Tuesday, December 22, 2009
It was right before Christmas and all through the south,
The storm spread 'round us like a honey tongued mouth,
And breathed in our faces, and toppled large trees,
Snarled up the traffic and came up to our knees,
The shoppers weren't happy, the traveler's not pleased,
This snow wasn't planned, we were all ill at ease.
But not so the children who squealed with delight,
and quickly made snowmen and snowball fights,
They slid down the hills on bags and on sleds,
rolled in the snow and made angel beds,
And while grownups admitted it was a beautiful sight,
the kids already knew and frolicked till night,
So you would think......, we must know by now,
we can't control all things, not what, not how,
All we can do is accept certain things,
And a snow before Christmas is a beautiful thing!
by M Theresa Brown
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Shhhhhh-a Christmas gift for the owner's wife!
Friday, December 18, 2009
This 20 x 20 " pastel collage of Jennifer and her late horse, Bernie was fun to do! I pretty much had free choice in the photo selection as Bernie had passed away the previous year and Jennifer referred me to her Facebook albums. So although Bernie was a talented jumper, he and Jen were also pals and that is what I wanted to convey!
This is the second portrait I have created for Jennifer. And although it was not a surprise to her, it IS her Christmas present courtesy of her generous aunt!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
The gentleman pulled out a tiny 2 x 3" black and white photo of his family and I created this 18 x 24" pastel from his color descriptions.
When he first saw it, he cried. We walked into the framing shop and he is like a child at Christmas, already anticipating the look on his wife's face at Christmas. Yes, life is good! And the ability to create and bring joy into someone's life is even better!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Our ArtCAreerExperts site has all the packages but you can enjoy a "free art lesson" from Jerrysartarama with me in it! Enjoy!
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Thursday, November 5, 2009
A large pastel of Samantha and her late Quarter Horse, Sonny.
An emotional painting that had the whole family in tears. Ah, art!
Friday, October 30, 2009
I created this pastel of two adorable sisters from a supplied photo. The parents were delighted with the results and it was great fun to go traditional with the girls!
Monday, October 12, 2009
This little Jack Russell terrier was a favorite with his owners and after he passed they asked me to create a pastel from a photo they had taken one day when he was romping in the woods with them. I removed the red harness at their request and used the textures from the Canson paper to add some texture to the tree.
Friday, October 9, 2009
A cameo pastel of a client's Pit Bull, Isis, created on Canson acid free paper. The brindle color is always a pastel challenge and when working from a photo, it's always good to have some outdoor photos to show the true colors of the coat! The clients were delighted.
Theresa www.MTheresaBrown.com www.OnRoadArtists.com
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
My cameo portraits are super popular and this one was created from some photos that I took of my subject. Grandma commissioned one of another grandchild several years ago and now it was Lilly's turn. :-)
Friday, September 11, 2009
I loved creating this pastel for the family. Actually it is a gift for the mother's birthday of their adored family dog who passed suddenly last May. In the only one good photo they had, Breezy is partially asleep. I opted to open his eyes and let him peak out at the viewers with his "Are you thinking about going somewhere?" look. The daughter is thrilled...I'll bet Mom will be too!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Big smiles can be a definite challenge but I have created many smiling portraits and the key is to know the personality of the subjects. Neither of these girls were the serious, moody sort when I met and photographed them and the teen years need to be remembered as not always enveloped in "teen angst!"
But the important part is what the client thinks!
For years I have dreamed of having a portrait done of my children and like many of us I “never got around to it”. When Theresa Brown became a resident artist at The Cotton Company and I got a chance to not only view a good variety of her work but also talk to her about how she works and the whole process, I realized I had finally found the right person to do this portrait.
I gave the portrait of our two daughters as a surprise birthday present to my husband and he and I are both so happy with the results. When the girls go off to college this portrait which has captured not only their likeness, but also their spirit, will be a reminder of so many happy memories!
Thank you, Theresa!
