Saturday, May 25, 2013

My First Seascape

As I mentioned, I've been painting lately!

This is my first seascape...
I'm under no illusion that this is a Great Work of Art, but I don't think it's horrible.  

Considering that I've never painted clouds before (nor water nor land), I think I did okay.

I always drew fairly well as a child and loved art.  So I took a full year art course in first year university (I clearly remember lugging my big black artist's portfolio to my 3pm chemistry class after two hours in the studio).  P.S. I placed first in my class in freshman chemistry that year and also got an A+ in art (yes, if you are wondering, THAT was my peak).  :D

In the class, we learned many mediums, from pencil to pastel and chalk, conté and coloured pencils to pen and ink (I always loved pen and ink).  We learned watercolour, but didn't try oils or acrylics.  We sketched nude models and drew our feet and our faces in the mirror (not easy).  We learned all sorts of techniques, like gestural drawing and talked a lot about line weight and how to capture a shape with a single perfect line.

 I learned a TON and produced a LOT of art.  But after a year, I was desperately sick of drawing (and too impatient) and joined the camera club!  Since then, photography has been my beloved medium.

Now, over 20 years later, I'm having such fun with the new paints I bought for my  Colour Theory class.  Shockingly, I'm much more patient and serene in my old age.  And I acknowledge I'm a complete hack and have a lot to learn.

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In other news, I visited an amazing salvage shop today.  Here's a sneak peek at an antique English bird bath I am seriously coveting:
*sigh*

More to come on both fronts!

Happy Sunday!

23 comments:

  1. I'm not surprised to learn of your artistic side - you have such a great eye for beauty. Wonderful seascape, the style reminds me of a local artist here in Atlanta. I also like the size of the canvas - small and horizontal. A friend has two landscapes a bit bigger than this canvas, and they are hung above a lamp in a beautiful vignette.

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    1. Thanks Holly. You are so very kind. xo T.

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  2. Lovely painting! I tried one seascape several years ago and I did not like it and kept fooling with it until I ruined the canvas. Yours is really charming.
    I want that birdbath too.

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  3. Very respectable job! I find seascapes in particular difficult because all of the lines are so horizontal and shapeless. You can certainly add a lot of shape, color and interest in the clouds but they have their own challenges in dealing with transparency, hard and soft edges and interesting shapes.

    That IS a beautiful birdbath and I wouldn't mid seeing what else they're selling.

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  4. Oh the things we say about ourselves... Yay for returning to a former joy and finding that you are far better suited to it now. How wonderful! Your seascape is charming and certainly not horrible.

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  5. I've just returned to art after many years of absence too. It is lovely to be creating something again, isn't it? I love your little seascape - perfect shape, amazing sky (especially that bright bit right near the horizon), and lovely colours you mixed.

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  6. Your seascape is wonderful! As Things That Inspire said, you have an eye for beauty.

    When I was a child, I loved to draw and paint. My teachers all said I had incredible talent and thought I should go to art school. My father was furious - no child of his was going to be an artist (said in a tone of voice that implied "artist" was on a par with, say, "whore"). I was so afraid of his violent outbursts that I stopped drawing and painting when I was 15 and I haven't lifted a pencil or brush since. I haven't wanted to, either. I guess he scared the "artist" right out of me. I did end up channeling my artistic talents into other hobbies, though - decorating my home and owning a flower shop for a while.

    I absolutely love that birdbath! I think you need to go back and buy it!

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    1. Oh, that totally sucks. I think society in general does not respect artists until they become famous and then they lie prostrate at their feet. You should consider taking a class to get your feet wet - I bet you would love it and do well! xo Terri

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  7. I like it - it brings some summer feeling to cold and rainy Germany. Have a great week ahead, Inge

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  8. Your color theory class seems to have opened up a door of creativity - what a great thing! I like your painting - I long to be able to convey the images I have in my mind to canvas, but alas, I can't.

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  9. I think it's lovely! Much nicer than some of the pieces I've seen passing for art these days. I have never taken a class but there is something in me that says I have to pick up a brush one day and see what I can do with it, just for fun. I'll be happy if it looks even half as good as yours does!

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  10. Charming seascape. That's a wonderful bird bath.

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  11. Your seascape is lovely! I am an artist and I frequently create compositions of the ocean and I always find something new to discover not only in my work but in others as well. Utterly magical. I am recovering from surgery and discovered your blog. In reading your past entries I read about the loss of your beloved feline companion. I lost my once in a lifetime cat 20 years ago and have had 2 others since her who have also passed but nothing compared to the relationship we had and I also lost a dog who I had in my life for 16 years and I think she may have been it for me. My husband and daughter are the loves of my life but those two four legged friends a bit of their souls remain with me. On a less somber note I absolutely agree with the others you need to go back straight away and buy that birdbath! ----Pamela

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  12. Beautiful painting, Terri! I especially like the clouds. I used to paint with oils and draw with pastels. I found that since I'm a perfectionist and also like immediate results, I usually felt more tense and frustrated after painting or drawing ... not the desired feeling for sure. For that reason, I prefer photography. But I have a lovely set of pastels waiting for me to get the urge to do more drawing. If only I could let go of the perfectionism and just dive in and enjoy it. Definitely keep up the good work ... and please share more of your art with us.
    Claudia

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    1. Claudia - I am a perfectionist too. Try every couple of years - I am getting less perfectionistic with every year.

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      xo Terri

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  13. Terri - Beautiful! The clouds have such movement and looseness. I luvvvvv it :)

    And the birdbath: seriously I want it! That stepped plinth base is awesome. Get it, girl!!!

    xoxoxoxox
    Loi

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  14. Well I would buy it!

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  15. It's wonderful! I love the movement in your piece. And, yes, to that bird bath!

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  16. Geez, a latent talent emerging!

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  17. I think its quite good! It's so peaceful- maybe the painting will be a good respite for your headaches?

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  18. Hi Terri,

    Actually, I think it is quite lovely and would certainly give it a second look if I saw it for sale- you have an emerging hidden talent!

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  19. I love your seascape! I love painting...I really need to get back to it, I hope your really enjoying it again Terri!! Take care.

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  20. What you're saying is completely true. I know that everybody must say the same thing, but I just think that you put it in a way that everyone can understand. I'm sure you'll reach so many people with what you've got to say.

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