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!!!!
Monday, January 14, 2019
First Glimpse of the Sea
Monday, December 10, 2018
4x4 mixed media
so i'm excited i was able to do this!.. i saw a post on facebook about a number of artists creating a small piece of art to be sold at a fundraiser for the arts. for some reason i was not on the mailing list so i called CAAC and managed to get a place because one of the artists dropped out...(lucky for me!!)..so i dashed down saturday morning and picked up a plain block of wood..4x4 and maybe 2 inches deep. i knew i wouldn't have time to do something in oils so i did a small version in acrylics of a painting i had in a gallery in georgia.. plus i added some iridescent colors to make it seem more like scales...the opening for this little show is this thursday from 4-8 next to the CAAC office..411 6th street!!..i'm anxious to see what 50 different artists have to say!!!
Sunday, November 18, 2018
so here's another Christmas commission!!.. and it is super secret!!..this is an 8x8 original oil on gallery wrap canvas.. it's drying.. and will be ready in plenty of time for our Christmas surprise!!...i'm calling him "john Doe"..or John Dog"..or something...and if anyone out there recognizes this face... please keep it to yourself til after Christmas!! PLEASE!!!!
Monday, November 12, 2018
so this is a commission for my friend Ellen!.. she wanted the back-lit view but as you can see..the colors are so much darker in that reference..both the couch and Holly herself.. so she sent a few other references to show more of her true coloring. we finally got it right and i'm so happy we did!! it's very important to get it right!!.. now it will dry a bit and i'll send it off!.. this is a gorgeous dog and she is Ellen's sweet baby girl!!
Saturday, November 10, 2018
so i just finished this....a friend from bar harbor, maine passed my name along to her friend..and.. next thing you know...a Christmas commission!!.. i think i captured her and this will be a surprise...i love painting animals!.. have two more in the pipeline.. love it!!
Thursday, November 1, 2018
so at the end of last week, as operation fundstorm was wrapping up, i asked if they could use another painting...mine was the last one they posted..and i'm happy to say it sold!!..my new friend Susan in florida will be receiving it in the mail maybe first of next week. all in all, they raised over $111,000.00 and Susan, my new friend Renee in Virginia and i are all thrilled to be a small part of it!!...now on to Christmas stuff...i just got my first commission for a 6x6 dog painting..surprise christmas gift..and i love painting animals!!
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
so i signed up for an on-line mentoring class with an artist i have long admired, Kenn Erroll Backhaus. i actually signed up in july but i'm just now getting able to dig into it..but i have a whole year so it's kind of fun!..there is a private facebook site for members but i asked to friend him and he accepted. so yesterday he posted a painting he was donating to "operation fundstorm".. a very impromptu effort by artists around the country to help the folks affected on the florida coast ...those devastated by hurricane michael...i wanted to get involved but apparently the deadline to donate had passed..i got in touch with those in charge, mainly a fellow named Larry Moore.. and it seems they had been inundated by offers to help..after the fact!!.. so i sent in this photo..it's 8x6..and a few minutes after it went up a gal in virginia bought it!!!! i am beyond thrilled!!..they have surpassed their goal and are somewhere north of $70,000...and 100% of the money goes immediately to the coast!.. this is so cool!!..everybody benefits...the artist feels good..the buyer gets a painting and a tax write off and the folks in florida get a real boost!! the auction is going on til the 28th.. and a few of the artists have donated more than one piece...hmmmmm...here's the link to the site: https://www.32auctions.com/NotForgotten2018
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Monday, May 7, 2018
Thatcher 6x8 original oil
Higgy 6x8 original oil
so here's the scoop...after my last post, i had a bilateral epidural in my back in mid march...hoping it might help with the hip as well as the back pain..then i had an MRI of my hip...the x-ray would have been good enough but i wanted to rule out any bad stuff..turns out the bad stuff was, indeed, my right hip!!...so i had a lesson with my pro at the club to see if there was a way i could swing that wouldn't hurt my right hip....even though he doesn't teach it as a rule, he had me try the "stack and tilt" method.. where you start with a lot of weight on your left side and then continue through swinging with your weight still going forward..it was very awkward but after a bit i could actually somewhat pull it off...so off we went to st. simons island on the 13th of april.....i played five times..once at hampton, once at sea island, our old stomping grounds down there and then three times at frederica..the glorious private course at the north end of the island..it was our third or fourth year to do this member-guest...and once again we were NOT dead last..our problem is not enough dots..we're not good enough to win the gross..and not bad enough to compete in the net..but such fun and such a gorgeous course!!.. i played pretty badly.. the last day was howling winds and 40 degree wind chill..making it even tougher..every now and then i could really concentrate and get a good swing accomplished!!....at one point i actually whiffed my drive on a par four (I'm blaming the wind, damn it!!) and ended up with a putt for par!!.. now THAT would have been a story!!
