Portrait Workshop with a focus on Drawing Skills - January 17-18, 2014

Registration for this workshop is full. If you're interested in my future workshops, please email me!

If you've been looking for a chance to work on your skills in portraiture, whether in sharpening your drawing ability or in working out those flesh tones in your painting, come spend two days in November- Friday and Saturday, the 8th and 9th with me.  We're keeping the group small so each artist can be assured of plenty of personal attention.  I hope you'll join us!

Place: Harold's 
2743 Roosevelt Ave, San Antonio, TX 78214

Cost:  $150. 

Time: January 17-18, 2014
9:00- 4:00 with an hour break for lunch... bring your lunch and work on through, if you like!

Feel free to use your regular palette of colors, but if you'd like a recommended supply list, just email me: susan@susancarlin.com.



Final Touch, oil, 28 x 22 (Not Schmid)



I painted most of this painting almost four years ago.  I painted it online during my at-least-once-a-week livestreamed sessions and one of the artists who joined me via the chat function mentioned that the subject looked somewhat like Richard Schmid.  From that point on we referred to the painting from then on as "Not Schmid".   I still think of it with that title, to be honest.  But officially it's titled "Final Touch"... for a couple of reasons:  1) Even though the model (a nice man who did me a great favor to pose for many, many photographs) was not holding anything during our session, I gave him a paint brush in the painting. To me he looks like he's doing what all artists do toward the end of a painting- staring/seeing critically and deciding if it's time to sign it. And 2) I put this painting away just before finishing because I was puzzling too long on how to handle the shadows of his chair on the floor and wall and needed to get on to other paintings. Time passed. Other paintings were painted. About six weeks ago I pulled Not Schmid out and suddenly knew what to do about those shadows. I put on my Final Touch/es and framed the fellow up. He's watching over my shoulder in the gallery now.   A critical-eyed guardian angel.  I like him. 

Two Day Portrait Workshop Nov 8 and 9

... with me!
This workshop is over now... and it was SO much fun to work with such intent and happy artists.
I have another scheduled on January 17-18, 2014.
I hope you'll join us.

If you've been looking for a chance to work on your skills in portraiture, whether in sharpening your drawing ability or in working out those flesh tones in your painting, come spend two days in November- Friday and Saturday, the 8th and 9th with me.  We're keeping the group small so each artist can be assured of plenty of personal attention.  I hope you'll join us!

Place: Harold's 
2743 Roosevelt Ave, San Antonio, TX 78214

Cost:  $150.  Register by clicking on the PayPal button below.

Time: Nov 8 and 9
9:30- 4:30 with an hour's break for lunch

Feel free to use your regular palette of colors, but if you'd like a recommended supply list, just email me: susan@susancarlin.com.









Getaway, oil, 30"x24", black floater frame. $1200
 
Drawing, graphite, 10"x8"


Drawing detail
Although Whistle Stop Corner still occupies most of my waking hours (and probably most of my dream time, too), recently I've gotten the chance to paint a bit and to take this drawing commission above. The loving wife of the man on the left (viewers' left) commissioned me to make a drawing of him with his late father for Father's Day. The patio in background has some significance for them, so was requested to include the roof detail.  I've heard that it was received with love and appreciation.

The (large) painting at the top is of a little cove along the western coast of Ireland from my time there in 2010.  I long to spend many weeks in the future exploring that beautiful, beautiful country.
Since I've posted last (I'm embarrassed to see that it was in November... blush), we've traveled to Istanbul in April and got to take my dad with us this time.  It was a special 10 days of family, tulips, ancient architecture and a visit to Istanbul's incredible Modern Art Museum.  I'm in love with that city.

WSC is coming along... We now have new wiring everywhere: we can finally just flip on a switch and SEE. Very exciting, believe me, to roll up all those extension cords and put them away.  A couple of non-weight-bearing interior walls have been demolished and new ones framed in on Saturday.     We still hope to be ready for our first painting workshop in the former grocery store's space in the fall, but have decided not to make ourselves any crazier than we already are by scheduling anything before it's ready to go.   The cottage now has working lights and outlets as of yesterday.  We have our second tenant in Apartment 3.  Our friend Diana came over Friday evening with her tools and before long she had all the blinds installed in Apartment 2.  Things are progressing, we remind ourselves. Before long the vision and the reality will look very much like each other. 

