Saturday, May 16, 2020
6x6 oil on canvas panel
so this is for my friend Rosemary..Liesel is one of her grands..one of SEVEN!!..and i plan to paint all of them..i'm hoping Even Jeter Fauerbach will be pleased with this first one!!
Monday, April 27, 2020
30x40 oil on stretched canvas
so this is Max..especially for my dear friends, Mike and Judy...Max crossed over the rainbow bridge a while ago..he's romping around up there with Eli and Alf and Nellie and Rufus and Rake and who knows how many others...and i'll bet they're having a high old time!..and this i do know:.. all their aches and pains are gone!..and we'll see them again one day.. when all OUR aches and pains are gone...RIP Max!!
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
7x5 oil on panel
so this is Gus.. another little guy who's crossed over the rainbow bridge..for my friend nancy!.. i have several commissions to finish but every now and again i like to do one of these little pieces...i'm about one third of the way through my studio but i just couldn't wait any longer.. if i wait til i get the whole thing organized.. i may never be able to paint again!!😉
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Saturday, April 4, 2020
7x5 oil on panel
so this is Shadow.. my new friend susan's kitty..also passed over the rainbow bridge..i have been working on a very large piece..and every now and then i need to take a break and do one of these little guys..i am so lucky to have my painting to keep me going in this craziest of times!!
Friday, April 3, 2020
6x6 oil on linen panel
so this is for my friends jodi and meg..another pooch who's crossed over the rainbow bridge.. and a black one, to boot!.. don't know how exactly i will deliver this.. we've met for lunch before but that's out!! in case you didn't notice, this girl is in the pool!!.. what dog doesn't love the water??? stay safe, everyone!
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
18x24 oil on canvas
so this is a project i've been working on..secretly..as a special birthday present for my friend Matt.. commissioned by his wife Tobi..the lighting in my studio wasn't great so this is all i have to post..his birthday was yesterday so i can finally post this today.. i also have several black animals i'm working on..one cat, three or four dogs.. i'll get to those later...hope you're all staying safe!!
Sunday, March 15, 2020
6x6 oil on canvas panel
so this is Piper.. another little guy who's crossed over the rainbow bridge. this is for my new friend nancy..and i hope it shows his wonderful smile!!.. she tells me he didn't relish wearing his tam but was always patient while he had it on to celebrate "scotland day" in florida!.. so now it's on to this secret project...i'll post it in a few weeks!
Friday, March 13, 2020
original oil on panel
so i'm finally back to my studio!.. i've been gone for the last two weeks....wrapping up the paintings for Roving Indiana..cataloging, framing..then the crawl itself...i met some lovely people, visited some charming yarn shops, a weaving shop, sold lots of note cards and bookmarks and even a few originals...AND bought a great felted hat!!.. along the way i met a new friend who'd lost a beloved member of her family.."Bacon"..and, as is my wont, i needed to paint him for her. it was nice for Sandi but really nice for me to be able to re-enter with this!.. i have some serious large painting commissions coming up and this was a great way to get my painting muscles toned up a bit!! i have one more small piece to post and then it's work, work, work!!..but i don't think i can post much here because there is much secrecy involved!!... i love me some intrigue!!!! so stay tuned!!
