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Paintings, Prints, Collages

Abstract in the Raw


"Abstract in the Raw" - unfinished - Acrylic on Gallery-wrapped Canvas. 50" x 40"

“Abstract in the Raw” – unfinished – Acrylic on Gallery-wrapped Canvas. 50″ x 40″

I have this great glassed-in balcony that gets morning sun. Usually I sit out here with my coffee and contemplate the latest in-process adventure. This one is temporarily named “Abstract in the Raw.”

It began in a class by Jim Gibson and Docia Reed, fine abstract artists. Both of these lovely people gift their time and talents to our Art Club members for a few hours a week.

The entire painting is meant to be an experiment, inspired by a  favorite artist. Mine is Piet Mondrian.

At dusk I turn a spotlight onto my current creation. The neighbors tell me they love to see what I’m working on, and often walk this way. Makes me happy to share my love of color, shape and texture with my community.

I also share my love of technology, especially Apple products. Recently I taught an impromptu iPad class at our MAC club; and will go to student’s homes for one-on-one MAC-iPad-iPhone consulting. When clients want to know what my interests are, I show them my paintings gallery on my iPad as I train them to make their own albums and journals.

It’s always exciting to hear “I have a friend who loves abstract and contemporary art! Can I bring them over to see your paintings?” My home has become an open gallery of sorts. The people who visit invigorate me, as they share their stories over a cup of tea. I learn much about their art collections, as we search their home for a place to hang their newest work of art. What a wonderful life I enjoy.

Please take a look at my short videos if you’re interested in my process and motivations. Click here: Susie’s videos – also, please contact me if you’d like to talk about how my paintings would complement your collection. Click here: Contact Susie.

Paint, play, laugh and do something out of the ordinary this week! Let me know what you did.

GridWorks Bursting Forth in New Directions

"GridWorks 2"  50" x 40" on Gallery-wrapped canvas, Mixed Media: Acrylic, Acrylic Ink

” City Runways” 50″ x 40″ on Gallery-wrapped canvas, Mixed Media: Acrylic, Acrylic Ink

Even wowed myself on this one. New, new, new! It was going to be similar in style to the first GridWorks which was a very popular painting. If you look at the first one, you’ll see how lovely the colors are. But with this second GridWorks, too much black ink got onto the rectangles and it became muddy. I don’t have a yard anymore where I could hose it down. So, as always with a failed painting, I asked it what it wanted to be. Imagine my surprise when it said “tape me up and paint that bold red and yellow, splashing in some turquoise blue.”

"GridWorks 2" - taped

“GridWorks 2” – taped

Taping is a new experiment for me. It makes me think in reverse, a little like doing a woodcut. Once you cover portions of the painting, you have to imagine what is under there, and what it will look like after you paint the non-taped areas.

Yes, I’m still playing with it a bit, wrapping the shapes and colors around the sides. For the next couple of weeks, I’ll just look at it to see if there’s anything else it wants me to do. Then I will declare it complete.

Please take a look at my short videos if you’re interested in my process and motivations. Click here: Susie’s videos – also, please contact me if you’d like to talk about how my paintings would complement your collection. Click here: Contact Susie.

Paint, play, laugh and do something out of the ordinary this week! Let me know what you did.

The Best Christmas Presents, Ever!

It’s Christmas afternoon.  I’m still feeling the vibes from my visit with the family, young voices, lots of music and people who ALL get along. I’m so happy to be back home where I can drive less than an hour and get all the hugs a mother and grammy could want.

Eric is teaching me during my very first game of chess. He let me beat him, bless his heart.

Youngest grandson is teaching me during my very first game of chess. He let me beat him, bless his heart.

My kids are so generous. In addition to some lovely gifts, my son-in-law produced two movies of me and my work –  from video shot by my neighbor Mike. Oh, yes, another gift to me. Thank you both. Such generosity in my life always amazes me.

Let me know what you think of the movies: Click to see Art by Susie Stockholm and click to see Can I Afford Original Art, Really? I’d love to hear from you, so please give me call or email Contact.

Have a wonderful holiday season and a joyous new year. Many blessings,

Susie

 

Painting in Paradise!

CITY AT DAWN 20″ x 16″ Acrylic on Canvas – SOLD

 

SIGNS OF SUMMER 20″ x 16″ Acrylic on Canvas SOLD

October 2012 has been a month of unrelated agendas. It started with the NHC Art Party for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and all of the press events around that. What a wonderful experience to work with the staff of NHC in Bluffton. They really know how to put on a great party! Here are 3 of several paintings that sold at the show. I was able to contribute over $500 to the Alzheimer’s Association, and have some new collectors!

During prep for the Art Party, my house sold with a move out and closing requested by end of the month.  So I was hiring movers, arranging for a condo in California, getting my car shipped, and all those other things that aren’t part of a daily routine.

Today I’m at my daughter’s. My car has arrived. My furniture comes Friday and I’m finally able to concentrate on communicating with you.

I’m back in L.A. forever! I’m enjoying the beach, my family, and all the walking I missed in humid, buggy South Carolina.   Since arriving in Manhattan Beach I’ve walked 5 miles, eaten amazing and interesting vegetarian food and hugged my grandsons a million times.

Manhattan Beach Boardwalk

We’ve played ball and analyzed the Fibonacci Sequence in art and nature. I’ve been a willing audience for my 13 year old grandsons’s skateboarding tricks and amazing drumming, guitar and keyboard entertainment. I’ve been enthralled with the building of complete communities by my youngest grandson using a computer program called MineCraft. One happy Grammy, here.

Grid Works, Acrylic and Ink on Canvas 50" x 40"

GRID WORKS 50 x 40
Acrylic and Ink on Canvas
50″ x 40″ SOLD

By Friday I should be moving into my condo in Laguna Woods and setting up the art studio. The studio was built in Bluffton but is portable and ready for installation here. The light is SO different. I’m interested to see what I create next and what inspires me. I feel lighter here. And I’m very happy to be back where I started from.

I’ll keep you posted as new experiences inspire my creations.