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Susan
middle Tennessee
You are an extraordinary woman, how can you expect to live an ordinary life? ~Louisa May Alcott
Interests: when asked if the glass is half full or half empty, i always respond "my glass overflows!, " blending all my passions into a balanced and harmonious life of family-friends-furbabies-travel-photography-good food-and wordsmithing. Oh yeah, and I love Doris Day. The first words I ever strung together were, "By the light" as in "By the light of the Silvery Moon." Mom sang it to me when I was a baby.
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I love teaching private art lessons in my home. Continue reading
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What a sweet and talented group of kids!!! This is the January 2015 Mini-Monet Class at the children's museum in Columbia, TN. They are a diverse group from several counties going to different schools and some even home-schooled, but they all have a passion for their art. It thrills me... Continue reading
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Evelyn Fortune Lilly was the second wife of Frederic Bartlett of Bonnet House, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Continue reading
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Chicago artist Frederic Clay Bartlett and his wife Helen built Bonnet House in 1919 on land given to them in southern Florida. In April 2011 I visited this beautiful estate and was overwhelmed by the architecture, history, art, animals, water (still in its possession is about a mile of oceanfront... Continue reading
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What are your New Year's resolutions? Do you make them? My dad has the same one every year... not to eat chitlins. I've never known him to eat a chitlin, so I guess he's doing pretty good meeting his goals. I love new beginnings and make lists of things I want accomplish, places I want to visit, people I want to see, it can get a bit overwhelming. This year the goal is simple. Very simple. To eliminate simple sugars from my meals. Sugar causes inflammation and lately I've been experiencing inflammatory arthritis in my left pointer finger. Not a good situation for a painter. Thank goodness I'm not left-handed!! The first hurdle was to eliminate Coca-cola from my life. This was not simple. It's a daily struggle. I'm using a little Neuro-linguestic programming to convince myself it's toxic poison to stay away from it. The next hurdle was to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at Charm of the Carolines
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Guiness and Mac 16 x 20 acrylic on canvas, sold So it's Day 3 of the Leslie Saeta "30 in 30" challenge, and though I planned to paint scenes of places I'd like to visit, a commission is coming due and dictated I work on it today. Meet Guiness and... Continue reading
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The Scarlett O'Hara 6 x 8 oils on canvas, $140 Day 2 of the "30 in 30" challenge and out of everything in the world and every place in the world I want to travel, I've painted two paddlewheel boats. Could I be thinking about an upcoming trip to St.... Continue reading
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A few days before Christmas a local collector purchased a painting on the way to the airport to pick up her son for the holidays. She wrapped it in a beach towel to protect the frame and packed the painting in the trunk on her car. At the airport, my... Continue reading
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Rollin' on the River 16 x 20 acrylics on canvas, $480 Day One of the "30 in 30" Challenge and I'm painting iconic scenes from around the world. (I think.) The theme of this challenge has bounced from Farmers Markets to scenes from Franklin, TN, to animal portraits. (yes, there... Continue reading
Happy New Year my Sweet Sugarlumps! I love fresh starts, new beginnings, clean slates, do-overs, and the field of endless possibilities they offer. That may be why I love New Years Day, the ultimate fresh start! So many plans for 2015, I can't list them all (or won't bore you with them all!) But a few of the art-related ones are listed here.... In the art world.... 1. Leslie Saeta "30 in 30" Challenge Accepted. In January a number of artists from around the world will paint 30 paintings in 30 days for the Leslie Saeta "30 in 30" challenge. Be sure and visit my website, blog, or dailypaintworks to see my paintings or visit Leslie's blog to see ALL the artists works starting January 1. 2. Upcoming Art Shows: The Art Event at Lipscomb (Nashville, TN) is scheduled for February 6-8, 2015. See you there! The Warner Parks Show... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2014 at Charm of the Carolines
Happy New Year my Sweet Sugarlumps! I love fresh starts, new beginnings, clean slates, do-overs, and the field of endless possibilities they offer. That may be why I love New Years Day, the ultimate fresh start! So many plans for 2015, I can't list them all (or won't bore you... Continue reading
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I hosted a small Pet Portrait workshop in my home this week. People love to give Pet Portraits for Christmas gifts and gift certificates to paint at a Pet Portrait Workshop. Both were represented in Tuesday afternoons class. Jay was covering the workshop for the local paper. What better way... Continue reading
