Wednesday, November 24, 2010


6x8" oil on canvas

Thought a Thanksgivingey painting would be appropriate for the occasion.

Strange times these. In spite of it all, I hope there is indeed a lot for us all to be thankful for this year. I remember, on New Year's Day, saying to myself...I'm gonna make this year go slow. Ha! In Little Suz time, it's still spring. Time is going faster, I can feel it, there's just no way I can prove it. How did we get here so fast?

Anyway. We're here. I'm dealing. Let's move on. These are a few of my major "thankfuls" this year:

Despite family clashes, misunderstandings and disagreements, I'm thankful that I've finally realized I don't have the slightest idea about what's best for anyone...including and most importantly myself.

I'm thankful that more and more I'm giving up my need to try and control things—an illusion at best, complete delusion at worst—and leaving it all to the Universe...or Yoda...or the Force.

I'm thankful for finally realizing that I don't really know anything. 

I'm thankful that enjoying my life, my family and my work is a choice I must make and has nothing to do with them or it following my directions, ideas or wishes.

I'm thankful that I've realized it really isn't all about moi. I tend to forget that...a lot.

I'm thankful that people have liked my work enough to bring it into their homes...or better yet... thank you so much for buyin' my stuff!

I'm thankful for the many people that read my blog and follow my work. I appreciate it more than I can ever say.

And finally, himself, the boys, our home, our time together.... the very definition of Thanksgiving.

Have a wonderful day and many many thanks.


  1. Love your thankful list. :) And of course this STUNNING painting!! Yes, that is wise to leave all things up to Yoda. He knows the real deal. :)

  2. All so true! Lovely, lovely painting! And regarding what you know or don't know...I have come to the same conclusion. I don't know what's best about anything for anyone, including myself quite often. It is kind of freeing, though, to give up trying to control stuff. Pray for good things in the world, send out love and good will, but trying to be the commander of everything just isn't going to work...ask any politician! You have control, though, over your reactions and responses to things, including the direction for your art life. I often think it's why so many of us choose art as a vocation - it is a way to make a little universe and call the shots. What a surprise when it STILL doesn't always turn out as expected! Have a very happy Thanksgiving down there (ours up here is in Oct.)

  3. Ah, you captured persimmons so well! I am thankful I found you here in blogland. Happy Thanksgiving.

  4. Happy Thanksgiving to you also. Yes a wonderful painting and post. Always a joy to visit your blog. I personally thank you for sharing your wonderful work and great insight.

    All the best to you

  5. You said some words that I feel. It makes me feel better to know i am not the only one who deals with stuff, that grabs at my ankles and tries to pull me down. It makes me feel good to feel the hope of how you deal with "stuff".

    And your painting is so awsome,,, it looks so real.
    We are thankful for you

  6. Wow Suzanne a beautiful painting, those rich reds and highlights are fantastic. Lovely post:)

  7. That's amazing, it really gives energy and positive feelings to me...

  8. sure wish I knew how to share this, Suz. Very well written!

  9. I LOVE your painting! Gorgeous colors and reflections. And your commentary is - as always - is wonderful. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!!

  10. Happy Thanksgiving from Canada Suzanne!... So many things to be thnkful for... no matter which side of our border that "You" live on!

    Life sometimes isn't about understanding.. or controlling life. Perhaps it is more about "seeing" life for what it really is.

    It is perhaps only a brief journey... to be enjoyed and savoured ... second-by-second. in those terms... Time might seem more vast and with greater potential.

    "You" listed the very most important blessings in your own "thankful list". Put lots of ticks beside each one... every single day!

    Rich blessings upon your house!
    Good painting!
    Warmest regards,

    PS Great painting by the way! Persimmons were the gift of the kings of long ago. Even the very name conjurs up richness! Good choice!

  11. Wonderful painting as always and very insightful post too. You know what they say, 'The older you get the faster time goes by!'
    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  12. Truly beautiful. The color is fantastic.

  13. These persimmons are wonderful. I love the way you've captured their shiny lusciousness against the simplicity of the dark background.

    Thank you for sharing your talents with us, and your thoughts, for we are blessed and thankful too.


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