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Love all of you, Susan


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Fashion Illustration - July-August

I started playing with Fashion Illustration when I was thinking of something new to do that stayed inside my love of painting women with beautiful patterns and textures. I enjoy working with the old photos I found in my family albums. My original attraction was the flowered dresses and aprons the women wore. I have so much fun experimenting with new ways to create beautiful pattern when I’m painting their dresses. Last summer I painted in my sketchbook a tribute to my mother-in-law on her birthday. She was such an intriguing woman, living on a tight budget and sewing her own better clothes to keep style in her wardrobe even on a budget. You can read about her here . Below are a couple of the sketchbook paintings of Jane in her fabulous hats.

Her coffee table had copies of Women’s Wear Daily, Vogue and Glamour magazine. She also had copies of Vogue, McCalls and Butterick pattern magazines too. She was always creating something beautiful for herself or her daughter. No cooking or decorating magazines in this house! As a painter, I knew about jeans and paint stained shirts. She really showed me a different world and it was girlie and fun! Ever since meeting her, I gave much more consideration to women's adornments.

My sister-in-law, Lynn, is a fan of vintage design. She and I watched our share of old movies, pointing out all of the beautiful dresses, hats, and coats. The movie subject was not always as importand as how good a star looked in a designer gown. Particular favorites of mine are the films like Funny Face and Sabrina that featured Audrey Hepburn in exquisite designer dresses, or Grace Kelly in It Takes a Thief or Rear Window. Jimmy Stewart was wilting in his cast, but Grace Kelly was cool as a cucumberin her gorgeous party dress. I'm think the movies were great but mostly we ate popcorn and talked about the clothes. 

I normally paint a face first to make sure it works before I make the painting. So much of my work is greeting card art, and I think the face engages to viewer. As I explored vintage themes, a lot of the models were the same person. Models were trained to look vacant, so I found their faces uninteresting and decided I didn't want the viewer to look there first. In fact how can I imagine myself wearing these clothes if someone else is wearing the dress? So - Off goes the head, well at least above the mouth, and that is where I started from.

I've painted evening gowns,

beautiful coats,

mod styles from the1960's,

and day wear, like pencil skirts and fitted dresses.

I enjoy painting these illustrations that celebrate both fashion designers and the photographers that created such lasting images of elegent mid century fashion. I've learned so much about these iconic artists, and encourage anyone who is fasinated with the dresses to read the history of them.

If you are in Colorado this summer, I have an exhibit of these paintings at Baby Doe's Clothing in Gloden Colorado the months of July and August. More than 40 paintings are available. It's a perfect environment for my paintings. You can also find the full line of my greeting cards there.

Cheers, Susan


Pretty Maids All in a Row - April exhibit


More than 30 now paintings in this exhibit. Including painting above - Pretty Maids All In a Row.

Introducing mew prints of popular Quilted Women paintings.


Sometimes You Have to Embrace Your Inner Hippie

All of the paintings I make for my greeting card line are inspired by someone I know. Sometimes it’s a relative that lived before me or maybe a story a friend loves to tell about someone in their life, but by the time I make the painting, I know who they are.

In this sweet painting I was inspired by an acquaintance. Her name is Sue Ann and we met a few years ago in a painting seminar class. She was charming and chatty about all things painting. She was recently retired and embarking on a new sojourn into self discovery. I’m not sure she saw it that way, but like many of us; she had worked her career, raised children and was finding an opportunity to explore self. Painting was her love and she was having fun!

Over the years she has emerged to be not only an accomplished talent worthy of calling herself ARTIST, but she has also created quite a life story that I admire. Through the windows of facebook I watched her find love in both life and painting. I have seen her holding grandbabies, building a beautiful painting studio, painting her way around the world and welcoming a wonderful partner (Rick) into her life who shares her journey. Of course I was naturally drawn to her paintings in the beginning. I loved seeing her progress, especially her beautiful portraits, but as her pictures appeared in my feed I saw more.

I saw a woman dancing her way through life.

She celebrates her art, her love and her being, and it is written all over her face when she posts pictures of dancing. I don’t post pictures of dancing. I don’t post pictures of me. She does!

She has photos of painting in Giverny and other wonderful places.
She posts pictures of herself with family and girlfriends. Her tribe is large!  It is all fun to see.
But- the pictures that captured my heart are of Sue Ann dancing. 

Like these photosof Sue Ann and Rick dancing at concerts.

Or - how about this sweet picture dancing in Paris!

And my favorite.....

....dancing down the isle at her wedding.

This is real! And it’s joyful! It’s filled with happiness and celebration. And this is why Sue Ann inspires me. She is a passionate painter and artist, celebrating life in dance and paint. I’m going to keep watching because she encourages me to have more fun!

This sweet birthday card  and lots of other new cards are now in the shop . Head on over and find some great cards to celebrate life and friendship!