Saturday, September 15

Monday Morning

I am working in the Chambers gallery tomorrow ( Sunday) so there won't be a painting to put up for you to view.
Returning to my easel Monday morning excited and ready to paint. There are several ideas I have, a couple things new to experiment. Have a lovely Sunday. Until Monday then!!!

XO Susan

Patio Still Life

9x12 oil on board
Beautiful day to be out side painting, everything just right!

Friday, September 14

Peach Pie

5x5 oil on board Peach Pie SOLD!

Pastry for a double crust 9" pie. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 5 cups of peaches sliced. 1/3 to 1/2 cup all purpose flour. 1/4 to 1tsp cinnamon.2 Tbutter. 2Tsugar.
Mix peaches with dry ingredients,turn into unbaked pie shell and dot with butter. Cover with top crust, cut slits, seal edges and brush with milk and sprinkle with sugar.
Bake 35 to 45 minutes until brown and juice begins to bubble thru the slits. Sooooo good!!!

Wednesday, September 12

Crow Painting on Copper

5x7 crow oil painting on copper SOLD!!

Yesterday I put peanuts out for the Blue Jays as I do every day. We have wonderful birds and deer and all manner of wildlife here in this lovely corner of the earth where I am so fortunate to live. There were many crows wandering , some would say skulking about the area. The little Jays swooped down to weigh and take a peanut and all of a sudden a huge swish and down flew the crows!! It was an exciting moment, my back door being open I edged my way back in the house. Of course the Jays vanished and the crows just took over the pile of peanuts! Big flapping sounds of wings and caw sounds and amazingly I was so close. Some were timid to my presence but most cared less!! They had their sights on those peanuts!
They were huge and they were beautiful, with their shiny black feathers, just beautiful!
My sister Julie and Iwere talking about my incredible experience and she said "paint a crow on copper!! " So here it is, Crow on Copper!

Tuesday, September 11

Art Workshops

I will be giving a painting seminar for four days September 27thru the 30th. In Vancouver, Washington at Arts Desire. I will be giving instruction on painting small paintings. I hope to see many of you there!
In San Mateo , California I will be giving a seminar on the small paintings in November the 2nd and 3rd.
I am so enthusiastic about these small works and it is fun to see that you are too!
If you would like info on the classes as they come up or any other information or questions you might have please email me at

Thankyou, XO

Pomegranate still life on copper

8x10 oil painting on copper SOLD

I have a couple pieces of copper left and I am really having fun painting on it. Obiously I am also loving painting pomegranates !!

Monday, September 10

Lily Pond

5x7 oil painting on copper

Morning Thoughts

Thinking about painting this morning and what I would like to paint, it occured to me that I have done quite a few paintings of food! I was going to paint another food painting this morning! I think not. I did enjoy painting the burger and cherry pie tho!

I have a couple of pieces of copper and one is a 5x7. I painted on copper years ago. Just for something different. A different "support". I am going to paint on that this morning and I have an idea of what I would like to paint. It will be fun!

To paint on copper you need to first rough it up a bit with steel wool, give it some tooth.Clean it then with alchohol. Paint the piece with a thin coating of oil paint. I used fast drying white.Once it is dry proceed as usual as you would with board or canvas.

It gives a luminous look to the work I think. Don't use alot of paint for this, keep it sort of thin.

Ok, I am off to my studio! XO Susan