Friday, February 12, 2010


oil on canvas

This painting has been posted before, early in my blogging which seems like a long time but was only about a year and a half ago. Kate is himself's only sister and a very cool person. I miss her. I miss the family.

This was done as a monthly contribution to our now defunct painting club that I started with a co-worker back in the day. I am so grateful for that period as it really got me back into the game again in earnest. My process is so different now. I actually used to paint a section at a time, literally finishing up before I moved on to the next area. It was almost a paint by number type of thing. Now I would paint the background color of the couch for example first and put the pattern on top.

I've been working and am in fact really excited about this month's challenge. I really love the subject matter chosen this month by the challenge originator Diana Moses Botkin. I loved it so much in fact I'm doing 2 more!

Been going through a strange time. The pups are doing well but since the fall I've had to change my schedule a lot which made for less time in the studio. We'd just gotten to the point where they could walk up and down the stairs by themselves and just tear ass around the house and yard like speed demons—which made for longer nap times. Now, not so much, but I'm a willow, I can bend. Ok, so I've been more like an oak, but, I'm getting better.


  1. I hadn't followed you until last year so thanks for posting this again. I love the light on her face. You should enter this in some portrait competitions. Yeah, the pups are like toddlers right now. They'll mellow out soon.

  2. I'm speechless. This stopped me in my's so beautiful and so well painted. Your sense of color and composition just blows me away! Love the way the figures in your work seem to be far away and thinking of something very nice.
    I can tell this was painted with a lot of love.

    Sorry the pups and Mom are going through this hard phase. They are young and poor little Raz will heal quickly and be running himself to sleep again before you know it!

  3. WOW! I like everything about this portrait. It's gorgeous - especially the way you handled the cool outside lighting and the warm inside lighting. Amazing. I'm glad to hear you're invigorated by this month's challenge. I can't wait to see the three results.


  4. This is such a cool painting I just had to come over to your blog to comment. The sofa alone is worth the price of admission!

    I'm so sorry to hear about the trials of the Raz Man. Bless his furry little heart. Those faces are just the cutest. We still miss our Booger - just not his shedding and snoring. LOL

  5. This is quite beautiful, and the fabric is way cool! You are very talented!

  6. Suzanne!

    Thanks for sharing your older work with us!

    And don't forget that young trees need to sway in order to encourage a strong trunk as an adult!


  7. Amazing! Beautiful work. I can't believe you painted the background color around the couch print. zowie. Gorgeous portrait.

  8. This is such a lovely painting, Suzanne! And I enjoyed reading about how your techinque has changed.

  9. This is one stunning painting. I cannot believe that fabric and the boots are impressive too. Everything about this painting is outstanding; I hope you have entered it in a competition or two. I so admire people who have the patience to put so much work into a project.


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