Saturday, December 29

Piqueassiette Bird Bowl

4"x10" Piqueassiette.
I'm back! Had a great trip and visit with family! Always fun! I hope you had a great holiday and have a very Happy New Year!
I plan on painting next week. In the mean time I thought it would be fun to put one of my bird bowl pieces up. Joanne Kiehn sent me a huge box of shards! I am so excited to get started with the beautiful pieces of plates and bowls she has been saving. Thankyou Joanne!

My bowls and boxes and teapots can be found at the Chambers Gallery in Cambria.

Thursday, December 20


This is my sister Julie's Christmas card this year. She makes beautiful pottery and her card series is Blue Berry Moon. I can't think of a nicer way to say , have a wonderful holiday!! See you in the new year!! XO Susan
Please visit Julie's Blog. Http://

Sunday, December 16

Morning Paintings

Rather than trying to get some paintings done ( as I want to do) I am just going to say that I will get there when I can. I have run out of week, month, etal and just running to catch up! I am sure you know the feeling! I worked at the gallery Saturday and Sunday and so am so behind on my other work. I have presents to make and orders to fill which is exciting but hahahaha...where do I find the days? Yikes!
My grandaughter Elizabeth blessed us with my first great grandchild. Natalie Susan Moore and I can't wait to get to San Diego to see and hold her!I am making her a great gramma book, something else I am working on! To say I am last minute is a mild understatement!

This is going to be truely a wonderful Christmas.

I will post when I have something new, soon I hope!!

XO Susan

Tuesday, December 11


6x6 o/b I'm back! Started really early this morning. Still have alot of work to get out but I sure did miss my morning painting! Hope you enjoy! Yum, ice cream cake!! SOLD

Monday, December 10

Lid for Box

I have included the lid to the box too. The top lift piece was from a teapot that I used to use in set ups, painted it quite often. When it broke in a move it became a wonderful lid piece. Of course the shards from the broken teapot were used too!!

Blue and White Box

11x7x6" Piqueassiette Box

Saturday, December 8


Today has been one of those days. We all have them....anyway, could not retrieve my pictures to place on the computer. Something is a miss in cyber space! Also have a firing in the kiln for new pieces I am making and the electricity went off...well in the studio anyway, overload. Had the heater on ( it is blisteringly cold out side and the wind!! ) and the kiln at the same time and lights, doesn't take much to blow the whole thing.
I am longing to get back to painting, I walk past my easel to my work table in the back looking wistfully at my paints and brushes!
I will probably not be painting until after Christmas with all that there is to do and I will be leaving for San Diego in a week any way! Wow this month is flying isn't it?? I know you are watching the holidays fast approaching too!
I will try again later with new pic's.
XO, Susan

Friday, December 7

Bird Nest bowl

4"x10" SOLD!I make all the pieces for these. The birds and rose and even the bowl that the small tiles are on. This is grouted with "nutmeg" grout. I have several more pieces to make. A couple of boxes and another teapot and then I can get back to painting!!

Wednesday, December 5

Piqueassiette Teapot

9"x9"tea pot This is what I will be doing for the next several days. I make these for the Chambers Gallery. Just made alot of hand built strawberrys and birds and other decorative pieces and will be firing those soon. I have a bunch of new shards thank heavens from my friends and family. Making some boxes too. If you are interested in these pieces you can email me at I will be painting again soon and will post the piqueassiette pieces here as I go. XO Susan SOLD!!

Tuesday, December 4


8x10 o/b Palette knife painting. This was fun, I wanted to convey the sun coming in and warming the room. Lots of play of warm and cool.

Sunday, December 2

New Work Monday

I will be adding a new painting on Monday. I have had a couple of commitments the past couple of days so no posting or painting! See you tomorrow!

XO Susan

Thursday, November 29

Cappuccino in a Green Cup

6x6 o/b 125. Oh yummmmm, I love a steamy hot cap!! A fun after noon is going to Borders books, getting a stack of magazines and a cup of cappuccino! They serve it in those big white cups!Simple pleasures!! Where is your favorite place to get a cap??SOLD!

