A Painting by the late Victor Denfrey Steele - A Christmas Wish

Victor Denfrey Steele

May joy and peace be yours and surround you and those you love this Christmas. 
Oil painting by my late father,  Victor Denfrey Steele


Tina Steele Lindsey - Secret Garden

Secret Garden - Tina Steele Lindsey

When I visited the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Christmas House a red painting was hanging in one of the beautiful rooms which reminded me of an older painting of mine, Secret Garden (ABOVE)   Look closely there really is a secret garden in this painting!  Due to crowds and having to keep moving I am at a loss to recall which room it was in, or know who the fine artist is that created it, but it was lovely, wish I had a photo to show you. 
Just a note that the last day of the Christmas House is tomorrow, Sunday the 12th, so if you haven't made it yet, make plans to attend, a lot of wonderful art pieces are hanging everywhere, so enjoy! I would love to hear from anyone who has been and what your thoughts were, and if you met Capella, Niki, or any of the other fabulously gifted designers! SOLD



Tina Steele Lindsey's Lost In Translation - Close-up

This is actually a 3x3 section of a larger painting (36x60) I have completely finished painting, I will post the entire painting later. 

Let's talk abstraction.  I am a fairly traditionalist artist, so when it comes to abstraction a more traditional approach does have its disadvantages.  Unlike mixed media or collage I do not have much to work with other than paint and a brush.  Painting this way is very basic and raw, moving paint around on a surface essentially waiting to see what comes forward that you can work with. 
All artists work differently, and I find I am NOT able to work abstraction out ahead of time on paper and try to reproduce. I worked Nocturne out on a small board, initially, and thankfully the larger painting was better working larger, and that was the only time.  Simply put, what comes spontaneously for me cannot be duplicated, something will be lost in translation
Here's hoping life is treating you well.  Until later ~


Camila, Claire, Amy, HGTV


Thanks to Camila Pavone, designer Claire Watkins, and the photography of the amazing Amy Herr, this painting is now on the HGTV website Combine Design Styles Like A Pro Use Abstract Art to Offset Classic Furniture.   We all know to be true, fine art abstraction is not just for contemporary spaces!


Tina Steele Lindsey - Courage (abstraction on reclaimed stainless steel)

There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right.   To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Oil on acrylic, on reclaimed stainless steel.

Train - Drops of Jupiter was my musical accompaniment during this particular painting.



Tina Steele Lindsey - For Drew W. (abstraction on reclaimed stainless steel)

There are always two voices sounding in our ears,
the voice of fear and the voice of confidence.
One is the clamor of the senses,
the other is the whispering of the higher self.
~ Charles B. Newcomb

(Building from the bottom up, from clamor to a higher state of well being.
Here you go, Drew, a little more masculine as you like it.)


Thank You Style Curator

Thank you to wonderful Style Curator for including my art in your fun August 16th The Love List post! I am a new reader of this terrific blog on travel, art, design and fashion, you will love it, too! For further information on Style Curator and the other items listed, click the August 16th link! Thank you so much!


A Serendipitous Moment

My husband returned from a meeting this afternoon carrying a magazine. I knew something was up, he's not a magazine kind of guy. He began flipping the pages, stopped, and passed the magazine to me. To my surprise there was a photo at the top of the page. I laughed.  It was my photo, however this page is
is from a cover story, Expanding the Footprint, by Tyler Montgomery, on fitness mogul Michael Olander, in May 2010 edition of Club Solutions magazine. What is serendipitous is that I had just exchanged emails this morning with the designer I collaborated with a couple years ago on commissioned art pieces for this particular project, Maike Caudle.  What a nice surprise to see this.


Capella Kincheloe - A Capella Respite

From a Capella Kincheloe photo shoot which I touched upon last week in my post Atlanta is A-Buzz
This amazingly tranquil space is a wondrous respite from the demands of the outside world; calming, inviting in every sense of the word. I think we all need a space like this!
Capella, thank you, it was such an honor to have an abstract a part of your shoot.
To learn more about Capella, visit her website and design blog A Curated Lifestyle, as well as check out this post in the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles blog.
Capella, thank you for being a great addition to the design community in Atlanta!


Atlanta's Claire Watkins

I was standing in a gorgeous room bathed in early morning light so soft and pure it was magic, eased my nerves typical to that space in time between completing a painting and when it is viewed for the first time.  I hoped the designer would be pleased with the piece I created using a photograph of the room as inspiration.  Respected photographer Amy Herr was due any minute, new furnishings had been placed where pieces in the photo had once been - oh how the room had been transformed by the designer's vision, gorgeous!  My thoughts were interrupted by voices followed by that kind of contagious laugh that makes you grin even not knowing what the laughter is about. A tall and beautiful individual with a big smile entered the room handing me a dozen yellow roses, "Thank you for coming, these are for you!”   Thus began a little time spent with delightful Atlanta designer Claire Watkins complete with a warm introduction to amazing Amy Herr
My first knowledge of Claire was through notable Atlanta bloggers about a year ago. There has always been a buzz about Claire, everyone seems to know her, and to know her is to love her, to view her work is to know her even better and love her even more.  Claire is a grad of the art school at The University of Georgia with a BFA in interior design, her expertise in commercial and residential design, space planning, and staging.  I once visited a commercial space she had just completed, but this was my first foray into her residential work, love it!  Thanks, Claire!