so my whole purpose was to get through that vacation.. i originally thought i could limp along with the help of some steroids and make it through the summer.. but since i've been home, it seems like i have gone down hill rapidly!! i tried to play golf last wednesday..barely made it through nine..so here we are.. i had another epidural in my back this morning and early wednesday go in for a total hip replacement!!.. slowly but surely i've tried to get ready around here..got my upstairs flower boxes planted..slowly!!..it just takes me so long to get anywhere!!..my daughter and grands came to help with the back yard flowers yesterday.. a BIG load off my shoulders!!..laundry, bills, house cleaning, all the stuff i would normally be doing....i have to tell you, this has been a VERY humbling experience.. and not just because of golf!!...it really gives me an appreciation for the folks who move slower than i always have..but i am very ready!!.. i have managed to get a bit of painting done.. did a few new paintings for the derby party at the club.. (you can go to harrison lake country club on facebook to see a couple of them..even though i didn't feel up to going!!)..then i had a few commissions to finish.. two of them are above.. one for my friend phyllie for her friend in colorado.. and the other, thatcher, for my friend polly. i hope they like them!! stay tuned!!.. hopefully..in due time.. i can stop chatting about this hip!!😏
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
ok.. so i admit it's been a while!!..here's my story...(for those of you who've already heard this..just skip this part!)....so january 27th i was bringing this painting downstairs to show davey...something i often do.. i stepped over the puppy gate on the stairs..(also something i often do..)..but this time my foot slipped out from under me as i stepped over and i fell full force on top of the gate!!..i will spare you the gory details but i was a mess!!.. in a lot of pain.. lots of swelling and bruising..hobbled around for two weeks and was talked into playing a tennis match on February 9...("please..we need you")..so i showed up..and thought i did fine..but the next morning i woke up and could hardly walk!!..just like that!!..we had a trip planned to florida which i limped through.. played a couple rounds of gimpy golf..cancelled the others..spent a lot of time in their hot tub which was nice..then had x rays when we got home.. no fractures..a good thing.. but showed a very bad back..so we took the film to my doc and all he saw was my hip!!..he said "you need a hip replacement!!" what?????..last thing i was expecting!!..so long story short.. i had a shot of cortisone into my hip joint.. that was almost three weeks ago.. then i had an MRI on my back..and a bilateral epidural two days ago..hoping to help the back pain and maybe some referred pain to my hip..so that's my story...
through all this..i haven't been able to do too much.. but sitting doesn't hurt as much as standing and working and housework and sweeping, etc.. so i have been able to do a bit of painting!!..working on my "grand" project..doing some new horses for the derby party..doing a commission for a friend that i can't post till a bit later..we leave for georgia next friday and i am determined to play golf!!.. probably six rounds if i can manage it..and then we'll see after we return.. hoping to put this surgery off for the rest of golf season..stay tuned!!
forgot to mention...this painting is now available at Simon's on st. simon's island, georgia...
Saturday, January 27, 2018
24x24 oil on gallery wrap canvas
so i discovered...actually boogie already discovered it long ago...this great little gift shop in irvington called "Black Sheep Gifts"...5626 e. washington..they have so much fun stuff..i took the girls there for a bit of a sassy girls' outing..followed by a great thai lunch on mass ave!!..anyway.. i thought i would paint this black sheep for them!..
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
12x12 oil on gallery wrap canvas
so this is a donation to the gleaners food bank!.. i've done many paintings for them over the years.. a very worthy cause..they hold fund raisers from time to time and this will go to a gal from indianapolis. above is the photo i worked from!!..Bailey is a cutie!!..he looks a lot like our grand dog Georgia and a little bit like our old golden doodle Cubby!
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
24x20 oil on linen
so this is charlie!.. i painted this for my friend Rob..just in time for him to take it to florida for his place down there!..i can't wait to see it framed and in its new home!..i had several things to finish before christmas.. and now i have another round of stuff to get accomplished..but i'm happy to be back in the studio!!.. speaking of happy...happy new year to all my peeps!!
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
so this is the post card for my remaining painting..my "horsehide"..baseball painting sold!!!!..they had a first opening on the 2nd and sold many many!! and went through 93 bottles of wine!!.. i SO wish i could've been there!!...if only for the wine!!!! so they're having a second opening this next saturday..there are some wonderful paintings still available...visit dailybrushwork.com and have a look!!