Friday, March 6, 2020
so yesterday i was at village yarn in zionsville and chatted with some lovely people.. knitters all..they have super comfy chairs for the regulars to hang in..then i was with nomad yarns in plainfield at a fabulous coffee house..timber city coffee roasters.. then today i traveled to black sheep in noblesville where i left two sheep paintings on consignment.. then on to tabby tree weavers in fishers.. and this photo is of my new friend sandi and her "just have to have this" painting " white faced alpaca"!.. as i've always said.. i LOVE when a painting of mine finds a good home!!... and sandi is a delightful person.. and tabby tree is all about weaving.. they have real LOOMS there and she tried to help me understand the process..i think this is the only loom/weaver shop in the mid-indiana area.. people come from all over to access her expertise!!!.. all in all it was a good day and i'm finishing up tomorrow at mass ave knitters in indy.. i'll be ready to rest for a bit and then get back to my regular commissions.... and you know who you are.... 😊
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Sunday, March 1, 2020
11x14 oil on canvas
so this is Wayne!..(named after the photographer who was nice enough to give me permission to paint this gorgeous hunk!!).. AND the crawl has officially begun. i spent most of friday afternoon in nashville at the Clay Purl. it's a very tiny shop but lots of personality! it was a dreadful day for the crawlers..cold and snowy and windy!.. yesterday i was at Shabby Sheep and Ewe here in Columbus.. a much prettier day and i really had fun!..my daughter jen brought me lunch and stayed for the duration! she posted such a nice piece on facebook about the shop... i'm sorry i forgot to post anything about where i'd be..and so i decided to head back there this tuesday afternoon. for any local peeps who would like to stop by i would love to see you! you don't have to be a knitter!..i thought i'd list my schedule for the rest of the week..tomorrow i'll be at Starstruck Cat Studio (3130 meridian parke dr. suite M in greenwood).. tuesday back at Shabby here (1113 16th st, across from the face place)...then i'm taking the day off wednesday.. thursday i'll be at Village Yarn (209 S. Mail st. Zionsville) from about 1-3 and then with the Nomad Yarn Truck at Timber City Coffee Roasters (2481 e. main st in Plainfield) from 4-6 ..luckily, i'll be spending the night with my daughter-in-law and then friday i'm at Black sheep (1355 S. 8th st in noblesville) probably in the morning-ish and then Tabby Tree (9832 North by Northwest blvd in Fishers)... then i'll head home and then saturday back to Mass ave Knits (862 Virginia ave, in indy)..that's all i have so far.. and i'll no doubt be ready to crash when this is all over!!
but one more fun thing!..yesterday, my new friend, margaret wandered all over the shop..doing her yarn thing..then decided that Wayne was speaking to her..she decided to "splurge" and she bought her very first ever original work of art!! i couldn't have been more pleased for her!! and for me!.. i always love it when a painting i've toiled over finds a good home!! that's all i got for today!! lyb (love ya bye!!)
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
12x9 oil on canvas
here's another sheep painting for the crawl..this is 12x9 and i've placed it in a beautiful gold frame so the full size is around 20x16!.. many thanks to Shelly Liebler (Shellyliebler.smugmug.com) for permission to use her photograph. this is a leister sheep who was born in 2019 so he's considered a yearling. the crawl starts this friday and i will be at the ClayPurl in nashville in the afternoon.. after i've had lunch with some of my besties, of course!!😊.. then on saturday i'll check in with our local shop, Shabby Sheep and Ewe, the place this whole thing started! i'll be taking note cards and a few paintings.. and if i ever get them done..some watercolor bookmarks!
Saturday, February 22, 2020
16x20 oil on canvas framed
so here's another sheep painting for Roving Indiana.. if these guys don't have "attitude", i don't know who would!!! it's hard to tell in this photo but this is framed in a brushed silvery, goldish frame..
Friday, February 21, 2020
11x14 oil on canvas
here's another sheep image from colonial williamsburg. this was photographed by Susan McCall and she was gracious enough to give me permission to use her reference!. i am working on a couple more and then i can turn my focus to my bookmarks and the other commissions i have on the horizon..( are you listening judy and alex?)
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
12x12 oil on gallery wrap canvas
so this is another of the paintings ive done thanks to the generosity of others!.. this is from nancy saputo. she is possibly the official photographer for the colonial williamsburg fan page.. not sure but she posts amazing photos every day!.. she's the same one who offered the sleeping lamb that i posted earlier..and i may have gotten her name wrong in that post.. i'll have to check and i can fix it if i need to!..time is running out..and i still have such great fodder i'd like to get to..not sure i'll have time!
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
5x7 oil on panel
so this is another smallish original i've created for the crawl.. i'm ordering note cards and this will be one of them!.. i've also been working on more CW paintings and i'll post them here asap. i have to let them dry just a little before i can photograph them!
Monday, February 17, 2020
5x7 oil on panel
so here's a small piece for the roving indiana crawl coming up. i am so fortunate to have gotten permission from some photographers from Colonial Williamsburg
..(CW as they call it!).. check out their facebook page!..this particular one is from a photo by nancy saputo. i'm working on a few others by her which i'll post as i go!.. thank you nancy!!
Saturday, February 15, 2020
18x18 oil on canvas
so my new friend Janelle came down from carmel to pick up the commission i've been working on for some time!.. we finally connected and i was delighted to meet her after all this chatting back and forth by text....since i had so many Roving Indiana pieces lying around, she decided to browse a bit.. these guys, especially the alpacas, are so funny..she really fell in love with several.. then she thought of her brand new grandson and what would go well in his room..we found the perfect thing.. a painting i did several years ago that i cherish and i'm so glad she felt the same way! it's called "Gang of Goldens"
7x5 oil on panel
so this little fellow was fun to paint!.. those alpacas are ridiculous..they're so cute.. often found kissing...this is framed in a nice light blue wooden frame.. available..and will be on the yarn crawl!
still working on finishing a few things up so they can be drying while i work on bookmarks.. getting things organized as to where i will be visiting also..
