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!