Saturday, January 10, 2009

At Work....

Soapstone and Roses 18x24 oil sold
First off if you like my blog add your self as a follower...I just added the widget to the right. You won't be harassed, bothered or annoyed...but I would like to see all your bright beautiful faces on my blog...and in turn I am marking those blogs that have this widget that I read!
Now onto the business of painting!!
I have been away for a little while...and yes, doing just that....painting. I am working on a semi-large piece about 24 x 36. I actually did this particular subject once before....but a few things about it annoyed me personally. First of all it was done in a format that was rather square and I believe the subject needed a longer rectangular format. Second....the original was stolen! So I am starting it in the new format.
The past few paintings and the next several are all being done for a solo show at a local art center. I need to have 11 to 20 pieces and I will also be giving a workshop during the time my show will be running. The show is at Spiva Center for the Arts....it will be my first solo show there. The workshop will be during the month of April. The show runs from March 7 to May 8. Along that note my old artist friend Jeff Legg is coming to Joplin to give a workshop at the end of January...I hope I can attend...if finances allow.
Unbelievably I drew this out the other day and after I had painted on it for a whole day....I was not satisfied with the composition. Soooo....what needed to be done? but....remove everything and start all over again...ugh! How did that happen....not thinking. I was feeling rushed and hurried and only had a small time frame to paint. For me I have to have a large block of time and no distractions. So here it is...the corrected version.
Outside of that we have attended a birthday party for a friend, Tom, complete with duck dinner prepared by mutual friend, Kim, we have done a lot of mundane house chores, I had a wonderful call from a friend, Barbara, in Cananda....who always lifts my spirits, another friend recently got married...hurray....they are so good for each other and lost three of the holiday pounds I managed to put on...I am not saying what is left but it is enough!
I also have posted a little painting, at the top of the post, that I did a while back and is rather tight....I don't know why but that happens to me with a still life on occasion ...I posted it because, well, I just really like it!
See you next time and have a creative day,
Theresa

16 comments:

Barbara M. said...

Hi Theresa,

I may have lifted your spirits, but
you rocket powered mine. Thanks so much. Your humour is the best -- just awesome.

These paintings are both lovely. By
"tight" do you mean perfect? You make me laugh, as in "here's a perfectly lovely painting -- but it's not up to my standard." Luckily
I'm useless at comparisons, or I might put down the brushes for good
after reading that. I love the beginning of the new one too.

As usual, your are an inspiration in
image and word. I need an assistant to figure out the blog list/widget thing.

You also excel at the techie thing.

Take care,

Keep dazzling us.

Love,

Barbara

Inky said...

Lovely painting of the roses - I love the clock peeking out from under the leaves. You are an inspiration.

Best regards
Sharon

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Theresa, Both of your paintings are fantastic, as usual. Oh, to have your talent! I am in awe of everything you do.

I think you will like the "following widget". It really saves time and is such fun to check out all the new posts. Hope to see you sign up for mine.

Douglas Hoover said...

Theresa, I just found your blog and your paintings are beautiful and I'm enjoying reading your posts. The thing that caught my attention, was your Notes from the Universe. I've subscribed to N.F.T.U. for almost three years and I don't think I could go a day without it. Looking forward to your future blogs!

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Ooops! My mistake. Anyway, I am glad you are following!

vickiandrandyrossart said...

me!me!me! I'm following! And want to know when Jeff is coming, OK? Great paintings...

Peggi Habets said...

Both are wonderful paintings Theresa. I am really taken with the second one. You did the right thing by re-doing it. The composition is beautiful.

Theresa Rankin said...

Hi Barbara Thank you....thank you and thank you! Your humor is medicine! call me and I will walk you through the techie thing!

Theresa Rankin said...

Sharon...Inky, gotta love that name...thank you for signing up and signing on!

Theresa Rankin said...

Gee, Carol! Thank you!! I have had my eye on you for sometime! You are a great support!

Theresa Rankin said...

Doug...glad to have you on board...the internet is magic in so many ways..like finding other artists....it is the universe sort of. Tut's Universe has become my bible....glad to hear there are other followers!

Theresa Rankin said...

No problem Carol!!

Theresa Rankin said...

Thank you Vicki!! Good to see your face on here. I will email info on Jeff!

Theresa Rankin said...

Thank you Peggi...I am glad you are in agreement! If the composition is not right no amount of beautiful paint can fix it. We as artists have to know when to do the right thing!

E. Floyd said...

I like both paintings as well. I really like the muted tones of the rose still life. It is just peaceful to look at.

Theresa Rankin said...

Thank you, Elizabeth...the palette is what got me excited about this setup...everything was sort of dusty and old...and gave that muted other time appearance.