Tuesday, December 21, 2010


It's not your ordinary week. I don't think I have to remind you. Reading everyone's posts and finding many of you missing, is just an added reminder that everyone's lives are turned a bit upside down this time of year. I'm no different.

My classes are cancelled for the week.

I hope that doesn't mean my paintbrushes will be too, but one never knows what to expect as Christmas approaches. We suddenly take on additional chores and hopefully with good cheer we celebrate our blessings with people we love.

Thursday, just as class was beginning, am enormous Dick Blick order arrived. I often order for my students and it's kind of like Christmas every time the boxes come rolling in. Several of my students decided to upgrade their paints to the lovely Gamblin's I'm enjoying. What a nice Christmas gift! I can't wait to see how their work will change. When class ended, I looked at my palette full of paint and knew it would shrivel up and dry before finding easel time again. Blick-stamped cases of canvas cluttered my entry. Next thing I knew I was opening various sizes and applying a layer of color.

Oh how fun
it is to paint
on brand new
Blick canvas!

Happy Holidays everyone! Thank you for stopping by and leaving your wonderful comments. They mean so much to me, as do you...

When easel time manifests itself, I'll be ready!


  1. Wow - looks so inviting to me as an artist. They are crying out for visions. I love reading your blog - thank you for sharing.

  2. i so love getting new art supplies, it's like that brand new shiny box of crayons that you don't want to use because they look so perfect. happy holidays and happy painting in the new year!

  3. Just passing by to wish you a Merry Christmas!

  4. Merry Christmas, Susan! Enjoy your new art supplies!

  5. Merry Christmas to you and your family!
    Have loads of fun with family and freinds.

  6. Il est inutile de te dire combien j'apprécie de me promener dans les magasins d'art... Nous l'avons évoqué ensemble hier... C'est un véritable régal pour moi, comme visiter une pâtisserie...
    Mais là où je me régale aussi c'est en me promenant dans ton blog pour y redécouvrir tes peintures. redécouvrir car j'ai la chance de les voir progresser...
    Je serais ravie de venir peindre avec toi... s'il n'y avait pas cette distance qui nous sépare...
    Je te fais des bisous et bien naturellement je te renouvelle mes voeux en te souhaitant de joyeuses fêtes à toi et à tous ceux que tu aimes...

  7. I love getting those new supplies! I'm a big fan of Gamblin oils too! Merry Christmas!!

  8. These are great--let us know when you paint on the purple ones. I just treated myself to some linen canvases but haven't had time to try them yet. Have a very Merry Christmas!

  9. Looks like you really had fun!!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

  10. Have fun with your new supplies Susan.!
    Happy Holidays to you and your family.

  11. Dear Susan,
    Interesting! Enjoy painting. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
    Best wishes, Sadami

  12. I seem to be commenting @ the net, and your comments are right before mine this morning everywhere I go! Of course, you are in Maine, and I in Washington!

    Many happy wishes for this Christmas, Susan.


  13. Wishing you a great holiday season! Isn't it fun to get art supplies in the mail? I gave my hubby a list for Blick, complete with links so he could get me stuff for Xmas. Can't wait to open them :)

  14. beautiful and inviting
    Many happy wishes for this Christmas

  15. Happy holidays Susan, enjoy your time off. Very nice post and photo!

  16. Happy Holidays! I look forward to more art in 2011. Thanks for all your inspiring posts.

  17. Hi Susan, it's great!, a lot of material to enjoy painting. Santa's Gift, is not it? :)

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
    Best wishes to you and family

  18. En estas fechas tan entrañables que la armonía, paz y felicidad entren en tu casa.

    Un abrazo.

  19. Have a wonderful holiday Susan! We wish you the very best New Year and happy painting!!! Neil and Susan :)

  20. Missed Chistmas greetings Susan but do wish you a Very HAPPY NEW YEAR and hope for all God's blessings for you this coming year. Will be fun to follow your journey in art.
    As with any artist I too am most excited with any new supplies in art and just know they are going to make me wonderfully famous...
    Love your latest painting of the flowers at the doorway.

  21. Hi Susan

    Happy New Year from Southern California. No snow here but a lot of rain storms and mud slides!

    I hope you and your family had a Wonderful Christmas Celebration.

    God Bless You, ~Ron

  22. What a lovely sight! I spent the morning in my studio toning canvases today - it was so relaxing, and nice to know they will be ready for me when I get a chance to paint! Have a very Happy New Year.


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