I've gotten some of the sweetest messages from a few of you who let me know I'm being missed.  Thank you, Dear Ones.  I look forward to rejoining this good community when we can come up for air.  In the meantime, I'll post as I'm able!  Sending love....XOXO

Safe With You

Safe With You
This large 36" x 48" oil painting on stretched canvas is a departure for me. I enjoyed the experience of painting a simple concept just for myself. Ahh.
Haven't framed it yet, but it's drawn lots of positive comments from visitors at the gallery - always nice to eavesdrop on.

Thank you for dropping in on my blog!

September 30- One Day Portrait Workshop



One Day Portrait Intensive Workshop with Susan Carlin
for both oil painters and pastel painters.
 Whether you've painted hundreds of portraits or never have had the nerve, spend the last day of September moving your skills forward!
Sunday, September 30, 2012

Nueva Street Gallery
in La Villita, San Antonio’s Historic Art Village by the Riverwalk.
507 E Nueva Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

Workshop limited to 15 artists.
$100.
Register by check or email: susan at susancarlin.com to receive a PayPal invoice.

Please arrive 8:30-9:00 a.m. to set up. Workshop will begin at 9:30. 
Morning session– 9:30-12:30
Lunch 12:30-1:30 Bring your lunch or lunch on the Riverwalk
Afternoon session– 1:30-4:30.

We will be working from your choice among photographs I will provide. 
 Further details- supplies needed and parkng information, etc., will be sent upon registration


We’ll work our tushies off, learn a lot and have a blast!

 
Gallery: 210-229-9810
Nueva Street Gallery
507 E. Nueva Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

www.nuevastreetgallery.com

email: susan at susancarlin.com
Cell phone: 210-602-8562

Happy Freedom

New Schwinn Admiral 700c at Whistle Stop Corner

Parked at Nueva Street Gallery- Sculpture?!
If you could see me right now, you'd be blinded by my big grin. 

The thing we kept saying when we found the property that would become Whistle Stop Corner is, "We can bicycle to work!"  And this week we have finally begun! 

First, I did my usual uberFrugal thing... and consulted the listings in Craigslist.  We met a man at a parking lot midway and I jumped right on the blue bicycle he was selling for oh-so-little. Even though I'd noticed that he'd Armor All-ed the heck out of the tires and even though it was an asphalt lot at 2:00 p.m. on a hot late-August day in Texas, I still took the first turn too sharply and the slick tires slid across that hot asphalt and I went right down on my keister.  My pride was the biggest thing hurt.  My keister was the next biggest thing.  Oooch.  But I paid the man and rode it to work the next day.  Imagine my glee!  I did love the idea of the bike, but not the actual bike, turns out.  I still found myself looking at bicycles online.  Apparently I had not married the blue bike... we were just dating.

On Sunday I found The Shiny New Schwinn.  I also got Accessories: a cute white wire basket that comes off and has a handle for carrying, LED headlight and taillight, a Dddling-dddling-dddling bell, and a Kryptonite bike lock.  She's white with red lettering, red sidewalls and red piping on the seat and red cross stitch on the grips.  She's a rolling peppermint! Hey, that's a good name for her, don't you think?  Peppermint, it is.   I have an electric bike, too, named Peggy Sue:  the down-home version of Pegusus... get it? ;-)

It takes 10-15 minutes to get to Nueva Street Gallery or to get home to Whistle Stop Corner, depending on lights and those minutes are spent smiling and saying Good Morning and Good Afternoon to everyone I pass, feeling the self-made breeze and the freedom and instant time travel to my youth. 

My happiest Christmas was 1966 when I was 11 and my parents gifted my sister and brothers and I with new Schwinn bicycles. Mine was pink and white. I loved it so. It put wings on my sense of freedom and expanded my territory in a big way. I'm 57 now and still can appreciate that feeling.
What does this have to do with painting or art?  A happy artist makes happy art?  Another action taken to fulfill our dreams makes us more of who we are?  I don't know... It does feel like it's part of my dream as an artist somehow.   It's also less gas used and fewer parking fees paid... always good.  But a sense of happy freedom - The BEST.