SKETCH OF YOUNG GIRL - 7" x 5" pastel portrait by Susan Roden

7" x 5" pastel

Seems as if I have been missing from my blog . . .  sorry.

I have been painting and experimenting and then 
the time just flew away. I have been more diligent in posting
on Instagram, so please follow me there as well to see 
more activity.

Above is a 30 minute sketch from life. 
And I promise more to come!


PINK + BLUE FACE - pastel portrait by Susan Roden

pastel on paper

Today was Friday, so back to life drawing! 
This was my first sketch and playing with color.

I've been on a mini trip for a few days, so it felt 
so good to return to drawing. 
And nothing like from an actual model!



GLIMMER + GREEN - 10" x 10" pastel landscape by Susan E Roden

10" x 10" pastel

Well here's a finished and larger rendition of "Study" that 
I did not too long ago. Attempting to retain the spontaneity 
and movement that I achieve with my smaller pieces.  

Will be posting some sunsets that I just completed in the 
upcoming week, so stay posted! 


FEATHER HAT - 12" x 9" pastel figurative sketch by Susan E. Roden

12 x 9" pastel sketch on paper

The return of the pink hair - she's such a lovely model!

Today she wore a retro' black hat with feathers . . .  
jetting with style.


STUDY - 6" x 6" landscape pastel by Susan Roden

6" x 6" pastel on paper

Out of the heads and back onto the greenery! 

Taking a stroll at a  quaint corner of the overgrown Bosque.

This little one is a study and currently recreating it larger
in my studio. Attempting to keep the looseness of the 
pastel strokes. 


RED HAIR - 12" x 9" portrait pastel sketch by Susan Roden

12"h x 9"w pastel

Quick and sketchy . . . with splashes
of red, turquoise and orange. 

Drawing from life forces quick and spontaneous lines!


PENSIVE - 12" x 9" pastel portrait sketch by Susan Roden

12"x 9" pastel on paper

Relishing on going drawing today!
 Above is my second piece from last week's effort. 

Below is another I did awhile back. Different
substrates as well as colors really affect the outcome.
And I devoted more time to this, so really was
able to punch up the colors!  


BARS- 6" x 11" sky pastel by Susan Roden

6"h x 11"w pastel

Imprisoned . . .  enveloped by the mass.

Colors screaming . . .  blasts of orange and browns.

Slits of blue . . .  hope.


Sketch of BLAST - 6" x 6" sky pastel by Susan Roden

Sketch of BLAST
6" x 6" pastel

A new year and analyzing a new direction . . .   

For so long I've been creating my little skies, but now 
am attempting to push it along after reflecting on my 
body of art.

As one can tell, I love color! 

And who doesn't if one plays with pastels? 
But I notice I have a constant palette of bold and contrasting
 colors, that typically are blue in hue with an occasional 
red as above. So now it's time to take a step in an opposite

So bear with me please, and let's see where this all goes. 


A Day of unrest in America

6" x 6" pastel skyscape

With fascination and sadness, I'm watching the news 
unfold and feel my painting RED HOT exemplifies 
the state of affairs of today.

Democracy is a wonderful thing that allows us 
as individuals to have a voice in our Country, yet 
it is truly a sad time. 

Avoid bloodshed . . .  unify.


PURPLE TURMOIL - 6" x 4" sky acrylic + pastel by Susan Roden- Sold

6"h x 4"w acrylic + pastel

Pleased to announce that Purple Turmoil was purchased
with a portion of proceeds to benefit cancer research!

With many thanks to Artist, Avril Thomas, the International
Exhibit "A SMALL WORLD" was held at Magpie Springs Gallery, 
South Australia.  It was a great endeavor not only in compiling artists
from all over the world, but also in facilitating the auction, press 
and website. 

It has been a great honor to be included and thank you
to Elizabeth Ports of South Australia for purchasing