Thursday, May 10, 2018

Back in March 2018, a pastor from a Methodist church in Oregon City contacted me about using one of my paintings to put in a bulletin announcing the funeral of a church member.  He found my painting by googling Chitwood Bridge paintings which led him to this blog. 
The member grew up just down the road from the bridge.  He said they couldn't pay me, but would list my name as the artist.  I considered this an honor and gave him the rights to do so.  Just received a copy of the bulletin.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Second 4 x 5 painting of a still-life in acrylic.  The basic impetus was starting with a black background. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018


Decided to try painting on small canvases for a bit.  This is a 4x5.  Was easy enough to hold in my hand, while painting.  Tiny brushes were necessary for the detail.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

We went to Scotland last September....and yes it was this green!   Lynn and I took many photos.  One that I most wanted to paint was the pic of a sweet cottage.  This particular one resides on the property of Tulloch Castle......a place we stayed while in Dingwall.  This "cottage" was once a deer larder and since has been converted to the Clan Davidson museum.   Somehow our photos were out of order, and I thought this place was taken near a Roman Aqueduct.   Not!  You can read more about the history of the castle here:

I started out spending too much time on the sky....trying to get it right.  After many weeks of painting, white-washing, erasing, etc., I finally realized that the sky was not the focus, though apparently I wanted it to be.  The sky was gray in the photo, though I remember some blue and clouds on that day.  Decided to make it what I envisioned.  I changed a lot of things from the original pic.  That is huge for me!  Being a realist, I want to make it just like the photo.  I am very happy with the results and feel good about sharing.  If you haven't been to Scotland,  I encourage you to do so.  Lovely people, beautiful landscape and wonderful vibes.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

My parents gave me the gift of art lessons when I was 9 years old.  I rode the city bus by myself every Saturday morning from one side of the town to the other in the spring of 1958.  Huge endeavor for a 9-year old!  I took lessons from the sweetest "old" lady (she was probably in her 50's then) and when I look at this painting, I can still smell the oil paints in her studio.  This was a wondrous time for me and I am forever grateful that my parents gave me such a gift.  We didn't have a lot of money, but they felt I was worth it.  This was my first attempt at painting the human body.  I also painted portraits, still life, and landscapes under my teacher's tutelage.  But this was my favorite.  The only other art instruction I had was in HS.  I never pursued a career in it, though I was offered a scholarship at the community college in my hometown.  That would mean another 4 years at an all girl's college and by then I had had enough of all-girl's schools.  Besides, I had my sights on a certain someone that I wanted to marry and start a family with.  Over the years, I have played with painting/drawing and I am glad I had the opportunity early in life to learn some basics.  Thank you my parents!

Monday, July 17, 2017

2017 07 15 Linda Suz Chapel of Love 001

We all go to the same church!  We all discovered a few years back that we shared not only the same first name, but same middle name, as well.  We all share the same voice teacher.  We decided a while back that we should become a trio.  We have been performing at various events over the years.  We are NOT professionals!  We are just three women who love to sing with each other.  We are The Linda Suz.  This is from a concert on July 15, 2017.  Hope to do more "Girl's Groups" covers in the future.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Going With The Flow

This began at a workshop I attended where I learned to incorporate a different kind of canvas prep.  Happy to have stepped outside of my box to try some under painting with purples and reds for the background.  This was quite fun to work on and I am pleased with the results.  I am calling this "Going With The Flow", because I went with the flow when I painted this lovely swan floating in the water.