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(L to R) Sarah Harrison (Artist Assistant), Sybil Reynolds, Beverly Webb (Activity Director), Billy Oliver, Maetta King, Cleveland Walls, Mary Frances Smith, Etheleen Collins, Doris Huff David Collins, andDebbie Brasfield (Volunteer) Beverly at Poplar Estates invited me to lead a few of the residents in a painting class. My sweet... Continue reading
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For those of you who know me, know how much I love World War II history. Today my dad was telling me of an amazing story he heard about a WWII German Fighter Pilot escorting a heavily damaged American Bomber to safety. The bombing mission targeting a German munitions factory had been a success, but World War II pilot Charlie Brown's attempts to get home safely seemed doomed to failure. His B-17F bomber had been attacked by no fewer than 15 planes - leaving one of his crew dead and six wounded; 2nd Lt Brown himself had been knocked out and regained consciousness just in time to right his plane after it went into a dangerous nose dive. But as he tried to return from the raid on Bremen to the safety of Allied territory after the mission on December 20, 1943, the danger was not over. Brown soon had... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2014 at Charm of the Carolines
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What a delight to paint with these beautiful and talented artists at Rippavilla Plantation in Spring Hill, Tennessee. We love our furbabies!! Continue reading
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Saturday we painted at Jerry's Artarama-Nashville. Three students painted "O Tannenbaum" and one young artist painted the Candy Cane. Continue reading
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Beautiful and talented artists. Awesome paintings! Continue reading
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Enjoyed painting snowmen with the artists at Maury County Park last evening. Great job ladies!! Continue reading
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Apres Skate 12 x 16 acrylic on canvas Buy now Continue reading
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The original plan for today was to decorate the house for Christmas and have family over this evening to go out to dinner and then attend the annual Christmas Parade in town. However, a cold front making it's way here from the Arctic changed all that. Cold wind and rain are making thier way to middle Tennessee, so the parade was postponed until next Monday. Today I'm staying in, addressing Christmas cards, and making "homemade" Spinach and Tortellini Soup. It really can't be called homemade because all of the ingredients are packaged and in the pantry and freezer, but I keep these ingredients on hand for days such as this when I want a hearty soup, but don't want to venture into the inclement weather to purchase fresh ingredients. Spinach and Tortellini Soup 3T olive Oil 1 Clove garlic, minced 1 small bag chopped onion and green and red bell... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Charm of the Carolines
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This past weekend Rippavilla Plantation commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Spring Hill. According to the Civil War Trust website... The Battle of Spring Hill November 29, 1864 Spring Hill was the prelude to the Battle of Franklin. On the night of November 28, 1864, Gen. John Bell Hood’s Army of Tennessee marched toward Spring Hill to get astride Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield’s Union army’s line of retreat towards Nashville. Cavalry skirmishing between Brig. Gen. James H. Wilson’s Union cavalry and Maj. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Confederate troopers continued throughout the day as the Confederates advanced. On November 29, Hood’s infantry crossed Duck River and converged on Spring Hill. In the meantime, Maj. Gen. Schofield reinforced the troops holding the crossroads at Spring Hill. In late afternoon, the Federals repulsed a piecemeal Confederate infantry attack. During the night, the rest of Schofield’s command passed from Columbia through... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Charm of the Carolines
With my love for all things from the 1940s, here comes a recipe just in time for Thanksgiving.... Sausage & Prune Dressing reprinted from the November 2014 issue of Yankee Magazine. May have to try this one... Ingredients: 10 ounces pitted prunes, roughly chopped 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for pan 1-1/2 pounds sweet Italian sausage, casings removed 1-1/2 large onions, any type, diced 2 celery stalks, diced 3 large cloves garlic, minced 3 to 4 teaspoons kosher or sea salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 10 fresh sage leaves 4 cups chopped Swiss chard (from 1 bunch), large stems removed 1 pound two- or three-day-old crusty white bread, cut into 1-1/2-inch chunks (see "Note," above) 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken stock 1 large egg Instructions: Preheat your oven to 350° and set a rack to the middle position. Lightly oil a 9x13-inch baking dish... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at Charm of the Carolines