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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 dreamed last night that I was painting a portrait of a Madame Alexander doll. The only one I ever owned was named Marmie, from Little Women. But that was not this doll. The doll I was painting was brunette and had a icy blue dress. This morning I searched... Continue reading
Darrell Waltrip has always been a hometown favorite on the NASCAR track, and now he's a favorite of mine for other reasons. Who would have ever thought he would make such a powerful speaker at our National Prayer Breakfast? Franklin, Tennessee's, own Darrell Waltrip was selected to lead our President, First Lady, Senators, Congressmen, other leaders and clergy in offering Thanks to our Heavenly Father for the blessings bestowed on the United States. God bless Darrell Waltrip. And God bless America!! Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at Charm of the Carolines
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I was so excited to be invited to be the featured artist at Shuff's Music in Franklin, Tennessee, for the April 3 Art Crawl. I've been in two art shows in Nashville in the past three months, so I wanted to paint all new pieces for this event. And since... Continue reading
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Not sure how your February is going, but the Siberian Express visited Tennessee. I just spent the past week iced in at home. What was predicted to be 6 inches of snow turned out to be ice, sleet, and snow on several days. The roads were treacherous. On some days the temperature were bitter cold, dipping below zero. Brrrr..... The kids were out of school all week. On some days my morning paper didn't arrive. On other days there was no mail delivery. Who else is ready for spring?? Today I needed to cook items in the fridge that have been here a week, and decided to make Milk Can Supper. It's said this recipe was created by cowboys who put whatever meat and veggies they had and put them in a Milk Can and placed it in the campfire, pouring beer over the top. Well, I don't have any... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2015 at Charm of the Carolines
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Secondhand Violin 10 x 10 Oils on gallery wrapped panel Velvet sofa 12 x 16 oils on canvas Feeling Grand 16 x 12 oils on canvas Puppy in my Kitchen 16 x 12 Oils on canvas Continue reading
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Bessy Moo 20 x 20 Acrylic on wood with 3 inch cradle Gray's 16 x 20 Acrylics on canvas Hummingbird in Pink 16 x 20 Acrylics on canvas Mean Rooster 16 x 20 Acrylics on canvas Lop Ear 5 x 5 Acrylics on canvas Lop, too 5 x 5 acrylics... Continue reading
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This week we continued to study spheres with the Mini-Monets. Continue reading
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The talented artists of the Sanctuary in Franklin, Tennessee, invited me to paint with them today. Two pieces were completed this morning. Hungry Hummer 10 x 14 acrylics on canvas panel, $280 Collection of Birdhouses 9 x 12 acrylics on canvas panel, $180 Continue reading
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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