Wednesday, November 28


6x6 o/b Still fascinated by the Koi! These are just the most beautiful fish. So graceful. I am drawn to the red and orange and yellow but they come in so many colors. Santa Barbara has beautiful Lily ponds and Koi ponds. Think I will take a little day trip!!SOLD!

Monday, November 26


6x6 o/b I painted the board red acrylic first. I really like the glow it gives under the painting. I have painted alot of the boards and will be using the red undertone for the next paintings. SOLD


6x6 o/b I have always loved lily ponds and with Koi they are beautiful and mysterious. I will be painting a series of them. Hope you like them!!

Tuesday, November 20

Rooster water color

6x71/2 watercolor on paper

Yes, I am having fun with the roosters! They have such personality and I love to sketch and paint them. Almost over this, going back to my oils soon!

Monday, November 19

Thanks Giving

Wishing all of you a wonderful Thanks Giving, with family and friends,turkey and "pie"! ! A time for giving thanks for all of our blessings and those of you traveling , be safe!
XO Susan

Water Color Rooster

6x8 water color on paper

Friday, November 16

Happy Cup

5x7 watercolor

Just a happy little painting for this morning. Water colors are relaxing and fun!

Thursday, November 15


41/2x51/2 acrylic on paper SOLD!

Fun little painting to do this morning. I love to play with acrylics and it is a fun change from oils. This is worked with my fingers!

Tuesday, November 13


24x30 oil on canvas. This is not of course a small. it is a painting I have been working on for the gallery here. Worked on it this morning and thought I would put it up for today's painting! Leffingwell is a gorgeous spot here. I hope I have captured a bit of it's beauty.

Monday, November 12


6x6 I got this cup and saucer years ago, always thought I would paint it sometime. It is made with terra cotta clay and is very old. I love the color.
I have been painting tight lately, I have no clue why, it happens sometimes. I go right back to my beginnings. This morning I decided to get my big brush out and paint and it was very fun!
So, big brushes again ! Yay!

Sunday, November 11


8"x6" Piqueassiette Box ( Piqueassiette , French word for stolen plates)

This is what I do when I have my afternoons free (?). I make boxes and other fun things out of broken plates and other shard pieces I collect. I also make alot of the pieces! I work in clay too. I first make the box out of clay, fire it in my kiln and then embellish it. I have these works in the Chambers Gallery here in Cambria.
This one recently sold and I am making a shameless plea for green!! Tiles. plates, anything green that is broken or chipped and you want to give it a good home!

From time to time I will put a piece on here that I have made to share with you. Since I am not painting today, I will be in the gallery and I thought it would be fun and something different to add it this morning.

Thursday, November 8


6x6 o/b 125. My jar of honey will soon be gone and I have to make a trip to the bee keeper to get some more! I will make myself a cup of tea and enjoy one of the few last spoonfuls.

Wednesday, November 7


16x20 o/c Finished painting! I may do a bit of tweeking but it is done. I just love these Koi. They are so colorful, gentle and beautiful.


I have selected a few of my Morning Paintings for reproduction. So many of you have asked about several paintings that have been purchased. They are available in archival paper and canvas. Frames and mats are available too!
I hope you will go to click on my name or,

Have a look see and tell me what you think!
As always, I thank you, XO Susan

Tuesday, November 6

Strawberry Jam

6x6 o/b 125. Yep, another jar of Sue's jam. Almost gone! More jam in March, Yay!

Monday, November 5

Tomato Still life

9x12 o/b SOLD!

The Wait

This painting was done many years ago. The students in the San Mateo class wanted to see a picture of it so here it is! It is a 30x40. It was painted at a time when I was progressing on my journey of going from very realistic to an impressionistic style. It is in a private collection.

