunday evening. Steak and potato and shrimp....yum!
Our friend Jack the electrician will be here once again tomorrow to continue on rewiring this old house. Speaking of which...Everything is unpacked for the living room and there are very few boxes left in the rest of the house. What remains needs some shelving in the kitchen.....a future job.
If anyone has not seen what the room looked like before go to a back post and you will see that room was stacked high with furniture and boxes....not just in front of the door but the entire room was stacked in the same manner....daunting to say the least!! And that was the second time it was like that!! The first time was distributing Max's Ebay and personnel possessions through out the house or selling off unwanted, unneeded stuff!
Well, back to painting and have an inspired day!
Theresa

15 comments:

Dianne Mize said...

Bravo!

bonnieluria said...

Theresa- what a rosy, cozy room - it demands your presence. And a cup of tea maybe from an English teapot.

Your beginnings on the painting is marvelous. The way the sienna-ish undercolor is drabbed by the violet of the clouds.. I'm eager to see where it winds up.

Happy Holidays!
Bonnie

Barbara M. said...

Hi Theresa,

I love the painting so far, and the room is so deightful. I really like all the detail. Thanks for sharing the room with us. Plus I'm glad you're not a mimimalist. Those rooms make me nervous.

Take care,

Barbara

Barbara M. said...

Hi Theresa,

That should read "delightful". Long days marking -- can't see anymore.

Barbara

vickiandrandyrossart said...

U go gurl! the room is beautiful...the painting start is great...BUT

my fav is the fireplace screen...how much for that? AND, did you realize there is a painting in the photo with the mirror? That reflection is worthy!

luvs ya
vickilou

theresamillerwatercolors said...

Hi Theresa! I can't wait to see how you progress with this painting. Thank you so much for showing us the first step! Your home is looking BEAUTIFUL! Warm hugs from wintery Switzerland!

Theresa Rankin said...

Thank you so much Diane!! Happy to see you here!

Theresa Rankin said...

Thank you Bonnie! The room turned out so much better than the painting...But there is a better one for tomorrow!

Theresa Rankin said...

No Barbara...I am not a minimalist! Although sometimes too much clutter does get in my way! The painting well....you will see!

Theresa Rankin said...

LOL! Of course you would love the fireplace screen...but it is unfortunately not for sale! Glad you like it though and the living room...the other painting fell down the well of mistakes never to be rescued..Today's blog will explain and tomorrows painting is...I think...very good! The reflection in the mirror is a painting I did some time ago. A 32x32 still life...it was the biggest I had ever attempted at that time.

Theresa Rankin said...

Hello Theresa in Switzerland! How lucky you are! Thank you and follow along on the painting story!

eldon warren said...

Whoa! I really like this beginning. Aren't hose value drawings a lot of fun?
Eldon

eldon warren said...

Those values even :)
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Theresa Rankin said...

Thank you Eldon!! Yes they are a lot of fun...I need to do them more often!!

Theresa Rankin said...

Yes Values even..LOL! I knew what you meant :)