Sunday, February 9, 2020
also.. here's a link to the participating shops with hours listed: http://www.rovingindiana.com/services/
Friday, February 7, 2020
so here's another original for the yarn crawl.. this is 12x24 and framed..i'm not sure this can be turned into a note card but i sure like it as a stand-alone!!..here is a list of participating yarn shops..hope i'm not leaving anyone out!. i'm starting to figure out the days i will be at some, if not all, of them..i'll list that in coming days!
Always in Stitches 1808 conner st. noblesville,
The Black Sheep yarn and fiber 1355 s. 8th, noblesville,
Broad Ripple Knits 6510 n cornell ave, indy,
Clay Purl, 58 e. main suite 3, nashville,
Mass Ave Knit Shop 862 virginia, indy,
Nomad Yarns 218 e. Main st, Plainfield,
Shabby Sheep and Ewe 1113 16th st. columbus,
Star Struck Cat Studio 3130 meridian parke dr, greenwood,
Village Yarn 209 s. main st. zionsville,
Willowes Yarn Haus 226 w. main, greenfield,
Tabby Tree Weaver 9832 north by northwest blvd, fishers
Thursday, February 6, 2020
so this is "Two Sheep".. it's 14x11 original oil on panel and will be framed. i am in the process of finding out all the shops included in the yarn crawl and i'll post them here soon.. meanwhile.. you can check out the "roving indiana" facebook page.
Saturday, February 1, 2020
this fellow is 9x12... oil on panel. he will be framed and available during the yarn crawl or before if someone wants to grab him up!!. i've been working on my website all morning and i think it's finally ready to go!.. www.susiegregoryfineart.com i've had so much fun working on this project the past several months and it's finally HERE!!!!
Friday, January 31, 2020
So this is the secret project revealed!!.. last May, i was contacted by my new friend, luann, and asked to create a special piece for "Roving Indiana".. now "roving" is a yarn term.. it's not about roving around..it's something about the process of creating yarn.. anyway.. each year they pick an artist and use one of their pieces for this project. they chose an image and the colors they wanted.. and i created "The Kiss" . they dye yarn and several yarn shops in central indiana create projects using this yarn. the yarn crawl is in about a month.. i am working on my website to get organized for this.. it doesn't help that my computer is down and i'm having to use davey's...in the meantime, check out "roving indiana" on facebook.. so perhaps tomorrow.. maybe sunday.. i'll be up and running..i've created lots of smaller pieces.. and i've had a lot of fun!! stay tuned!!
Monday, January 27, 2020
Sunday, January 19, 2020
so i've been working on a secret project for a while now...only a handful of peeps know anything about this and even then..some don't know everything...this is a little teensey weensey tiny little piece of something for you to contemplate... if you want to.. or you could just wait..and wait..how long?..sometime soon all will be revealed!!...but it's been so nice to be occupied with this.. and i'm having great fun!!
Saturday, January 18, 2020
20x16 original oil on gallery wrap
so this is a commission for my friend jeff...Hogan crossed over the rainbow bridge and i hope this painting of him coming in after a snow romp will help commemorate him and bring some joy ...he looked like a true peach!!
Monday, November 25, 2019
so this started as a donation..size 6x6..and the fellow wanted a larger size..so now this is a Christmas commission!.. i think i'm finished but still waiting to see if some tweaking is needed!
Sunday, November 10, 2019
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Sunday, October 6, 2019
12x12 oil on gallery wrap
so here is a special commission for a friend.. I can't name this little guy because I don't want to spoil the surprise! I've been busy with another surprise..can't talk about THAT either!!.. but stay tuned!
Monday, July 1, 2019
Saturday, May 25, 2019
Monday, May 20, 2019
14x11 original oil on linen panel
so it's been a while..we've been working in the yard and one of my peonies started to have some buds..then all of a sudden on saturday we looked over while having a whirlpool..there they were!!.. lots of flowers..really fast!!.. so yesterday we were expecting thunder storms and i knew they would not last!!.. so i cut them..no thunder storm..but i had these beauties to paint!!.. i have commissions waiting but i needed to do this!! FUN!!
