Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Nursery Painting--Teddy Bear

I've been working on some 6x6 paintings for my friends with new additions to their families. The fabric below and a teddy bear were my inspirations for this painting. The nursery is decorated in greens and browns and the fabrics are fabulous!!! Fabrics always inspire me, I love to look at the colors and how they coordinate together. I never ever get tired of going into a fabric store--I can't help it. Now fabrics are inspiring me in my art.
  • One thing that has been a constant in my family from generation to generation is sewing. I have a quilt square framed and hanging in my home from a quilt that was made by my Great-Grandmother!
  • Some of my earliest memories are of my Grandmother Mazie piecing quilts and making sure that she added just a little red to every quilt since that was her favorite color.
  • My mother quilted also and made doll clothes for me when I was a girl.
  • All of my Aunts quilt and sew and many of my Cousins.
  • I also sew and I have pieced a few quilts and for years I sewed custom window treatments and accessories. I eventually chose oil painting over sewing since there are only so many hours in a day.
Well I have two sons so I guess the family tradition ended with me -- unless I have Grand-daughters some day. . .

Guess what!!! I need a title for the painting below--any suggestions?

My inspiration (above).


Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2009


Paz said...

Hmmm... I'm really bad with names/titles but I love the painting. *grin* I think you'll still get someone to carry on that quilting legacy.

Paz (who unfortunately knows nothing about quilting but likes what she see)

Suzanne said...

I loved hearing about your quilting history, you really are clever. I understand not enough hours in the day for you to do both.
Your little bear is so cute and for some reason this names sits in my foggy old brain.
Samson says.
Thanks for sharing him and I am sure he will love his new home.

Gina said...

Oh what a sweet bear he is..and I love the fabric too..I'l just have to say the first name that comes to mind..Preston Bear! :D

Paula Villanova said...

This little guy is so sweet! I wish I could help you out with a name...I can be most unimaginative with names...I tend to add a y to my house, he would probably be "Beary!" (How lazy is THAT!) Your friends must be delighted with your gifts. I also like going to look at fabrics and I like this polka dotted fabric you used. I had my sewing machine fixed recently and have plans for it but just haven't used it yet...

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Hi Paz,

Well you never know what might happen for the "next" generation (LOL). Glad you like my little bear.

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Hi Suzanne,
"Samson" should be moving into his new home in about a week or so. Thanks so much!

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...


Ohhh I like Preston too---decisions decisions decisions.


Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Hi Paula,

I used to sew dresses for my Barbie Dolls (some type of tube) and "decorate" her house--there's an indicator (LOL). That's a great idea and will definately keep it in mind for naming paintings "Beary" more decisions.

GMG said...

Hi Rhonda!
Too much work, no time to visit blog friends? Blogtrotter has Akbar’s capital city for you. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

PS: «Hi There!» I'm no good at naming...

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Hi Trotter,
You're right, I have some catching up to do. See you in Akbar.

Michelle Burnett said...

Very cute painting..sweet and simple. I love quilts and wish I knew how to sew. I am horrible at coming up with names so I am not much help!

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Hi Michelle,
Thanks very much, I think I'm going to highlight his stomach just a little to make it fuller then I'll be done. I like the suggestions to put a y on it.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This painting is so adorable Rhinda!

I always loved the name "Ted E. Bear" for teddies :-)

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Cute name Pat--you always come through!

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