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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 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
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Enjoyed a painting-packed weekend with five talented ladies in the Color Bootcamp. We mixed, matched, and skewed paint colors for different effects and studied several different color theories. Great job ladies!! Continue reading
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Congratulations to Columbia's own Sarina-Joi Crowe for making it to the Top 12 on American Idol!! Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Charm of the Carolines
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Historic Bonnet House is a haven for history, nature, and art. I love it here and was so blessed to have one of my paintings juried into their annual "Impressions" art show. On the evening of the reception, we were treated to champagne and a tour of the mansion, including... Continue reading
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Historic Bonnet House is a haven for history, nature, and art. I love it here and was so blessed to have one of my paintings juried into their annual "Impressions" art show. On the evening of the reception, we were treated to champagne and a tour of the mansion, including the upstairs which is not open to the public. The tropical beauty of this estate transports you back in time, yet it's located just off the beach at Ft. Lauderdale, but you would never know you were so close to civilization. Bonnet House’s modern history began when Birch gave the Bonnet House property as a wedding gift to his daughter Helen and her husband, Chicago artist Frederic Clay Bartlett in 1919. The newlyweds began construction of Bonnet House in 1920, eager for a winter retreat where Frederic could pursue his artwork and Helen could compose music and poetry. Tragedy struck... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at Charm of the Carolines
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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