Wednesday, April 25, 2012

"These are a few of my favorite things..."

I've been asked by a few of you if our house is filled with my artwork. The answer is definitely no. I have kept only a few pieces and given most of my paintings and drawings away to family, friends, and, for the last 16 months, my blog followers. :)

I thought I'd share with you the originals I kept for myself.

A chickadee done in colored pencil - 1996.

A Great Egret done in colored pencil - also 1996. That year, I actually entered this in the creative arts competition at the State Fair of Texas. The one and only time I entered anything and it got Honorable Mention. Kind of cool.

A female hummingbird done in magic marker - 1993. I gave away a small print of this along with a colored pencil hummingbird drawing to one of my blog readers last year.

A yellow-shafted flicker done in colored pencil - 2011. This was supposed to be for one of my monthly giveaways, but I just couldn't part with it, so I quickly drew another bird to offer in the giveaway. (See, I have kept one for myself.)

And, finally, we're gonna go WAY back. This was done in 1979 or 1980 in high school art class. It is my version of Andrew Wyeth's famous "Christina's World". It is painted in tempura paint using a small photo of his original that was featured in a catalog as my reference. It has plenty of flaws in it, but I still like it, and it hangs above my computer desk.

Here's Wyeth's painting, to refresh your memory.


That's it, folks. Three birds from 16-20 yrs. ago, one bird from last year, and one painting from a lifetime ago. Not exactly a houseful do they make. :)

138 comments:

Joycee said...

Oh to have the God given talent to replicate what we see! I love your art and especially the subject, so pretty!

Daniel LaFrance said...

You are as I've said before very talented! Hopefully one day I'll be one of lucky winners of your famous monthly giveaways.

Love them all, but I am drawn to the Chickadee and Flicker. :)

Ginger said...

All so beautiful! Thanks for sharing both online and in your giveaways! Hoping to win one, one of these days! Thanks again!

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

T for Tex and Talented! You have a wonderful gift Tex but I am sure you have been told that before. Not just your artwork either, you have a lovely sense of humor :)

Margie said...

I didn't need to refresh my memory! You rocked that Wyeth painting T! What a fun post this was to read you talented woman you! Art and creativity is such a part of your soul. xx

Fjällripan said...

Wow you are so talanted!! So beautiful paintings!

DJan said...

Beautiful pictures of my favorite animals. Well, except for the Wyeth painting. Oh heck, I didn't mean people are not animals. Better stop while I'm ahead. :-)

Comment1 said...

Lovely! It's great that you can give them away. I'm one of those hoarders who end up with a million ancient things I can scarcely remember, let alone particularly enjoy.

Jan n Jer said...

Girl....you have quite the talent! I love all your work and adore my woodpecker drawing I won last year. It has a proud spot in my L.R. so all can see! God has given you such a special gift.

Lynne said...

I already knew you were talented but when the Wyeth, (or what I thought was a Wyeth) popped up, I thought oh my, she is famous! I looked at the photo and thought, wow, that looks so familiar . . .

Very nice Theresa . . . I would keep it that one too!

I can't wait to see a drawing of your "happy, smiling" ducks !

Wanda plain~N~simple said...

I certainly understand why you wouldn't want to part with the Flicker or the Hummingbird.. they are beautiful..all of them are beautiful! Thank you for sharing them!

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

Wow, those are great!

Susan said...

You are so talented! A gift that I wish I had. I doodle, but that's about it. I really hope I win one of your drawings one of these years! I would love to hang it on my wall, and everytime I look at it I can imagine my friend in Texas!

MTWaggin said...

All of them are just stunning. I am so amazed and appreciative of those that can do artwork and your bird prints are amoung my favorite things! Thanks for sharing those that you have kept.

Angela said...

I love your art work! I thought you'd have your walls full of your beautiful works. I have been replacing my old Home Interior pictures with some pictures that I've taken with my camera. Mostly just with pictures of the kids that I've taken but still. I do like that better right now. I have some prints from Clark Bronson of birds hanging in my kitchen. I love them. Found them on ebay and had to have them.

rainfield61 said...

I only hope that I'll be a lucky one in one day to receive your beautiful piece of drawing.

Crissi said...

You have a great talent for painting, beautiful pictures, I like them!!!
♥Crissi♥

Ian said...

You are definitely a multi talented lady! I can see why you hung onto those.

Hound Girl said...

You are so talented, the femaile hummingbird is AMAZING

sharon said...

Love your pictures. You are so talented! Love the last one..I've always wanted to draw like that, but one can't even recognize my stick figures.

dr momi said...

Beautiful work Tex!!

Marco Alpha said...

