|Lean On Me|
|Trio Of Pears|
10x10 oil on stretched canvas
What is it about seeing your painting tiny on a screen that lets you finally see all that's wrong with it??? I see, of course, that I'll need to fiddle with the ellipse of the tray rim before I let it loose. Otherwise, I think it can go out into the world and be a painting. Not an underpainting, not a good start, not a junior painting, but a grown up, graduate painting, with a mortarboard and tassel and everything. Ok, maybe, but only when I fix the ellipse. Maybe.
by Susan Carlin on 1/29/2016
12x24 oil on stretched canvas
by Susan Carlin on 1/27/2016
|Nancy and Lucky|
12x16 oil on a slick-as-grease gesso panel grrrrr
by Susan Carlin on 1/25/2016
as I would like, but it was fun and I had the pleasure of company of the most wonderful artists online as I painted. Thank you, All!!!
by Susan Carlin on 1/24/2016
18x18 oil on canvas
10x10 oil on canvas
by Susan Carlin on 1/23/2016
Detail from 16x20 oil on stretched canvas
This is as far as I got on this painting tonight, so it will have suffice as my daily painting. I have high hopes for this one once I get the time to really focus and continue.
I made two hour-long videos of me painting this on www.ustream.tv/channel/susancarlin, if you want to watch something slow... It's like watching paint dry. Ha! I had a couple of artist friends in the chat room, so occasionally I respond to something they write. Scintillating!
8x10 oil on canvas panel
16x20 oil on canvas panel
by Susan Carlin on 1/20/2016
11x14 pastel on Rtistix board
by Susan Carlin on 1/18/2016
24x36 oil on canvas
by Susan Carlin on 1/17/2016
20x16 oil on canvas
So much work yet to be done... Her hands are just blocked in and the sweater and scarf painted in a fast, slap-dash manner. But it's 11:15 and I want to sleep a little tonight, so I'm posting it as is for now.
by Susan Carlin on 1/14/2016
This is 18x18 oil on canvas.
10x10 oil on canvas
12x16 oil on canvas.
Confession: I found the reference for this painting among images in the advance advertisement of a local estate sale. I removed offending objects and added the towel. I love the subtle color scheme and will come back to this painting later on to further develop it. Or not. I may decide to like it as it is. Tonight I started painting at about 4 p.m. and it's now 8 p.m. My earliest finish yet!
by Susan Carlin on 1/11/2016
I did use a Googled search for Downton Abbey to find the reference I used for this painting. I think I exaggerated the shape of her hat and her chin, but I do like this quickly done painting. It's about 12x16, I think, and oil. And it's only 11:19 p.m.!! A triumph!
It hurts me to post this of John. He's a classy, handsome fellow and I've only had time to do a first pass, so it's pretty crude. Basic shapes are there, but all the necessary subtleties are missing as yet. This one is 11x14 on RayMar panel in oil. Probably way too large and complicated to try to do in one evening. Ok, not probably. For sure. But By Golly I'm going to post this toddler of a painting and hope it gets the chance to grow up someday.
John is a literary agent in Dublin, Ireland. His love is Janetta, a lovely artist and friend I've known since I took a workshop in Ireland in 2009. The reference photo was taken during a dinner they hosted for our other host and friend there, Jan, her husband Colm, and UK and me in September. They are all wonderful people. But, truthfully, if anyone speaks to me in an Irish accent I go all mushy and starry eyed and hope they won't ever run out of things to say. If you want to convince me of anything, say it in an Irish accent.
Oh, and I take full responsibility for each and every one of those sparkling salts in her pepper. True.
Warning: If you come around here in the next few days you might find yourself in a command photoshoot. Just sayin.
by Susan Carlin on 1/08/2016
by Susan Carlin on 1/03/2016
|Maddy in April|
I needed an intervention. Painting used to be an everyday joy, but my usual mechanisms to trigger picking up a brush and squeezing out the paint have ended. I need the same assignment-and-deadline as every other artist needs, so when I saw that Leslie Saeta was initiating a new round of 30 Paintings in 30 Days, I decided to join up and use it to get my painting juices going again.
It felt good to spend my evening painting this 8x10 oil of the lovely daughter of a dear friend. 29 more paintings coming up!
by Susan Carlin on 1/01/2016