Capella Kincheloe

This week I had the opportunity to work with two amazing designers in Atlanta, Claire Watkins and Capella Kincheloe.  Both were working on photo shoots with fast deadlines and were super to request my abstracts.  I have not seen the images so I am unable to post as yet, but as Atlanta is all a-buzz today about the news which included Capella's, I can expound on that!  Capella has been named among a list of impressive designers on the hugely anticipated Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle’s Christmas House!  Her credentials are impressive having worked four years in Los Angeles with acclaimed designer Michael S. Smith, the current White House decorator. Capella is a grad of USC and has also worked in production design in film and television; her last project, The Prestige, was nominated for an Academy Award in Production Design.  Capella has worked on design projects all over the world, and will be one to definitely watch.  Further information may be found via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle’s blog, as well as the Official Atlanta Christmas House website.  On a personal note, Capella is one of those individuals who has the rare gift to articulate in few words what might take others several sentences to convey, myself included.  She is an extremely warm individual, do visit her website and blog and learn more about this gracious and talented individual.  Congrats to Capella and to all the talented participants in this event, and thank you for letting me be a small part of your big world this week.


Tina Steele Lindsey - Groundless

To relinquish a present good through apprehension of a future evil is in most instances unwise ~ from a fear which may afterwards turn out groundless, you lost the good that lay within your grasp. 

-Francesco Guicciardini

Groundless - 32x48 a/c 


Life exists for the love of music or beautiful things -

Life exists for the love of music or beautiful things.
~G.K. Chesterton~
Art Walk on Marietta Square continues first Friday of September and October, be sure to stop in and view some wonderful contemporary art!
This was my last show evening at dk Gallery, thanks, it was a wonderful time!


Tina Steele Lindsey - Anissa


I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is - try to please everybody. ~ Herbert Bayard Swope

30x48 on canvas

Dove Hits 2002 was the musical accompaniment.


Tina Steele Lindsey - Gibran

Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.~ Kahlil Gibran


Tina Steele Lindsey - Sorbet

Total spontaneity is abstraction. Figurative work is a different matter entirely!
Pachelbel Canon in D Major was my accompaniment.
 Sorbet 24x36
Spontaneity is the quality of being able to do something just because you feel like it at the moment, of trusting your instincts, of taking yourself by surprise and snatching from the clutches of your well organized routine a bit of unscheduled pleasure. ~ Richard Iannelli 


Thank You Toma Clark Haines

Thank you Toma Clark Haines for the fun interview (HERE) posted today on your blog, The Antiques Diva. Toma and I have recently collaborated to make my art pieces available to her clients in Europe. She was lovely to post an interview (with moi) on her site, my hope you will check it out.
Many of you are already familiar with the amazing Toma via her European tours to Paris, Amersterdam, The Hague, Brussels, Antwerp, Berlin, but for those who are not you must read what the press has to say! You will certainly wish to visit her web site, and her two blogs, The Antiques Diva, and Treasures by the Antique Diva. As a young child in Oklahoma Toma dreamed of living in Europe, and her dreams have come true, triple-fold. Again, thank you Toma for the interview, it was my pleasure!


Awakening in Blue

If you let your fear of consequence prevent you from following your deepest instinct, your life will be safe, expedient and thin. ~ Katharine Butler Hathaway
I don't know about you, but I don't want a thin life. This painting is a little less abstract than Sonnet, but has the same feel when viewed in person. Your thoughts on a title?
Gnossienne No. 4 by Bojan Gorisek was the music playing during this one. Acrylic on canvas - 30X40
Addendum 9:20PM
This title now Awakening in Blue - thanks to Helen Young of Whitehaven and Becky at Abbey Style


Tina Steele Lindsey - Sonnet

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance ~ Bruce Barton
Viewing this painting at a distance I am reminded of the flower arrangement my dear husband presented me at the hospital. I was deeply touched by his concern when he walked in the room, and by his thoughtfulness in selecting the most beautiful blue irises I'd ever seen. The uplifting spirit they both brought was a godsend, a memory forever emblazoned in my heart and soul. 48X32 acrylic on canvas - 48X32 acrylic on canvas 


"Remember, its usually in the middle of the muck and mess that the conditions for rebirth are created." ~ Dan Miller
(orange painting in the background)
Regarding the painting in the background, I worked loose using a Sharpie to outline the figure and  then proceeded to paint the figure with a palette knife.  This sweet photo is of two of my favorite
people in the world who came out to view my work. 


Embracing Simple Composition - MinC

"When written in Chinese, the word 'crisis' is composted of two characters - one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity." ~ John F. Kennedy
48x36 acrylic on canvas.
Bach: Air for the "G" String was the predominate music played during painting.