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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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Enjoyed painting with the talented students at The Art Attic. We painted our own versions of a simplified seascape inspired by an E. H. Potthast work. Continue reading
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It's always a joy painting at the Marshall County Arts Guild!! Continue reading
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Enjoyed teaching at Maury County Arts in the Park this past Saturday and already looking forward to next year's event! Continue reading
Happy Autumn! One of the core principals of becoming a professional artist is to paint consistently. People desire art they recognize and want others to recognize. Think of Van Gogh, Thomas Kincaid, Mary Engelbrecht, Hunt Slonem, Banksy and others whose work you recognize immediately. I've always been taught that the... Continue reading
Happy Autumn! One of the core principals of becoming a professional artist is to paint consistently. People desire art they recognize and want others to recognize. Think of Van Gogh, Thomas Kincaid, Mary Engelbrecht, Hunt Slonem, Banksy and others whose work you recognize immediately. I've always been taught that the more an artist paints, the more his/her recognizable style develops. And this might be true for most artists. However, the more I paint, the more styles and mediums and subjects and tools and processes I want to utilize. As much as I love cottages, I can't imagine painting only adorable cottages or only pet portraits or only anything else. What my paintings may lack in consistency they make up for in "painterlyness"... loose edges, luscious colors, lots of layers and a selection of subject matter that bring to head and heart mental postcards from home.... beloved dogs, rural and small... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Charm of the Carolines
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Chills? Fever? Cold or Flu? I never really gave it much thought. Chicken soup and bed rest seems to be the remedy for whatever ails. However, while watching season 2 of Downton Abbey in the marathon to prepare for the upcoming season 5 starting in the US in January, I got curious about the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918. As quickly as it takes to serve the first course at dinner, three people in the Downton Abbey household come down with symptoms. In the early days of the last century, people died of flu, pneumonia, childbirth and in other scenarios that we don't worry about much anymore. This I knew. What I didn't know is how many people were affected by the pandemic of 1918 and 1919. More than 50 million people were killed. To put that in perspective, it was five times more deaths than the military personnel deaths... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Charm of the Carolines
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What a delightful way to spend the evening painting with my friends at Maury County Park! Great job ladies!! Continue reading
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What a lovely day painting with my friends Kitty and Rachel at Rachel's parents' home just off the Natchez Trace Parkway north of Natchez, Mississippi, Brandon Hall. One of the advantages of painting at a Bed and Breakfast that is also a special events venue is that there are plenty... Continue reading
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I've just spent the past week in Natchez, Mississippi, and just across the Mississippi River in Louisiana. If there is anything I've learned this week it's that the "South" is not one culture.... it's comprised of MANY diverse, delicious and colorful heritages and cultures. Just to list one thing I discovered was Mayhaw Jelly. Where has this been all my life?? The Mayhaw tree grows in moist soil found in southern wetlands and along creek and river banks. The berries ripen in April and May and are picked to make jelly. And since August 1, 2014, The Mayhaw is the official state fruit tree of Louisiana. To make Mayhaw jelly, you must pick the fruit and boil it in a large stock pot or dutch oven and then let it cool. Strain fruit pulp from the juice using a cheesecloth. Measure out 6 cups of Mayhaw juice and return to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Charm of the Carolines
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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 Sep 23, 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 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
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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