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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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Painting a Tufted Titmous today. And you can, too! Follow along with the video or sign up for one of my may paint-along classes offered in both acrylics and oils. Continue reading
Hello Sugar Lump! Can it be? Is Autumn just around the corner? My favorite season! Don't you just love shopping for school supplies and going to football games, and the cool temperatures and the explosion of reds, golds and oranges of the Maple trees? Years ago I wrote a poem about Fall that doesn't even mention football. Maybe it's time to write a new one. Autumn Dream Warm sun on my cheek, crisp chill in the air, The crunch and smell of autumn leaves delight my senses. Twirling in flight, Reflecting the light, Autumn’s pageant commences. Tight ribbons of smoke greet morning’s chill, The aroma wafting from distant home-fires burning, Summer has faded, Her appetite sated, Desires for autumn are turning. Cotton challenges the field and seems to be winning. A wealth of dry, brown pods bursting open to proudly display The bolls of the plant Which I unfathomably can’t... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Charm of the Carolines
Hello Sugar Lump! Can it be? Is Autumn just around the corner? My favorite season! Don't you just love shopping for school supplies and going to football games, and the cool temperatures and the explosion of reds, golds and oranges of the Maple trees? Years ago I wrote a poem... Continue reading
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I am proud to be an American. There, I said it. I've traveled to all but 7 states and loved every one of them. However, I've only lived in the south. Born and raised, as we say. And I'm proud of it, too. "I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him." -Abraham Lincoln That is why I was truly sad when a friend from the northeast chastised my blog for being divisive. She held her tongue, but she did communicate her feelings that being a "belle" is racist. We could have a long discussion here, being a "belle" is no more racists than a cotton field, the word "y'all", a magnolia blossom, the Delta Queen, Coca-Cola, rebel flag, boll weevil or watermelon, but let's save it for another... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2015 at Charm of the Carolines
These were taken in September of 2011 off Hwy 96 just east of Franklin, Tennessee. I've seen many friends posting photos this year of a wonderful sunflower field in Murfreesboro. We have a man who grow quite a few in his front yard here in Columbia. I even grew a block of sunflowers in my garden. They are beautiful!
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These beautiful and talented artists... Cecelia, Pleshetta, and Naida ...painted "High Cotton" with me today. I always enjoy seeing my students' versions of the reference painting. Great job ladies!! Continue reading
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Driving home from the Jim Richards-Paula Deen painting day in Atlanta, Shannon and I took advantage of the late afternoon light to photograph cows for reference in upcoming paintings. Here is my first study. And here is the demo video, if you would like to paint your own. Continue reading
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It's a overcast and misty morning here in middle Tennessee and I'm tucked away in my studio with the smallest of my canine companions resting at my feet. Earlier in the week my friend Radha and I took at walk at Radnor Lake in Nashville and snapped photos to be... Continue reading
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Junebug is my Russell Rescue foster pup available for adoption. She is a blue brindled and white, 8 month-old, female, Bull Terrior mix. Junebug needs a family with older kids and a fenced backyard for her exuberant energy and puppy enthusiasm. She should have been named Lovebug. She is so... Continue reading
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Before painting today I decided to turn on Periscope and broadcast the painting demo live. This app allows me to save the video which is downloaded to may iPad and then manually uploaded to my YouTube channel, Facebook and here on this blog. If you'd like to follow along, you... Continue reading
Jim Richards is a good sport. Jim was the featured artist of The Bag Lady Foundation's fundraiser "Cork, Canvas, and Cuisine" which was about forty ladies including Paula Deen, getting together to paint and chat and laugh and learn. What a great day! Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at Charm of the Carolines
Jim Richards is a good sport. Jim was the featured artist of The Bag Lady Foundation's fundraiser "Cork, Canvas, and Cuisine" which was about forty ladies including Paula Deen, getting together to paint and chat and laugh and learn. What a great day! Continue reading
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My friend and fellow artist Shannon Haas and I took a road trip this weekend to the charming little southern town of Eatonton, Georgia, for a fabulous fundraiser for Paula Deen's non-profit, The Bag Lady Foundation. The fundraiser called "Cork, Canvas, and Cuisine" was a day painting with Atlanta-based artist Jim Richards and everybody's favorite southern cook Paula Deen. I've been a fan of Jim's work for several years and subscribe to his newsletter in hopes of taking one of his workshops. In one of his recent newsletters I learned about the fundraiser where he was scheduled to give a demonstration and to help the students paint with Paula. You may not know but Paula Deen is a wonderful painter. She started in watercolor. Here is one of her paintings she created as a birthday gift for her son. Jim donated the painting he created to The Bag Lady Foundation,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2015 at Charm of the Carolines
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My friend and fellow artist Shannon Haas and I took a road trip this weekend to the charming little southern town of Eatonton, Georgia, for a fabulous fundraiser for Paula Deen's non-profit, The Bag Lady Foundation. The fundraiser called "Cork, Canvas, and Cuisine" was a day painting with Atlanta-based artist... Continue reading
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Painting a cow this morning. To see the video, click here. Or follow this link: Painting a cow this morning https://t.co/tP1scbCt17 Continue reading
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Hello Sunshines! We are heading into the 'dog days of summer' with oppressive heat and humidity. I've always admired the British who typically take three weeks vacation in August. They take their vacation in August because it is the one month sure to have beautiful warm and dry weather. We... Continue reading
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Two of my favorite fragrances, white lilacs and tomato leaves. With all this Okra coming in, I'm on the search for great okra recipes. Luckily for me, Southern Living has already published twelve of the best Okra recipes they've found. I can't wait to try this one... Fried Pecan Okra Ingredients 1 cup pecans 1 1/2 cups Bisquick 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 2 (10-oz.) packages frozen whole okra, thawed - But I'll use fresh Okra from the garden Peanut oil Preparation 1. Place pecans in an even layer in a shallow pan and bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring occasionally. 2. Process pecans, Bisquick, salt and pepper in a food processor until pecans are finely ground. Place pecan mixture in a large bowl. Add okra, tossing to coat. Gently press pecan mixture into okra. 4. Pour oil to a depth of 2 inches... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Charm of the Carolines
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Morning garden out of control...... squash climbing the sunflowers, marigolds in the watermelon, corn in the zinnias.... I give up! Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at Charm of the Carolines
Today's sermon at church was on making people feel welcomed with kindness and before the preacher said a word, we watched this video. Yes, I've seen it before, but it never gets old. What a lesson for us all! Praying to the Good Lord to ever grant me a "North Platte" state of mind. Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2015 at Charm of the Carolines
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Violin Painting Workshop Monday, July 27, at 9am at The Art Attic. A special workshop has been created just for The Art Attic in Franklin, TN, on July 27 from 9am to 1pm of "The Violin." We'll paint on a new substrate for most artists... a cradled 12 x 12... Continue reading
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Loving the turn into mid-summer. Produce beginning to come in. Harvesting fresh fruit and veggies daily. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at Charm of the Carolines
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Yesterday Shannon and I co-taught not one, but TWO, classes of the "Carolina Chickadees." Just love how they turned out. Very sweet and talented artists make our jobs the best on the planet. Great job ladies!! Continue reading
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Enjoyed spending the afternoon at The Art Attic with Shannon Haas. We painted the above painting together and will be co-teaching how to paint it at an upcoming "Art Attic After Hours" on July 26. Continue reading
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What a great day painting at Jerry's Artarama-Nashville. I love Pet Portrait Workshop days. Continue reading