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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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Sometimes it just feels like there are not enough hours in the day. Between painting, gardening, animal rescue, cooking, socializing, church, and work, the responsibilities are endless. Today was just not one of those days. I've had too many of those days in a row and today I took the day off and painted for fun en plein air at Rippavilla Plantation. And now I'm at home making homemade Crumpets for dinner. In my mind when Julie Andrews was singing to the Van Trapp children about Tea with Jam and Bread, the bread she was referring to was Crumpets. For those of you who don't know, Crumpets are a little like English Muffins... round, porous and biscuit-like, both are griddle cakes and served mainly for breakfast, brunch or tea. But there is a difference. Crumpets are made with milk, and English Muffins are not. Crumpets are made with a stiff... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Charm of the Carolines
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When I received my latest copy of Plein Air magazine it had a belly-band advertising the first annual Olmsted Plein Air Invitational in Atlanta at Olmsted Linear Park. I was compelled to go, and so happy I did. Not only did I get to meet and watch paint thirty amazing... Continue reading
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Spring has sprung all over the south! Late last month I made a trip to Natchez, MS, and St. Francisville, LA, to teach a couple of painting classes. What was just as much fun as the destination was the journey. Traveling south in March, one gets the pleasure of seeing nature bloom. Just south of the Tennessee border were the Dogwoods and Redbuds and going further south were the Camillias and Azaleas. In late April I made a trip to Atlanta and got to experience the entire length of spring all over again. And once I got home, my azaleas were blooming, and Iris, and roses, and peonies and rhododendron are in full bud. They'll burst open any day now. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Charm of the Carolines
Hello Big Beautiful Blasts of Colorful, Creative Energy! I'm thrilled and inspired by the new friendships, creative genius, and beautiful artwork enjoyed at the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational this past weekend in Atlanta. Thirty of the most gifted plein air artists painted for five days in and near the Olmsted... Continue reading
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Very excited to be packing to go to Atlanta as a spectator to the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational. Thirty artists have been invited to paint and sell their paintings this weekend. I know several of these artists and hoping to met a few more. Artists arrived yesterday for events and... Continue reading
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Call 15-216-5907 to register. Hurry! Space is limited. Continue reading
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The Mermaid in the Kitchen 18 x 24 on deep-edged, gallery-wrapped canvas Continue reading
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The Velvet Cushion 11 x 14 oils on canvas Thought I would take this one to the June Art Crawl in Franklin if it doesn't sell before then. I'll be the featured artist at Shuff's Music. Come see me! Continue reading
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My dear friend Scott is the only person I know that actually lived in the Belmont Mansion. He has a passion for history, historic architecture, and antiques. And I feel very blessed to have him as a friend. Recently he offered to give me and my parents a personal tour... Continue reading
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May 2, 2015 10am to 4pm We'll be painting a study of Mary Cassatt's "In the Garden" on deep gallery-wrapped 16 x 20 canvas with acrylic paints and finish with a matte glaze. The Art Attic, 117 3rd Avenue North, Franklin, TN, 37064 $149 class fee includes all supplies For... Continue reading
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May 1, 2015 at 6pm We'll be painting "Hereford on a Sunny Day" as a Paint-along at The Art Attic, 117 3rd Avenue North, Franklin, TN, 37064 $45 class fee includes all supplies For all skill levels. Beginners welcome. Register soon. Seats are limited. Call 615-216-5907 to register. Continue reading
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May 1, 2015 at 1pm We'll be painting a study of Charles Hawthorne's "Lighthouse" at The Art Attic, 117 3rd Avenue North, Franklin, TN, 37064 $45 class fee includes all supplies For all skill levels. Beginners welcome. Register soon. Seats are limited. Call 615-216-5907 to register. Continue reading
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April 9th at 2:15pm (3:15 Eastern), several folks met at the Bicentennial Bell Tower in downtown Columbia to make the historic bell toll in remembrance of the end of the Civil War, Robert E. Lee's surrender to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox 150 years ago today. Here are two of the bell ringers, Bob Duncan and Bryan Sharp. Photo credit: Adam Southern Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2015 at Charm of the Carolines
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My class at Rippavilla didn't make this evening. Yes, I'm disappointed. I love to teach. But I also love to paint and I'm enjoying an entire day in the studio. No make-up, and only leaving to hang wet clothes on the line. Feeling a little like Auntie Em...hanging wet clothes... Continue reading
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What a thrill to be sharing studio space with Shannon Haas and Hannah Clayton at the Art Attic in beautiful, downtown Franklin, Tennessee. Yesterday was my first day of classes as an official in-house artist. What a blast!! Thank you to Shannon and Hannah and to all my new students!!!... Continue reading
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Thank you to Ron Shuff, Sara Petersen and staff for inviting me to be their featured artist at the Franklin Art Crawl in April. Looking forward to doing it again soon!!! Continue reading
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I loved the Larry Moore demo yesterday at Warehouse 521. Today I attempted my own Abstraction from Nature. Started with a reference photo from my recent trip to St. Francisville, LA. Using house paint samples and a $1 brush from Home Depot, I painted in basic shapes as my underpainting.... Continue reading
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Last week I got to mark off one item from my bucket list. I visited Oakley Plantation outside St. Francisville, Louisiana, the home of Lucy Pirrie who in 1821 invited John J. Audubon to tutor her young daughter in drawing. "The rich magnolias covered with fragrant blossoms, the holly, the beech, the tall yellow poplar, the hilly ground and even the red clay, all excited my admiration," said Audubon. His stay at Oakley lasted only four months, but he painted 32 of his famous bird pictures here and developed a love for the beautiful West Feliciana Parish. Besides the beautiful home and gardens, their museum holds original works by Audubon and his art box. Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2015 at Charm of the Carolines
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The more I paint the more I learn about what I like and what I want my paintings to look like. I love soft edges and covet the painting styles of Anne Blair Brown and Larry Moore. Just an hour ago, I was in a studio with both of them... Continue reading
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I just returned home from Natchez, Mississippi, where I stayed with my friend Kitty and her family for a wonderful week of painting and adventures. This is a painting of a restaurant in a building that used to be an old Shell Gas Station. It's called Mammy's Cupboard. I should... Continue reading
Hello Big Beautiful Blasts of Colorful, Creative Energy! What an amazing spring this is turning out to be! I just returned home from the Impressions Art show at Bonnet House in Ft. Lauderdale. The southern Florida artists are warm and friendly, and their paintings are bold with unapologetic CHROMA!!! I... Continue reading
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While in Ft. Lauderdale I spent on afternoon at the NSU Museum of Art to see original Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera paintings and a few other lesser known Mexican Artists. I found Kahlo much more fascinating than I thought I would. Was it the unapologetic moustache and uni-brow? Or... Continue reading
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While in Ft. Lauderdale I spent on afternoon at the NSU Museum of Art to see original Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera paintings and a few other lesser known Mexican Artists. I found Kahlo much more fascinating than I thought I would. Was it the unapologetic moustache and uni-brow? Or that most of her paintings were self-portraits? Or the beautiful, tropical settings with high chroma and mysterious elements? I couldn't say. Her work is a departure from any I've ever considered painting, but I loved every painting. Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Charm of the Carolines
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Right-click on the photo of the calendar to save it to your computer and enlarge for better readability. In April, I'll be offering many classes in Franklin, Murfreesboro, and Spring Hill. On Monday's I'll be teaching ages 14- Adults in Franklin, Tennessee, at the Art Attic located at 117 3rd... Continue reading
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Class demonstration painting from the Color Bootcamp workshop. Continue reading