Hello Theresa,
These paintings are great.
Amazing to see all these birds, the Great Egret is very wonderful with his spread wings.
You can be proud that you've made these all.

Much greetings,
Marco

Elizabeth Martin said...

Christina's World is one of my favorites! You did a great job! What a talent!

Tess @ Pro-tography 101 said...

you are so talented!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

You are incredibly gifted, these are beautiful, you should be very proud! I love your interpretation of Wyeth.

Betty Manousos said...

oh my word, you're sooo talented my sweet friend!

those are all exquisite!
keep doing beautiful work!

i am in awe of your artsy skills.

xoxo

polkadotpeticoat said...

You are so talented......they are lovely!

parker said...

Tex thanks for sharing these. Enjoyed seeing your talent!

bon bon said...

such beautiful work, tex! don't ever stop creating!

hendrick's class? ;o)

bailey-road.com said...

What lovely works of art! You are very talented.

Lois Evensen said...

They are all very, very nice. It's so good to hang your own work.

We have quite a few of our favorite photos hung and it brings back memories of visits to places we have visited.

Red said...

Really like the woman crawling toward the yard. This can make one think of many things; desperation,hope...
I also like the birds and the expressions you gave them.

Red said...

Really like the woman crawling toward the yard. This can make one think of many things; desperation,hope...
I also like the birds and the expressions you gave them.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Let me know when you are commissioned to do the next Tory Peterson bird guide and I'll upgrade my field guide book. The Wyeth painting...now I am really impressed!

holdingmoments said...

If I had a fraction of your talent Theresa, I'd find it hard to part with just one of those.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I think it would be hard to give any of your work away, but I can see why these ones are all-time favs.

Karen said...

I love seeing your old stuff. I have old stuff around here too...

the chickadee is beautiful!...

and the Christina is haunting, isn't it? Actually, most of his work has the feel...

Bob Bushell said...

Brilliant paintings, you are talented.

Furry Bottoms said...

You did a very good job with Wyerth's picture!! I couldn't even draw a person. You were talented from the get go!!

The female hummingbird in marker is beautiful. I love the colors you used.

RoeH said...

As one who has never been able to draw a straight line, I'm envious and thankful for your talent. I couldn't decide which one I'd pick. I like them all.

Michael said...

a lot of talent there

Patty Woodland said...

You keep what you love...

Diane AZ said...

They are all gorgeous, the chickadee is my favorite!

Jeevan said...

Wow! Worth remarkable paintings... You have great hands on drawing and indeed admire your work... Loved your version on Christina's World! Thanks for sharing and let knowing your talent Tex :)

Karen said...

They are all quite lovely!

islandwonder said...

You are so talented. Wonderful images!

Debbie said...

they are all so pretty t, all so special. just like you....you are so beautiful, to me!!

Jill said...

You definately have many God given talents. These are all so beautiful! Thanks for sharing with all of us.

Farm Girl said...

You are amazing, you know that picture of Wyeth, has haunted me for years.
It is so simple yet there is so much going on and then I read the article about it and the lady in the picture. It still haunts me. Andrew Wyeth has always been one of my favorites.
So glad you shared you art work, I really enjoy it.

Kathy said...

You are very talented, my friend. Your works are beautiful!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi TexWisGirl, Betcha just can't guess which is my favorite, can you? Ha! Of course, that male flicker is just the best! Have an outstanding day today and a nice one tomorrow!

Sandra said...

they are all beautiful, you are very talented and I like your version of Wyeth better than his. I took art in 10th grade and kept NOTHING, if that tells you anything. art teacher said the sky is NOT blue and white. that is all i remember of that class. in florida the sky IS blue and white.

Bev said...

WOW... great pictures!!! Wonderful talent you have there!!

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

You have such a wonderful talent! Your artwork is very beautiful and your photography ain't too shabby, either!! :D

Charade said...

Talented and generous, too. I like the yearning in your Wyeth study so much better than the original. Glad you shared it here.

Susan said...

They're all beautiful Theresa. I'm sure all the ones you've given away are just as treasured as those you've kept.

Snapper II said...

You are quite an artest. I love them all. I can't hardley write my name so it can be read. LOL

Sylvia K said...

You are so talented indeed with a paint brush and with a camera, Theresa! These are, indeed, all so beautiful!

Eyeliquor said...

That is so Cool!

mary i said...

Wow you are SO talented!! I have just got to win one of your artworks! Love them all but the hummer rocks my world.

Linda said...

Your work is amazing! I am very impressed...I would be proud to have any one of those so I totally understand why you kept them!

Ron said...

They are all great drawings/paintings! You definitely have some great talent.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I love them all. I really like the one you did in high school. But I think my favorite is the hummingbird!

don said...

