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Paintings, Prints, Collages

Inspired and Maybe a Little Tired!

June & Susie at the Brand Library

June & Susie at the Brand Library “Joan Quinn Captured” Exhibit

During the last several months my artist friend June Futamase and I have been going to Los Angeles area  galleries and events each weekend. Our adventures are planned in blocks of 3 events or gallery visits per trip. This wasn’t a requirement, just something that seemed reasonable since we each live more than 50 miles away. Sometimes it’s comical how it works out.

We attended a local art fair in Newport Beach a couple weeks ago. It was to be followed by early dinner and then our reception at Showcase Gallery. On our way through the restaurant’s parking lot, we were bemoaning the fact that we didn’t have that “third gallery thing” happening.  Like magic just to our left was a fabulous gallery having a reception! After dinner, we attended and were able to count it in our 3-for-a-night tally!

June and I have met amazing artists, gallerists, art dealers, journalists and made new friends on our jaunts. We are new to the L.A. art scene and find ourselves delighted at the visual and emotional stimulation we encounter.

Susie & Launa SPARC opening reception Duron Gallery works of Edward Biberman

Susie & Launa SPARC opening reception Duron Gallery – works of Edward Biberman

Collage artist Launa Romoff advises us on the “must see” and “who’s who” about town. She’s generous enough to drive us around so we just relax…well, sort of. Imagine taking Laurel Canyon’ s winding steeps  (35 mph limit) at 60 with a reincarnated race car driver!

June’s and my journeys (one way) to destinations in L.A. usually take   1 – 2 hours depending on the traffic. We alternate driving duties. Last Saturday we had a late-afternoon sushi dinner and drove to West Hollywood to my new Gallery 825 for the opening reception. Then off with Launa to the Brand Library Gallery in Glendale for “Joan Quinn Captured”, followed by Liz’s Loft event “Diverted Destruction” showcasing collage artist Tm Gratkowski. He is called Tim – just met him so not sure why the missing “i” in his professional name — someday I’ll ask.

Susie with Tm Gratkowski's collage at Liz's Loft

Susie with Tm Gratkowski’s collage at Liz’s Loft

Liz’s Loft gallery is over her hardware store – a potpourri of everything global and vintage for the West Hollywood/LA  homeowner.

Are you wondering what I’m creating with all of this inspiration? How about sales of four paintings? City Shadows, City Streets, Golden Feather and Coming Full CircleCity Litter won second place and a cash prize in “Artists’ Eye” exhibition. The big City Runways paintings are in The Showcase Gallery through August 3rd and are very much for sale. Please come take a look!

City Litter Wins Prize!

City Litter Wins Prize!

Several competitions have been entered – ’tis the season for this. Lots of entry fees and then the big wait to learn if a painting is accepted. It’s a bit of a racket, but some shows are important places to show your work. Also attended “How to Get Gallery Representation” sponsored by the LA Art Association. This is where I met Rob Grad an amazing human being, artist and musician. Also serendipitously met the daughter of an old high school friend Steve Blume!

Ted & Susie

Ted and Susie

My Headache collage was included in Ted Meyer’s postcards of “Pain” exhibition at UCLA’s LRC Gallery – Geffen School of Medicine. Here I am with Ted at another event – his “Exploding Tattoos” party.

Recently, I left the Studio Gallery. It was a great experience, gave me a solo show and some wonderful introductions. Many thanks to Antoinette Sullivan for her friendship and kindnesses to me.

I’m painting and collaging at home for now – in 645 square feet. How, you ask? My dining table – now my art table – is on 7” risers so I can paint and collage flat and move around. The studio lights are on a side wall over the table and they work really great. I’m surprised at how happy I am with this arrangement. Of course, I now have too much furniture and it’s the wrong scale. But it’s a small problem to be worked out over time. I’ve put my finished works in a temp-controlled storage unit. It has pretty good light just outside the door, so I put paintings on my easel to show them off. Just sold a painting this way.

Please contact me about adding to your art collection – and possibly your furniture collection, haha!  You can see several of my paintings and collages by clicking here on the Gallery link. I don’t put prices up online for many reasons, so just contact me by return email or click here for phone.

If you want to get updated more often, than every couple of months, follow me on Facebook. I’ve posted links to my favorite artists and galleries here on my blogsite. See “Love These” in the sidebar. New digital paintings are in the making, as well as some interesting smaller collages. I will keep you posted.

Happy July, Love, Susie

Exciting Times in Southern California

Hello everyone. I am living my dream job as a Southern California contemporary and abstract artist! There are so many amazing opportunities to connect with collectors, artists, educators, galleries and art advocates. I’ve been making some great connections in Los Angeles where contemporary and abstract art is loved and appreciated. Been busy – lots happening behind the scenes, which I will share shortly, promise 🙂 In case you haven’t been following me on Facebook, here’s what’s come to fruition so far:

City Runways by Susie Stockholm, 50" x 40" Acrylic on Gallery-Wrapped Canvas

City Runways by Susie Stockholm, 50″ x 40″ Acrylic on Gallery-Wrapped Canvas

"Contains Milk", "Headache", and "Gluten-free Vodka" - collages

Susie with “Contains Milk”, “Headache”, and “Gluten-free Vodka” – collages

Have 3 collages in the ORANGE COUNTY FINE ARTS Showcase Gallery – Inspired by things that annoy me. love the conversations they created at the reception Saturday night, very fun! I know, “do more of these.”

