Category Archives: Photography

What’s New for 2017

Seasons Greetings! I’d like to thank all of you for your friendship and participation in my life and art career. You have inspired me (Guitar and Water Signs series),  pushed me to do the next big thing (airport show), and encouraged me in my vision to become a full-time iPad digital artist and photographer. 

This coming year I plan to delve deep into learning my craft. And, of course, I’ll be doing some teaching along the way. Occasionally I will be blogging about my travels, iPhone photography and new digital collage techniques. You’ll also get to see how I use the Procreate app to accomplish the final result. Procreate now has a live video option that will record what you’re saying and doing in creating an artwork. You might see me on Periscope, just for fun.

Water Signs - Keeping and Eye Out

Water Signs – Keeping and Eye Out

So, here are my goals for 2017: Be happy, be a good neighbor, mother, grandmother and friend; learn one new thing daily (and practice it) about how to use Procreate and FiLMiC Pro apps. My iPhone 6+ has a great camera for my purposes. There’s a lot to know about the different camera apps and how to use them effectively. Then there’s editing, both for photos and video with challenges like color correcting, and apps that help with that. Oh, my!

I’ll be looking for ways to share what I know with you, as well as put that knowledge into artworks and perhaps a short film. At this moment I have NO IDEA how to make a short film. But I did buy a book  “Micro Short Filmmaking: A guided learning journey” by Robert David Duncan whom I met a couple years ago at a Mobil Film Academy workshop. I’m not sure if the ideas come first, or while practicing with apps and equipment. 

Next time I’ll show you the lenses from Moment and other easy-to carry equipment. It’s raining now, so I’m staying in until Christmas eve! 

Spoiled, but happy, in Southern California

Susie at Balboa Pier

Susie at Balboa Pier

Love, Susie



Night Music and Guitar Series

"Night Music Sunset" - iPhoneography and iPad art printed on metal - any size, the larger the better!

“Night Music Sunset” – iPhoneography and iPad art printed on metal – any size, the larger the better!

The  Night Music Guitar series photo collages on metal, now for sale, are so much fun to assemble and color in Procreate! I’ve used a photo of wall shadows of my guitar and a lamp, a Flowpaper painting and an original acrylic painting Cherokee Fire. I absolutely love the drama that happens when I change the layer blend modes.

FOR SALE Night Music Blues, Night Music Sunset and Night Music – printed on metal. Stunning – the larger the better – 20 x 15″ to 40 x 30″! Call me for sizes and prices, available now. 949-436-9204 or

"Night Music" - How I did it

“Night Music” – How I did it

"Night Music Blues" iPhoneography and iPad art printed on metal - any size, the larger the better!

“Night Music Blues” iPhoneography and iPad art printed on metal – any size, the larger the better!

You can also view these on Storehouse where you can see many other stories I’ve created about my art works.

"Night Music" - iPhoneography, iPad art printed on metal, any size, the larger the better!

“Night Music” – iPhoneography, iPad art printed on metal, any size, the larger the better!

iPad Art & Photocollage classes start Jan 5, 6, 7 – Enroll Now

Hi all you artists and art lovers, my wonderful friends!
Here’s my New Year’s invitation: Want to have more fun starting next week? Join one of three 8-week (2 hour) classes  -For more info visit iPad Art SoCal

Photos shot at Union Station, collage, #procreate app, #momentapp

Photos shot at Union Station, collage, #procreate app, #momentapp

Classes still open:
1/5 Tues 6:45 p.m. (5 seats left) 
1/6 Wed 10 a.m. (4 seats left)
1/7 Thurs 9 a.m. (only 1 seat left in this one). 
Explore the world of digital art and photo collage:  You will learn popular art apps: Flowpaper, Paper 53, Procreate and Snapseed. Paint, draw, take photos and collage them. Learn to share digitally or turn them into printable art. All you need is your iPad or iPad mini with latest iOS and the above mentioned apps and you’re ready to go! ENROLL HERE.

Loving You in Purple - original watercolor #flowpaper, #procreate

Loving You in Purple – original watercolor #flowpaper, #procreate

The most often-heard comment about these classes is “if I’d known this was so much fun, I would have enrolled sooner!” Besides learning to create on your iPad, you’ll make friends with delightful people who share your interests. No art experience is necessary. Just an iPad with latest iOS and the desire to enjoy yourself for a couple of hours a week. Laguna Woods location. Check out the classes now.

More news to follow in a few days, but I wanted to get this out to you!  Class maximum is 8, so don’t delay if you’re truly interested. Happy New Year, looking forward to creating with you.

Water: A Necessary Conversation

“Water: A Necessary Conversation” Exhibition  Opens 7 – 9 pm – Sat. Nov. 14th
If you’re at NELA Artwalk in Highland Park his Saturday evening, November 14th, stop in to Avenue 50 Studio. You’ll see my “Water Signs – Laguna Woods”  plus wonderful paintings and posters celebrating water and bringing attention to our need to focus attention now.

First in my new "Water Signs" series of digital photo collages. 20 x 16", on White Aluminum Composite

First in my new “Water Signs” series of digital photo collages. 20 x 16″, on White Aluminum Composite – “Water Signs – Laguna Woods”

My digital “painting” was created using iPhoneography – photos taken with my iPhone of condos and golf course, a street sign and water utility street cover in Laguna Woods. These photos were then collaged into a cohesive statement using several layers of photos and colors in the Procreate app.

“Water: A Necessary Conversation” brings together contemporary art and past posters focused on water as a vital and limited resource. It includes abstract and representational artworks by 20 contemporary artists working in an array of media from painting, prints, video to photography. Curated by art historian Susan M. King, the selection of works strikes a dialogue between past and present art meant as a social lever around water issues.

The exhibition is  organized by the Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art as an Art as Activism project with assistance from the Center for the Study of Political Graphics.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Elaine Alibrandi, Melissa Richardson Banks, Mariona Barkus,Andrea Broyles, Danielle Eubank, Karen Hansen, Shelley Heffler, Brenda Hurst, Ann Isolde, J. J. L’Heureux, Yana Marshall, Andrea Monroe, Eva Montealegre, Therese Moriarty, Sandra Mueller, Seda Saar, Karen Schifman, Susie Stockholm, Stephanie Sydney, Teresa Young and the “Artists Formerly Known as Women” collective. (Bold indicates WCA member).

Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N. Avenue 50, Highland Park, CA 90042, 323-258-1435

Closing Conversation: Sunday, Dec. 6, 2 to 4 pm
Hours: Tuesday thru Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm (closed Friday)