Daily life Part 8 – more thoughts about art

Back from vacation now, here are two more prints from our hotel room wall.  What do you think of these?  I tried to like the clown painting (on the right), but it just made me feel sad and wistful.  A clown with hand pressed to temple, thinking . . . perhaps dreaming of what he’d rather be doing than acting as a clown.  I liked the tulips painting more (on the left), especially for its simplicity; no individual petals on the tulip blossoms, just the round-egg shapes of the blooms, with leaves and blooms arching everywhere.  It seemed a calm painting, very stable and reassuring.  How about you?


To those who have encouraged me to post more of my own sketches, thank you!  I’m including three more sketches below … (left to right) spiderweb & leaf, sandstone rock formation, and scraps of paper.  The spiderweb is not as successful as I’d hoped, but I thought I’d include it to demonstrate a “failure.”  I enjoyed making it, even though it’s not the end result I wanted . . .  we learn from failures, right?

My grandmother was an artist, and she told me that when she was in her 20s, she painted lampshades, for a living, in her  town in Iowa.  She moved to Arizona when she was a young mother, and I’m fortunate to have received several paintings from her when she passed away,  most all illustrating the desert Southwest.  I feel lucky to have them on my walls!  When I’m sketching, I can almost feel what it might have been like for her to draw and paint all her life.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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15 thoughts on “Daily life Part 8 – more thoughts about art

      1. A friend’s daughter has a clown business for parties. When I look at clowns, it reminds me of Robert Willuams! I love his early films such as The Poet Society. His sense of humor and standing comedy is hilarious. What a life!

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  1. How wonderful to have your grandmother’s works for inspiration. Not many are blessed so, Theresa. The print of the contemplative clown has something about it. It reinforces the fact that behind all the jovial mutterings of a clown must be a mind that works overtime to project happiness. xx


  2. Hi Theresa! It’s yellowfuzzyduck from Turtledesk. The paintings are lovely. I like the tulips better, only because they seem to bear more positive energy than the clown painting. Great job on the sketches too!! I really love the shading method you used in your sketch of the leaf and spider web. And I think it is so cool that your grandmother was an artist. Keep up the amazing work!


    1. Hi Joy! gosh, I feel like I’m meeting you for the first time under your new-published name. So fun! I’ll continue to think of you as yellowfuzzyduck in my heart. ❤

      I think I agree with you about the two paintings. I kept wanting to like the clown painting more, but to me he looks like he’s on a break, wishing for better things, and that is a wistful kind of feeling. Probably good for me to notice!

      THANK YOU! for the very nice words about my shading in the spider web sketch. I was attracted to the image because of the graceful line of the leaf, and probably if I were to redo it, I would emphasize the line of the leaf and do something more suggestive of the web. Still, learned a lot! I like to keep in mind your comment on using cross-hatch shading, and that’s my go-to when I’m not sure what else to do. Congratulations, you are an influencer! 🙂

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      1. Aww, you’re so sweet! I agree, the clown painting seems more wistful than sad, which is a great observation. I love the cross hatching technique because it really helps you shade things evenly. Great job, Theresa! ❤️


  3. I preferred the other painting to the tulips but that didnt look like a clown to me. She looked like one those Victorian ladies wearing a ruffled dress but not very happy with the tablecloth-like checkered design of her dress 😀 I liked your third sketch the best – it reminded me of one our powerful demons King Raavan who had 10 heads. Your sketch shows him lying down with one or two heads on the right being shown. I tried to paste a sketch but didnt succeed. Maybe if you google Raavan pencil sketch you may get an idea but not necessarily the association 😀 Happy sketching!

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    1. ooh! I googled Raavan pencil sketch, and I see what you mean, Dahlia! i would never have seen that if you hadn’t described it to me – thank you! You’ve opened my world just a bit more. ❤ …. and thanks for the comment on the “clown” or (in my mind now) “Victorian lady.” I love seeing it differently (and more positively) now! Kudos!

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      1. Oh I am so glad you did google! This is so much fun Theresa thank you for sharing your art and process. I always was very skeptical about my eye for art and ruthlessly nipped any fanciful notions but you encourage me to listen to my ‘vision’ and I can feel it unfurling under your warm encouragement. Thank you!


  4. It’s really great you’re sketching a lot. You are really doing fabulously. I wish I could write as much as you sketch. 🙂 I tend to “not see” paintings unless they are really beautiful or memorable.

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