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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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Looking forward to spring and Mule Day!! Continue reading
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Just playing around with edges this afternoon. Here's a peak... Continue reading
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In this morning's Creative Spirits class we practiced painting with complimentary color underpaintings. I'm pleased with the results. See how it's done... Continue reading
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This sweet girl was the foster of my friend Cathy and was adopted by her forever mother for a whole week before she crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Both Mom and Foster Mom are heartbroken. This portrait was commissioned to pay homage to a sweet and loving pup who will forever... Continue reading
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So much fun painting with my special friends at Maury Hills Church. Thank you Jan for assisting and thank you Leesa for inviting us. Continue reading
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Wanted looser brushstrokes and softer edges, so I painted the Beach Lab again. Continue reading
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Practicing the "colorist" approach to painting this morning... Continue reading
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I'm freezing and have cabin fever and can't paint another winter bird. So here is a Spring Chickadee. We'll use this as a reference painting for one of my February paint-along classes. Continue reading
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I only own one antique cameo, one that belonged to my grandmother. It's beautiful, yet unremarkable. As so many cameos, it is a woman's profile carved out of white shell against a coral background. Wish I knew it's history or even where or when my grandmother acquired it. But no, this little lady's history is a mystery. From Collectors Weekly I learned, Victorian women on the Grand Tour—a traveling rite of passage for upper-class Europeans—sought out cameos on their travels. In the salons of 18th-century Europe, carved gemstones were all the rage with high-society ladies. Cameo makers of the time would take Plaster of Paris molds of these carved gemstones as records of notable cameo collections. At the time, cameos were a sign of wealth and privilege, but glass paste brought cameos to the mainstream. Scottish artisan James Tassie began making molds of esteemed cameo collections to recreate the images... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at Charm of the Carolines
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Don't want to leave out the youngest of artists, so I created a painting for us to celebrate George Washington's birthday. Did he really cut down a cherry tree and not tell a lie? Continue reading
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Can't get enough Winter Chickadees! Continue reading
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Today in class we are using complimentary color underpaintings. I love the results! We started by first blocking in the basic shapes. And then began filling in the complimentary color, that is the color opposite the local color on the color wheel. Then, we scrubbed in the basic color and... Continue reading
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Recently I hosted a "Winter Birds" workshop where we painted a variety of what else? Winter birds! To see a time lapsed video of the reference painting, click below. Continue reading
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What a delightful day painting with these talented artists!! Continue reading
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To receive the Wet Paint Monthly Newsletter directly to your inbox, simply email susan@susanejones.com and request to be added to the list. Enjoy! Doing my best Oprah imitation, let me exclaim, "It's my B i r t h D a y!! It's my birthday! It's my birthday!! And You are getting a gift!!! That was fun. But seriously, I do have a little happy for you on February 5. For the past couple of months, I've been curating my painting notes and creating paintings to illustrate the five steps to painting. My new eBook "Learn to Paint in 5 Steps: And Unleash Your Creative Spirit" is now available on Amazon. If you would like to have your own copy, visit Amazon.com on February 5th and purchase a copy for $0. You can read the book on your phone, tablet or Kindle reader. A paperback version of the book is also... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at Charm of the Carolines
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To receive the Wet Paint Monthly Newsletter directly to your inbox, simply email susan@susanejones.com and request to be added to the list. Enjoy! Doing my best Oprah imitation, let me exclaim, "It's my B i r t h D a y!! It's my birthday! It's my birthday!! And You are... Continue reading
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It's a wintery day. Ice. Sleet. Freezing Rain. Snow. So of course I don't want to make matter worse by attempting to drive. It's simply a good day to stay home, paint, and cook. And what would taste better than Lentil and Ham Soup? Lentil and Ham Soup Ingredients 1 pound dry brown lentils 2 1/2 quarts cold water 1 smoked ham bone or ham shank (about 1 pound) 3 tablespoons salted butter or ghee 4 carrots, diced 3 stalks celery, diced 1 large onion, diced 2 teaspoons ground turmeric 1 teaspoon cumin powder 1/2 teaspoon chili powder (more if desired) 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Combine lentils and water in a 5- to 7-quart heavy-bottomed pot. Add the ham bone, partially cover the pot, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until lentils are barely tender, 30 to 40 minutes. Add more water as necessary. As... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2018 at Charm of the Carolines
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Last evening's class of the Mini-Monets was a bit chaotic. Even though it was 70* outside, we were under a Winter Weather Advisory and county schools were already cancelled for the following day. I love painting, but it's only rival in fun is a SNOW DAY! Adding to the chaos... Continue reading