Pics from the studio...

Some photos are grainy, fuzzy but I thought it might be fun to post images taken in the studio.  The last image shows a seating area with a painting my father did - I keep there for inspiration. Please feel free to contact me regarding a my work, or his.  Have a wonderful day, and great week ahead.


Good heavens, someone's using my name for another blog!

Someone in another country, Indonesia I believe, is using my name and almost the same URL as mine for another Google blog.  They aren't me, and my name definitely would not be a common name in their country.  I am guessing to drive traffic to their blog, or for spamming, I don't know, it just seems so wrong.
I already began blogging from my website, but will keep this blog up to perhaps counter the other blog.  Anyone else have this problem?


Of all the paths a man could strike into, there is, at any given moment a best path... a thing, which, here and now, it were of all things wisest for him to do... to find this path, and walk in it, is the one thing needful for him. ~ Thomas Carlyle
In the studio... playing in the oils... my hope life is treating you and yours well.
Don't forget:  visit my website...


Please visit my website .... I will be blogging from there as well.


I began to have an idea of my life, not as the slow shaping of achievement to fit my preconceived purposes, but as the gradual discovery and growth of a purpose which I did not know. ~ Johanna Field


 tinasteelelindsey.com is now my official website, I hope you will visit it when you get a chance.  I am posting a couple images here, the abstract is sold.  Spring is upon us, looking forward to warmer days, hearts and spirits!

Acrylic Abstract - SOLD

Nude Study in Oil - Available


Remember the Moments

We do not remember the days, we remember the moments. ~ Cesare Pavese.
Commissioned oil portrait by Tina Steele Lindsey


A Move

 Monday morning I was headed to sign a lease a historical store to use as an open studio when I suddenly changed my mind and leased a warehouse space instead.  I adore the store space, more than you know, and had great ideas for it, but at the last minute I opted to sign on the warehouse space which would offer use for both myself and my husband in lieu of just me.  I still may want to lease something down the road, but for now I will concentrate on getting some work up and see what spring may hold.

The image at the left comes from one morning while painting; light came through the window and hit my brush ferrule and produced this wonderful effect which was a really nice moment!  I grabbed my cell phone and took this pic, and hope you've had a nice moment this week as well with more light in your life. 
Art quote:  “During that period of my studies — around 1846 — when progress was slow or almost nil, and when no one was willing to provide the explanations my soul craved for, I experienced (it was just after my arrival in Paris) many discouraging weeks. I was in this state of mind one day when, strolling through the Louvre, I saw the casts of the Parthenon pediment. How can I describe the emotion I felt? A veil fell from my eyes. Never had I experienced such a deep and intense joy. What was it I saw in those wonderful plasters? I understood that the subtlety of accents, in contrast with large planes, is what makes a drawing great. This truth, which I have yearned all my life to express and which still drives me on, is the secret of art. It applies to composition as well as to drawing proper. It is the principle that must guide both the young beginner and the fully developed artist.” - William Bouguerau


Almost Finished

I left this 20x16 oil portrait painting at the nearly there stage over a week ago.  There are some things I want to get back into on it, just a busy time right now beginning some other work.  One thing I know for certain, it is time to order some paint and brushes which is always exciting, like birthday presents.  I will leave you with a wonderful quote:  "When people think of portraiture, they think of traditional portrait sittings.  I'd like my portraits to look contemporary and still maintain their classic beauty."  ~  Chin-Cheng Hung


A Helpful Tip

One thing I always find helpful before a final sitting, and working the last passes on a painting, is to upload a photo and circle specific areas I wish to iron out.  Because I juggle 400 things a day and have 800 interruptions, and wear three pair of glasses, each seeing the painting a whole new way, this helps much in the same way as holding a painting up to a mirror - little time is wasted searching for problem areas during a final sitting.  I will post a pic of the completed painting later. This morning found us at least ten degrees cooler than we've been use to; my thoughts keep straying to the flooding in Colorado.  My hope the situation there stabilizes soon! Thank you for your emails and for checking in.  My best to you and yours.


Moved ~

It has been eons since I have posted, but we did get moved.  So glad that is over.  It took a little longer than I anticipated, but it is done.  Unfortunately in the middle of it I took a bad fall when I stepped backward without realizing a floor fan was behind me.  I will leave out all the pleasantries about all that because I am not the first one to take a bad fall.  I've gotten some work completed, and for anyone interested materials used here are Pan Pastel, sponge applicators, and messes corrected with eraser.  That's about it for now, hoping life is treating you and yours well.  Best~


Checking In

Taking a little time off as I've been preoccupied in a search for new studio space, my nose daily in listings and driving to and fro and yet have not located what I am looking for.  My requirements are very specific which limits my options but I am hopeful if I remain diligent the right space will present itself.  We are also getting ready to move by end of July as well, much going on.  I hope you are finding summertime agreeable, no problem in that for me.
(drawing, graphite -  TSL) 


Natalie didn't like the movie, either.

Natalie - graphite on paper - TSL
My sweet husband and I stay so very busy that when we get a day to chill that is precisely what we do.  We go nowhere.  Yesterday, after a relaxing day and fabulous dinner cooked by Chef D. (husband) we retired to the sofa to watch a movie he chose, a cowboy movie which turned out to consist of innocent families terrorized and eventually murdered; this went on the duration of the movie, horrible.  Because we have so little time together I wanted to stay in the same room but not watch the movie, so I grabbed my computer and a drawing pad and opted to draw Natalie Portman from a compilation of photos I found on the internet.  Though I tried not to watch the movie, I heard the movie, and the emotional roller coaster of its theme came through in my drawing.  This drawing is a perfect example why I prefer beautiful music and no distractions while painting, beauty begets beauty, angst begets angst.  Our emotions will come through in our work, as artists and as individuals as well.  Clearly, Natalie can attest to that.
I have been considering that what separates us in life and in the arts is our individual strengths and flaws which enable each person to bring something UNIQUE to the table. If we were all perfectly rendered we'd be robots. Keeping the life in your art is imperative, after all that is what separates the great works of art, not how perfectly rendered a piece is, but how well it exudes the soul of its creator.