The class in San Mateo was really fun! So many nice people and lots of laughs. So great to see old friends and make new. Wonderful painters! Andrea and Kathleen did a fabulous job of putting on the event! Thankyou! Camilla is the proud owner of "Cranberry Raisen Pie"! Thankyou to all of you who participated and see you in January!!

XO Susan

Wednesday, October 31

Workshop coming up!

I will be leaving tomorrow for the workshop Friday and Saturday in San Mateo. I am looking forward to that. It will be fun to see everyone!

Today I have alot of running around, getting my supplies ready and packing.So, not painting today. Meeting today with Gayle, mom and sister at the "Tea Cozy" here.I think that is what inspired me to paint the cup of tea and jar of honey! Wonderful little tea shop here in Cambria.

Large Koi painting almost finished so will put that on next week.I will be back painting Monday morning. See you then!

XO Susan

Tuesday, October 30

Tea and Cookies

6x6" o/b A cup of hot tea is so wonderful on a cool fall day. A teaspoon of the bee keeper's honey and a couple of cookies and you have heaven!


6x6 o/b This is a jar of honey from a local bee keeper here. Such warm color. SOLD
Thankyou for all of the wonderful reaction to my "Jar of Honey" painting! I am having Geclee's reproduced of it and a few of the others that I am thinking might be fun. They will be matted and of course for sale. Price will be $36.00 including shipping. If you would be interested in a geclee of this painting please write to me at I will be listing the others for sale in geclee soon! XO Susan

Friday, October 26

Lay in for Koi Painting

20x24 o/c lay in for large Koi painting.
I thought it might be fun to share my turpentine technique with you on a lay in. I have made my drawing with a #4 bristle brush and ultra marine blue with turp and then washed in color on lily pond leaves, Koi and water also with turp. Left click on the photo and you will see a close up of the brush strokes and scrub in.
I will add a lily too somewhere just have to pick out a place. I want the painting to be about the Koi but having the color and pond subjects set them off. Anyway, I will go in tomorrow and start shaping it up more. May finish it tomorrow, see how it goes.
I will do a warm up "morning" painting tomorrow too. Not Koi and not pie....something new!!
XO Susan

workshop San Mateo

Just wanted to mention a workshop I am giving on small paintings in San Mateo November 2nd and 3rd. I am looking forward to seeing so many friends there and new friends too!

I also want to say hi to my friends and family in SanDiego. All areas and people affected by the fires. It is harrowing ,what you have all been thru. My thoughts and prayers are with you!

XO Susan


6x6 o/b 125. Grab your cup of coffee and let's have a piece of cherry pie!!

Wednesday, October 24


6x6 o/b 125. Yes, I am having fun painting Koi! I am facinated by the color and movement. I will probably paint a few more as I work on my larger piece. When the large painting is finished I will put it on the web and also take it to the Chambers gallery here.

Monday, October 22


6x6 o/b 125. SOLD!This small painting is one of many I will be doing as sketches for a larger painting with Koi. I was very inspired by Bev's gorgeous Koi pond in Washington when I was teaching at Arts Desire. The Koi are enormous! Beautiful.

Friday, October 12


6x6 o/b 125.

Going on Holiday

Tomorrow morning I will be leaving for a trip south to San Diego. A baby shower for Natalie Susan my first great grandchild. I am ecstatic!
Yes, I know, I am way too young to be a great grandmother but my beautiful Elizabeth has chosen to change all that!
I will be returning home in a week. My daughter Heather is an artist also ( please see her website ) and we will have fun comparing notes and filling each other with inspiration. Always great fun!
So Monday the 22nd of this month I will be back at my easel eagerly ready to paint!

Until then XO Susan

Thursday, October 11

Key Lime Pie

6x6 o/b 125. Yes, another pie! I love painting deserts! I also love Key Lime pie. The color of this pie is so pretty too .

Wednesday, October 10

Rose in Green Vase

6x6 o/b 125. I love red and green together. They are compliments on the color wheel. This is the last rose bud on my bushes! Had to paint it!

