Hi ya'll,

I’m already getting excited about 2009 and seeing what we’ll paint this year, aren't you?

I’ve got three things happening soon I thought you might want to know about:
1. As some of you know, I do an online painting show on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at www.ustream.tv/channel/susancarlin . Last Tuesday I started a pastel portrait of a little one year old boy. This coming Tuesday, December 30, I’ll be continuing to work on that painting. Last Tuesday’s recordings (2) are at that link above, if you’d like to see them.

2. I’m doing the demo for the Central Texas Pastel Society on Saturday morning, January 17 at the Windberg Art Center. The demo is free to all, and non-members are welcome. I’ll be demonstrating from 10:30 - Noon, then giving a Mini-Workshop on painting the figure in an interior setting from 1:00 -4:00 p.m. The cost of the workshop is $35. We’ll be using a photographic reference I’ll provide. The workshop will be open to non-members if space is available. There’ll be space for up to 20 participants, with members getting first shot. Easels are provided. Let me know if you want to come and I’ll send you a supply list.

For more information contact cntxpastel@aol.com . Meeting from 9:30 to Noon at the Windberg Art Center in Georgetown.
Directions: From Georgetown/Round Rock: Take IH 35 North and take the Walberg/972 Exit 268. Continue North on the 2-way feeder road for about 2 miles until you reach the Windberg Art School on the right.

3. I’m giving a two-day portrait workshop for artists who work in either pastel or oil February 17-18, (Tuesday and Wednesday) at the Hill Country Arts Foundation in Ingram, TX (5 minutes from Kerrville) $230. for non-members. Modeling fee is included. We’ll work from photographic references the first day and from the model on the second day. If you’ve wanted to work on seeing and painting values a bit better, I’ll be making that an emphasis during this workshop.

I hope to “see” you Tuesday on my online broadcast and perhaps in person at the Central Texas Pastel Society demo and at the workshop at HCAF.
Paint happy, Ya’ll!

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A Christmas present from the Universe...and Broadway Bank

On Monday I was surprised when I was suddenly tearful when talking with my good artist friends Donna Good and Mary Shepard. I was saying I might need to buy myself something so there'd be a present under the tree to unwrap on Christmas morning. My self-pity lasted just a few minutes and soon I was back to thinking my usual thoughts of abundance and how the world is full of love and well-being. Donna and Mary encouraged me to buy myself a toy anyway, bless 'em.
On Tuesday I got a call from my bank saying I'd won an iPod iTouch! Broadway Bank here in San Antonio was having a little sweepstakes to encourage people to check out their new website and you could enter to win one of five iTouches. I went down to pick it up today (Wednesday) and they took my picture holding it. Of course, it's not on because it hadn't been charged up or synched to my iTunes yet. But as we speak, I'm downloading a movie rental onto my new iTouch. So tomorrow when I'm riding the bus back and forth to the gallery, I'll be watching The Prestige with Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale and Scarlett Johansson. At 15 minutes per bus ride, I'll be watching the movie over a few days, but how cool is that??!!
They're going to have photos of the winners on that newsletter thingie that goes out with the bank statements. Except for that errant curl sticking out into mid-air, I don't think the picture's too bad. Thank you, Universe and Broadway Bank!

Thanks to those of you who hung out with me online last night. Ustream had a meltdown toward the end, so the second video clip ends abruptly. Sorry about that. I'll try to work on the little girl again online soon.

Finished Landscape

I had several landscape angels who helped me with advice on this painting. I'm pleased with the results. I also finished the little Renaissance girl today, but didn't get decent photos, so will post it tomorrow.

Landscape progress

I moved this further along today. Still lots yet to figure out. Thank you for your confidence in me!

Me? Paint a LANDSCAPE???

This is an 18 x 24 oil on stretched canvas, and I'm painting like mad. It needs to be finished and in Oregon in time for Christmas. I'll post images along the way...

