October Offerings

October Offerings

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When I think of October, I visualize the roundness of the capital “O”. Then follows another roundness in the fourth letter followed by a “b” which is roundness with a stalk. When I think of October, I think of the number 18. I love the number 8 with it’s infinite design….continuously moving into infinity around itself. October heralds in the crisp morning air so visceral I can see the clarity. The sun rises but ends it’s ascent just before the giant cypress tree in front of my house. My house receives all the fallen leaves of my circle neighborhood. My house is the gathering place of the golden crowned sparrows singing their languid tunes and juncos skittering among the fallen debris.
When I think of October, I remember elementary school with newness of pencils and notebooks , a new sweater to spice up my uniform. October may find me in the kitchen throwing scraps together in a pot of stew that simmers all afternoon. There is hope in October. A returning to the hearth of family and all that is meaningful…
I pass another year on this Earth in October and I wonder if not here then where else would I be?
Gratitude fills my heart this time of year. Thank you my friends of art and beauty for coming by to see me and my artwork this Open Studio 2019 tour. Your warm compliments filled me with confidence in my pursuit of creating joy through the luminous medium of soft pastel. Thank you to my seasoned collectors and new collectors and hope you find that perfect spot for your new aquisition. I am so flattered that you found joy in my work. Gratitude is the antidote to the illusion of endless want. Gratitude removes all expectations and relieves me from the chatter in my mind. Creating art brings me to this place of gratitude without fail every time I pick up a stick of color…. Tell me, what are you grateful for?
Come on out to beautiful Capitola By The Sea for the 5th Annual Art Festival. I will be one of 40 professional artists participating in this fun event. Look for me painting in action and check out the “Quick Draw” on Saturday. All painting completed during this festival will be available for purchase on Sunday, November 3rd @ New Brighton Middle School Performing Arts Center.

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Summer Days

Summer Days

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Ah! The warm days of summer…Here in Santa Cruz, California , summer is fairly predictable. Foggy mornings followed by clear skies that then lead to breezy afternoons…What’s not to like? Not too hot, not too cold….just right!
Today I was practicing in my studio on a piece that I plan to teach to a group of new creators in the pastel medium. There wasn’t time for detail, for the goal was to get the job done in a timely manner to demonstrate the ability of pastels for creating art. So much of life can be this way. No time for the small details….rush, rush, rush….It’s as though if in this day and age, if we are not completely feeling overwhelmed by life, we feel unproductive, lazy even. So what are the details?
In a landscape painting, I would pay close attention to the foreground and carefully place dry blades of tall grass or perhaps just the right cluster of poppy flowers. Further back in the composition, I would look for the sunlight carefully placed on the foliage to let my viewer know just what time of day it is. This detail work comes later in the painting process…almost at the end.
Do I have to wait to the end of the day to put the finishing touches on my life? After getting all that needs to be done, done….is it then that I look at my loved ones faces and notice how they are? Is this the time I stop long enough to pet my needy animals? What about the tall sunflowers growing happily with their sunshine faces in my garden…did I even look today?
And so it is… another art/life lesson. Summer days are days to slow down and pay attention to the details of everyday life.
Wishing you a most lazy summer season….

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Spring Cleaning!

Spring Cleaning!

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Springtime! Longer days, warmer breezes, renewal and revamping….out with the old and in with the new!
Birds clean out their nests for the next brood. Seeds are planted in the garden boxes. The earth shakes off the excess of a cold long winter and it’s time to clean out!
In the studio, I have been busy painting almost on a daily basis and so my inventory has blossomed! It’s time to make room for more creations…
I am inspired by the birds and the flowers and the longer days for painting!
In gratitude for my lovely life, I am offering a special discount on all original paintings!
20% off plus free shipping!
Just enter Spring Cleaning in the coupon section at checkout and you’re all set!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Happy Spring to all!

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A Little Luck Peppered with a Lot of Love

A Little Luck Peppered with a Lot of Love

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A little story…
My husband I went birdwatching on our first date at Lake Hodges in San Diego County. Maybe a little geeky but ever so cute…Before this, having been raised in Los Angeles, the only association I had with birds was the famous Alfred Hitchcock’s film “The Birds”! So it is easy to assume that I did not really care about birds…
My husband and I married and went birdwatching…alot…we even went on a bona fide birdwatching vacation with alot of bird watching geeks. That was in Costa Rica. There were aspects of it that I enjoyed and some I did not. I loved watching how the birds behaved and interacted with eachother. I did not like standing around looking up and straining my neck in humid 100 degree weather in the jungle!
Birdwatching opened my eyes to a world that I did not even care to wonder about…being a city girl and all…and it led to other wonderful things. The Black Phoebe, pictured in the painting, is a lovely little friend to have on the trail. She will follow you or rather lead you along for when you walk by her, your walking will stir up any bugs that may be lingering around…so she has lots to eat. It’s a symbiotic relationship…
So my husband and I carried on traveling and birdwatching and then a family grew from our union.
First a boy named after his father and then a little blonde girl named Phoebe. We named her after this lovely little creature of nature…My Phoebe is full of wonder and loves to be by my side even as she matures into adulthood being ever my friend and companion…
This piece above entitled “For Phoebe” has brought me much luck in the pastel exhibition world having been selected for two very prestigious shows …
So with a little luck and a lot of love, what once was a nothing becomes something so much more!

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A New Year…A New Challenge

A New Year…A New Challenge

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Happy New Year my friends in art!
With the new year comes new ideas, new goals, new challenges, a desire to start anew…try something different…improve our lives in some way.
I am in the midst of a 31 daily painting challenge for the month of January. That is, I am painting one painting each day for the entire month. If I meet my goal, I will have produced 31 new works of art! Phew! Most of these pieces are 8 x 10 inches or smaller, so not a huge amount of real estate to cover….but committing to a creative endeavor on a daily basis does many wonderful things.
It puts myself first…that’s a concept! All of my life I have been in service to others…as young as age 15 I was working as a dental assistant after school! Ten years later I was embarking on my education to gain my degree in nursing…Ten years of nursing led me to become a mom….and 20 years later…here I am. Well, I’m still a mom gratefully and will always be, but the clutch has flown so to speak and now I am living for me after a very long time.
Life is a series of chapters and cycles and we cannot know the end of each chapter too soon. I don’t know how this artistic journey will play out…if it will take me to the end of this wonderful life I lead…but for today and the rest of the month I will be at my easel making beautiful colorful pastel paintings because it brings me unparalleled joy….
Wishing you all a beautiful 2019 filled with your brand of joy!

~Donna Theresa

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