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Monday, October 1, 2012

Fall Has Arrived!


Not much in the way of real fall weather yet... but a little taste of cool temps every now and then. Been a very busy summer around here, as I'm sure it has been in your corner of the world too. I've been enjoying spending time with my grandson who has gone from a 1 lb 4.5 oz preemie to a healthy, giggly seven month old who now weighs a little over 14 lbs! He's a miracle that's for sure. A lot of prayers went up on his behalf and each one was sincerely appreciated.

Posting pics of Colton below so you can see his progress.

Been busy on the art front too. I've participated in the Drawspace ATC trade each month. Love the small size of an ATC, and it gives me a chance to experiment without worrying that I might be ruining a painting in which I have a lot of time invested. Also done 50+ individually painted bookmarks that will be for sale at craft shows and local gift stores.

I'm noticing a difference in my approach to art and my expectations of the finished product. I was stuck in the "must slavishly reproduce the photo" mode for longer than I should have been. But I've noticed that for the last few months I'm straying farther and farther away from the original reference (unless it's a portrait) and also doing some art purely from memory and imagination. Yay! I'm breaking free from The Reference!




















21 comments:

Pat said...

Colton looks like a fun little boy :)

Your atc and bookmarks are fab!
Glad you're breaking free - you're doing it in style! xx

Simone said...

Your little grandson is coming on leaps and bounds! I am glad that he is doing so well. Your ATC cards truly are works of art. I like the way that you have captured the light in your paintings. Lovely to see you posting again Teresa. x

sue said...

What a cheeky smile Colton has LOL

They grow so quickly don't they? my grand-daughter will be 2 years old on 31st (Halloween baby) and she's now a 'little girl' not a baby or toddler!

Love the loose style of working - particularly the berries/hips

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Oh, such wonderful news about Colton. I'm glad he's doing so well, and that you get to enjoy being with him. Grandparents are soooo important and special in a child's life.

Lovely work, too--you've been busy! And, please, send your cooler weather down our way. I'm ready for summer to be OVER!

Teresa Mallen said...

Colton is absolutely adorable! He has made terrific progress indeed. The looser look to your art looks wonderful! And goodness the work you have put into the bookmarks, they are beautiful. I am sure they will be very popular.

padmaja said...

I am so glad you are enjoying time with Colton, it is a sure way to keep your mind full of joy! I loved the book marks you have created, they look so sweet!

Candy said...

Teresa, I am so pleased to see that Colton is doing so well. What a happy baby! What a cutie pie!

I love your ATCs and bookmarks.

It is so nice to see what you've been up to.

Ingrid Ormestad said...

Your ATC's are very lovely, Teresa. I have yet to try these and not at all sure how I would cope with art so small. You're Grandson is indeed a miracle and I am sure, a joy! :) .

MILLY said...

You have been busy and lots to see , it will be fun going to the craft shows with your book marks, they do look nice.
Little Carlton really has grown and looks so sweet and I am sure you love spending time with him and giving him cuddles.

hmuxo said...

Thank you for sharing these amazing photos of Colton..I've been wondering how he's doing but now after seeing his pictures..oh my goodness, he's adorable, Theresa!!!
And of course, your atc and bookmarks are wonderful.!!

Mermaid's Palette said...

Teresa-
What a sweetie that baby is! I haven't been painting or blogging much, but happened to see your comments on my blog. Have been out of town a lot lately with my mom.
Love your new ATC's and bookmarks, too.

Debbie Nolan said...

Dear Teresa - welcome back. Looks like you have been so busy this summer and your grandson is adorable. Won't Christmas be fun with a new little one in the family?? Your atc cards are wonderful. I have never tried my hand at doing these...may just have to experiment a bit. So glad to hear from you. God Bless

Jan/PetsToPosies.com said...

I could have sworn I responded to this post!

But I'll say again that Colton is precious and your atc cards are wonderful. It's so nice that you're settling into your style!

Marguerite said...

Hi, Theresa
What a sunny little baby!
I do love your way of painting!
Have a good time and thank you for visiting my blog.
Hugs, Marguerite

Keith said...

Heya. Grand to have you swing by, like the old days.

Loving the work here. The big orange flower is smashing. Is it a Nasturtium ? Blow the reference outta here.

Something a tutor once asked me when I was at college. With every piece ask yourself what you want to say about the subject. So don't just draw what you see, question what you see and what about it that connects with you, and then find a way to draw that.

Jo Castillo said...

Oh, look at him grow! Quite handsome! Your little paintings are exquisite. It is nice to have fun with your art! Hugs.

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries® said...

You are so talented! Miss your posts.
Warmly,
Tracey
x0x

F. Emmanuel Laverde said...

Nice drawings!

Claire M said...

Wow ... so much to see and catch-up on over here. Glad to see Colton growing! Wonderful to see your art pieces. I really have a fondness for the blueberries with the highlights. Your bookmarks look fantastic. Let me know if you have any extras of the sunshine that you would want to sell.

Meera Rao said...

Adorable Colton and lovely lovely ATC! wishing you a wonderful 2013!

Shelley Whiting said...

Beautiful colorful work. I love the compositions and play with negative shapes.

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