Friday, June 5, 2009

Time Flies....

Quiet Determination...posted on Every Photo Tells A Story

Time flies when you're having fun....right? Right! I haven't been doing much of anything else other than that. Playing outside in the sun and trying to keep the yard up. Entered two shows and was juried into both of them. I have also been fortunate enough to gain a mentor....his work is highly respected, in many galleries and I am honored that he would critique my work and coach me along. I am looking for a house in this market....I would like to use it as my studio and also teach there and hold workshops. Max and I have helped, Inez, his daughter move out and she is really looking forward to having her own place. We attended a ballet performance she was in....and I went backstage and took pictures. Max's son graduated high school...whew!...last one for him and he will becoming to visit soon. I will also be leaving for Phoenix later this month to visit old friends and family. Facebook is taking up a lot of time (especially Farm Town) I may have to cut back there considerably! But it is a great way to connect!
I would like to mention that I am so honored that so many people have decided to follow me here and on Facebook....I am truly in awe by this..I will try to provide interesting stimulus for those who are following along.
Last but not least....I have begun painting after a long break. Here are a few pictures of the start. Also Nancy over at Every Photo Tells A Story has used one of my paintings on her June 5, 2009 blog. She has also described my work in a beautiful way!! Thank you Nancy!
Here are the photos of the start....

The beginning...consists of a violet wash over the canvas, quick sketch, thin darks and an indication of the brushwork I am looking to achieve.

Just a close up of the area worked on from the first photo.

A considerably more amount of work....still keeping the darks thin...conscientious color choices...begin working on water and weedy area. At first my biggest concern was the perspective...looking down on the young woman in the water. I think i have managed to make that work...the color choices are a triad of various mixtures of violet, orange and of my favorites...I will post the photo reference when the painting is complete. I would also like to mention...I really do not like working from photos anymore....but sometimes....I must!
We are heading into summer here and it will be so humid I will hardly be able to bear going outside....but I will try! I am really a cold weather girl...:)
Happy Spring Days To All,


Marian Fortunati said...

As always your work is amazing and I so enjoy reading about all of your well-earned success.
This post on the progress of your latest painting is very interesting as well. Is it a commission or just something you wanted to paint?

Joanne Licsko said...

Quiet Determination - how wonderful!

Barbara M. said...

Hi Theresa,

I'm always delighted to read your blog. A beautiful painting.

This spring/summer is going sooo fast. I wish you'd come and help me in my garden, I just haven't had the time to look at it. But that's fine too.


eldon warren said...

Barbara is right. Before we know it we'll be dodging snow balls. I've got most of the summer off from shows and other artist resposibilities. I plan on making the most of it and doing what makes me happy. Painting! Hail! to the outdoors. Let's go!

Anonymous said...

You know your readers are happy any time you add a new post. Especially when you show the process in steps.

This beginning phase already shows a competent, well thought out painting. Another beauty.

Every Photo Tells A Story said...

Boy, does time every fly. When you are having fun and even when you aren't! I want to grasp it by it's tail and tie a rope around it.

Love the new painting and the young woman's meditative expression.

Enjoy the sun and your trip to Phoenix where you'll experience a whole lot of it:)

James Parker said...

Sorry I've been such a stranger... moving from Costa Rica to Texas really got me. And from all that you've been is wonder you have any time left over at all. Your work is magnificent as usual. Your granny in the garden was a neat painting for EPTAS, and I got a kick out of writing a poem for it. And, congrats on the sales. said...

A really evocative painting.

Anonymous said...

Great News Madam..

Glad to see you are active and making progress. Loved the painting of the girl by the water ( do we have a formal name yet for this work?? ..)

It reminded me so much of my daughter Jessica in England.

Glad that you are active .. and I am here if you need me… let’s chat…~!

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

enjoyed you work!

gianlucio said...

Hello Theresa, I went to greet. Congratulations on the wonderful work.

James Whitehurst said...

Beautiful work.

Gary Keimig said...

Wonderful blog and great art.

Chris said...

just stumbled across your page and could not agree more with what the others are saying.
the work you do is beautiful.. I especially like to see the progression. It always helps a beginner like me to see how others I admire do it..