Thursday, May 6, 2010

Special photos

Original oil painting 16x20"
by Susan Roux

Are you like me?

I take so many photos. More than I will ever paint. More than I could ever paint in my lifetime. Among them are those special ones that jump out and grab your eye and you know for certain that you will paint them, but you never do...

I'm not sure why. Maybe there's a pressing deadline or a feared-fleeting desire to capture a momentary whim. Your special photos are so striking that you could be stimulated to paint them at any time. There's no need to jump into them instantly.

But time goes by. Perhaps even years and those grabbing photos never become a painting...

I love this whole blogging thing. I keep pushing other artists to try it. There's an art exhibit at your fingertips whenever you want! Its my selling point, aside from the grand camaraderie, of course... Well this morning my cup of coffee was shared with your lovely art show. (thank you, by the way...) Much to my surprise, I found my special photos had come to life on your canvases!

How cool is that?

Well maybe they weren't my exact photos, but so similar and so well painted! You might just have inspired me to finally tackle my own. Carol Schiff's Ocean Sunrise and Tatiana Myers' Poppies were my found inspirations. It was such a treat to stumble upon you today. Two of my special photos in one day! It must be a sign that the day will be good and possibly filled with unexpected surprises... Hope yours will be too.

Posted is the painting from last night's class. Its very close to done. My students will return next week to tweak theirs and though last night, I thought I was finished, I can see a few changes to make. A few unopened buds would love to break the halfway plane of the canvas and carry rose color towards the bottom left.

Interesting how we see it differently after we've taken a photo. (yet another perk to blogging...)

Keep your posts coming, everybody. Your inspiration to all of us is greatly appreciated! (did I mention that I love how you're all here???)

Comments or no comments, thanks for stopping by... Be like LuLu today and go dance in front of your easel!


  1. Yes, I'm like you, photo/painting, back and forth. All of a sudden the other day while plowing threw my archives I saw everything as a potential painting. It was like a flood in the brain. Thanks for pushing the idea further!

  2. love to shoot photos! and you are right, when I think I am finished with a piece, I know for sure when I photograph it!

  3. Lovely work Susan, I like your humorous and positive musings have a great energy!

  4. Susan, just wanted to thank you for visiting my blog. I had to see yours, and well, I wasn't disappointed. You love the same scenes that I do and you paint them beautifully.
    I do also love connecting to other artists this way, and you and I are on opposite sides of the continent. It makes no difference at all, this blogging thing is great isn't it?

  5. I've always loved taking pictures Susan. And digital cameras have made it so much easier. I love scouting areas to photograph so I can enlarge the pictures to use as backdrops to my sculpted characters.

  6. waves are essential. i can't live too far from them. right now i'm two minutes from water if i walk and i am grateful. it's nice to see your waves.

  7. Tu as raison de prendre une multitude de photos... tu scannes ta vision mais dans ton esprit tu en as la photocopie et c'est ton esprit, ton ressenti du moment qui en fait le tri plus tard...

  8. Wonderful Susan! and a beautiful blend!

  9. Susan this is a beautiful. Looking at the waves is so relaxing.

    Thank you for the shout out :)

    Keep on dancing and creating!


  10. Thank You, Susan!
    I had a message from you about listing of my painting on your blog, but it went to the SPAM folder. Sorry!

    Beautiful painting!

  11. I love the way you write, it's a pleasure to read you...I take tonns of photos...and sometimes they turn into paintings...but you can never do without refrence shots, right!

    I tried to comment on your latest post..the one with the paint palette shirt...but for some reason it wouldn't open up and let me comment!

    I love that post too!

    ciao bella
    creative carmelina

  12. Susan, I just got back in town and found your sweet of you to mention me as your inspiration! I am so honored! Your painting is are so talented. Enjoy!

  13. Susan, Thanks for visiting my blog recently. Your paintings are lovely. I especially like the way the waves feel playful in this one. Lovely!


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