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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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Oven-Roasted Tomatoes recipe from Farm Fresh Recipes by Heather Cameron. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Charm of the Carolines
Oh, and I made the oven-roasted tomatoes today and ate every last one of them off the roasting sheet. They were delicious!!
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You'll love it! I've already ordered three more illustrated Journals. Will probably write a blog post on all of them eventually, but two are from a woman named Diana Hollingsworth Gessler of her illustrated watercolor journals to Charleston, SC, and New Orleans, LA. And the other is by a woman named Teresa Jordan of her illustrated journal from Yosemite. They are lovely additions to my collection. I plan to show them at my next Illustrated Travel Journal workshop scheduled next month at the Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson.
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Give the space in your heart a place in your life and join me for a series of Illustrated Travel Journaling adventures in and around Tennessee. Continue reading
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Artists are different. Artists are in a perpetual search for inspiration... for beauty, joy, light, magic. Artists are inventive, expressive, adventurous, and intuitive with an overwhelming desire to share their world. I am such an artist. Each Friday, I'll share with you a few beautiful, delicious, intriguing treasures I'm grateful to have discovered.Or simply things I'm just grateful for... Period. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Charm of the Carolines
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Happy Father's Day to all the wonderful men in my life!! Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2019 at Charm of the Carolines
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Artists are different. Artists are in a perpetual search for inspiration... for beauty, joy, light, magic. Artists are inventive, expressive, adventurous, and intuitive with an overwhelming desire to share their world. I am such an artist. Each Friday, I'll share with you a few beautiful, delicious, intriguing treasures I'm grateful to have discovered.Or simply things I'm just grateful for... Period. Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2019 at Charm of the Carolines
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As much as I love painting studio and plein air works of art, it's Illustrated Watercolor Journaling that brings me pure joy. The hobby started with an Illustrated Nature Journal. Shortly after it began, I went on a scenic, painting trip to Owl's Head, Maine, with a few friends, so the journal evolved to an Illustrated Nature and Travel Journal. But I also love to cook and to eat! And I love history and historic and family recipes. And guess what? The illustrated watercolor journal as evolved to involve these loves, too. Continue reading
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I love watercolor illustration and use it for a variety of journals, from Illustrated Nature Journals to Illustrated Travel Journals, to Illustrated Family Recipes Cookbook, not a day goes by I wouldn't rather be illustrating a journal with watercolor. Here is my journal watercolor illustration and recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes. Delicious!! Continue reading
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Rachel Blair, Executive Director of The Chestnut Group, a plein air painting organization based in Nashville, Tennessee, contacted me late last year about volunteering to teach a workshop for the Paint Your Heart Out series of workshops The Chestnut Group hosts every year as a fundraiser for the organization. I jumped on the opportunity and suggested Illustrate Travel Journaling to be taught at Rippavilla Plantation in Spring Hill, Tennessee Continue reading
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Artists are different. Artists are in a perpetual search for inspiration... for beauty, joy, light, magic. Artists are inventive, expressive, adventurous, and intuitive with an overwhelming desire to share their world. I am such an artist. Each Friday, I'll share with you a few beautiful, delicious, intriguing treasures I'm grateful to have discovered.Or simply things I'm just grateful for... Period. Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2019 at Charm of the Carolines
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On the 75th Anniversary of "Operation Overlord" (as the mission was named), I would like to observe a quiet moment of prayer, gratitude and appreciation for Henry Buck and all the men and women who fought for the Allies in World War II, and those that served in the War Effort at home and abroad, and the families who kept the country operating and the home fires burning here on the homefront. Thank you for your service, your sacrifice, and your heroism. May we never, never, never forget. Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at Charm of the Carolines
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Bullet Point Blessings of Susan Elizabeth Jones, artist, for May 31, 2019. Artists are different. Artists are in a perpetual search for inspiration... for beauty, joy, light, magic. Artists are inventive, expressive, adventurous, and intuitive with an overwhelming desire to share their world. I am such an artist. Each Friday, I'll share with you a few beautiful, delicious, intriguing treasures I'm grateful to have discovered. Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2019 at Charm of the Carolines
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June 2019 "Wet Paint" Newsletter and Calendar of Painting Classes and Art-related Events is the monthly communique of artist and instructor Susan Elizabeth Jones for both the artist of every skill level and for collectors of beloved paintings. Continue reading
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Before we head out for our Memorial Day Weekend, before the picnics, before the day spent on the lake, before hitting the sales at the mall or making homemade ice cream with the family, let's take a moment to reflect, remember and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to put the Free in Freedom while serving in the US Armed Forces. I've heard it said that Memorial Day used to be called Decoration Day, and that might be true. Except many families in the south observe Decoration Day each year but it's not on Memorial Day. Decoration Day may have started as a time to honor the dead, but where I live it is more like a family reunion where people visit the family cemetery and clean it up and then enjoy a potluck dinner on the grounds. My family observes Decoration Day on the first Saturday in August.... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2019 at Charm of the Carolines