Saturday, November 25, 2017
36x36 oil on gallery wrap canvas
so this is the fourth koi painting for my friend david..it will probably hang at Harrison Lake Country Club for a while through the holidays..i have also been busy with a few commissions..posting them a bit later.. i know i haven't been posting a lot but things have been a bit chaotic in our lives for the past few months.. and then before that there was summer...and golf...but i will definitely have more time to paint in the coming months..and of course i can post some of the stuff i've done and not told you about!...(alex..i'm still here)...happy thanksgiving to all my peeps!!!
Sunday, September 10, 2017
oil on gallery wrapped canvas
so this is last year's painting..and once again Antonia Matthew honored me with the following poem:
Out There: Earth and Ether
Air Howls, snagged
by shadowed mountain range
whose rocks are silent, enigmatic.
Air becomes river.
River becomes torrent
River becomes sea.
Earth, becomes rocky shore.
Sea becomes great wave
lifted by wind, rising, cresting,
to assault shore,
crack rock open,
Rock, silent, hunkers down.
The watcher's hands punch sky,
feet grip rock, as sea foams
around her, filling her ears
with clamor. Possessed, her eyes
burn. She is poised to leap.
Force of wind and water
push her back,
(and yes..i love this one too!!)
Saturday, September 9, 2017
oil on board
so this is the first "Ekphrasis" happening...poets and artists joining forces.. my friend jim asked if i would post the poems..so i'll start with this first one from 2015.. the poet is Tonia Matthew...
the single figure,
the sky spilling into the street,
the blue shadow on the roof
a single bell toll,
the street moving from sunlight
into the dense shade
of overhanging trees.
through a break in the fence
along the path,
soaks into a clump
of orange flowers,
sets them on fire.
The small woman
dressed in black,
white kerchief over her head
leans on her cane.
She has come from the church
where she lit a candle,
sat in the cool dimness
Now, she is on her way home
to that small, silent room
But, see she has stopped,
warmed by the glow of orange flowers.
Waiting, perhaps, for them to speak.
(and yes, i do love this!!!!)
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
36x36 oil on gallery wrap canvas
so this is another commission for my friend david. i absolutely love painting koi.. they have so much personality..i could do a koi painting every day!!.. and here it is september and all of a sudden it's fall!!...golf is winding down..i did manage to snag low gross in our club championship ...laura decided NOT to go fishing in canada so she was over all club champ..and well deserved!!..had a pretty good day at timbergate today..84 with two doubles..too bad i couldn't do that a few weeks ago!... but you know what that's called?!???....GOLF!!! some days the bear gets YOU!! i have some other commissions to get going on..but the weather is too nice to spend in the studio.. those days are coming..in a way i can't wait!!
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
8x6 oil on panel
so i know it's been a really long time between posts..and this one is just so Alex knows i haven't passed away!!😊.. we have a new puppy..i may have mentioned it earlier..."Waveland Ivy Sheffield Elizabeth...wavey" for short.. and boy has she changed things around here!!.. she's turning 5 months in a week and is one rowdy and rambunctious little girl!!..we have chew toys all over the house and yet she seems to enjoy chewing up paper and kleenex more than anything..(think: "the dog ate my homework!")..we ride in the hot rod every day to the airport..with the top down.. and it's all i can do to hold her down and keep her from leaping out...now this image is NOT wavey.. this is a painting for my friend Doug of his Brooklyn.. now gone to puppy heaven..since it's summer..i don't have that much time to paint..too much golf...and puppy...but i did do several paintings for my new gallery/shop in valpo..all birds nests and feathers.. i'll post some of them..i'm a bit behind in wedding gifts but the fall will come and wavey will grow up and i can get back at it!!!...thanks for not giving up on me!!
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
oil on stretched canvas (available)
so i've been taking this class from dennis perrin.. the perrin method..loved it!!.. he is all about values.. and has us doing a very simple but easy to follow value map of the subject...the first image is my map..the second is the ? finished painting..maybe still working... this is an image of the giverny lily pads...
Monday, May 8, 2017
so each of these paintings is 24x30..these are currently hanging at harrison lake country club and were part of the decorations for their annual derby party..unbelievable food, by the way..as usual.. and a fun night of dancing and meeting some new peeps!..the third one..is a new rendition of one i donated to the frederica academy on st. simon's island for their derby party..i am currently ensconced in the kitchen...tending to our newest family member..waveland ivy sheffield elizabeth...wavey..a nine week old (tomorrow) and tiny golden retriever!!...sometimes we look at each other after bringing her home yesterday and say "what were we thinking?"..but she will be great.. for us and for ruby...i'll get some pics posted tomorrow...