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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 have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear." ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Charm of the Carolines
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Hollyhock Sunrise 12 x 16 acrylics on canvas On Saturday I was invited to teach a Paint-Along class to the ladies of the Tennessee Cattlewomen's Association at the annual convention of the Tennessee Cattlemen's Association in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. These ladies know barns. It was a pleasure to paint with this... Continue reading
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Still Life with Pitcher and Flowers 8 x 10 acrylics on Canvas Continue reading
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Apple & Mushroom Pork Chops thinly sliced pork chops 1 apple, minced 1/2 Portabello cup mushrooms, minced 2 celery stalks, minced 1/2 white onion, minced 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 tbsp. fresh parsley, minced 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice Butter Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Preparation In a skillet, melt some butter and add the apple, mushroom, celery, shallot, garlic, and lemon juice; season to taste. Cook 4 to 5 minutes until fruit and veggies are softened. Remove from heat Add a little more butter or olive oil to the skillet and brown pork chops on each side, and continue to cook all the way through Return fruit and veggies to warm them up again Plate, serve, and enjoy. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Charm of the Carolines
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Still Life with Pitcher 12 x 16 acrylics on canvas While teaching Brentwood Academy's Winterim painting class this week, we decided to paint the same reference photo two different ways: the Tonal Approach and the Colorist Approach. This painting was painted in the tonalist approach. Continue reading
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Highlander 12 x 16 acrylics on canvas Continue reading
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Still Life with Daffodils and Pear 12 x 16 acrylics on canvas Continue reading
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Still Life with Oranges 12 x 16 acrylics on canvas, $250 Today was the first day of Brentwood Academy's Winterim. One of their teachers, Debbie Dunn, invited me last April to offer an art class at The Art Attic to a group of students during this time. I was delighted... Continue reading
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Trellis Beauties 8 x 10 acrylics on canvas Continue reading
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Marigolds 6 x 8 acrylics on linen, $95 Continue reading
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Wanderlust 12 x 16 acrylics on canvas, commissioned The family that commissioned this painting has made the decision to invest in experiences rather than stuff. They embarked on six adventurous journeys in 2016 to far off regions such as Iceland and Glacier National Park in Montana. This painting represents the... Continue reading
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Glimpse of Giverny 4 x 6 acrylics on linen Continue reading
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One of my collectors purchased a small painting of a rose in order to donate it the the 65 Roses fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis at Independence Gallery in Loveland, Colorado, next month. Thought I would surprise her and paint a new piece to donate as well. This miniature is headed... Continue reading
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Taildragger is a painting I created for my dad for a Christmas gift. It depicts a scene from July 29,1954, the day my dad took his first flight lesson at Boen field, Milan, Tennessee, in a J-3 Piper Cub taildragger. His instructor was Harold Keas, a Milan boy who was... Continue reading
Good to know! My cat hasn't shown any interest in the lilies. I finally decided to trim off all the orange pollen threads, but not before some fell on my white tablecloth. Hoping it's not ruined. But if it is, Wabisabi!
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No. You are not seeing double. I was just inspired to paint the lilies again. Probably should have set up a new arrangement, but they are beginning to wilt and shed their orange pollen, so I'm not touching them. Here is painting #2. Continue reading
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Candy Cane Lilies 6 x 8 acrylics on linen My dear friend Kathie sent me this beautiful flowers for Christmas, and they begged me to be painted. Continue reading
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Inspired by a beautiful floorcloth, I created this 8 x 10 painting using my hand to create the bodies of the chickens and a small 00 round brush to add a few details. This painting will be used for reference in a Kids & Canvas class later this month. Continue reading
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"A traditional southern New Year's Day meal- butter peas, braised molasses glazed mixed greens (out of Price's garden) Carolina style baked ham and cornbread," prepared by beautiful, southern belle and southern cook extraordinaire Clare Keller. I was intrigued by "braised molasses glazed mixed greens." This southern belle has never heard of that way to prepare turnip greens. So here is the recipe from Ms. Clare who invented this recipe for "the next generation" .... Braised Molasses Glazed Mixed Greens Heat a small amount of olive oil in a black iron skillet. Add onions. Brown for 2 to 3 minutes.(I must admit I added diced bacon, rendered the lipids, and browned the onions on top.) Add greens and stir fry until almost tender. Add about 1/3 cup water (I used chicken broth) and continue to cook for another 3 minutes. Drizzle with molasses and flip to coat greens. Happy, Healthy, Wealthy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at Charm of the Carolines
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Cherry Blossoms 12 x 16 acrylics on canvas, $360 Continue reading
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Athenaeum 12 x 16 acrylics on canvas, $360 This is the Athenaeum Rectory in Columbia, Tennessee. I painted it with little detail because I plan to offer this painting as a class at the Athenaeum and help raise funds to further restore this historic beauty and keep it open to... Continue reading
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One of the main themes that runs throughout all of my classes and workshops is that there is Beauty in Imperfection. Many of my students are outside their comfort zones while in my class and each wants to paint their very best painting, so I find they stress making straight... Continue reading
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One of the main themes that runs throughout all of my classes and workshops is that there is Beauty in Imperfection. Many of my students are outside their comfort zones while in my class and each wants to paint their very best painting, so I find they stress making straight lines, color inside the lines, add detail everywhere.... many of the lesson I teach AGAINST. If I have a motto, it is "There is beauty in imperfection." Today I learned a new word, Wabi-sabi. It is the Japanese aesthestic or world view that is described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, or incomplete." Who knew?? It also means that everything has a season. It doesn't last forever. Love it for what it is or is not. Whenever it is or is not. I'm feeling like I'm channeling my inner Yoda. Wabi-sabi is my auspicious word of the year.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
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Color makes me Happy!! To start the new year in a creative way, let's do a fun project on Instagram and/or Facebook. Every day I plan to post a photo of something that is colorful and/or charming. Join in! Use the hashtag #Colorful2017 or #Charming2017 and tag me — I’m... Continue reading