Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A New Year and New Thoughts....



Coffee and Persimmons 11x14

After an exceedingly busy, cold and yet, satisfying holiday...I am finally back in the studio! Well actually three days ago. I will make a quick update of events over the holidays...
1. Removed work from the Artcentral show, two large pieces sold.
2. Accepted into the Oliviero-Block Auction, coming in April.
3.Thanksgiving..here at our house and also at relatives.
4. Max's 18 year old son's, Wyatt, visit from Christmas to January 17th....lot's of visiting!
5. Sub-zero temps for most of December and January....with a lot of snow!!
6. Two pieces sold from Cherry's gallery....and a party attended there!
7. Photographic trip in the snow...we had several inches...fairly uncommon here.
8. Various car problems.
9. Christmas and all that entails...cookies, cooking, decorating, parties, gifts, visitors.
1o. A trip to see Avatar and and eat hot wings....I had catfish...the guys had hot wings.
11. Hosting a birthday party and cooking prime rib and all the trimmings for our friend, Tom's birthday.
12 Attending a dance recital for local dance group that Max's daughter teaches and performs in and a friends, Linda Simpson and Jim Bilgere, opening in Joplin.
13. Found three large plastic bags of paper work that never got organized from when I moved....thankfully most of it got tossed!
14. Finally got the studio completely organized.
15. Gained 10 pounds....:(....lost 6 pounds....:)!
16. Started 2 paintings and finishing the commission for my Doctor.
17. All the daily junk, cleaning, washing, animals, etc.........
18. Updated website.
19. Read two books...the new Richard Schmid book and one called Fake! that a friend loaned me.
20. Back to my blog and limiting Facebook time.
21. First New work of 2010...!

So let me start with the story of a painting a did a while back. Of Saints and Sinners was originally 20x30. I had it exhibited in a few shows.....everyone loved it but it never sold. I was going through some older paintings deciding what to junk and what to save and the thought occurred to me....cut this one down. This is something I have done before by the way. Small paintings are doing very well these days. So I did. I carefully placed a frame around different sections and decided it definitely had two really good parts. The rest was somewhat extemporaneous. Then it occurred to me....Make it a diptych. So that is exactly what I did. I had Cherry frame it in the perfect framing material and it turned out beautifully! It sold immediately at a Christmas party at the gallery I am in to two local interior designers. Another small painting also sold earlier to a local Doctor who has begun to collect my work. Never let it be said that bigger is better!
Next time step by step....and more.
Here are the before and after pictures.
See you later,
Theresa




Before "Of Saints And Sinners" original 20x30





After "Of Saints And Sinners II" Diptych 25x15 Sold





"Music!" 8x10 Sold

33 comments:

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

Theresa, this is all amazing, so much you've done and accomplished, I am exhausted just reading about it, please let me know if you take vitamins - and what kind! Here's to more wonderful things in the new year. And thank you for letting me know you love and support Doctors Without Borders!

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

And also I see Mr. Crabby sold, I love that painting.

Barbara M. said...

Hi Theresa,

Good to see you on the blog again.

The diptych is brilliant. It really
changed and looks even better as two. Who knew? Super idea. It's true small seems to be good right now. Congratulations on all your successes!

Happy New Year to you, and we're almost at Happy Valentine's Day.

xoxoxoxoxoxoxBarbara

vickiandrandyrossart said...

Wow! sure wish you lived closer…I learned a ton from you those few times!

vic

Marian Fortunati said...

WOW... I'm exhausted just reading about all you've done...

And aren't you the smartest??? WOW... Don't think I ever would have thought to cut the painting down and make it a diptych but it sure did work.... and even better... it SOLD!!!
Congrats on all of it!!

Robin Weiss said...

Amazing start to the new year Theresa! Nice Work! Saints and Sinners turned out great!

Bruce Sherman said...

Hi Theresa!... Despite being "busy" all over the place... your work remains serene... and uplifting! "Saints and Sinners"... in the new diptych format and gilded frame elevates it to its rightful "saintly"... and ultimately saleable position!Well done!

Good painting!
Bruce

Blasé said...

You sure do know how to paint!

Dutch donut girl said...

Beautiful. I so wish I had an inkling of your talent. I can't draw/paint to save my life.

Secretia said...

Your paintings are lovely! Thanks for following Secret Story Time.
And I liked reading your thoughts for the new year!

Secretia

Sasha said...

Looks like Russia. It's surprising!

James Parker said...

Theresa...when "Of Saints and Sinners" appeared as the reference for the March 4, 2009 Every Photo Tells A Story. I thought it was one of the most compelling pieces Nancy had ever posted. I still do. In one piece, or two parts, it is a stunning masterpiece.

Gary Keimig said...

The diptych came out really nice.
Like James. Either way the painting is wonderful.
Love the coffee painting post.

Celeste Bergin said...

Now here is a blog I really LIKE. Honest, a bit self effacing--and best of all a ton of outstanding work. New follower, me.

JeffScape said...

"Saints and Sinners" is f-in' brilliant.

Pardon my French.

Highton-Ridley said...

Love your rendition - gorgeous colours and composition. What you've done with the light is breathtaking. Very nice.

Jennifer McChristian said...

Great pieces Theresa! Looks like you have been busy :)

Theresa Rankin said...

Thank you so much Tina...I am in the process of making a list for you of what I take...I may write a blog about it!! In the meantime...thank you for being there...Doctors Without Borders is the best....and Habitat For Humanity!
Yes Crabby sold...and then three or four more!! Yeah....!!

Theresa Rankin said...

Hello Barbara...Yes I am back ...sporadic at best....I watch all the excitement on you blog...and am privileged to know you and share in your progress...A GREAT BIG CONGRATS!!!
XOXOX
Theresa

Theresa Rankin said...

Vicki...you are still learning...everyday and every hour...your just that way!!

Theresa Rankin said...

Thank you so much Marian...I have always been a chance taker...:)!!!

Theresa Rankin said...

Thank you Robin...this is turning out to be a very exciting year!! See the next post!

Theresa Rankin said...

Thank you Bruce...that is a wonderful thing to say...I feel there is a very strong core of solitude in me...may be that's it??? I thank you so much for your comments!!

Theresa Rankin said...

Thank you Blase!!! Now that's a compliment!!

Theresa Rankin said...

Dutch Donut Girl...what you do is an art in itself!!! You have a highly enjoyable read!!!

Theresa Rankin said...

Thank you Secretia!! Your blog is honest and genuine....just few priorities of mine!!

Theresa Rankin said...

Thank you James...I am glad you liked it either way....you honor me!!

Theresa Rankin said...

Sasha....I believe the church may be Russian Orthodox...not sure though....Thank you so much!

Theresa Rankin said...

Gary ...Many many thanks for your comments!! They are highly appreciated!! Glad you liked the Coffee Post!

Theresa Rankin said...

Jeff...it is F...ing brilliant if I do say so myself!! Thank you Sir!!

Theresa Rankin said...

Thank you so much Mark...your photos are stunning...and your eye is superb..:)...I am honored!!

Theresa Rankin said...

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Celeste...what a beautiful thing to say...I love your work!!

Theresa Rankin said...

Jennifer..I am honored...your work is one of my very favorites...I must take a workshop from you...I have been keeping track of where you are teaching. Hope I can swing it!! Thank you once again for stopping by!!