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Artists are different. Artists are in a perpetual search for inspiration... for beauty, joy, light, magic. Artists are inventive, expressive, adventurous, and intuitive with an overwhelming desire to share their world. I am such an artist. Each Friday, I'll share with you a few beautiful, delicious, intriguing treasures I'm grateful to have discovered. Count your blessings! Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2019 at Charm of the Carolines
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Make your plans to visit the Parthenon in Nashville this weekend and see the newest work of the Chestnut Group members. Hope to see you there! Continue reading
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The students of Creative Spirits spent their class time out doors painting en plein air. Amanda and Sherry chose to paint a sweet, little creek. Others chose to paint vignettes we created to take advantage of the spring weather and bright sunlight. We start our process by creating thumbnail sketches,... Continue reading
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I can't believe it's been a decade since I took a week off from my job to learn how to use Typepad and elementary HTML programming in order to publish my blog. Are they still called blogs? It seems so archaic now. It was the end of May 2009. Facebook had only recently made the leap from college campuses to the ubiquitous platform it is today. Instagram and Pinterest weren't even created yet. MySpace was the only social media that had gone mainstream. To read that very first blog post, click here. When I started the blog, it was simply a hobby, a place where I could publish tales and belles lettres about things I love, and interesting tidbits picked up from where I live, and some of the interesting people who live around here, plus beautiful gardens, traditional holidays, local events, and highlights of beautiful, historic home, and recipes,... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2019 at Charm of the Carolines
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You just never know who might be coming to town. My friend Sonja got a call last week to inform her the Tennessee Titans Caravan was adding a Spring Hill 'meet and greet' to their tour. Several members of the Tennessee Titans football team came to Port Royal Park to meet the public, sign autographs, and throw football with kids. Sonja is the Director of Programs for Spring Hill Parks and Recreation, and it was her job to work out all the details. And she was sworn to secrecy! She said it was the hardest thing she ever had to do, and I don't doubt it. Officer Lovett was assigned to protect Marcus Mariota. Lucky duck! I'm not sure who was more popular, Quarterback Marcus Mariota or T-Rac. Look at that sweet, little face. Pure joy. Other team members to visit were linebacker Kamalei Correa, linebacker Rashaan Evans and linebacker... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2019 at Charm of the Carolines
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Artists are different. Artists are in a perpetual search for inspiration... for beauty, joy, light, magic. Artists are inventive, expressive, adventurous, and intuitive with an overwhelming desire to share their world. I am such an artist. Each Friday, I'll share with you a few beautiful, delicious, intriguing treasures I'm grateful to have discovered. ______________________________________________________________________________________ ♥ Henry Bockstoce Peonies On Monday, a friend of mine and I visited another friend's peony farm, and we were delighted to discover several new varieties of peonies. They were all so beautiful, but none more beautiful than the deep red of the Henry Bockstoce variety. ♥ Fun, Talented, Amazing Artist Friends and Students Being an artist is the best job ever! Each Thursday I get to meet with an amazing group of artists to paint for a couple of hours and then go to lunch together. New, charming and talented students start painting with me... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2019 at Charm of the Carolines
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"The peace and prosperity of Nancy Hilderbrand's existence on the banks of the Tennessee, the ancients' Giver of life, is disrupted by the Removal of 1838, when native peoples are stripped of their lands by Federal powers greedy for gold and fertile soil. "The finest seamstress outside New Echota," Nancy, widowed, with child, and awaiting deportation from the miserable internment of the stockade near Ross Landing, joins forces with Kaquoli Hicks, a devoted teacher left without students, and Sara Colaquee, a young girl left without parents. Their talents and strengths make them a formidable assemblage. Nancy had determined: "The men in blue might strip them of their heritage and steal from them their home, but they could not taint the color of their blood, the nobility of their character. Their big knives were no match for the long, gleaming, razor-edged blade of hatred sheathed in her soul. Their big knives... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2019 at Charm of the Carolines
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This photo was taken the day my Mom became a Mother. Happy Mother's Day!! Blessings abound in middle Tennessee where we are celebrating Mother's Day for the 55th time in the Jones family, and we are eternally blessed to still have our Mom with us to share the occasion. And even though they are no longer with us, Memaw, Momma Agnes, and Aunt Jean are no less loved and celebrated on their special day. Happy Mother's Day to all the dear ancestral mother's whom I've never met. Without you all, how would we know grace, charm and proper biscuit etiquette? Or that pearls go with everything? Happy Mother's Day to all my dear friends who are mother's of young children, adult children, and children who were taken from us too soon, and to those friends who mother me. You never get too old to appreciate a nurturer in your corner.... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2019 at Charm of the Carolines
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Bob and Wanda Bell recently donated this fabulous miniature dresser, circa 1850 to Rippavilla. Kate Wilson, Executive Director, happily accepted this wonderful and generous donation from Wanda and Bob Bell. In the 19th century, small samples of home furnishings to scale were carried around a territory by salesmen to show examples of their wares which could be ordered and created on an as-needed basis. It was never meant to be doll furniture, as many think it is today. However, it makes great doll furniture. I love it! I don't know the history of this particular piece, but I will be at Rippavilla next week and will find out. This piece is just one of several miniatures on exhibit at the mansion. Make your plans to visit Rippavilla next time you are in middle Tennessee. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2019 at Charm of the Carolines
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Today I'm getting ready for an art show at the Parthenon in Centennial Park in Nashville, Tennessee. I plan to go there tomorrow and paint en plein air. This painting was created using a photo I took for reference. I drove to the Parthenon on a beautiful, early spring day... Continue reading