Express Yourself

by Suzanne on November 2, 2011

Hello, World.

A painting I did a few years ago.

In case you’ve been wondering where on Earth I’ve been, well, let me tell you. I took a little break this summer from my usual form of art, in order to try something new. I have been working on a story. Lest you think I’ve given up painting all together, I say, “don’t worry”. I have a new series of painting that I am planning. I’m going to have a little fun and try a slightly more expressive style with my brush work. In the mean time, I will continue to work on this book that I’m attempting to write. Which is where my thoughts for today come from.

It turns out that as an artist any form of expression is open to me. To be honest, I’ve never even considered writing something. I didn’t even know where to begin. But then one night I had a fantastic dream, and I found that as I shared this dream with people, they became very interested in it as a story. Well we all know how much I adore stories. (You can read my post on story here.) And then it occurred to me . . . why not? Do I really need have a degree in English Literature to be a writer? I am an artist. This is just another way of expressing myself. Well, it turns out that all you need is ‘to write’. So, that’s where I’ve been. Hunkered down over a notebook and a laptop squeezing my brain for what I hope will be enjoyable ideas.

I’ll leave you with this thought. One of the best quotes that I’ve come across. It makes me laugh.

Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.

~E.L. Doctorow

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Sketchbook 3/21/11

by Suzanne on March 24, 2011

“The Basic job of every artist is to take what is in their head, translate it through their medium and present it to the world as a finished work.

The most successful works of art speak for the artist to the viewer. Although it can be complicated, learning to use different mediums can be taught and then mastered with practice and effort. In my mind, there is no more important challenge facing any artist than to find, within your subject matter and medium, your own voice. Being able to portray your subject in a way that speaks to your viewer of your relationship to that subject is what makes the work successful. Not just for one image, but over a lifetime of work.”

. . . excerpt from

“When Photography Is Art”

by Juliet R. Harrison

Art Horse Magazine

So well put. Don’t you think? Deep down it is that grasping for the audience to understand what “we” are seeing that drive us to create. I often think about the philosophy of art. Why we do what we do as artists. Why did God put this desire to recreate so deeply in my heart?

Ciao Bella Gente!

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by Suzanne February 11, 2011

It was sunny and warm . . .   . . . and then it wasn’t. The End

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Story Again

by Suzanne January 18, 2011

Well the holidays have come and gone in a whirlwind of activities and family visits. That is where I’ve been if anyone wondered. Of course, our creativity does not stop for Christmas morning or dinner with the parents. Our brain keeps on rattling away and we’re constantly being inspired by the things that surround us. This along with snowy days, wrapped in the warmth of the wood stove heated house, leave an almost overwhelming desire to express ones self. And now that the world around is hunkered down to stay safe and warm through the winter storms it is the perfect time.

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Moving On

by Suzanne November 8, 2010

So yesterday after church I really didn’t want to just go home. I felt to urge to go out and do SOMEthing. Well, last tuesday after my riding lesson, as I sometimes do, I decided it would be fun to just drive around.

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The Purpose of Art

by Suzanne October 31, 2010

Art has had a great number of different functions throughout its history, making its purpose difficult to abstract or quantify to any single concept.

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Photography On Many Levels

by Suzanne October 28, 2010

I am sharing different levels of photographs today. From the family snap shot to attempts at some artistic landscapes.

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It’s My Birthday!

by Suzanne October 9, 2010

So many of you know that I just celebrated my 40th birthday. I’m having a very “foody” birthday.

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Let Them Eat Cake!

by Suzanne September 22, 2010

Last week we decided to celebrate Henry’s birthday following the lesson that was yesterday. He is turning 82 and I volunteered to make the cake. As many of you know, I make cakes. I make them very tasty. And, I’ve played around with decorating. I have never gotten into the gum paste, modeling chocolate, or fondant world of cake decorating, however.

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The Wild Swans

by Suzanne September 10, 2010

Do you have a book or story from your childhood that important to you as a child? I do. Well there are a couple for me, actually, but on several occasions recently one of those tales has come to mind. The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Andersen.

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