A Sensible Thing

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Heather says: It’s a sensible thing to want the world in your teacup. To hold the whole, happy world in your hands. Life is full of pressure and expectation, but in single simple moments, the present can feel perfectly glorious. A Sensible Thing is a celebration of finding happiness in the simple things in life.

This painting began with a solid layer of paint over the entire wooden panel. Then I spread a wide curtain of lace over the panel and spray painted various colors, creating the lace flower pattern. From there, I painted in the teacup and hands, intermittently sanding down when it felt necessary and adding more paint layers to the image. Next, I mixed up a neutral lime green to splash over the top. Using a trowel, I applied more layers of paint, then sanded and added additional coffee-colored splashes. For the final touch I painted in the peonies on the left of the hand and the bottom right corner.
Gesso, acrylic, oil, spray paint, polyuerethane
Heather Teran
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Emily, UncommonGoods

March 12, 2014 01:01:29 PM

We love that A Sensible Thing exudes escapism in a whimsical world. Where in your home would you place this dreamy print?

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March 12, 2014 04:13:58 PM

I usually like more masculine pieces, but this is excelente!

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March 12, 2014 04:57:51 PM

I love all of Heather's work. You should check out all her beautiful paintings at www.heatherteran.com

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March 12, 2014 09:21:59 PM

Beautiful hands. Elegant color scheme. Very interesting composition and internal movement.

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March 12, 2014 10:12:45 PM

I think your piece is also very strong and I appreciate your execution. I also really like the pastel pallet, though it might be hard to place this image in a room that a strong lime green presence would match.

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March 12, 2014 10:52:42 PM

I purchased a painting from this artist, "Snow Canyon". I absolutely love it and look at it several times through out the day. I am looking forward to expanding my collection with more pieces from Heather.

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March 12, 2014 11:13:41 PM

I have also bought some of Heather's artwork. She is so unique. I love the art -- this tea cup one is cool


March 13, 2014 07:41:40 PM

what a striking piece of exquisite beauty!!

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March 13, 2014 11:37:31 PM

This is beautiful!

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March 13, 2014 11:39:40 PM

I just appreciate that the cup is broken with a stream of consciousness flowing out into the abyss. It's perfect

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March 14, 2014 01:38:05 AM

I love the colors, textures, and juxtaposition of detailed areas and splashy spontaneous areas.

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March 14, 2014 02:09:36 AM

First of all, I love this website. And I LOVE Heather's art! Both in one place is a dream come true!

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March 14, 2014 08:23:39 AM

The combination of different layers and types of painting makes this so interesting to look at and keep discovering.

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March 14, 2014 09:29:35 PM

Loved the philosophical message!

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March 16, 2014 02:07:02 AM

It looks like a crime scene.

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March 16, 2014 12:31:58 PM

I don't care for the tea coming out of a hole in the cup. Its appears sad and broken.

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March 17, 2014 05:49:04 PM

I agree that "It is a sensible thing to want the world in your teacup", but it seems depressing that the teacup is broken and the "world" is leaking out. That added to the disembodied hands and then overlaid with happy pastel colors seems to strike a false note.

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March 18, 2014 02:12:21 PM

A conversation piece and interesting.

thanks for commenting