Renaissance Girl Progress

Had an itch to paint last night, so called an impromptu session on Ustream.tv- and several friends showed up to keep me company. So nice!
The painting is coming along, but the features aren't right yet. Like most artists, I have to walk away and come back to see the corrections which need to be made. I'm liking it better and better, though.

Renaissance child - a start from the online "show"

11 x 14 oil on stretched canvas
This is the two-hour beginning from yesterday's broadcast of my "show."
The drawing gave me fits for some reason. I still have much to rearrange. I'll post progress photos once I've made progress! The artists who meet up with me on Tuesdays there make it so much fun for me. Joan asked if I would talk about ideas for getting commissions, so I spent the last 20 minutes of the second video from yesterday offering what I could.
Thanks again to those of you who come to play on Tuesdays!

Santa's Sangria

12 x 12 oil on canvas panel- sold
This is the painting I started on Tuesday during the Ustream.tv session. I spent another hour on it last night repainting the hand and adding some details elsewhere. I sure like this guy's twinkle.
The painting below is the palette knife portrait I did on last week's Ustream.tv session. I spent another hour on this one last night, too. I think the color is a little off true on both these photos, but close enough to show you what I've been up to.
I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgivings. I'm thankful for this community of vital, happy supportive artists I'm a part of here. Thank you all for caring to come by and visit!

Saint Tavy

It's either a halo or a moon. I keep thinking of Lady and the Tramp when I look at this little dog. All he'd need is some spaghetti hanging from his mouth. And, of course, no collar.

Second post in one day... A doggie start.

Start of an 11 x 14 oil on stretched canvas.
I'm not sure the "halo" is going to stay. I've sent the image to the commissioner to see what she thinks. The dreamcatcher in the background of the photo suggested the idea. The way I understand it, this dog is MOST precious to the mother of the siblings commissioning the painting for her. But I'm not sure the dog has attained sainthood. We'll see.
I often set my computer monitor up on the top of the counter in the gallery and turn it around so I can see the reference photo at its largest. Below is at the sketch stage. Great ear, right?

8x10 oil commission finished

Isn't this face sweet as heck? So enjoyable to paint!
Next up is a cute little dog for a wonderful blogger's mom for Christmas....

A finish and a start

8x10 oil on canvas panel, a commission due for Christmas. This is a portrait I started a week ago Tuesday online, with several members of her family (and the little girl herself) watching. No pressure there! I'd only gotten to paint for two hours that day and wasn't able to get back to it until today. I spent several hours at the gallery working on it today and like it quite a lot now. I used a dry brush technique that felt very much like the way I sometimes use pastels.

This is a start I made on an 8x10 oil on canvas panel, a commission due for Christmas. The photo reference was taken with a flash, but after my initial worry about its quality, I think the portrait is going to work out just fine. I'll post progress images as I go.

It's a sign of how kind my artist friends are that no one's called me on the fact that posting my goals update is WAY over due. Let's just say that for now I'm just going to focus on getting my Christmas commissions completed. The revamped website will have to wait.

La Villita has a big holiday event on the weekend following Thanksgiving and I'll participate in the "open house" atmosphere on Friday and Saturday by holiday decorating and having refreshments for the revellers. The lighting of the Riverwalk on Friday is a huge event each year and many thousands attend. Here's what the official Riverwalk website says about it:

At 7:00 p.m. on the Friday following Thanksgiving, the switch is thrown and approximately 122,000 twinkling lights form a magical canopy over San Antonio's River Walk. The lighting ceremony is the official kickoff to the Paseo del Rio Holiday Festivities. The spectacular one-hour parade features decorated, illuminated floats with celebrities, bands and lavishly-costumed participants. The theme for this year’s parade is a Theatrical Christmas.

Thanksgiving is just a week away, can you believe it??? I guess I'd better start decorating and figuring out what to feed the visitors to the gallery!

Painting from online session Tuesday

11 x 14 oil on stretched canvas painted with palette knife

A lot went wrong on the way to broadcasting this week's painting, but we all prevailed and this painting was begun. I have more to go on this one, but thought you might want to see the "so far." www.ustream.tv/channel/susancarlin to see most of the painting of this portrait.

