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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

New Commission



Well, I've finally made it back into my studio and may actually do some art this week ;-) Anyone else hit a post-holiday creative slump? I'm feeling the itch to get some brushes and colored pencils in my hands - thank goodness - I was beginning to wonder if I was a hopeless case.

I read with great interest - and admiration - Ann's goal of completing 100 paintings this year (read Ann's blog - Blue Bird Hill - here). Wow. 100 paintings. Hmmm... I wonder why I'm so hesitant to commit to a particular number of paintings in a limited amount of time. I've read enough times that quantity equals quality when it comes to art... in other words, the more art you make, the better you become as an artist. And I do believe that's true. So why the hesitation on my part? I shall give this some thought and see if I'm bold enough to commit to a painting schedule!

I'm starting on a new commission. The client wants it to match an early sketch I did (see that sketch here). It's to be more of a colored sketch than a finished painting. The actual image size has to be close to the original sketch, so I cropped the photo to get the required dimensions and moved some elements around for balance, even though there won't be much of a background. I've received client approval to go ahead with the sketch. The top photo is the cropped, rearranged photo, bottom photo is the original.

Now, if I can just remember how to use a brush, watercolor paint and my colored pencils!

13 comments:

Laure Ferlita said...

I'm sure that once you get the brushes and pencils back in your hand you'll quickly find your groove!

Every journey starts with but a single step. . . .

Jo Castillo said...

I just know this will be wonderful. I like your composition. And yes, I had trouble getting into painting and sketching after the holidays.

Teresa said...

Laure: You're always so encouraging... Bless You!

Jo: Thank you... and I'm so glad to know I'm not the only one!

Ann said...

Thanks for the mention! I think you should only commit to a goal if it feels right to you. I have been bouncing around with so many things and ideas, that I felt unsettled with what I was doing, so this type of project just felt right for me now.
It has actually helped me relax about my art work having just this one simple goal too. But now ask me again in June if I feel the same way :-)

This is such a delightful reference that you have to work from it should be a lot of fun for you! I look forward to seeing your progress with it.

Claire M said...

I'm so excited to see you posting again. I can well relate to the 'holiday slump' that you might have been feeling -- I had a bit of the bug myself. Happy New Year and I'll be interested to see the final painting come out of this commission (or even steps along the path).

Teresa said...

Hi Ann!
Thanks for walking through your thought process about your goals. I'm still thinking it over. Will let you know the outcome!

Hi Claire!
Thank you so much. I'm looking forward to getting back to work... it's time! I see you're part of the 100 Paintings Challenge... good for you!

Dors said...

Always love your work Teresa.

Thank you for visiting my site and your comment is so appreciated.

it's been a while. how are those Blueberries going?

Hugs Dors.

Jan said...

Yaaay, you're back! I'm so glad you're getting into your art again and I know that, once you get started, this will be your usual excellent work! Can't wait to see it!

Gary Keimig said...

Hi Teresa. Thanks for your post on my site.
Glad to see you finally decided to pick up the brush again. About time and you have chosen a great subject and idea to do so. Ought to be great.
ps My wife finally got a blueberry pie made for me. One problem. It only lasted 3 days.

Teresa said...

Hi Gary,

Glad to see that Mrs. Keimig treated you to a blueberry pie. Must have been really good if it only lasted three days!

ArtistUnplugged said...

Oh, I'm sure sparks will fly from your pencil and brush!!! I have started and finished more pieces in the last two weeks than I ever had. Had no idea I could do it but I needed to for an exhibit. Over a period of five days I completed two drawings and two paintings and it felt really good!!!! Good luck....can't wait to see!!!!

knittingdragonflies said...

I'm in a slump here also. Just ready to get going, the sun is out today. I love the photo, I think that is a great idea of setting a goal. Good luck
Vicki

Michelle said...

Hi Teresa, It so lovely to see you again! This looks like a fun piece to work on...that should be enough motivation, right? I know I have been in a slump and very frustrated with my work lately. Guess we just need to keep on working at it and get through it!

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