Friday, October 31, 2014

Five Wine Bottles 7

10x10 oil in Masonite
I especially like the reflection of the blue bottle on the green bottle.  Really enjoying painting these wine bottles!

Five Wine Bottles 6

10x10 oil on Masonite
To purchase this painting go to my daily paintworks gallery.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

New blog

My new blog is up and running.  I will keep this blog.  The new one will be more about the selling aspect of my art business.  This one continues to be more of a journal about my art journey.  My new blog is Susan Williams' Studio at  I have joined the Daily Paintworks online gallery where you can purchase my paintings.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Five Wine Bottles 3

11x14 oil on gessoed Masonite

Paint quickly on red under-painting

I can now say I like painting on Masonite or gessobord better than canvas panel or stretched canvas. I also like the look and I feel like I use less paint.  

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Five Wine Bottles 2

 16x20 oil on gallery wrap

I would like to begin sharing the most significant thing I chose to work on with the particular piece or the most significant thing I learned from the experience as I blog from now on.

In this piece I concentrated on warm and cool colors.  It's basically a blue and green painting so it needed a variation of shades.  I tried to put warm and cool close within small and large masses.  I also used the palette knife on parts of this painting.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


6x6 oil on canvas panel 

6x6 oil on gessobord 

6x6 oil on canvas panel 

These paintings are all 6x6" on canvas panel.  I was inspired to paint birds after going to the art center in Ann Arbor, MI with my daughter-in-law this past weekend.  She told me I needed to paint birds.  So I did and will do more.  I think these will be good for the Arts Castle show in November.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Balboa Beach

During our trip to CA from Ohio, my husband, cousin, and I went to the Debra Huse Gallery that I read about in Leslie Saeta's blog . I wanted to see her paintings which I did and photos of her art just don't do them justice.  So lovely!  She is a master with the palette knife.  I went upstairs and there on an easel was a Colin Page painting  I was so thrilled.  He's a favorite of mine.  Wish I could take his workshop there.  Wish I didn't live so far.  Lots of wishes, but I need to keep painting and I trust things will happen for me.

Friday, September 19, 2014

More kindness cards

I left many cards in every state we passed through.  This one was in AZ in the Mojave desert.  We travelled through Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Wyoming, Nebraska, Utah, Nevada, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, and back home again.  Maybe I'll hear from someone!?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tangled kindness project # 3

As we were making our way in the Nevada desert from Wendover to Death Valley State Park, we saw this lone tree by the side of the road.  There were no other trees for what seemed to be a hundred miles.  Just this one right on the side.  I am going to call "The Giving Tree" because other people had hung shoes, hats, shirts, scarves, beer cans,  and more from the branches.  I taped one of my cards in the tree.  I was so moved.  The world may seem like a huge desert but people pass through with love to share.  So glad Fred and I got to see it and participate in our small way to spread some kindness.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Cherry Season

8x10 oil on canvas panel

I've painted this particular photograph two or three times and love doing it every time.  Maybe it's because I love cherries?  

Sunday, August 24, 2014


6x6 oil on canvas panel

Not sure where I got the photo of this hummingbird, but I enjoyed painting him.  Something different...

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Treasured comment

"I want to just walk into those paintings," said one of my little friends in the neighborhood when she was in my studio looking at my paintings on my shelves.  Love it!  Guess I should post what she was looking at...

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Friday, August 8, 2014

Orange and Blue Dresses

8x10 oils on canvas panels

After showing my little neighbors my studio and my paintings, they each commissioned me to paint them.  We had a photo shoot in my yard and these are their paintings.  They picked the one the photo they wanted me to do.  It was a beautiful day which gave me great shadows.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Wining Again

8x10 oil on canvas panel

I began with the clear bottles which I feel helped me with the values.  Painting the reflections was fun, especially in the white wine bottles with the cool and warm grays.

Painting in progress

I've had such positive feedback from my wine bottle paintings, I thought I should paint more and get them in the Ohio Art Market.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


This tangle went to my friend who is moving to her new home in the Outerbanks.  I accompanied it with a starfish seaglass sun catcher I made like this one.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

New art form

My art instructor, Angela Gage,, of the plein air course I'm taking, introduced me to Zentangle art.  I was intrigued with her story about finding a card in New Orleans while walking with her daughter in a cemetery.  The card had a quote inside about kindness with some Zentangle art and on the back it said "you have found an artistic piece of human kindness...enjoy!  The Tangled Kindness Project".
Fred and I are taking a road trip this fall to California, and I thought it would be fun to participate in this project and make and leave cards along our journey.  So I now have a purpose to learn this method of art.  Pictured is my first card to take and leave on my journey.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Clearly Unique

8x10 oil on gessoed Masonite

Thanks to all for saving their wine bottles for me, not that I don't have a few myself... :). Love that glass of wine every evening. 

 This series of painting wine bottles is great for my color mixing, value study and composition decisions.  I began much looser with this one and then tightened up as I added the details.  As far as drawing, getting the wine bottle correctly drawn was the most challenging.  When I tried this a year ago, I ended up with what looked like beer bottles.  

Monday, July 7, 2014

Wine bottles work in progress

This is being painted on gessoed Masonite.  I like the way the paint feels on this smooth surface.  Not much more to do.  The clear bottle in front was fun to do.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Deer Haven Preserve

8x10 oil on canvas panel

This is my first plein air landscape painting and I really enjoyed the experience.  Definitely different from working at home in my studio.  I laid in the big shapes and most values and finished it at home. I wasn't going to finish at home and wait until the next week of class, BUT. I couldn't help myself.  Had to finish...
The changing light was the most challenging, but I took a good photo with my iPad.  Some shadows are different from the photo because I liked them better near the end of the painting session.

I am taking a workshop with Angela Gage.  The workshop is through the Delaware Arts Castle summer classes.  Wonderful instructor and artist!