Thursday, March 10, 2011

Radio Flyer Beginnings - What's That Got To Do With Me and You?!

I happened to discover a couple of images on my camera's SD card reader showing "Radio Flyer's Afternoon" beginnings! I forgot I had taken those photos! Unfortunately I got real involved in the painting and forgot to capture other stages of its development. Oh well.

I think it's fun and interesting to see how a painting begins and progresses. We might even learn something - even though it doesn't look too 'hot' in the early stages. Hmm sounds like a light thought. Reminds me how we human beings have stages that aren't too 'hot' either - like the "terrible twos",  losing our children's teeth stage,  the teen stage (talk about insecurity!), the spreading our wings/leaving the nest stage (maybe some dumb choices during this time?), etc...  And you know what, I think I'm still going through stages and 'growing up'! Guess I'd have to say 'my painting' is not complete yet.

So I prefer to have this outlook on our human stages, expressed so eloquently by Robert Browning -  "Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made. Our times are in His hand Who saith, 'A whole I planned, youth shows but half; Trust God: See all, nor be afraid!'" 
Anyway, here are the two early stages of "Radio Flyer Afternoon".
Early acrylic washes on canvas of "Radio Flyer Afternoon" - blocking in the basic composition.

"Radio Flyer Afternoon" starting to show the light and further development of the background.

"Radio Flyer Afternoon" 24"x36" acrylic on canvas
©2010 Nancy Teague
Figured I'd include the 'finished' "Radio Flyer Afternoon" so you could see the best of what was to be for which the first was made.

Enjoy your stages - there's more light to come - the best is yet to be!


Susan said...

My husband and I love our stages. It just keeps getting better....and the final stage will be unimaginably wonderful. Love the painting and all it means.

Nancy Teague said...

Oh yes Susan - that final stage - what glory to experience and explore for all eternity!