Your work is so well done! Beautiful images of these birds. Thanks for sharing these with us.

Giga said...

Rzeknę - jesteś zdolna artystycznie kobieta :-). Prace Twoje są świetne. Pozdrawiam.
I'm telling the truth - you are able to artistically woman :-). Your works are great. Yours.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,

You know what? You, being such a talented artist and photographer with and extremely keen eye for details, and yet being so humble and down to earth. So I ADMIRE you even more so!
There are so many around that pretend to be a so-called artist or designer, yet have nothing to show that came out of their own hands or mind...
Love to you,

Mariette

It's me said...

Your paintings are wonderful darling....love from me....xxx...

Ms. Becky said...

oh my word. I'm loving the Great Egret, and your version of the Wyeth. That one would look so fabulous on my wall. :) (it's always been a fave). you have more talent in your pinky finger than I have...at all, in any way. thanks for showing us your collection, I love it. Each one is special. You have many gifts. happy day to you TWG.

Robin said...

T, wonderful! You are very talented!

Millie said...

You are so talented, but I think you should start drawing goats. :-)

Eva Ason said...

I love these birds - excellent work! :)

Rita said...

I can see why you kept every one of them! And--OMG!--look how talented you were as a teenager!! Thanks so much for sharing your private stash. ;)

Annette said...

They are all wonderful but I particularly like the egret. Such talent you have!

Sandy said...

My favorite is the flicker, although they are all fabulous. About 10 years ago my brother, sister & mother and I were all together (a rare occasion) and we realized that each one of us had Andrew Wyeth's "Master Bedroom" hanging in our bedroom. I love his work.

Marie said...

What a wonderful homage to Wyeth. You did a fabulous job! And I just love your bird drawings. You are so talented, Theresa!

Gone Country said...

I think I would've kept those too! They're superb! Such talent you have.

When I was taking classes for my Graphic Design degree the only class I got a B in was Illustration. It just does not come natural to me so I truly appreciate someone who can draw as well as you.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Besides having great talent you are generous too! These are beautiful and I can see why you kept them. I hope I win one of your beauties sometime.

Andrew said...

I have followed your lovely blog now for about 12 months and this post has to be one of my favourites.
I have said this before you have a lovely talent.
I have never see the Wyeth painting before and it's a lovely image... and I prefer your version of the girl.

CameraCruise said...

They're all so beautiful!
I know I've said it before and I know I'll say it again: You're so talented, love your work.

laurak@forestwalkart said...

nice saves! what talent!! and such a kind soul to pass on your art to others! :)

(i used to have a print of Christina's world....you sure did an awesome job with that too!)

Tracy said...

Oh Tex, you are way talented....seriously girl, your works are beautiful! WOW!!!

Rohrerbot said...

Thank you for sharing....I wish I had that kind of talent. You have a gift:)

Rose said...

I like them ALL! It is a wonderful talent you have.

Julie G. said...

Not only are you an incredibly talented artist ... but a fantastic photographer, wordsmith, blogger, as well! Beautiful work!

barbara l. hale said...

I would have a hard time giving any of them away. You are one talented chick.

Denise said...

Oh wow, you are so talented. I love your works of art and how wonderful it must be to be able to say, I did that when someone admires them on the wall.

Daffycat said...

Your art is just wonderful. I adore birds and your drawing and paintings are just up my alley.

I'm like you, almost everything I have ever stitched I have given away. Right now I think I only have two framed pieces on my walls. One from 1991 and the other isn't dated...I'm guessing it's about the same era.

Deb said...

you have such talent T...it is so sweet of you to give away your beautiful creations...

Lindsjö taxar said...

You are very talented!!!Love your work!!

Brita said...

All paintings are nice, but I like the last most / brita

Carole M. said...

each one of your drawings is a total delight, and no wonder the egret received honorable mention/award. You must get so much enjoyment sitting sketching/drawing (is there a difference?). I wonder do you have a favourite place or time of day that you choose to draw?

Candy C. said...

I can see why you kept each and every one of them! It is so cool that you share your talent with so many...including your blogger friends! :)

FOREST SNAPPER said...

you have so much talent you should do more ....great story board.

peter

Ellie said...

These are wonderful pictures - you have such a great talent.

SweetMarie said...

Theresa, you are so talented! What a gift you have been given! In 1996 my son was born and you were drawing that pretty bird. That was the first thing I thought of. :) In 6th grade my drawing was chosen to be in a local art show. The theme was "Looking Out My Window". You know what I drew even back then, animals. A yard full of animals. :) I wanted to frame it and hang it by one of my son's drawings, but my mom has no idea what she did with it! Ugh!

Birdman said...

