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Friday, August 8, 2008

Things that Made Me Smile this am and blogs that help us stay in touch

The weather is FINE in Northwest Arkansas this morning. My life is FINER. Sitting on my back deck listening to the birds and watching golfers...the waterfall in the pool is splashing...just wish I could paint a picture of how nice it feels. Durinda says you can't paint a feeling, but just maybe, babé! My view...the coffee tastes great.

My mom used to tell me that I never saw dirty windows because I focused on what was beyond the windows. Guess what, mom? I haven't changed. As I am training my artist's eye, I stare at people and look for that little triangle of light below their eye and think about how I would paint him/her. Sometimes when driving I have to force me to pay attention to the road and not stare at the sky and ponder what pigments would make that glorious color. I feel like a giant sponge soaking up all these techniques and studies...just ready to explode with the best art I've done yet. (of course, for the most part I think every piece of art is better than the ones before because I'm learning so much and practicing every day).

Got a new blog today from an artist I barely crossed paths with last year. I really wanted our paths to converge a bit longer because I learned much from her teaching. Theresa Rankin is so wise and has great quotes. She ain't a bad painter, neither!

Anyway, I'm off to the studio...check out Theresa's blog at

I added her to my favorite blogs and have subscribed so I don't miss a single one of hers.

Now, off to 'work' if you can call it that!

vicki aka Red


Durinda Cheek said...

Hey Vick- I love to get blogs that are uplifting! Seems a lot of artists talk about painting blocks, feeling depressed, no sales, etc. I like your attitude on life.
BTW, I quoted Jack Beal, "don't paint an IDEA." He believes in making a painting- a painting. You start with a strong composition, plan the colors and values, etc. You add feelings into everything you paint- you want your viewer to make connections with your art. How did the artist feel about the subject or how did the artist feel that day? Maybe why some of us paint "feel good" paintings and other "feel bad."
Here's wishing you lots of "feel goods!"

vickiandrandyrossart said...

Hey chickie!
I knew there was something wrong with my quote of you quoting someone I filled in the blank! I got close, whatcha think?

Guess if I had thought about it more, I'd have realized that all paintings (good ones anyway) are feelings. DUH! Bet I don't forget this one


Theresa Rankin said...

Big hugs to you girlie!!! Thank you for linking me and I have done the same. It is joy to read your blogs and your work is fantastic!!!! Stay in touch!

vickiandrandyrossart said...

thanks for the HUGE compliment, Theresa. You'll enjoy blogging...and I will enjoy reading yours because you have alot to say. Keep 'em coming.


vickiandrandyrossart said...

thanks for the HUGE compliment, Theresa. You'll enjoy blogging...and I will enjoy reading yours because you have alot to say. Keep 'em coming.


Erika Nelson said...

That pool looks so good and inviting, more than the lake that's for sure lol

I haven't started my pastel piece, Mom just left yesterday. Not sure I'll have something by this weekend yikesters!

Thanks for sharing Theresa's blog. Love how the Internet makes this world a little smaller for me :)

Ok so you are officially still VP for next year right? Lucky us ;)
Loves ya RED!

vickiandrandyrossart said...

My China Doll, you are MY inspiration! Just wish I could get you in the pool and watch you enjoy the water. I'm so lucky you are my friend. Blogs are so much fun...especially for a blatherer like me! Glad you enjoyed Theresa's...she is special.

Guess we are all members of the same 'pod'...doo-do-doo-do!

Yeah, I'm still VP of the Village Art Club as long as Dustie is Prez. The group has been an important social outlet for me.


Robin Maria Pedrero said...

Having the eyes and heart of an artist is truly one of the most wonderful gifts!

vickiandrandyrossart said...

Robin, Thanks for your comment. I checked out your blog and can't wait to read it in more depth. I'm adding your blog to mine...and hope you will do the same for mine.

Funny, this last bog has gotten more comments than any I've done yet. Such an impulse, but I guess that is what makes blogging so much fun!