Thursday, May 14, 2015

Painting a Dump Truck and Liking it

You can tell I'm in my artistic adolescence...I'm destroying old paintings and painting dump trucks and abstracts! (see dump truck above). I'm having such a blast digging through piles of - literally - hundreds of paintings, altering some, finishing all, putting lots of ebay (look for seller "susankennedy")...I'm becoming worried that I'm going to drop dead and my poor husband or children will have to dig through my mess and wonder why I had to be so disorganized. BUT... it IS getting better! 

I think I'll post next about changing the landscape below from a very simple oil demo done for class, into a fresher knife painted landscape/abstract which is more fun. I think I did this to about eight paintings yesterday, my kitchen was a mess. 

Smiling. Check out all of the ones which have made it to my "Make an Offer" ebay listings by clicking here, or just go to ebay and search for ebay seller "susankennedy". Thanks for looking!

Friday, April 10, 2015

New Paintings on Ebay, my gallery for the time being! Abstract Painting Landscape and small watercolor paintings too

You guys, I'm putting a big pile on Ebay again, boy it's cleanup time. I'm unhappily turning into an abstract painter, but still don't see why I should let go of landscape. Ha, I'm writing a little book about it. It's probably easy to tell that the abstracts have my interest, they just seem more narrative and poetic than the realist landscapes. Why, I just don't know. I guess a landscape can tell a story, but it's not as impulsive and easy as an abstracted landscape or a pure abstract. Which my daughter insists I NEVER do. are a couple that are there in my ebay listings.

Even a floral:

If you'd like to look at them all (they're all for sale, in fact please just make me a fair offer!) you can look here. Thanks, and check in later!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Tons of paintings at Art And Soul Show/Fundraiser this Weekend in Cumming!

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You guys, come out to The Vine Community Church this coming weekend (Dec 5 and 6) for the Art and Soul show and fundraiser...I'll have ton of stuff there! 30% of every sale goes toward some of our ministries for women and children: Abba House, Vijiji House of Light orphanage in Kenya, and The Hope Tree Adoption ministry here in Cumming.

The art show and sale will be open Friday night from 4-10 P.M. and Saturday from 10  A.M. to 6 P.M. There are also speakers and a jazz concert and dinner Friday evening, so check out to find out more. The Vine is at 4655 Bethelview Rd, Cumming GA

I'll have a rather large pile of paintings here, first time in quite a while that I've done a show like this. Eh, maybe 20 years?

The whole group of paintings, large and small, that I will have at the show, are in this folder. They have a yardstick next to them, and their titles on the chalkboard. I feel a little silly having so many abstracts and impressionist paintings side by side, but can't think of anything else to say besides: I'm struggling to choose one or the other, and can't seem to do it! My realist/impressionist paintings are about light and the beauty of landscape and objects, while my abstracts are (to me) a more human story about journey, hope and heaven. So take a look and tell me what you think. 

The prices of these paintings will vary from $40 to over $1000...generally the 16" x 20" oils, of which there are dozens, are priced between $250 and $450, and watercolors are nice little bite sized bits of art which are significantly less. I also have a few linocuts and mixed media paintings and sketches, a very eclectic and jumbled collection which actually are a good reflection of my mental state when I paint! 

Thanks for being my friends and fans, and thanks for supporting this show! 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Humbled and Inspired by a Watercolor Student

This beautiful watercolor sketch was done by a beautiful lady I met in my watercolor class today. I have never been so inspired and touched by the courage and determination of a person walking in those doors. 

Kathy (I don't even know if I'm spelling her name correctly) came in with a friend. They sat down together to work on the exercises I showed the students in my class and it was apparent that Kathy had trouble handling brushes and difficulty speaking. I thought that perhaps she had had a stroke and was very moved by her determination to mix washes and put brush to paper. But when her friend started Kathy's story from this difficult year - and Kathy finished it in her halting voice, I was blown away that this strong woman was sitting in front of me. Debbie  (the friend) told me that Kathy started out the spring of 2014 with the loss of her mother, and then in the summer began to have symptoms and was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). In the space of three months Kathy lost it all. She lost her ability to drive, work, hold objects, walk easily, speak, care for herself and her home. She had to move in to an assisted living home. It was like hearing a modern day Job story.

And what did she do with a friend? She decided to do something she's always wanted to do: learn to paint in watercolor. 

If you lost it all, would you get out of bed in the morning? Would you try to speak and be understood? Would you take up painting? 

I'm feeling very very humbled and very inspired by the woman of courage and honesty I met today. And I think her painting is breathtaking. Thank you for letting me post this, Kathy. Do let me know if I'm spelling your name right. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

CLEARING out paintings, come check out all my ebay original artwork and Make An Offer!

Well, a bit cleaning out of the closets is way way overdue, so if you want to see paintings I've clearanced at 25 to 50% off, check out my listings

I'm about to throw a dozen or so watercolors in there too, so check back in a few days. The ones shown below are a couple of these.

Thanks for checking out work  Herevare my items on Ebay!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

New Easy Painting Workshops this summer!

There are some upcoming Easy One Day Workshops this summer! You can sign up at Parks and Rec you guys, or call 770 781-2215. I hope to have even more new paintings for private painting parties and Parks workshops this fall and winter. Workshops Flier  The cost is $39 and it includes all of the materials, so come and have fun checking out the painting scene!

I've been painting more and more, I'm dividing my time between abstraction and realism, I guess I'll never grow up and pick one or the other! I've also been teaching small painting workshops at senior centers in the Johns Creek and Alpharetta area. It's been quite a learning curve! 

With a family wedding coming up in two weeks, I'm snowed for a little while, but hope to hear from you and list about a million paintings on ebay and elsewhere this summer. Send me a note and have a terrific summer!


Friday, December 20, 2013

And...Winter Oil Painting Class!

Also a new session in Oils here in Forsyth County at Fowler Park!! It will be on Thursday mornings this winter from 10 AM to Noon, beginning January 9. You can see the four reference photos for the four oil paintings we'll be working on in January if you click here.

Here are some of my demo paintings from recent sessions which show you the way I paint when I work from reference photos, and this semi-layered technique is how I work in class:

We have lots of fun painting in oil class and you can choose from among several different types of Oil Paints:
I use alkyds (Winsor and Newton "Griffin" fast drying Oil Colors) see the company's info here. Some of my students use water mixable oils like these, and still others use traditional slow drying oils like Winton or Gamblin brands. A list of these types of oils, the colors you might want to bring to class, and other needed supplies can be found here.
 I hope you come and join us, and make it a winter of artistic growth!

You can sign up for any of my classes by calling 770 781-2215.