Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A Worthy Opponent.......


Abendessen (Dinner) 20x20 Oil Sold

When I was asked to paint another crab for a collector......my first thought was "oh, what fun" and it truly was! On the other hand my self-challenging and creative ideas often get the better of me. I immediately had an image that came to mind.
I grew up with this old stein and a few more...seeing them often in the house and creating little stories about the pictures represented on them. This has always been my favorite ever since I can remember. I loved the color, shape and decoration since I was a little girl. Sooo...it was the first thing to go in the setup aside from little crabby that has been stored in my fridge since last year. After all I wasn't going to eat it...just paint it....so the age of this crustacean being frozen was not an issue. Then with a little more consideration...I decided on the green glass mug...the little brass pitcher and the onions...and finally some beer to go in the mug. I had a considerable debate with myself on choosing the backdrop. I made my final decision and I was off an rolling!
I set the still life up at Cherry's Gallery and completed it there....many people stopped by and watched the this painting come to life. Then, as sometimes happens....difficulty set in. I began to over think...the stein started to give me fits. I did not realize that there was so much detail and how was I going to handle it. Well...as almost always....I soldier on...and completed it. The client loved it...and wanted periodic reports while it was in progress since he was out of town while I painted it. He has paid for it since and picked out the framing material. As an added benefit he also bought the one off the easel that I was working on at the time. I will post it next.
No one knows how grateful I am for such wonderful things happening to me.....and no one knows how hard I am on myself when I am temporarily in doubt over what I am doing.......until now...:)
I am actually very,very pleased with this piece....now that I am not looking at it anymore. As artists I think we sometimes tire of what we are working on....we become blind...and I think many of us are perfectionists....I know I am!!!
As always...I will continue striving to grow and learn and improve my technique....a little looser is what I am trying to accomplish in my still life work.
Until Next Time,
Theresa


Day One and Setup


Day One


Day Two



Day Three



Day Four



Day Five


Day Six (Final)

16 comments:

Art By Erika said...

It's a bravo piece T! I love the details of the stein but of course the crab is my absolute focus because it was definitely painted by someone who knows how good they are - I can tell! You are my hero for soldiering on and conquering a piece I wish I could have been there to watch and pick up more tips - I love watching you paint! How many times did you have to re-pour the beer so it looked fresh and inviting? Congratulations - you deserve all these opportunities and MORE! xox

Blasquez Fine Art said...

Thank you for sharing all the stages of this painting. Very, very nice...and complex. Bravo....

Marian Fortunati said...

Your work is so incredible, Theresa... I am always so amazed when I see your paintings...

WOW....

DALSING said...

Like your work, love the crab. I used to be a Neosho girl, born there, not far from Carthage. Am an Oklahoma girl for many years. I signed on to follow your very interesting blog.

Jesus Estevez said...

Great work Teresa, good compositions,love it .cheers

bonnieluria said...

I was hoping you'd take us on this step by step journey when I first began reading this post. Love to see how you put such beautiful life into this painting.
And it sounds as though you found a patron with appreciation.
Wonderful, congratulations Theresa.
Brava!
Bonnie

Barbara M. said...

How beautiful Theresa,

We did not have steins like this in my house when I was growing up, but a very kind neighbour did, and I always remember thinking that they were from another magical land.

Good for you for working through the doubts so many of us are plagued with and producing a beautiful piece.

xoxoxoxoxoxBarbara

Bonnie Heather said...

Wonderful painting! Thanks for sharing.

Michelle said...

Absolutely beautiful! Love the warmth and the light. Thanks for showing your progression.

Bruce Sherman said...

Hi Theresa!.. "I" too am glad that you "soldiered on" with this piece. The composition and colour are very natural... not "still" like so many of this genre that one sees!

Your commitment to using the "found" stein... "a very favourite from your early childhood was a very sound decision.

"Paint what "You" love... and love what "You" paint.!

"I" think that this statement takes care of both your concerns... and makes the painting process (nicely shown in your post) worthwhile as a learning experience!

Enjoyed my visit!

Good Painting!
Warm regards,
Bruce

Trevor Lingard said...

Thank you for shareing these stages of your masterpiece.
Its good to see your wonderful work.
Regards

Susan Roux said...

Lovely piece! I like how you took us into your mind as you selected the objects for your still life. So much goes into that decision that many viewers never stop to think about.

I wish you many more of these happy moments...

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

delicious..just the kind of light I like

Gary Keimig said...

Believe me Theresa we all go through just what you have talked about. And we persevere. Your endeavors have worked beautifully. A well done painting.

Peggi Habets said...

Your painting turned out fantastic. What an amazing piece.

Deborah Elmquist said...

Absolutely love the painting and thanks for showing its daily process. My family too had beer steins like the one in your painting. Now I wished I had kept them.