Lots of fine pieces... hope you photographed before giving/sending away.

Hilda R.B said...

You are a great artist.
Beautiful works from you.
Thanks for sharing!
Greetings from Hilda

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

You are very talented! I like them all but the hummer is pretty dang special.

Nancy said...

Amazing talent!

Larry Ostby said...

A great big WOW! They are all amazing but I believe the hummer is my favorite.

rkbsnana said...

I have three words for you girl. Sell, sell, sell. Or maybe you don't need money. Anyway...next time you are giving away an egret painting, I am entering three thousand times.

A Quiet Corner said...

I'm glad you kept the Woodpecker...it is THE BEST!...)JP

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

What? No pigs??? They are all amazing! Love the chickadee and how brave to work with makers, no room for error there:@)

Posie Patchwork said...

You might not keep many for yourself, but they are beauties!! Love Posie

Buttons said...

You sound exactly like a true humble artist they love to give their work away only keeping the few they truly love.
Your talent is unbelievable. Yeahh Tex. B

Tammy said...

But each is a work of he-ART <3

I love them all!

Michelle said...

But they are beauties! You are so talented!

Kjell T. Evensen said...

Your art is all beautiful.

Montanagirl said...

Well, they are all beautiful! You have such a talent.

Steve Gravano said...

You have a gift with those birds. The egret is awesome!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Theresa, You are one very talented artist... I think it's wonderful that you have given your artwork away.. OTHERS can enjoy your talents...

I love them all --but I'm partial to that Flicker...

Hugs,
Betsy

Pat Tillett said...

You are not just talented, you are MULTI-talented!

Paula said...

They are all beautiful. Now I know you are about the age of my youngest daughter. I appreciate you reading this old country lady's blog and commenting so faithfully.

Randy said...

You kept some great pieces.

Hilary said...

Oh my.. but you should. Your work is so beautiful. I love that chickadee but they're all wonderful.

Gillian Olson said...

They are all beautiful, you are very talented. I think my favorite is the flicker.

Charlotte said...

I'm glad you kept some. They are so beautiful. And sharing your beautiful art with others is wonderful.

Thanks for commenting on my blog about my goats. I understand about not knowing when they are due. This is my first year to have goats, so I have no kidding experience. That's why after 10 days, I'm going to separate Mr. BS and wait and see if anything develops. I actually don't know what I'm doing.

pattisjarrett said...

Nice work, Theresa.

Filip Demuinck said...

You are really amazing. Your work is just fantastic.

Greetings,
Filip

SquirrelQueen said...

You have an amazing talent. The hummingbird is gorgeous.

heyBJK said...

Wow, those are amazing! I would have a very difficult time choosing just one to hang. Really nice! I've never seen anything other than your birds, but the Wyeth rendition is fantastic!

Elaine said...

All lovely!

Bernadine said...

You're very gifted. Thanks for sharing your gift with others, both the artwork and the pictures of your ranch.

Modesto Viegas said...

Great talent for painting!!!!!!!
Best regards,

Tammy said...

You are definitely very talented!! I love all you works of art!!

Betty Roan said...

Christina's World is one of my favorite paintings. That and View of Toledo by El Greco. Nothing in common there. lol I can see why you couldn't part with it. Besides, you should keep some of your work. Have you at least kept photos of everything you've given away? Ms. Talented!

Kerri said...

Impressive! You are soooo talented!

wayside wanderer said...

Lovely! I'm glad you have SOMEthings of your own around. I wish I could draw like you do. sigh.

Pam said...

You have an incredible talent my friend. Congrats on the honorable mention, that's an honor to be remembered.

I love all your beautiful drawings, Theresa.. so gracious of you to give them away.

georgettesullins said...

You do these creatures and the media you choose justice. Love, love "Christina's World." Thank you for all the lovely, curious, reflective, humorous glimpses into your world. Thank you for sharing.

Donna said...

You sure do have talent!

Chatty Crone said...

You are so talented in so many ways and you are so blessed. sandie

Linda said...

Very nice...you are very talented. Thanks for sharing them with us.

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

Nice works of art mama-sun. I'm like you, I don't have a single piece of artwork on mine hanging in my house...other than some wall murals I did.

Linda said...

I don't know how you can part with your artwork. I would think they would be almost like children to you. But I'm glad you do part with it. I still hold out hope of winning one someday. :) I have a fascination with hummingbirds, so that's my favorite of this grouping, although all are lovely.

Margaret said...

You are one very talented lady!

Sall's Country Life said...

Wow, that's an art collection to really be proud of!!

Angela Häring-Christen said...

You love the nature, the birds and you paint them. It seems the birds which you have painted are alive. So beautiful.

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