Two finishes

12x16 oil on stretched canvas

8x10 oil on canvas panel

Usually I'm giddy with joy at being here at the gallery and painting. Today's been hard. The changes in my life at home had me explaining "allergies" when visitors came in to find me sniffling. This afternoon a fellow came in saying he was on a scavenger hunt and needed to find someone to "paint his picture". (Meaning, 'free'.) Huh? I said I'd like to help but I was under lots of deadlines to get portraits done by Christmas. He persisted. He wheedled. I kept declining. He insisted. I finally said, quietly, "I said no." He turned on me then , leaving the gallery, half-shouting, "I'm telling everyone about you!" Huh?
Then an artist from another gallery came in and started critiquing the portrait I was working on. I didn't agree with her suggestion, but was polite and kept doing what I was doing. Then a visitor walked in and she asked, "Can I tell you another thing you should do?" I said, "No." Not taking no, she said, "It'd be a quick fix..." At that point, I told her not to do that in front of my customers and that I'd talk to her later, but "bah-bye now." It's wise that she left at that point.
Two people in a row who felt they could force me to do something I didn't want to do? What is it, my hair? Do curls indicate malleablity? My 60's African dashiki shirt? My initial politeness?
Who knows.
But then, soon afterward, two artists from the gallery next door came in and made me laugh and shared art stories and left me reassured that the world hadn't gone completely rude or hostile. Shortly following, someone bought one of my paintings to give as a gift. Nice.

Life is good. I've got lots of work, a home, family. A promising president elect. And most days aren't so hard.

Join me as I paint online today at 6 CST

I'll be starting a new commission of an 8 x 10 oil portrait of an adorable little girl later today. I hope you'll come by and keep me company and enjoy the company of the other artists who drop by. www.ustream.tv/channel/susancarlin 6 p.m. CST

A finish, some progress and keeping on....

12x16 oil on stretched canvas
Both of these paintings have a lot of shine from the wet paint, but I think you'll be able to tell enough anyway. I believe I'm finished with the one above and pretty far along on the one below.

8x10 oil on Raymar canvas panel

My apologies to you sweet people who regularly check on me. I know I've been somewhat remote this last month or so. My parents just moved to San Antonio and I've been spending time with them and trying to keep up with my commissions and the bookkeeping that goes along with having the gallery. My daughter has started at a new dayhab and figuring out the transportation has been challenging. I've also been to lots of art receptions and am happy to report that I've won 6 awards in the last few weeks. Thrilling stuff, I know you know. Nothing says, "Keep going" like ribbons and checks!

In amongst all that thrill, though, my relationship unraveled and has ended. It didn't feel right to just not mention it here. Whether you know it or not, you folks are a huge part of my support system. Of course, I hope that it feels mutual to you. I'm sorry I haven't been more present on your own blogs lately, making comments and cheering you on. My life has been wacko, as you now know. In the future I hope to live up to the due dates on my portrait (and one landscape) commissions and find a way to have sanity and balance in all the facets of my life. Has anyone figured out the key to this? Care to share?

I'm old enough to have come to rely on this one fact: Every sadness, every disappointment, every loss, every devastation.... comes with a gift. Something good comes as a result. Every time. No exceptions. So I'm keeping an eye out for the gift. For now, I'm just staying watchful.

Nov 4 online painting - Yellow Lab

Today I started this 11 x 14 oil from this photo reference, and I continued work on it tonight on www.ustream.tv/channel/susancarlin this evening. It was fun hanging out with the usual suspects and a couple of surprise visitors. But I completely forgot to push "Start Recording" so there's no record of the session. Ah well. I'll try to remember next time. Thanks, Ya'll!