Monday, October 8

Carton of Eggs

8x10 0/b I really love painting brown eggs. Not by themselves but in the cardboard carton. The cartons are still the same as I remember as a child. My mother used to get her eggs this way, even my gramma. Brown eggs are wonderful to paint as well as to eat and bake with! The yolks are beautiful too, a rich yellow.

Saturday, October 6

Yellow Pepper

5x7 o/c SOLD! I love the color of peppers. The yellow pepper is bright yellow when you first look at it but then you see lovely subtle changes to deeper yellows and oranges. Beautiful.

Friday, October 5

Cranberry Raisin Pie

6x6 o/b 125. SOLD This pie is so festive for the holidays. Cranberries have just a bit of tartness and the sweetness of the raisins make it wonderful! Ice cream on this pie would be sooooo good!!

Wednesday, October 3


So wonderful to be home again. A long trip for sure. Beautiful up there in Washington and Oregon, it rained and was lovely. Great to see old friends and new. Sue gave me a new jar of her home made strawberry jam and I can't wait to open it!
Bev has darling little canvases 2x2 and 2x3, that's inches!! I am excited to paint on those! Don't know what yet, I am ruminating over that! I do know that I want to call them "Bits & Pieces". Sweet?
Barbara is now the proud owner of "Peach Pie", Thankyou Barbara!
Anyway, I do want to get some painting in this morning but my morning is rapidly dissapearing!So much to do after a week away.
I promice to get a new work on by tomorrow.
Thankyou for all of your wonderful comments about my blog!
See you tomorrow, XO Susan

Monday, September 24

By The Sea

5x7 o/b This is a little palette knife painting. Very fun ! I am off to Washington tomorrow morning. Have a wonderful week! See you Wednesday morning, Oct, 3rd!!

XO Susan

Sunday, September 23

Sunday Morning

Good morning! I won't be painting today. I will be in the Chambers gallery.

Tomorrow I am hoping to get some painting in. I am leaving Tuesday for Vancouver Washington to teach a work shop at Art's Desire I will be away from my easel for a week!! I am looking forward to seeing old friends but it is always good to come back home.

So, one more posting tomorrow and then back in a week with lots of new ideas!

See you then.

XO Susan

Saturday, September 22

Fall Pumpkin Patch

6x6 o/b The air is crisp, the colors of foliage changing, and the pumpkins are soon to be picked!

Friday, September 21

Blackberry Cream Pie

6x6 o/b Blackberry Cream Pie

Ingredients: pastry for 9" one crust pie. 4cups blackberries fresh if you can. 2 eggs lightly beaten. 1/3 cup sugar. 4 T all purpose flour. 1/4 tsp salt. 1 tsp vanilla. 1 cup heavy cream.

Directions: preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare piecrust pastry and line pie plate.Place blackberries in unbaked pastry shell. In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients and pour over the blackberries. Bake for approxmimately 30 to 40 minutes or until the crust is nicely browned and filling is set. Cool and serve with whip cream! mmmmmmmmm!!

Thursday, September 20

Lemon Meringue Pie

6x6 o/b Ingredients : 1 cup white sugar, 2T all purpose flour, 3 T cornstarch, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 1/2cups water.
2 lemons, juiced and zested, 2T butter, 4 egg yolks, beaten.
1 9" pie crust, baked, 4 egg whites 6 T sugar. 350 oven preheated.
Lemon Filling: in a med sauce pan, whisk together 1 cup sugar, flour, cornstarch and salt. Stir in water, lemon juice and lemon zest.Cook over med high heat stirring frequently until mixture comes to a boil.Stir in butter. Place egg yolks in a small bowl and gradually whisk in 1/2cup hot sugar mixture. Whisk egg yolk mixture back into remaining sugar mixture. Bring to a boil and continue to cook while stirring constantly until thick. Remove from heat. Pour filling into baked pastry shell.
Meringue: In a large glass or metal bowl, whip egg whites until foamy. Add sugar gradually, continue to whip until until stiff peaks for. Spread over oie and and gook for 10n minutes till golden. Delicious!!