Tuesday, October 25, 2011

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

A few weeks ago, I learned my friend, Kathy, has breast cancer again.  I believe this is her third time with it.  

While I am saddened my friend is ill, I am happy she has pulled through her previous battles and is getting through this episode.  And although there may be days of helplessness for her and others with breast cancer, I believe there is more hope of survival today with the advances and options in medicine than in the past.

I painted the simple character, "Amelia", in bright pink colors as a symbol of hope for people with breast cancer.
"Amelia", © Susan Calvert, all rights reserved
Sending big hugs and healing thoughts you way, Kathy.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

New Art: "Delphia"

"Delphia", © Susan Calvert, all rights reserved

The original painting of Delphia is available for purchase on my website.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New Art: "Reginald"

For the past few days, I have been polling people on Facebook about my new paintings.  The poll was as follows:

6 NEW Paintings!  Which name sounds most interesting to you?  The one with the most votes will be released FIRST.


For some additional fun, I provided sneak peek snippets of these paintings.

The votes have been tallied.  And the winner is....

"Reginald", © Susan Calvert, all rights reserved

What a hoot it was to read the comments and see the answers.  A comment made by one of the voters was:  "I'm going with 'Fanny'.  Makes me wonder what the rest of her looks like."

Thank you very much to everyone who participated in this lighthearted poll.  Hope "Reginald", with his bone necklace, brightens your day.  Ah yes, all 6 paintings can be seen on my website too.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Sneak Peek: Wk of Oct 17, 2011

Here's a sneak peek at my 6 paintings being released for sale next week:






Hope you've enjoyed this preview. Which snippet appeals to you?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


I got inked yesterday!

While preparing to create my next paintings, the bottle of ink needed to be shaken (not stirred) to mix it.  I do this periodically during the drawing process to ensure good, even ink coverage.

As Murphy's Law would have it, I forgot to tighten the lid to the bottle and shook it.  'Twas a mess all over my hands and table.

I use fadeproof and waterproof ink for my art.  I scrubbed my hands with a brush and today, my hands are still inked!
Inked Drawings for Upcoming Paintings

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

New Art: "Macey"

Added SIX new Imaginary Friends paintings to my website this week. "Macey", shown below, is my fave. Can you say "quirky"?
"Macey", © Susan Calvert, all rights reserved

Monday, October 10, 2011

Sneak Peek: Wk of Oct 10, 2011

Here is a sneak peek at the new paintings I'll be posting on my website this week:







Which one looks most interesting to you?

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Painting: "French Kiss"

This painting is the companion to "Vulva". I created it using acrylic on canvas with gallery wrapped sides (the staples are on the back). It measures approximately 38h x 45w".

"French Kiss", © Susan Calvert, all rights reserved
I named the piece "French Kiss" after the logo from the musical group "The Rolling Stones" and my leather chair of the same name shown in the photo below.
Profile view of "French Kiss" chair on left side.
Here is how the painting looks on a wall.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

My Favorite Artistic Advice

"Gomez", © Susan Calvert, all rights reserved
This is an inspiring video for artists. I relate to it completely having had artistic dry spells for months, even years, at a time.  I would obsess over techniques, what my message "should" be, if my art was good enough, etc.  Fortunately, I recently found my way back.

I LOVE my latest painting series entitled "Imaginary Friends".  The images are free spirits, like myself.  One of my art professors personal advice to me was "It doesn't matter how you get there, Susan, just get there." Feels great to have found my visual voice again.