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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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Amanda, the manager at Jerry's Artarama-Nashville, offered to teach a Gouache workshop to my students. We had a blast!! I had no idea how much I would enjoy this medium. Thank you Amanda!! Save Continue reading
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Bill O'Reilly's book "Killing the Rising Sun" should be required reading for every American. it recounts the last days of WWII, the Atom bomb, and the defeat of Japan. One of the many people highlighted is Private First Class Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector medic, the first to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. From the United States Army Center of Military History, "He was a company aid man when the 1st Battalion assaulted a jagged cliff 400 feet high. As our troops gained the summit, a heavy concentration of mortar and machine gun fire crashed into them, inflicting approximately 75 casualties and driving the others back. Pfc. Doss refused to seek cover and remained in the fire-swept area with the many stricken, carrying all 75 casualties one-by-one to the edge of the escarpment and lowering them on a rope-supported litter down the face of a cliff to friendly... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Charm of the Carolines
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Today I was invited to the lovely Franklin, Tennessee, home of Debbie Bowman-Cornett to teach a Basic Oils 101 class to eight students. We also enjoyed a delicious potluck lunch. Great day! The results of our morning together were beautiful, oil paintings. Wish I had taken a photo of our... Continue reading
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What a fun afternoon we had at The Art Attic in Franklin painting portraits of our beloved furry friends. Continue reading
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Today I worked on a few paintings to use for reference in my October kids classes. The first is "Acorn," and the second is "Football," and the third is "Pumpkin." If I have time I might paint my version of the Evil Queen from Snow White. Continue reading
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Ok. I'm a little late reporting this, but yesterday I taught a painting class at the Athenaeum Rectory in Columbia, Tennessee, and had to rectify the oversight. Sally Ward Gordon of London, 5th generation descendant of Sallie Ward Smith, generously returned the harp shown in Sallie's portrait, to be displayed at The Athenaeum with the portrait! The unveiling ceremony was September 2013. Below are a few photos taken by my dear friend Kathie Fuston of the event. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Charm of the Carolines
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Sunday afternoon I taught a paint-along class to a group of very talented ladies at The Athenaeum Rectory in Columbia, Tennessee. They did a great job. My students never fail to amaze me with their vision for their art. My friend Debbie is president of the Board of Directors who... Continue reading
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Tonight is the opening reception for the Montgomery Bell Academy Art Show. Yesterday I set up my little portion of the show and got a sneak peak of all the wonderful paintings on display from some of Nashville's most talented artists. This is my first year to participate in this... Continue reading
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Tuesday's afternoon class was to learn how to paint Geese. Well, "Goose" actually; a goose portrait. Great job ladies!! Continue reading
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In the Creative Spirits class on Tuesday we painted nests. Continue reading
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Only 10 hours left in this auction to benefit Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary CRAZY DOG LADY Last fall I was thrilled to be asked to prepare a piece to auction to benefit Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary. I wanted to honor all the volunteers who work tirelessly to save... Continue reading
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The second class on Monday was a portrait of my bicycle. It's a loose interpretation of my bike after a ride up to the neighborhood farmers market. This one is more challenging, so I pre-sketched the canvas to get the basic shape out of the way and then we spent... Continue reading
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This evening I taught two painting classes. The first was Kids & Canvas to children ages 5-12. We had a blast learning the steps in the process of painting, and we painted Cupcakes. The kids did a great job!! They all had very particular ideas about how their paintings should... Continue reading
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I love vintage etiquette books and cookbooks. Recently I found a 1954 Westinghouse Cookbook which is a very special addition to my collection. My grandfather had a Westinghouse business in the 1950's and this book connects me to my father as a teenager and to my grandparents. In Vintage Cookbooks, I'm especially interested in recipes of dishes that appear "vintage." I found several in this book that I would like to try. For example, Creamed Chicken over Chinese Omelet. Doesn't that sound like a 1954 dish?? Chinese Omelet Ingredients: 1/2 cup uncooked rice 4 T butter 4 T flour 2 cups milk 3 eggs, separated 1/4 t paprika 1 1/4 t salt 1/8 t dry mustard 4 T grated cheese Preparation: Cook rice until tender. Rinse with cold water. In a separate pan, make a sauce with butter, flour, milk and cook until thickened. Beat egg yolks and add rice,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
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Sunday afternoon I found myself out of the studio and on the campus of my Alma Mater Lipscomb University to watch other people paint, other AMAZING artists who I admire. Lipscomb University’s John C. Hutcheson Gallery presented “New Tradition: A Contemporary Look At Representational Art” an exhibition by the Cumberland... Continue reading
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Today I'm working on reference paintings for upcoming classes in October. I created this one for my Kids & Canvas class, but like it so much I don't plan to restrict the class age. Anyone can come paint with me and make an Acorn portrait for her or her very... Continue reading
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Working on commissioned pieces today. This is a sweet, little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Marley. Continue reading
Thank you Janet. I love the furbabies and I believe my love for them shows in my work. Same for old buildings and clothes lines. Wish all my work had the same spark. Blessings!! Susan
Toggle Commented Sep 9, 2016 on Teddy at Postcards from the Dimple of the Universe
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Pet Portraits are one of my favorite genres to paint. Love the furbabies!! Continue reading
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Painting a demo today at the Spring Hill Health and Wellness Fair at the Union Hall of a sweet, senior pup who kept me company while I painted en plein air at Harpeth Westover Farm in Franklin, Tennessee, last spring. It is the beautiful, historic home of Matt and Ann... Continue reading
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Today in the Creative Spirits painting class we started a study to improve our underpaintings to improve our art. I love how this underpainting turned out. It's a piece of monochromatic art by itself. But then we started adding our local colors. This painting is still in progress, but I'm... Continue reading
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Memphis Belle 16 x 16 Acrylics on deep cradled birch panel, $480 Continue reading
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Portraits are always a challenge for me. I can make the representation look like a person, but not necessarily the person intended. So who is this? a. My grandfather, Spurgeon Jones b. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, former President of the United States c. Actor Jim Carter, aka Downton Abbey's butler, Mr.... Continue reading