Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Deadline for Submissions - Saturday!!!

Call to Artists deadline for submission is fast approaching. 
Click here to enter the juried exhibition to be held in Portland Maine at 
Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery. 
Best of luck!

It's been a full week here at the gallery. Stas Borodin, our Russian artist, has been visiting for the past two weeks. He's been busy painting plein air every day. It's the only way he paints. We opened his exhibition on Friday. It was very well attended. The gallery was packed all night!

Borodin travels all over the world painting, much like olden day artists such as Monet and the other Impressionist who found families to host them while they painted distant landscapes. From China to Israel to France, Cuba, Germany and the United States, he paints and exhibits everywhere he goes. He lives the true life of a traveling artist. And rest assured he has stories to boot! He has been staying in my guest room while painting Maine. Luckily the weather has been favorable, at least until now.

He leaves for Rhode Island on Friday, but only after he completes a portrait of a darling little two year old named Abby. He plans to sit her in front of a movie so she can be still for a duration. It should be an interesting undertaking. You know how energetic two year old's can be..! I wish I could be present, but I will be at the gallery teaching during that time.

I want to wish Stas Borodin safe travels and hope he returns again next year.

Happy painting everyone! Don't forget to enter the juried show. It will be our October exhibition!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Call to Artists

I know I've been away from Blogger for a long time, but with good reason... As some of you may remember, I opened an art gallery in Portland, ME in 2014. This endeavor is going very well and I'm finally finding a bit of time to resume blogging. I want to say, I'm thrilled to be back!

I'd love to tell you all about the gallery and the exciting things we are doing, but there is a special opportunity that I want to share with you right away.

We are hosting our first Juried Exhibition! 
The deadline for submission is coming right up on September 9.

 I wanted to inform you before it was too late. 

It's very simple. I want to help as many people as possible, especially artists. Artists like you! 

Passionate Color

I don't want to get into all the details here, so a simple click on the above link will put you in the right place for that! 

Here are a few basics:

  • Deadline for submission is Sept 9
  • Juried process is done by images only, no need to ship art at this time
  • Size restriction: 12x16" or smaller
  • Paintings in some form of realistic interpretation
  • Cost is $25 for 3 images

I really hope you'll consider applying. Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery is hoping to make this a yearly event. With your help and the success of this juried exhibition, we can make it happen.

Best of luck and I look forward to hanging your lovely paintings in my gallery!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Color Workshop

Original oil painting  20x16"
by Susan Roux

Are you ready to use color freely? Would you like to be confident enough to use color freely? Are you caught in a cycle where you paint mostly with local color? Let's change that.

Sign up for a color workshop now!
October 13, 14 and 15
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery
48 Free Street
Portland, Maine

Join in the fun as we explore color and arm you with the tools necessary to use color creatively. Color is emotion in a painting and you can learn to manipulate the emotion your paintings emit. Don't be satisfied by just capturing the essence of your subject, learn to be in control of how your painting "feels". 

Take a look in the shadows of her dress. So much excitement and interest can be captured with the creative use of color. Be in control of color harmony in your paintings. 

Play with color. Let it explode on canvas while still capturing your forms. You'll have so much fun letting your brush dip into all those pretty colors on your palette. Aren't you ready for a color party? Aren't your paintings ready for a color party?

Sign up now. Limited space available. Contact me soon before it's all booked up!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Sea Angel  
Original oil painting  24x18"
by Susan Roux

Things here are very exciting as the opening of Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery nears. We have a wonderful body of 25 artists, representing 6 countries. You can see them all on our website. Come view the beautiful work that will be adorning our gallery walls!

Our Grand Opening is: 
Memorial Day Weekend
 Saturday, May 24, 2014 

You are all invited to attend. If you can't make it but find yourself in Portland Maine at some point, please stop in! We are at 48 Free Street, across the street from the Civic Center in the Arts District. I'd be very happy to show you around!

We will not be a typical art gallery. We have a lot going on and are working to be community friendly and an inviting place for people to come see art, talk about art, learn about art, create art and last but not least buy art! I'll be busy in our back studio continuing to teach weekly courses to beginners and intermediates. We will also be offering workshops from our very talented artists, so keep an eye out for anyone you'd like to learn from. You can also contact me with a request and I'll urge that artist to set up a workshop. Our first scheduled workshop is a 2-day workshop by artist Sandra Leinonen Dunn on August 7-8, 2014. It is at a very reasonable cost of $200. Please contact me if you'd like to attend. 

Bean Pot and Green Apple
Original oil painting  16x20"
by Sandra Leinonen Dunn

The best way to keep up with this schedule is through our Facebook page. Please come like us here. Don't forget to share us as well! It's the best place to keep up with our latest news, rotating monthly exhibits, any events and openings. You can also let me know if you'd like to be on our mailing list by emailing me. Unfortunately as you already know, my blogging time has been severely cut since I began planning this gallery a full year ago. It's no longer the most efficient way to keep up with our news.

I must admit that I miss coming here and interacting with all of you. I also miss seeing all your great art. It's so inspiring to see how committed you are and how often you post. It helped motivate me as well. 

So what happens to an artist when they decide to open a large art gallery?