Painting & reference from Sunday's online session

Baby In Leaves, 8"x10" oil on canvas panel.
Barbara Pask has me pegged. I did paint another hour and a half on this painting beyond the two hour session of the online show. I couldn't help it. No, really.
I have a great frame picked out for this one. Very wide gold leaf. Can't wait for this to dry and be varnished so I can see it in its new clothes. If you want to see the first two hours of this painting, you can go here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/susancarlin
I'm going to switch my day to paint online from Sunday afternoons to Tuesday evenings. I want a full day to spend with my family and this change will allow that. If you want a "heads up" when I'll be painting, you can add your email address to the top box in my sidebar. It's always fun to chat with the other artists who drop in. Please join us!
We're headed up to the Kimball Art Museum in Fort Worth next Saturday in case you can join us there to see the Impressionist exhibit on loan from the Art Institute of Chicago. Let me know you'll be there and we'll figure out how to meet up!

Two fun paintings... just for me this time!

Golden Eyes
7" x 5" (17.8cm x 12.7cm)
Oil on Canvas Panel
$80 with FREE shipping and handling in the US
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I set aside the commissions for today and painted two small paintings for fun. Actually, the one of the cow is from the reference Karin Jurick posted this week on Different Strokes From Different Folks. She posts a new reference photo every Wednesday which she uses to paint from, and invited other artists to submit their own version by the next Wednesday, then posts all of the submitted paintings. It's so interesting to see all the different "takes" on a theme. I tried to use every color on my palette.

Cafe Latte'
8" x 10" (20.4cm x 25.4cm)
Oil on Canvas Panel
$120 with FREE shipping and handling in the US
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Painting & reference from Sunday's online session

I enjoyed painting this one, especially because I had fun company online as I painted. It's oil on 9"x12" on RtisTx board- the first time I've used it and I liked it a lot. I took this photo at night in fluorescent light, so all the blues are more saturated than in the painting, but I thought I'd post it anyway. I did fiddle with a couple of details this evening before photographing it. I couldn't help it!

You can watch the two one-hour recordings of it being painted at www.ustream.tv/channel/susancarlin anytime.

I'm painting online Sunday at 1 Central

I’ve been looking forward all week to painting for you. Carol Marine has graciously given me permission to use as my reference a photograph she took of one of the artists in her workshop. (I’ll post the reference on my blog just before the show.) I hope you can come hang out with me and the cool folks who wander in.
www.ustream.tv/channel/susancarlin 1 p.m. Central time.

Start of portrait from burned photo

I've painted maybe 5 hours on this 11x14 oil so far. The reference photo had been burned so I'm piecing it together from other photos of them from the 40's, when the ref. photo was taken. I see lots of issues to work out yet, but thought I'd post what I have done so far. It's so good to get back to painting after days of working on my taxes. I hope I've learned the "don't take an extension" lesson for good this time.

Let's Go See The Impressionists in Fort Worth!

Let's go see the paintings at the Kimball Art Museum in Fort Worth on November 1 and November 2! The Chicago Art Institute has loaned 92 Impressionist paintings to the Kimball and that will be the last weekend of the exhibit. I'm delivering two paintings to a show in Fort Worth that weekend and thought it would be wonderful to meet up with any of you who'd like to ooh and ahh at the beautiful paintings with us. It'd be so fun to get to know some of you better.

The Kimball opens at 10 a.m on Saturday and closes at 5. We're driving up from San Antonio Saturday morning and will get to the Kimball between 11 and noon. I have to deliver the paintings before 6, but we could all get together for dinner that evening and whatever might come next! We will likely go back to the Museum on Sunday, too. It's open noon to 5 on Sunday.
I've booked a room at the Springhill Suites at 3250 Lovell Avenue, Fort Worth (817-878-2554) which is less than two miles from the museum at 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth.

Who's in?

-Excited Susan

210-226-3992 Gallery

My apologies! A solution?

Bill Brauker emailed yesterday to say that folks were waiting for me at Ustream.tv for my usual time to paint. Yikes! I sent out an email yesterday to my art newsletter list saying I'd be working on my taxes instead, but I see now that not everyone got the email.

So I'm creating a list specifically for the painting show. Try this: Go to http://groups.google.com/group/susan-is-painting and join the group. I'll get a little subscription box up in my sidebar soon. Or send your email address to susan@susancarlin.com asking to be in the group and I'll add you.

