Monday, July 1, 2013

The Learning Continues: One More Round of Painting


I've been practicing some more on Soon Y. Warren's method of painting crystal in watercolors.  The composition is Soon's and I am using her video instruction to help continue to guide me along.  I've taken three of her classes over the past couple of years; I LOVE her work and the way she brings her paintings to life.  Oh, I still have so much to learn and it continues to be exciting!  This one was still on the board after I had finished it... and something just didn't look right about the right lower quadrant to me... I don't know enough to recognize exactly what the problem was, but it wasn't right


While staring at it trying to figure out what didn't look right, I decided that if I cropped it, I was pretty happy...  Much like photos can sometimes be better when cropped.


I think I robbed too much light from the area that is purplish on the right lower part of the crystal... but, I'm still too inexperienced to know exactly where or how or what I was doing when I ran it in the ditch!  But, I do know I DID!  Guess I will just have to keep on keeping on trying to learn. 


Here is the partial painting framed.  It was kind of sad to have to cut away all that work... good or bad... but, I did manage to make a hand painted card from the part I removed.  So, it wasn't a total waste.


Waves from our Little Lady!  She's growing like a weed!  Her Noni sure loves. loves. loves. getting those sweet, slobbery little sugars!   She enjoys balls like her cousin, Little Roo.  Makes me smile. 

"We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love."  ~ Mother Teresa

Amen to that.  May your week find you doing whatever you do with great love. 

blessings ~ tanna
PS The Unloved is still d.r.a.g.g.i.n.g. out... I have to force myself to do two rows... about every other day.  At this rate, I may never finish or get to a fun knit again!   Wish me knitting speed!!  ;)

39 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

ooh! very cool painting! i'd be driven to drink (heavily) by that effort! ugh!

little girl! so sweet!!!!!

Marissa said...

Wow.. What beautiful paintings.. and what a sweet baby too.. have a great week.

Annette T. said...

Wow, Tanna, that is beautiful. I know what you mean about part of it driving you nuts. We even talked about this in class recently, if you don't like the whole picture, crop it, and if that doesn't work, use it as a card! I don't think I could have brought myself to crop it like you did though. Do you use resist on the crystal bowl? I actually love it framed. And that little cutie has the prettiest red hair, and her slippers are darling! So, are you ready to start a portrait class and paint these babies?

Annette T. said...

Wow, Tanna, that is beautiful. I know what you mean about part of it driving you nuts. We even talked about this in class recently, if you don't like the whole picture, crop it, and if that doesn't work, use it as a card! I don't think I could have brought myself to crop it like you did though. Do you use resist on the crystal bowl? I actually love it framed. And that little cutie has the prettiest red hair, and her slippers are darling! So, are you ready to start a portrait class and paint these babies?

Tricia Buice said...

Look at your beautiful little princess! So precious and your painting is gorgeous. How do you do that? I love the way you cropped it - it is beautiful either way but the framed print is perfect! Missed you - so happy to be back :)

Donna said...

Amazing, as usual. I love a composition that is off center. It seems more alive to me instead of static and flat...it moves more. If that makes any sense! I'm sorry the unloved is still unloved....and unfinished...boo.
Cute baby!
Did you see the post that shows off my husband's custom window and door trim? He could help you with your old girls while you are helping with the hammering...oh, if only we were closer.
Love, d.

Melissa aka twoknitwit said...

I'd send some knitting speed your way, Tanna, if I had any to spare

the summer weather takes it's toll on wooly crafting :)
Melissa

Melissa aka twoknitwit said...

shoot ~ I wasn't done :)

your painting is amazing amazing amazing ~ not just the part you chose to keep!

Mereknits said...

The painting is exquisite. So, so Beautiful. I was reading in the paper yesterday about a woman who paints with watercolors and she has a mirror in front of her space so she can look up and see her painting backwards, it helps her to identify what she feels is off and needs correcting, I thought that was pretty amazing.
Hugs to you my talented friend.
Meredith

Shug said...

This is such a beautiful piece of art and it truly is amazing in that frame. great job!!
You sure do have a little princess there. so adorable.



podso said...

Oh my I admire your art knowledge, even to be stymied about that lower corner that looked fine to me, but what a great idea to crop! A painting! Wow I would never have thought of that but it looks great the way you framed it and no one would ever know, except, maybe the recipient of the painted card! Good for you, nothing in life should be wasted! And little Lady is indeed growing and such a pretty lady --- with personality and an adorable outfit and shoes (sox).

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Tanna, that is really beautiful and your little one is so precious and so big already.

Betsy Brock said...

I love the watercolor. I've never seen that technique before and it's amazing!

lovely little girl baby!

Deb said...

you are so talented at so many things Tanna...I just love the colors in that painting...and that sweet girl is just too precious for words...

Trudy said...

Wow , the painting looks very profesional, I think you are holding out. It is beautiful. That little lady is to dye for she is so precious. Hope the knitting picks up. Need a bit of that speed myself about five projects going and I never do that, maybe two... so have to get serious one of these days. So much knitting so little time. Hugs and Blessings, Trudy

Pondside said...

