Wednesday, December 15, 2010


30" x 10" (76.2cm x 25.4cm)
oil on canvas
$200 plus $15.95 shipping and handling in the US
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I have no one to blame but myself. The theme this month is entirely my responsibility, and I thought I had this one in the bag...oooo...I could have used that! Anyway, we were to paint our favorite cliche, game or phrase. I even bought this neat reference book of cliches and still managed to be stumped. Possibly because, instead of conceptualizing for the challenge, I stayed up late night painting bugs. Fortunately or unfortunately, I ran out of the larger canvases—they're on back order—so I guess for now, that train has pulled into the station. Another cliche!

And when I did finally decide what I was doing, in hindsight, I noticed that the expressions read—"indifferent, bad or good," instead of "good, bad or indifferent!" Oh well. I really enjoyed doing the floating faces with oil instead of it really that uncool to call it pencil? The shadows were infinitely easier and much more fun to do. Floating faces...larger canvas...hmmm? Yes, I know, my floating faces challenge failed to garner the crowd I was hoping for so, it's on the back burner. Yet, another cliche!

A word about an artist that I've admired and found, recently, much to my horror, that I hadn't added her blog link to my list! I always enjoy a visit to Kelley MacDonald's blog and I'm sure you will too! Toward that end, I've added her link to my list. I covet her spontaneity and brushwork and am particularly in love with her paintings of jelly donuts! And thank you Kelley for your kind words!

Feast on the group paintings for this month's challenge:

“No Time Like the Present” 
Oil on hardboard 6x8” 
©2010 Diana Moses Botkin

“You Can Lead A Horse to Water”
10x8” oil on panel
© 2010 Robin Cheers

“Why Not Queen Me?”
oil on masonite, 6x6”
©2010 Sharman Owings

“DoubleMint Twins at the Paris Metro”
12x6” oil on panel
©2010 Vicki Ross


  1. There's no time like the present to comment on these angelic expressions! Lovely, and your bugs too.

  2. What a great challenge! I love your faces and your commentary .... as always! It's always fun to come to your blog!! :-)

  3. Your floating faces are inspiring Suzanne, such great expression!

  4. What Linda said is true,, it is always fun to come your bloggie.
    It is so amazing you can just paint these challenges so perfectly,,,, how amazing your floating faces are,.
    We enjoyed looking at the other challenges too

  5. I love the faces too, and don't mind that indifferent and good are switched. In fact, I think those facial expressions might work, anyway.

    Thank you for coming up with this month's Challenge. It is definitely something I would NOT have done, otherwise!

  6. I love your faces! Oh cliches, the bain of my existence. Beautiful work Suzanne. Now where's the rest of the bugs?!

  7. WOW, Suz! I love this painting! You have such a great way with faces and especially eyes. They're so alive. This is one of my favorites.

  8. Your floating faces are so fun to look at and I suspect can be fun to paint. I still need to get pictures of my boys each with their trademark expressions and have you do this for me. It's on the list for 2011!

    Good luck with all your projects.

  9. What a clever idea for a challenge and I love your response. I think it's great!!! Such a cute little face to work with. I'm in love with your bugs. They are awesome!!! Happy Holidays!!! I'm so happy we're bloggy buddies.

  10. You know, when I was looking at your painting I thought... hmmm, I'd peg this 'good' as 'indifferent', and vice versa - then I read your post - :P. I LOVE your 'challenge' responses this month - hope you don't mind if I send it around to my Challenger Group. I think they'd really enjoy it!


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