Monday, March 15, 2010


The Usual Suspects
oil on canvas

I should just say to insert the "oh my, doesn't time fly" blurb here, but I feel compelled to say, yet again, that it cannot possibly be that another month has gone by already! Again, I apologize, this seems to be beyond my control.

This month's theme—A Favorite Treat—was given to the group by Michael Naples, an incredibly gifted artist. I thought I'd go at this from a different point of view and bypass the obvious, but alas, my thoughts made a bee-line to the gooey goodies. I caught myself and tried to take the higher road: a Saturday morning "soak" in bed with himself and the boys before starting the day; seeing my favorite musician perform in an intimate setting with Tim; being engrossed in a well-written book, with a glass of wine on a cold night, curled up by the fireplace—if I had one—in my jammies. All of these are or would be among my favorite treats, however, a tad difficult to bring to life on canvas a week before the due date. I thought and thought and thought, but I knew a trip to the local bakery was in my future.

Once there, I had to purchase quite the array of colorfully decorated baked possibilities, and I knew it was just as certain that I would have to eat them. And, eat them I did. But I digress... enter the Usual Suspects. The subsequent photo shoot wasn't going well when himself suggested that I use the flash. The result was a shot that made the jelly donuts appear as if they were in a line up, or being interrogated. And since I'm always wondering how and why that annoying number keeps getting higher and higher on the bathroom scale, I thought perhaps it was time I round up the usual suspects for questioning!

And sample these incredibly delicious treats from the group...

"Tasty Treat”
Oil on hardboard 7”x5”
 ©2010 Diana Moses Botkin

"My Treat"
6x8 oil on panel
© 2010 Robin Cheers

“Chocolate Cordial Cherries”
4x4” oil on panel
 ©2010 Jeanne Illenye

“Marble Frosted”
Oil on Board, 8”x8”
Michael Naples
©2010 Michael Naples

“One a Day”
©2010 Vicki Ross
4x7 oil on panel


  1. For some reason my mouth is suddenly watering. Hmmm... I think I have some Fudge Bars in the freezer... Oh, sorry! I got distracted for a minute there...

    Your painting is delicious and your words are delightful. Your usual suspects wouldn't last 5 minutes around my house.


  2. LOL Suzanne, love your doughnuts)

  3. I really like what the firing squad did to these "usual subjects"!

  4. Mmmm....looks so tasty.
    When I first read through this quickly, I thought I read that you, Himself, and the two Poubles all soaked in the bathtub together. Hahahahaha!

  5. You can make us all a little fatter just looking at these. I think these are my most secret desire, someday I want to eat a dozen (and not tell anyone). You hit the note on many levels, skill, composition and lust!

  6. I was just beginning to get a handle on my Sugar Addiction when I saw these delicious jelly filled donuts. Great job!YUM!

  7. This is SO good, Suzanne!

    The flash gives this painting a surprise element. Like you caught them doing something they shouldn't! LOL

    I'm so hungry now!


  8. Suzanne, my third week into Weight Watchers and I want to jump into your blog and eat every treat. Will I ever be cured of my sugar addiction?. Anyway, I love your usual suspects. Well done.

  9. Don, thanks so much! Oooo, I love fudge bars! I really appreciate your delightful words, thank you!

    Sam, thank you so much!

    Diana, thank you! I wish and could get them to admit why they do these terrible things to me, then I might not have to shoot them!

    Jala, thank you! Yeah, my grandfather used to call it "soaking" when you'd wake up on Saturday morning and just lie about in bed. That would have been quite the scene in the tub though!

    Mary Ann, thank you so very much! Jelly D's are my all time favorite. I actually have eaten a dozen, albeit over the course of a week. It was understood though that if eaten that way, they didn't count.

    Gwen, thank you so much.

    Dean, thank you! They do look guilty don't they? And I am walking proof of their crime.

    Joan, thank you so much. I have a sugar addiction too. I just can't seem to help it.

  10. TO DIE FOR!! Suzanne I just love this painting, the unusual stacking for three donuts, the glistening jelly oooooozing out. This is just too much! Now if I could convince myself to just look at the painting without the follow-up of actually eating sugar!!

    I appreciate on your very kind comments, thanks so much.

  11. Girlfriend, YOU are right up my alley! I'm an Emily Eveleth fan, and I happen to love the jellies, as well! I think my best daily painting of all time was 3 stacked jelly donuts - you must love it to paint it well, right? Yours rocks! Seriously... I may have to break down in the morning.....

  12. Yum they look delicious and I'm on a diet too.
    Just been reading through your blog posts and the thought struck me that besides being an awesome artist you write with such humour and candour, have you every thought of writing a book?


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