Here's a wish for Knitting Speed for you!
Your artistry spills over from the knitting to the canvas - or is it the other way around? There's nothing I'd like more than to be able to express myself in art. What a gift!

Donna said...

You did see my scallops....I don't know what my excuse is for forgetting you sweet words....rain brain! I'll go with that. :-)

Bonnie said...

It is beautiful, Tanna. I love it. You are way too hard on yourself! I am very impressed!

Your sweet girl is growing. So darling.

Have a great holiday.

California Girl said...

I like the crop. The off center aspect ratio is centered by the flower. Good call.

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi You are a wonderful talent.. The water colour is fantastic and the 'little 'lady' ever so cute. Margaret

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

I thought your water color painting was beautiful as it was. I so admire you talent.

Awww your sweet little one is so adorable. Love that little wave, so cute. :)

Stop knitting stuff you don't like! I am serious. Frog it, give it away, throw it away...but stop. Your knitting should be things you enjoy, not things you "have to do". Too much of that already in life.

Life is too short to knit projects you don't like!

Hugs and blessings always dear friend.

Catherine Holman said...

It's a beautiful painting Tanna. I wish I were loose enough to paint with watercolors.
What a darling grandbaby! You are truly blessed.

Wanda said...

Wow, the painting is remarkable and beautiful.

Question: Do you use any masking for all the tiny lines and details in the crystal? You must be a patient painter, and I always seem to just throw on the paint.

Also love the masterpiece at the bottom..your sweetie pie.

Love and Hugs

Sandy said...

I think it's great! I've been painting for years and still don't think anything I do is frame worthy but I have fun trying. Your knit creations are marvelous. If I could do that I'd be thrilled.
Your little one is beautiful...

kathy b said...

That baby girl is adorable I love babies in Black and white ..
I can see the little ones' face best without color interference.

Your painting is so lovely..you have incredible talent.

I was having my nails done at a salon and they had a crude pond/goldfish painting and I thought of you! Yours would be much nicer.

Judy S. said...

Amazing! And you have it framed already; that is impressive. Love the baby photo; she is growing SO fast,just like babies seem to do.

Debbie said...

I scrolled down so slowly and stopped to stare at that picture. I can't even imagine where one would begin to paint something like that. The detail is amazing to me. I actually like the cropped version as well as the other. It's even just a bit more artistic that way. (Yes, I know that I know little to nothing about art, but I know what I like.)

Love that quote at the end by M.T.

Amanda said...

I LOVE the way you cropped the painting. And how nice that it turned out to be a two-for - painting AND a card! ;-) And of course I'm a sucker for photos of the Little Lady. xoxo

SouthernHeart said...

The painting was/is perfect - either way! You are definitely gifted. I love the colors! Your granddaughter is beautiful!

Marie said...

Tanna,
You are so talented--the art is beautiful. Your Little Lady is precious. Hugs and kisses are wonderful no matter what is on their face. Your unloved will get there and I look forward to seeing what is next.
Love,
Marie

Mary Bergfeld said...

The painting is wonderful. You really have an eye for detail wherever it occurs. That sweet princess is growing like a weed. Have a wonderful holiday, Tanna. Blessings...Mary

Cindy said...

Your water colour is gorgeous!! I love it, even the part that you cut off, it is wonderful! You are very talented, and your grandbaby girl is simply adorable!
Here's wishing you knitting speed!

steph said...

breathtaking....i so admire your work (this is a person, though, who can't paint a wall!)

hope the unloved moves along....sometimes I have to put an unloved in time-out for awhile....and then magically the love (or at least maybe the sort-of-like comes back.

have a good weekend!

janice smith said...

I thought this piece was lovely before you cropped it but I have to say it is really stunning in that frame.

From the Kitchen said...

I don't know how I missed this post!! I love seeing your painting framed and on the wall. While I love art and visit lots of exhibits and galleries, my eye is very untrained. I just tell myself "if you like it, it's good"!!
That Little Lady is growing very nicely!!

Best,
Bonnie

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Your painting is lovely. Only you would notice if anything is off. Those of us with an untrained eye only see how magnificent it is. And truly, the fact that you painted it so beautifully and with fine attention, makes it absolutely perfect. :) Hugs, Tammy

Catherine said...

Dear Tanna, The painting looks beautiful, but I am sure it hurt to cut away part of it. I am glad you found a usefulness for it though.
The little lady is a little doll!
You are very blessed to have these beautiful grandchildren be part of your life. This is a mutual blessings since they get so much love from you to remember in their lives.
Blessings dearest. Catherine xo

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

Your talent is amazing...the words at the end are for me today.
Your granddaughter...adorable, how faithful God is...from her birth to now!

Pride In Photos said...

Tanna, oh my word...somehow it has slipped me that you paint too? Is there any creative endeavor you can't do? SO gifted and blessed!The framed painting looks so professional, you should be very proud.

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