-Elizabeth Johnson, Wake Forest NC
Monday, July 20, 2009
This 16 x 20 oil was quite a challenge! Photographers all deal with photoshop and a large number of artists do as well now. Sometimes I think that a little more sketching would bring the brain back as "photoshop" is something an artist always did....long before the computer! This little girl came from 2 photos. I created a pastel of her sister 6 years ago and they had an "oil photograph" made. So I had a photo of the little blond headed sister-full body and a head and shoulder photo of the other dark haired sister...basically combining them together and then deciding to add the arm to the right as the original photo showed (vaguely, in parts) her little arms pulled up to her body. But after painting that, it looked awkward, so I rubbed out the arm (with a crowd watching) and sketched it back onto the canvas and then painted it. Fun with a crowd around! Anyway the client was THRILLED with the results.
The very cool thing is that the dress in the oil was detailed (more so than the photograph) and it had been made by the grandmother. Both little girls wore it for their portraits (6 years apart!) Grandma's Dress is an heirloom as is now this portrait!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
What a great week with working with a group of teens! We worked in acrylics, oils, graphite, charcoal and conte. They learned Art presentation, Art journaling and Art Marketing!
Still lifes, landscapes and portraits, all in the traditional mode helped expand their vision and stretch a bit more from them. We also taled about what to look for when selecting an art schoo for college-a very necessary topic to save tens of thousands of dollars for the parents!
Next camp is July 6-10 and the final is August 3-7. They run from 10-2 pm.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
We LOVE this show. Held just off the Blue Ridge Parkwayin the NC mountains, it is wonderfully cooler than the Piedmont. There is something in everyone's DNA where some ancient connection to mountains manifests itself. Looking out over the incredible vews, we tend to drift into a time warp and we become our ancestors for a short period of time!
It just doesn't get better than that!
Monday, June 1, 2009
This 24 x 30 oil is a good example of that concept. By intertwining the likenesses of the subject with a visual example of their long term relationship and devotion to each other the portrait took on a life of it's own.
In other words, it went far beyond "looking like the subject" or what a photo is required to do. A fine art portrait creates a perpetual record of a subject on that day, in time and the interaction to the environment around them. A moment in time. A forever reminder that life is good!
Monday, May 25, 2009
I created this 18 x 24 oil of a dressage horse from photos that we took while down in Southern Pines, NC.
I used a 2 inch Gallery Wrap canvas and had fun pulling the painting around the sides! Take a look!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
It's been fun creating a collage for the both the Hunter Jumper and Saddlebred portions of the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show held each year in the incredibly beautiful location in the NC mountains of...Blowing Rock! The show has been an annual event for many, many years and we enjoy being there for the activities. OK, maybe the climate has something to do with that too!
I have completed the Saddlebred collage which will be auctioned off at this year's event and also used for the T-shirts. The Hunter Jumper collage that I am creating will be for next year's show. They are held in the same location but on different days. This pastel is 18 x 24 in size.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
I am not, by nature, a landscape painter. Odd, huh? You would think that an artist would paint pretty much anything and in one respect, I do. But my artistic heart is on subjects...people and animals especially. Or a tree. Now THAT I can get a grasp on-a big, impressive or gnarled subject! But a landscape? No. To look at a beautiful landscape has always held a wonder for me. The oceans, the the pastoral farm settings, a pasture with cows, the mountains of the Blue Ridge. But to paint those scenes? Actually.....no. Sometimes I look at all the green in all its variations and think "No, I don't wish to paint each leaf." But of course I miss the point don't I? In memory, one remembers with a softness, not with clarity and that is probably why the Impressionist movement has such a following. I am quite fond of my husband's work as he loves his landscapes and perhaps has the essence of what I just said-light, color and generalities to combine into a beautiful coherent scene. But having said all that, maybe, just maybe, after wandering through my yard yesterday and looking at the once a year amazing burst of colors from the wold and heirloom roses that surround the house, studio and pastures, I might be persuaded to pick up a brush and boldly go where I usually don't go! Into a landscape!
Friday, May 15, 2009
Here is an image of a cameo pastel that I just completed for a client of her granddaughter. People love the cameo size. Most frame out to around 11 x 15 with a mat and are the perfect size for gift giving and small apartments and those watching their pennies!
The clients provide the photographs for these and some can be quite challenging! I create many of these cameos for genealogists who bring me very old black and whites (or even tintypes) of their ancestors and I re-create them in the soft colors of pastels.