Every emotion you can think of! I'm busy beyond comprehension, but doing all the work with love and passion. It's been amazing to start with a vision and step by step move it forward until eventually all the parts fall into place. Watching it all turn into reality... Paintings are beginning to pour into my home and that like none other, is making it all feel so real. The day we enter our space and begin to build wall partitions will be huge as well. 

Thank you for stopping by and do leave a comment so I'll know you came. Don't forget to like us on Facebook and email me if you'd like to join our gallery mailing list. Have a good day!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Uniting the World Through Art

Original oil painting  18x24"
by Susan Roux

It's a very exciting time as my business partner Paul and I prepare to open a Fine Art Gallery in Portland, Maine. This past Monday we signed our lease for a nearly 3000 sq. ft. space at 48 Free Street, located in the Art's District. It's been a long road acquiring this space. Suffice it to say, many long hours have poured into our grand project!

Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery 

will have their grand opening on Memorial Day Weekend 2014. 

Everyone is invited to come join us for this momentous occasion. The gallery will be Uniting the World Through Art. We are representing 25 artists from five different countries and hope to grow those numbers within our first year. We are showing mid-range to high-end representational paintings in both traditional and impressionistic styles. The collective we have gathered together should be a stunning exhibition. I can't wait to see all our great artists' work together in one place. Our place!

It's been a busy stretch with some tasks being fun while others, daunting. Some of the fun things have been purchasing antiques, hand crocheted doilies and fine china cups and saucers. I've been busy working on wood finishes and reupholstering chairs in coordinating fabrics. Our color scheme is burgundy and gold. As each piece comes to completion, the look emerging is rich and classy. 

One of my favorite aspects of the gallery is a large teaching room in the rear. It allows me to continue to teach my weekly classes. I hope to reach out to more people, going from my rural location to the center of the city. The gallery will also offer amazing workshops from our represented artists. So prepare yourselves for announcements here with regards to that. Where else can you get international workshops without leaving the country? Our high-end artists are eager to come share their talents and secrets with you.

I know I've been very absent from this blog, but I hope to be posting on a more regular basis. I'll have lots of information to share with you as well as introduce you to our roster of high achieving artists.

Thank you for stopping by and please take a moment to say hi and let me know you were here. Have a great creative day!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Color Workshop

Burning Through the Fog
Original oil painting  24x36"
by Susan Roux

This is for all of you spontaneous artists out there.

I was approached by an out-of-state artist who requested I teach a workshop at the end of this month. I've decided to honor her request. Most slots filled quickly by my current students, but there remains a few slots open. It will be an intimate/friendly workshop, held in Poland, Maine. Bring your oil paints and your sense of humor!

The focus is on color. Understanding color and using it creatively to aid in capturing your emotional response to your subject. I won't try to change your painting style, just arm you with new color-usage tools. Capture form while using color creatively. We will work with a series of exercises, a painting demo and time for artists to practice what they've learned while I assist everyone with helpful instructions. My students who took this workshop last year improved in leaps and bounds. It was so visible to all those students who hadn't participated that those who had were approaching painting with a new found fearlessness to color that translated into beautiful work. I'm positive I can help you move forward in your own artistic journey. What do you have to loose?

Dates: August 26, 27, 28. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.

Time: 9-4

Location: Poland, Maine

Bargain price: $100. for 3 days

Contact me if you're spontaneous and interested.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Harmony with light

Sand Beach
Original oil painting  18x24"
by Susan Roux


The same light drapes itself on an entire scene. It was the lesson I taught my class through this painting. Light comes from one source, the sun and whatever time of day or weather condition you're trying to capture that single source illuminates it all. We all know golden hour, when for a brief time our surroundings become transformed and everything looks gilded. Golden light is draped everywhere.

The same is true for every type of light, every weather condition. It's just not as dramatic and probably harder to see.

Let's put this in terms for the artist. How do we apply this fact to our work?

Whatever color you choose to paint the light in one spot must be used to paint the light throughout. So if you decided to use a mixture of cadmium yellow, white and a dab of yellow ocher to highlight your brightest spots, then a bit of that same mixture should be added to all sunlit colors. Don't get this confused with your values (how light or dark an area is). I'm not saying you need to bring your colors to this same intensity, just add some of this same light to everything in sunlight. Here's one way to approach it. You may want to mix a little pile of cadmium yellow with your dab of yellow ocher without the white. That way you can easily add it to your other mixtures and then add as much lightener as you please to achieve the value you want.

It's the color of light you create that must drape itself on everything.

Your light could be a number of combinations. On a sunny day, it's usually the yellow combination you add to your white. Whatever you choose, be it lemon yellow, naples yellow, indian yellow, cad, ocher etc. Often this light you create might also include a bit of pink if you desire to warm it.  Be creative with your light! Don't paint every painting with the same combination. Weather conditions create different shades of light all the time. So if you're trying to capture what's actually around you, you'll need to adjust the combination of pigments in your highlights.

Just remember to add those same colors everywhere in your painting!

It's as easy as that to capture harmony with light.

So if you've shied away from experimenting with colors of light because you lose harmony, there's no need to fear it anymore. Have fun with the light. Play with the light. Just remember to make the same light kiss everything sunlit in your painting!

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Have a great day my friends and thank you so much for stopping by!