The Secret

The Secret, oil, 11"x30"










My life for the last 5 weeks has been a whirlwind of pre-rehab demolition, chatting with visitors at the gallery, shipping artworks off to their homes and businesses, hosting my father for a week while he helped with drywall removal and pulled thousands of nails from the wood beneath, watching numerous episodes of "Income Property" on HGTV which we record to watch when we drag home and collapse on the sofa in the evening. I hope you can picture me grinning ear to ear!  I've only gotten to paint in spurts during this time and thought I'd show you a couple of paintings I like a lot. The one above is an idea I've mulled on for about four years.  The little girls who modelled for my reference photos were wonderful.  I'm considering a series with this theme. The Secret sold so quickly I didn't get to enjoy it very long before it went off to Connecticut along with the portrait I painted of John Pototschnik, the landscape painter from northern Texas.

Detail of McCaul- commissioned portrait, oil, 16"x20"





















The one above was a commission for a fellow in Ohio who wanted to surprise his wife with it. I hear she liked it very much.  So did I.  I made a few requested changes- shifting her gaze to the viewer from the reference photograph's gaze of up and to the viewer's right. I also did a bit of simplification of her outfit.
I have a few more commissions waiting, then- watch out!  I'm bursting with a need to paint landscapes.  Brace yourselves... they're on their way!

12 comments:

Ann Reyes said...

Beautiful paintings!!! I've missed your posts! Glad you're back.

Becky Brocato said...

Love The Secret!
Hoping to come to San Antonio soon and will stop in at the gallery. I'm excited for you and your new adventure!
Becky Brocato

Debra Bryant said...

I'm excited to hear your news, as always, particularly the quick sale of The Secret. It's a wonderful painting and a series sounds fabulous.....glad things are going great for you!

Barbara Pask said...

Hi Miss Susan, I just happened over here, I didn't receive an email with your post as I usually do. I love both of these, The Secret is just precious and truly wonderful. So cool that all of those wonderful sales headed up my way, my lucky neighbors, ha. Please post on your new blog too, I am excited to see and hear about your new home. Hugs

Marian Fortunati said...

I'm always happy to see your new work, Susan. The Secret is really quite amazing!!! Lucky clients!!!

I am excited for you and wish you the best!

Jo Castillo said...

Great painting, The Secret. Anyone is lucky to have a portrait. Beautiful work.

Laura A. Pace said...

Hey Susan! Just saw this from my own blog. Love the Secret. What a wonderful idea. I could connect with it instantly , so I could see why it sold instantly. And you did a superb job, well as always! Looking forward to what comes next in that series. The portrait is lovely.

Glad to hear things are coming along on your new place. I can just imagine how exhausted you two are.But what a joy! Please keep us updated every now and again when you get a breather.

Gwen Bell said...

Love "The Secret"! What a brilliant use of the horizontal format!

Connie said...

Hi Susan, I just stumbled across your lovely blog and I'm so glad that I did. Your portraiture is amazingly, what a wonderful talent you have. I am so happy that you share it and do not hide it under a bushel. I am not surprised that "The Secret" sold so fast, it conjures up childhood memories, especially for an old gal like me. My childhood was made up of roller skates, tin can walkie-talkies, even tin cans bent around your shoes (it was a fun way of walking)etc. I think we used our imaginations more creatively when I was young (no computer games). Your newest follower, Connie :) Please accept my invitation to visit and follow my blog . . . I am a retired grandma that wears many hats: artist, photographer, paper crafter, musician, singer, and gardener. I'm just enjoying each glorious day the good Lord blesses me with. Have a pleasant day!

Lucie said...

I just found you online! I hope to check back often. Love the painting of the secret!!

Lucie

Terry Krysak said...

Love the painting of the two girls, one beautiful piece of work!!!

ashok said...

your paintings are beautiful