I spend lots of time in the woods, by the water, wilderness of the northwest, Colorado  and California. I ride my black Arabian mare, galloping through the old growth forest trailed by an irish wolfhound named Griffin. As we move through the woods and vistas I notice colors as the contract with one another. What perfect relationships are formed in nature that I would have never conjured on my own. I notice shapes, line and form.

I especially pay attention to the shapes between the forms. The abstract negative shapes between the leaves and branches for example. Lanie, my mare, Griffin and I pause under ancient cedar and listen to water falling. Feeling into the spirit of the place. The forest, especially the ancient ones are rich with a presence. It is this presence that I try to bring back to my studio. This is the difficult thing. I can bring back the colors but the spirit of the place is the important bit.

Back in the studio I stretch my canvases. I do this because I want the finest of quality materials and workmanship but also this is where the painting begins. With a relationship with the surface. An honoring of the work that went into its creation and an understanding of it.

I work on five or six paintings at one time ranging in size from 16X20 inches to 36X48 inches. Although I also have several small ones and a few very large going at the same time. I worked in watercolors for many year and still use glazing and many layers of paint as I did with watercolors. I work on each painting then allow it to dry for a day. Building up many layers. It takes weeks to finish a painting but in the end the work pays off.

I had a Buddhist art teacher, Robert Spellman, tell me meditation and art are like secret lovers. You do them both but separately.

Time lapse video. Kind of fun to watch. Let me know what your think.

Posted by Teresa Smith on Friday, May 11, 2018

Here is a time lapse of me painting a small sunflower. #sunflower #sunflowerpainting #pacificnorthwest #sanjuanisland

Posted by Teresa Smith on Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Here is another time lapse. A tulip painting in watercolor. #tulip #timelapse #watercolor

Posted by Teresa Smith on Saturday, May 19, 2018