Monday, April 8, 2019
24x12 oil on linen panel
so i've been working on stuff for my gallery in Georgia (Simon's)..since we don't drive down anymore i have to ship things!.. i saw my friend's photo posted on facebook and knew i wanted to paint this!!...so i got permission and here we go!!
Thursday, February 21, 2019
16x12 original oil
so i do lots and lots of commissions!!.. once in a while, i come across an image..from facebook, for instance..that i feel a real affinity for and just HAVE to paint!! this is one of those times!!.. i'm not sure which one is birdy and which is olive...doesn't matter...love the names and love this image of the two of them in exuberant expectation!..are their owners just getting home?.. are long-awaited guests arriving?..could it be the mailman?...or ..I KNOW!...some of their canine pals just passing by!....whatever the reason..they are super-excited!!
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Thursday, January 24, 2019
12x12 framed original oil
so Our Hospice called to see if i would be willing to donate a painting for their gala in jennings county in early february. they had been on my website (susiegregoryfineart.com) and liked some of my "kids on the beach" stuff. luckily i had this on hand...
Thursday, January 17, 2019
above paintings are from other workshop attendees!!
so..monday i hopped in the car with all my gear and off to anderson i went!!..this last picture is david in front of his white board.. he was doing a power point presentation..i think just a portion of what he will be doing in scottsdale..and recommending several books for us...
so first..he wanted to host a one-day workshop to see if he had the stamina for a five-day one. and trust me..it takes great stamina to do what he does..(i was there one day and it was exhausting!!!)...not only imparting loads of knowledge..but also handling the group of rowdy ladies..(some of whom had studied with him and abstraction before)...(i was fortunate enough to buy a demo of his from a workshop i took in 2010...a while before he went in this direction..)...back to the ladies...many questions..many thought-provokers..we listened and laughed and interacted all morning and then painted for about three hours in the afternoon...before our critique at the end of the day.....i did four..i think more than anyone..but the whole idea is..paint paint paint!!!..the more mistakes you make the more you learn something... and ..trust me...as a representational painter for all these years.. abstract is hard!!..you can't just throw paint on the canvas.. well..maybe you can but it has to have a sound basis.. structure..and have the dominant feature be one of several themes in line..which we concentrated on.. to name a few: u-shaped, l-shaped, bridge, cantilever, grid, horizontality, verticality, singe mass, twin masses, circle, s shape, ....etc etc....
confused?... try being there!!.. i had a plan to use each of four photo references i brought to do one each..u-shaped, diagonal, vertical and horizontal!.. such a plan!!.. to my horror...david wouldn't let me use any of my other references!!...he said he was going to push me..and i had to figure out different formats for JUST ONE REFERENCE!!!!. which i will post...paint prints and all!..
so his play list was fantastical!!..we painted and hummed and sang and maybe a little dancing...at least i was dancing!!...all the while concentrating on the work at hand...as david says.."art is exploration. it's asking "what if" with a brush in your hand, it's grown-up play!"...also.."a painting is a harmony of colored marks on a surface that communicates human experience".."a charged area of color that has the power to alter the biochemistry of another person - their mood, thoughts, pulse rate, blood pressure, imagination and mindset"
so this is the reference i used...over and over and over!!!..it's a city scape at night.. a theme that has always tugged at my heart..probably because of the possibilities of abstraction...
first attempt..a u-shape...12x12
he ordered me to have a circular format next..i thought "impossible"...and i was right...i really struggled with this attempt..which i ended up wiping! ugh, right??
so my last attempt..a 20x16 canvas...was fun!!..i was still trying for a circle of some sort..i looked at my reference and then put it away and did a sketch ..thinking about lines, shapes, and ended up with this:
this is a little off kilter because of my photo and the angles..but at least you can get the idea..i added that reddish strip at the bottom..just because..david seemed to be impressed with my progress from 1st attempt to last..(my hubby likes the first one best)..but i think i'm getting the idea of using a reference as a starting point and then stretching myself from there!!..he says "without exploration, you will never feel the thrill of discovery and surprise. and neither will your audience!.. to paint well you have to regularly paint yourself into a corner...to get lost..on purpose!"
i would highly recommend studying with David Michael Slonim if you ever get the chance!! his workshop size is always limited..usually no more than 10..so he can really give each one lots of hand-on attention!.. he'll be in scottsdale the first part of february...check out his website for more info...so glad i did this!!!!