Sunday, April 3, 2011

Clearing Up Any Misconceptions...


All of your kind and generous comments lead me to know that some of you are giving me artistic credit where none is due.  Most of my paintings are based on projected views of photos that I have traced the outline onto watercolor paper to then paint.  I am not an artist.  One day, I may decide to learn to draw.  But for now, I am content to be in my second childhood with a new box of crayons in the form of watercolors.  A couple of the flower paintings I drew... nothing too complicated.   I am amazed at the wonderful, gracious, kind treatment from my blog friends.  I cherish each and every wonderful comment.  I just don't want to take credit where credit is not due.  I hope you will still join me in the adventures of this granny learning to "color" with watercolor.

Thank you again and again.

Blessings ~ Tanna

35 comments:

Cozy Little House said...

Why, you are too an artist! You're a blogger, aren't you?
Brenda

texwisgirl said...

Sorry, but 'learning to color with watercolors' has every bit of artist required than if you started from scratch and drew the outline freehand. Just because you 'cheat' a little in getting the basics down, makes your talent no less impressive. :)

It's Just Dottie said...

I think you are an artist. Oh my! I hate to think about what my watercolor would look like. Yours is just beautiful.

Christine said...

You didn't mislead me, you are an artist!
There is no mistake... you have a gift.

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

You are way too modest! I could not do with watercolors what you are doing. You are an artist, I am not. I'm very much enjoying your artistic journey!
Best,
Susan

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

You are way too modest! I could not do with watercolors what you are doing. You are an artist, I am not. I'm very much enjoying your artistic journey!
Best,
Susan

podso said...

Give yourself much credit. I know what you mean from my tole painting classes years ago, But you are doing far more than coloring in the lines, my friend...water color is a special art (no pun intended) that takes skill to get the shading just so and to water the colors just right! I am impressed!!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Haha...you are so an artist! The colors and technique you use aren't something just anyone could whip up. Sunflowers are just about my favorite thing in the world. Your picture is lovely. Keep painting! ~Ann

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Your work is still just as beatuiful to me!

Deb said...

you are still an artist....some of us can't do what you do....especially the knitting....you deserve all the credit everyone sent you...

Artist Terri Smith said...

Sweet Tanna..I've Been Painting A Bit Over Eight Years Now..AND STILL CAN'T DO WATERCOLOR! So You Most Definitely Have Artistic Talent My Friend! Anyone Who Masters Watercolor Has My Vote! :)) Thanks So Much For Your Sweet Comment On My Video Attempt. I Was A Wreck Doin' That Thing! I'd Much Rather Be Behind The Easel Than In Front Of A Camera. Hugs To You Dear Lady, Terri

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

I think your work is beautiful, Tanna. I never could get watercoloring to look like anything. And I never could figure out what I was doing wrong. I applaud your efforts...looks fantastic!

California Girl said...

Tanna, one of my most gifted watercolor artist friends does exactly what you do (projections, tracings) and paints from there. She is also apologetic, insisting she's not an artist because she "can't draw."

I disagree with you both. I have a painting she gave me and I treasure it. It's gorgeous. She's an artist. So are you. Who cares how you get this on paper? It's beautiful.

Give yourself credit. I love this.

Wanda said...

Dear Tanna ~ This is the way most artists get there subjects. The only problem is if you use a photo that is copyright.

Many of my watercolors are transferred from photographs I have taken.

It does take an artist eye to add the watercolor, and you are so good at that.!!


Sweet of you to tell us this, but we know an artist when we see one...and you are one!!

Love and Hugs

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Honey you really under estimate your gift! You are an artist and a very good one at that. I think water colors are very hard to do and these paintings here that you have shown us are beautiful to say the least.
So practice saying I am a Artist and a very good one
Love ya
Maggie

Katie Mar said...

i just stumbled upon your blog

just because you didn't come up with the original outline doesn't mean you aren't an artist! :) the painting is hard work, too!

Debbie said...

We're all hoping you have a little 'giveway' of one of your small water colors. :D But I still think you have a lot of talent. :D

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Tanna you ARE an artist, as your watercolor outline, shading and color depth takes talent! Even with a traced image I would not be able to produce a final image such as yours. It's beautiful!

theUngourmet said...

I agree with the others. Even though you are working with traced images you are still putting your artistic abilities to work with all of the shading and blending and everything else. These are just lovely!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Tanna, yes indeed, if you can take watercolors and turn them into something beautiful and recognizable, then you are truly talented and can be called an artist. I've attempted watercolor and just can't seem to work well with it. Even if I drew a picture and then added color, it would never, ever look like what you have been able to create. Keep doing what you are doing. :) Tammy

From the Kitchen said...

Take it from one who couldn't even make those coloring books where one just used water on the brush to "color" with work, you are an artist. Enjoy the kudos--you deserve them.

Best,
Bonnie

Marilyn [amafriend] said...

Tanna, I can't add a thing what to the words spoken previousLy so I'll just say that I agree with everyOne of them ♥ It taKes a speCial person [a humble one] to actually not want to taKe creDit where creDit is DUE. LoVe LoVe the sunFLoWer ♥

Terra said...

Your sunflower painting is very pretty. I signed up to be your newest follower and am giving away one copy of a book about contentment on my blog, if you care to visit.

Stacey said...

I agree with the others. It takes an artist's eye to be able to use watercolors to create such incredible paintings. The sunflower is beautiful! Look at the different depths you've included.

Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers. Sarah and I are trying our hand at gardening and just planted sunflower seeds in addition to some vegetables. We'll see if they turn out. But as Sarah said, "It's God who created these seeds. So He can make them grow."

Chatty Crone said...

I think however it is done - it still takes skills and if you have skills you are an artist! sandie

nanny said...

You are far too modest....you are a very gifted artist...tracing or not!
I love water colors...the kind you dip the brush in the water and the color is on the book...lol

Julie Harward said...

Well, this sounds like a really fun hobby and it really is so beautiful! You are an artist! :D

Sandy said...

Oh I disagree - you are an artist because you deal with shades and values, etc. and you do it great!

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

Oh you are most talented in your artistic abilities! NOT only in water colors but in your home, your food and your gift of hospitality!! Do not short change yourself!
XO

Judy said...

Don't cut yourself short. There's something magical about your art.

Mary said...

Hey, I'll keep coming back as long as you stay within the lines :-). I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Solar Powered said...

Oh so humble...I love your kind spirit and am so thankful to know you. Now, please know that those of us that truly got left out when God sprinkled the artistic dust will call you an artist if you like it or not. I agree with Jill, everything you touch seems to have an art to it. Very cool.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

I beg to differ...you are an artist and what a talent. I keep thinking I will learn something new in this "second half" of life...and if I am blessed to have a finished product like yours I will be thrilled.

I do want you house...my dream house for my "second half" of life!

Melissa Miller said...

Fantastic job either way Tanna! I love the warmth and pretty colors sweet friend. Lovely!

Warmly, ~Melissa :)

Amanda said...

Um, you know how I feel about this. One definition I found of art: "the creation of beautiful or significant things." Another: "the products of human creativity." You have produced art. You are an artist. Enough said. =) Love you!

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