Monday, May 7, 2012

This new morning

June Blossoms
Original oil painting  24x18"
by Susan Roux

I've been juggling painting time with outdoor gardening time. You know what that's like, right? It seems every year I establish a new flower-bed or revamp an old one. This year is no exception.

Maine has had plenty of rain recently. Just as the weather warmed nicely to do the outside work, it also  gave way to too many soggy dreary days. Bring on the sun and the perennial gardens come to life! It doesn't matter that I'm knee-deep in framing and trying to deliver to my galleries; when the sun finally shows it's lovely face, I need to go dig in the dirt!

I was suppose to deliver to The Wright Gallery today but I changed it to tomorrow. Rain is predicted then, once again. Usually I try not to deliver in the rain, but I need to take full advantage of the sunny days. I tackled a rather large project outside and once you begin to lift plants, it's kind of necessary to place them in soil again soon.

I love the seasons and the feeling you get as a new one announces itself. Spring, summer, fall. They're all such nice ones to revisit. Winter and mud season are never my favorites, but necessary to experience the wonderful charge that comes with spring! It feels like a new morning...

Which brings me to the title of this post and the title of Luka Bloom's new CD. Have you downloaded it to your library of tunes yet? For those of you who aren't acquainted with his music, let me tell you a little secret. Luka should market himself to artists. Listening to one or two songs won't do it, but play a long session of his music while painting and it's like magic! I've tried it on lots and lots of artists. Everyone has the same reaction, that it's perfect to paint to, except Kevin. But I blame his ancient player and bad speaker system. You see he likes to listen to the sixties and seventies stuff and his system is from the same era...

You can't expect to hear today's songs on yesterday's equipment. It's like trying to watch an HD movie on a fifties black and white TV! Doesn't work.

So because of that, I don't count Kevin's experience as a real negative. Plus he always tries to give me a hard time anyway...

Back to Luka. His words are always uplifting. His melodies are soothing and they're conducive to swaying. Both making your body and paintbrush sway. He also falls into short bouts of chanting which put you into a wonderful trance. You know what I mean, that great Painting Zone... Don't you just love getting there?

I've become so accustomed to painting solely to his music, that now instantly upon hearing it I want to slip off into that zone. It's has such a relaxing quality. It calms the spirit and allows you to focus and fall deep into your art. If you get the opportunity to see him in person, do yourself a favor and go. His show is worth the small fee it will cost  you. Plus Luka's pretty funny!

This New Morning!    

It could be your new art friend. 

I wanted to thank everyone who voted for me. It seems I've surpassed the required 77 votes needed to get to Time Square! I just love new experiences!

Note: June Blossoms is a scene from Monhegan Island. You can see part of the Island Inn in the distance, enveloped in costal fog. It will soon be delivered to Blue Hill Bay Gallery. Peter will be happy to help you if you'd like to purchase it.


  1. beautiful scenery. I love the spring colors.

  2. Well, now Susan-- I listen to music from the sixties and seventies because I like that music from before I was born. As for Luka, I fall into a comatose state when I hear him too...
    Might as well enjoy the sun while we have it!

  3. Ah ah ah!!! Luka Bloom le second amour de ta vie ma chère Susan... Lorsque Mike n'est pas près de toi c'est Luka qui l'est!!!
    En tout bien, tout honneur, n'est-ce pas?...
    Il enchante tes peintures...
    Et aujourd'hui tu nous transportes avec cette dernière peinture remplie de couleurs sublimes...
    Un joli tempo!
    Gros bisous

  4. Such wonderful blues- your blues are always excellent and these delicate flowers are no exception- lovely!

  5. Love the point of view in this one, Susan.

  6. Beautiful painting! Just love those blues!

  7. Lovely work, Susan. Those blue flowers are just electric with energy!

    Indeed, this IS such a busy time of year. I need to simplify gardening chores somehow... it is not getting any easier. I love being outside in the sun getting those weeds out of my flowers and vegies but my back is talking back to me more every year.

  8. So peaceful, so serene. I love the softness of your brushstrokes and the softness of your palette.

  9. Absolutely gorgeous work You are such an inspiration!

  10. I always love to see your paintings, Susan. These flowers are absolutely beautiful and those blues just pop right off the well done!

  11. Beautiful blues, they are my favorite too. We too have beautiful blue flowers, which are there forever whatever the season, and always pleasing to the eyes.
    Looks like you are really busy and enjoying yourself too.

  12. I just love this! wanna follow each others blog?:X


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