Monday, September 15, 2014

The Weight of Ideas

The Weight of Ideas
oil on panel

I am fascinated by ideas and where they come from.
What triggers our ideas. . .
How one idea can lead to another idea.
One fades right into another.
Is one idea better or more important than the previous. . .
Do some ideas weigh heavily on our shoulders. . .
not that they are bad, but the impact that idea may have.
Are some ideas light and bright. . .
even fun . . . almost wanting to float away.

These are some of the thoughts that lead to my painting
The Weight of Ideas.

I came up with my visual idea then had to figure out
how to set it up. . .
 Working on the set up. 
Hot glue, string, blocks, and poles 
are my best friends in the studio.

And why the tractor. . .
I am an Indiana girl. 
I grew up with farms and tractors all around me.
Early morning in Indiana.
A freshly cut alfalfa field.
I was in Indiana visiting family while
working on this painting. Being there, where I grew up,
made me realize, this tractor is really a part of me.

Here are some in progress shots from the painting. . .

Here is a fun picture of my studio cat, 
who always steals my stool.
Behind her is 
The Weight of Ideas
at an early stage.
Makes her look like a 
unicorn cat.

Some detail shots from the 
finished painting. . .

Opens Friday, October 3rd, 2014
Reception 5pm to 8pm
Principle Gallery Charleston
125 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401


  1. Teresa, this is amazing! Thank you for all the progress shots. I so enjoy seeing your set up and always learn something from seeing the stages of you work.

  2. Teresa, I am so glad we finally met in person. You are everything I anticipated and more....a wonderful, true-to-the-bone person. Your background story on your painting is very interesting and engaging. And you make blogging seem so easy, it almost makes me tempted to try. Almost. :-)