Won Special Recognition for “City Runways” in the ALL WOMEN 2014 ART EXHIBITION, Light,Space & Time Gallery

"City Litter" - assemblage, acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas - 50 x 40" - by Susie Stockholm

“City Litter” – assemblage, acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas – 50 x 40″ – by Susie Stockholm

“City Litter” is chosen for the ALTADENA LIBRARY EXHIBIT  “Edges and Curves” for the month of May 2014, through The Haggus Society.

Exhibit Studio Gallery 2014 Feb“Signs of the City” exhibit ends Tuesday. Mucho thanks to Antoinette Sullivan at The Studio Gallery. It was a great run and was extended twice. Wonderful show. 

I’m now posting regularly on Facebook, which gives you instant information, so you don’t have to wait for this newsletter. Check out my Art by Susie Stockholm page.

Hope you all have a wonderful April and May.  Blessings and love to you and yours, Susie



Exhibit at Studio Gallery – extended through March 30th

Hello everyone, I’m thrilled that you have another three weeks to come see my one-woman show, Signs of the City, in The Studio Gallery.  And also, through March 30th, to see five of my abstract  paintings in the “Driven to Abstraction” exhibit at The Showcase Gallery at 3851 South Bear Street, Santa Ana (across from South Coast Plaza). 

Susie with "Alive & Kickin"  Acrylic 50 x 40" at Showcase Gallery

Susie with “Alive & Kickin” Acrylic 50 x 40″ at Showcase Gallery

Exhibit STudio Gallery 2014 Feb

“Signs of the City” at Studio Gallery, 18001 Sky Park Circle #R, Irvine CA

I’m donating a percentage of the proceeds from the Studio Gallery show to the Human Rights Campaign for their amazing work.

So, please bring your friends and family to see the Signs of the City Exhibit during March. It’s your opportunity to finally experience these paintings “in person!” 

The Studio Gallery, 18001 Sky Park Circle, Suite R, Irvine, CA – near MacArthur  Blvd. and Main Street, next to the John Wayne Airport employee parking lot. This is where I have studio space. More info 

Some of the works you’ll see are the large and many-layered City Runways, the diptych Ignition and Burning Karma, as well as City Streets and Think About It (a Gridworks highly textured painting). You will even get a peek into my studio where the magic happens.

I’ll be in the studio Fridays from noon until 4 pm if you want to “meet the artist!” You can also  call or email for an appointment to see the exhibit any day that’s convenient for you, including weekends.  949-436-9204 or email 1-City Theme1

Love of Giving Reduces Holiday Stress

Are you having fun with your holiday gifting adventure?SS having fun It’s true that giving as an “expectation” sucks. So, how do you get in the mood? You know, the one where you feel all warm and generous? In addition to a great glass of wine,  here are some ideas for feeling the love when you’re stressed about holiday gifts.

Imagine the person you are expected to present a gift to. If they don’t immediately engender waves of love, just feel love. You don’t need an object of love to feel loving.  Next, think about them from head to toe in terms of what might be a great gift within your budget. For example, see their head and face in your mind. What works there? Hair clips, bows, hat, earrings, makeup, or nose hair clippers (just kidding).  If you’re flush with cash then by all means imagine their adorable backside seated comfortably in the new Lamborghini. Work your way down their body until you get to those awesome polka-dot socks. Somewhere between head and toes you should feel a little flutter of excitement about one or more of the gifts you’re considering.

Credit: Institute of Urban Ecology, Los Angeles

Credit: Institute of Urban Ecology, Los Angeles

Or think of the person in their favorite environment: Skateboarding, playing guitar, attending the theater, watching movies, listening to music, running, painting or rebuilding antique cars. What might you offer that acknowledges or supports them? Perhaps an art class, a visor, a photo album or cool edited movie of them skating, playing, or working on the car.

Then there’s the “doing good” gift where you help someone clean out their closet and take things to Goodwill for them – like my daughter’s mother-in-law does for me. She’s the world’s best organizer and purger of duplicates, ha!  Some of my neighbors are too old to drive. I’m thinking of giving gift certificates for a “free ride” to a place of their choice.

For us artist types, it’s quite tempting to create a handmade item. I’ve often given my kids paintings or poems I created just for them. Nordstrom Gift Card They’ve always accepted graciously, but they might prefer a gift card this year.

That said, a personalized gift can bring incredible joy. Here’s what happened when I created a painting for one of my collectors to give as a surprise: The Power of Gifts (click on the link).

What are you giving to yourself this year? I’ve had my eye on a hand blown art glass sculpture that “I have no room for.” If I managed to acquire this piece, would I find a place for it? Of course. There’s always room for more art if you put some pieces away, out of the light for a while. It’s good for them to rest in the peaceful dark. Here’s a post on how to manage your space for new masterpieces: There’s Always Space for More Art 

Inspired by Georgia

“Inspired by Georgia” – by Susie Stockholm – watercolor

Some ideas for you: Abstracts – Floral Textures – City-themes – Range of Motion  My personal wish is for you to have interesting and beautiful art in your homes and workspaces. If you fall in love with my paintings, I will do everything I can to help you acquire them. Click here to reach me: Contact

I wish you much joy as you gather with loved ones this season.   Take deep breaths, find “loving” and enjoy yourself. Susie