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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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Yesterday was a stellar day! And the cherry on top was a lovely afternoon paint-along in my adopted town of Natchez, Mississippi. Once I heard that if you from Natchez, you are a Natcheezian. If you visit and love it so much you can't leave, you are a Natchoosian. And... Continue reading
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The collage represents most of the paintings from the Lesley Saeta "30 in 30" challenge, but not all of them. I had to create the collage a bit early because the paintings are on their way to Natchez, Mississippi, to be shown and sold at ArtsNatchez Gallery. Thank you Leslie... Continue reading
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Turning Angel 6 x 8 oils on canvas, $95 Turning Angel is one of the more popular monuments in the Natchez Cemetery. Continue reading
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Under-the-Hill 6 x 8 Oils on canvas, SOLD This is a painting I did rather fast and furious. Wanted energy and spontaneity represented in the strokes. The cars look a little wonky, but I love the over all feel of the painting. It's what my vision would be like if... Continue reading
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Azaleas in the Courtyard at Cherokee 6 x 8 Oils on Canvas, $95 Continue reading
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Mardi Gras in the Garden 6 x 8 Oils on Canvas, $95 Even the garden statuary received her beads for bare breasts. No one is excluded. Continue reading
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While getting a promo shot for a sponsor, Sessions Peanut Butter, Les Leverett inadvertently caught Patsy Cline performing on the Opry in a western style pantsuit. Afterward, Opry Manager Ott Devine told Patsy not to wear the outfit again. The ladies of the Opry could only wear dresses. (From the book "The Grand Ole Opry: The Making of An American Icon" by Colin Escott.) Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Charm of the Carolines
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Yesterday about ten of us had the pleasure to take the Haden Pickel "Fast & Furious" workshop at her home and studio in beautiful Belle Meade. The day was lovely, sunny and warm. We had a live model, a life-size baby doll, quilts and flowers and were instructed to paint shapes only and main colors. Oh yes, and we had 20 minutes to complete the painting with a palette knife. Here is my study... I love it, even if it doesn't look exactly like the scene.... My vantage point was a bit different... Then we repeated the excercise several more times. One of my paintings had a happy accident on the way home in the boot of the car. A case of canvas panels fell over on it, completely messing up the oil paint. I took a credit card and continued to destroy the painting in a carefully careless sort... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2014 at Charm of the Carolines
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Yesterday about ten of us had the pleasure to take the Haden Pickel "Fast & Furious" workshop at her home and studio in beautiful Belle Meade. The day was lovely, sunny and warm. We had a live model, a life-size baby doll, quilts and flowers and were instructed to paint... Continue reading
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Nipper 6 x 8 oils on canvas, gifted Nipper is a beloved furbaby who has crossed the rainbow bridge. I painted this painting for a friend. Continue reading
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We had a beautiful morning on Windy Hill Farm outside Brentwood, Tennessee, to witness the demonstration painting of one of my favorite artists, Anne Blair Brown. "You must paint bad paintings in order to get to the good ones." ~ Anne Blair Brown, in her demo this morning. No truer... Continue reading
Renee, Thank you and your family for your service and sacrifice. Susan
Toggle Commented Sep 15, 2014 on What is a Cotillion? at Charm of the Carolines
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susan e. jones, artist & lifestyle philosopher Cultivate Creativity. Reap Joy. Susan's loose and charming style of painting exudes warmth, joy, and a hint of nostalgia, capturing subjects near her home in middle Tennessee, in simple strokes of color. Although she has experimented with several mediums over the years, she... Continue reading
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The Artist reception for the "Mystery of a Masterpiece" art show at the Suffolk Center for the Visual Arts was this week. Thank you to my friend and author Ginger Marcinkowski for introducing me to this unique and creative art exhibit and competition. Continue reading
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End of Summer 9 x 12 Oils on Canvas, $270 Yesterday I enjoyed the pleasure of painting en plein air on Anne Goetz's farm near Leipers Fork, Tennessee, with a bunch of my friends and fellow Chestnuts in the Gary Young workshop. You may not have heard of Gary Young,... Continue reading
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Courtyard of Texada 6 x 8 Oils on archival-quality panel, $95 Children re-enactors lost all control and started playing in the fountain of the courtyard at Texada. It was more realistic then standing around being quiet. I found it oddly authentic. Continue reading
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Receiving Guests 6 x 8 Oils on archival-quality panel, $95 Continue reading
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The Towers 6 x 8 Oils on archival-quality panel, SOLD "This beautiful old home occupies a prominent niche in the jigsaw puzzle of antebellum Natchez architecture. Better than any other in town, The Towers typifies the warmth and deep charm of Adriatic Italy. The Renaissance itself somehow loiters for a... Continue reading
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Roosevelt of Monmouth 6 x 8 oils on archival-quality panel, $95 After driving all day to reach Natchez last spring, my friend whom I met in Natchez whisks me off to one of the most beautiful homes I've ever seen... Monmouth. This home is now a luxurious, historic Inn and... Continue reading
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Rosalie 6 x 8 Oils on archival-quality panel, $95 In 1716 the French built a fort on the bluffs of Natchez and named it Rosalie in honor of the Countess of Pontchartrain. In 1820 Peter Little, who came to Natchez from Pennsylvania in 1798 at the age of 17, purchased... Continue reading
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Natchez Sallie 6 x 8 Oils on archival-quality panel,m $95 While in Natchez last spring, I spent many mornings at Natchez Coffee to get my morning brew. This lovely Siberian Husky greeted me each morning. What a sweetie! She belongs to a local, retired doctor on the same morning schedule... Continue reading
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The Hunt 6 x 8 Oils on archival-quality panel, $95 At each Pilgrimage the people of Natchez perform the historic Tableaux to showcase in living vignettes and dance the rich history of Natchez. I happened to be there on the last night of the Tableaux known for its spoofs and... Continue reading
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Natchez Row Houses 6 x 8 Oils on archival-quality panel, $95 Continue reading
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A Southern Home 6 x 8 Oils on archival-quality panel, $95 Continue reading
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Study of William Edward West's portrait of Stephen Minor, Spanish Governor of Natchez in 1792 6 x 8 Oils on archival-quality panel, $95 Continue reading