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Just what I needed to hear

My friend, PG’s husband is an artist, he also teaches art at the university level, listening to my woes he switched into teacher mode.He advised me. “What you should do is under paint in browns and white or black and white first. Think of it like drawing with paint instead of pencil.” He explained that it is a time honored technique.

Thursday, at my painting class, I tried it. Taking it easy, I decided on a still life. 2008-2010 238I cropped this photo to make it more interesting. It took a long time to do the first step. I worked with raw umber and white.

Adding color went very fast. All the hard stuff, like tones and shadows had already been worked out.

For the first time in a long while, I finished my painting in one session! I’m very excited.

You will have to wait until next week to see my finished still life, I left it to dry and be framed. I was beginning to despair of never making any progress, now I am excited and feeling like I can paint!

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. Good for you. Keep enjoying every moment and a very very happy 2012.

  2. Steve, there are so many things to see in Merida, my paintings should be very low on the list.


  3. Something else for me to see when I get over your way again.

  4. eric, I was looking at those still life paintings one day and complained to my friend, BK, that I was afraid that my earlier work (those paintings) were a lot better than the stuff I am doing now. She being the good friend that she is said “don’t you think that maybe you started with easier subjects and maybe the paintings you are doing now are more challenging?”. I really want to paint portraits and it’s hard! Just a little bit off and it doesn’t work! You can be off on a flower or a tomato and no one notices but get an eye too far apart and people notice immediately!


  5. Having noticed some of your work on your walls on Christmas day, I know you can paint!

    I’m waiting on the edge of my seat to see how you’ve rendered that photo as a still life.


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