Please forgive me.... my taxes will be done by Wednesday (that IS the deadline, right?) so I'll be back to painting this Sunday. I've got a great reference to paint from- the profile of an artist painting. I can't wait!

See you Sunday?

Last Sunday's Painting... x 5!

I worked on this a bit more Wednesday evening and like it much better now.

Summer Sand
11" x 14" (28.0cm x 35.6cm)
Oil on Canvas Panel

These three artist friends also painted from the same photograph reference- each of their paintings turned out beautifully!

Karen Hargett, 5x7 pastel on velour

Barbara Pask 6x6 oil
Jane Pappe, oil, 8x10
Diana Marshall -not sure what size- oil.

Couple finished

This has been quite the adventure to complete. Will tell you more about it soon.

Reference and painting from Sunday's online session

Ok, today was fun and odd at the same time. Had a rude heckler-type fellow show up and I hadn't bothered to learn how to use the moderation tools in order to kick him out, so he managed to change the mood a bit, darnitall. Thank heavens for the likes of Barbara Pask, Karen Hargett, Micki, Jane, Pat Schultz and several others who kept the conversation positive. Thank you, sweet artists all!

This painting was done between 1 and 2:45 p.m. I see LOTS I'll want to change, but this is where I left off at 2:45. I'm not sure how I forgot to complete the bluish shadows to the viewer's right of the figure. Lots of details are possible yet, and I see some sharp edges that I'll want to soften. I do like the feeling of this little painting, though, so it'll be worth continuing, I think.

Some of the viewers wanted to paint from this reference, too, so I encouraged them to do that and send them to me so I can post them by next Sunday. Karen Hargett has already sent hers (!!!) and it's a beautiful 5x7 pastel I look forward to posting.

Palette knife cat mystery...help me solve it?

Life Is Just A Bowl Of Kitties
14" x 11" (35.6cm x 28.0cm)
Oil on Stretched Canvas
$150 plus $10 shipping and handling in the US
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I gave myself a break from commissioned paintings yesterday and painted this 11x14 oil with a palette knife. I really enjoyed the afternoon. The reference photo is from the blog of a woman painter and I promised her I'd send her a photo of it when/if I ever used it for a reference. Maybe I bookmarked her blog on my gallery computer, but I've gone through every bookmark and feed subscription I have here at home and am not finding her. If anyone has seen the photo of this cat on another blog, will you let me know? Thanks!

I'll be painting online Sunday at 1 p.m. Central

I'm back from my travels and have decided to paint online after all tomorrow (Sunday, October 5) afternoon at one. I'd love it if you tuned in and said Hi. I usually paint for two hours. www.ustream.tv/channel/susancarlin . You might want to register on ustream so you can log in and I'll know who you are when you add to the chat, but you're welcome to just watch and listen, too.

Two of my paintings have gotten "First Place in Oil" ribbons this week. "This Land Is My Land" won at the Coppini Academy's October Member's Fall Show, and "Peruvian Beauty" won at the River Art Show, both in San Antonio. What a thrill!
Hope to "see" you Sunday at one!

New approach to her eyes

I took a new direction with this subject's eyes yesterday and lowered her upper lip, as well.

I'm off to Idaho today and will drive back over the next three days. Bonnie will have the gallery today, Marilyn tomorrow, and my sister Patty will be painting there Thursday and Friday. It looks as though I'll be back for Saturday and will be able to paint online Sunday after all, though with my folks newly here, I may choose to wait until next week after all. I'll send out an email to the folks on my newsletter and on Twitter if I paint this Sunday. Can't wait to 'see' you all again!

Even more progress on couple

Today, more hours of refining and of putting the design on the woman's scarf. I think I may have resolved the eye issue, but will look at it fresh on Monday.
Tomorrow I get to do the "Paint Around" at the Austin Pastel Society- it should be fun and exciting. I'll try to take photos of the five finished paintings to share.