Super popular for the holidays!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Wow-so many miles these past few months that a small show (with over 10,000 visitors!) 14 miles from home....it just doesn't get better than that!
So here I am, having completed a cameo pastel and chatting with all the visitors. Just a hint of rain, a few sprinkles, a light breeze, not too hot. Of course by 3 pm I needed a cup of coffee but what the heck?
The Wake Forest Meet in the Street held May 2 was a big success for all.
Monday, April 27, 2009
I AM proud of this one! Real help, real facts and real solutions for the Single Moms who can paint OR sew! Only someone who has been there can appreciate the challenges that this (usually) unplanned position in life holds!
I have included an excerpt from the book below:
Single moms with children. They are everywhere. They are every age, every race and in every economic niche.
But they all struggle to make ends meet!
No matter how much you earn, it is never enough! And if you are fortunate enough to receive child support to help with those bills, it is doesn't go far enough!
In these tough economic times, single moms who are raising their children alone need all the help they can get! It seems as though every waking moment is spent with work, children, debts...who has time to have a life let alone be an artist?
But if you can paint or craft, you can add substantially to your income without investing a lot of money in the process! How do I know? I have been there!
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Thursday, April 23, 2009
Well, we finally did it! All those years and all those artists asking us how we do it!
Steve and I stopped long enough to pull together a remarkable art marketing book that is a combination of our experiences and successes (and failures) as artists who create their art for a living!
It was certainly the road less traveled!
Here is an excerpt from the beginning pages:
.............We hear it all the time! You would give anything to make a living at something you love! But how do you overcome your fear of the unknown?
Whenever you told people about your dreams to make a living at your art, what was their reaction? Did they laugh?
Did they tell you stories about starving artists and wealthy dead artists? Maybe they told you that you weren't good enough? Or did they tell you that artists can't run a business?
Now, we're not sure who decided that artists could not sell. That is a new concept as artists have sold their art and crafts throughout history!
We're not sure why the Art Communities in general came up with the idea that artists "should" not have to market their art.
We're not sure when the phrase "starving artist" was first used. But the damage was done long enough ago that it has become a standard assumption that ALL artists are starving!.........
Doesn't that ring a bell? Drop into www.artcareerexperts.com and read more about our new ebook. You can order a CD or download instantly from the Internet!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
I had to include this view from near Palm Springs, Ca. Pioneer Town was where many of the background scenes in westerns from the 1940's-1970's were filmed (I was told) Can't you just see High Chaparral or the Virginian or a Clint Eastwood movie in this view?
Part of the scenery was the odd looking Joshua Trees.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Notice the bungie cords on a few of the paitings!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Look carefully and see what I did compared to the image I posted 2 weeks ago!
We are getting ready to head to the Indian Wells Art Festival in Palm Springs, CA. The show is April 2-4. What a fun cross country adventure!
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Originally I photographed the boys and their huge Newfoundland and mellow Golden Retriever (and Siamese) in the late fall.
I created a more springtime look to the portrait and although everything is pulled together to create one cohesive look, the viewer can't tell that I used many reference photos!
But in this scene it is all about the exuberance of childhood! The rough and tumble relationships between brothers. The family pets involved with their young masters. And the growing up with an emphasis on being outside in all weather. It is an opportunity for growth and discovery at its most basic level!
I look forward to the final unveiling!
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Sunday, February 8, 2009
I spent a very cold day January day down in Southern Pines, NC at a Hunt Test. The clients had two gorgeous German Shorthaired Pointers who were participating and they wanted me to create a pair of oil paintings.
"Seth" and "Gretchen" were created on 14 x 18 canvases. The eye popping capabilities of oil are enhanced when the images are highlighted from the natural light of the sun. I like to fade the background and not have it compete with the foreground.
Loads of fun to create and the owners were delighted!
Sunday, January 4, 2009
The Jones family was delighted with my portrait of their two daughters, Lacey and Morgan and of course they loved Jack, their lovable Westie.
Although the garden was not in bloom, I recreated my rendition, groomed Jack, changed faces, hairstyles, perspective and a number of small areas to finalize my composition.
I met the family in October, took the photos early in November and completed this pastel right before Christmas! An heirloom for generations!