3.29.2012

A BIG THANK YOU TO TIRAGE!

BEACH VIEW OF THE DELL
(HOTEL CORONADO)
14"h x 18"w pastel
18 1/2"h x 23"w gold frame
 SOLD - PRIVATE COLLECTOR
Today I was notified that Tirage sold my pastel,
Beach View of the Dell, which is pictured above.
Many, many thanks to Tirage for their representation! 

And a reminder that I have additional California pastel 
scenes on exhibit with Tirage's The 31st State show.
They are located at:
 One West California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105
#626-405-1020
or click onto their website here.

3.25.2012

DAYDREAMS OF ESCAPE

detail of a new pastel sky
Pressures 
from left 
and right

pulling . . .  

squeezing . . . 

suffocating.

Hiding 
in the clouds,
to turn a back 
on everyday 
life. 






So you say "what???" 
And I say, "oh no! tax time!"

3.22.2012

31st STATE EXHIBIT AT TIRAGE OPENS SATURDAY

Saturday the 24th, marks the opening of Tirage's exhibit,
The 31st State. As titled, the art reflects the wonders 
of California, thus my pastels showcase Balboa Park,
Kenneth Hahn Park and Los Angeles Arboretum. 

The opening reception is Saturday from 5 to 7 pm, 
and the exhibit continues through April 28th. 

To see more of the exhibit  or additional information,
click here

3.19.2012

WISPS + CLOUDS - 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 pastel

WISPS + CLOUDS
4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel
8" white archival matte, glass + gold leaf frame
SOLD- PRIVATE COLLECTOR

Finally the storm ceased.

Upward the dark clouds rose,
while the white overtook the sky.
Ribbons of turquoise slashed the skies.

Refreshed was the day.

3.18.2012

THE STORM - 14 x 11 pastel

THE STORM
11"h x 14"w pastel on a wooden panel
PRIVATE COLLECTOR

Down poured . . .

deluged  . . . 

pelted . . . 

flooded . . .

a day to seek refuge.

3.15.2012

A DAY OF PLAYING WITH DOLLS

Time for dolls! 


I have been working off and on with 
my little collection, that will be included 
within 2 shows the latter part of the year.
   
"What in the world?"
(hey . .  . I can hear you out there) 

Just love playing with my hands to see 
where they will lead me. I relish finding 
objects while walking, as well as little 
treasures from stores. 

And this little delight while still in develop-
ment, is half woman / half elephant. I have 
big plans for her, so stay tune to see what will 
become of her. Also pictured above is a 
"bird walking".

3.12.2012

A WINTERS NIGHT CLOAK

LUSH GARDENS*
24"h x 18"w pastel + gold frame
* Courtesy of Tirage Gallery

Guided by an old stone wall, I ventured 
into a garden.

The lush greenery encircled me as a cloak,
that added warmth on a cold winters night.

Soothing . . . 

Comforting . .  .

At peace with the soul.

* "Lush Gardens" will be at Tirage Gallery
for "The 31st State" exhibit opening March 24th.
Please click here for additional or sales information.

3.11.2012

TO CARD . . . OR NOT TO CARD?

KITTY LOVES CHOCOLATE
4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel
SOLD - PRIVATE COLLECTOR

The other day I was in a store being assisted by a 
young clerk, who requested to see my drivers license.
I told her that it was current with the exception of a new
post office box number, for my former post office
was one of the closed casualties. At that point the young
girl commented how she got a small group of friends to
start sending each other letters and cards, for it was such a
thrill to receive something!

Which in turn started me thinking . . . 

With technology, everyone is tuned in, to every facet imaginable.
But how many actually observe the events posted in Facebook?
I haven't.
 So it's really has become an unique experience to open
one's home mailbox and receive mail. To actually hold
 something in one's hands, makes an individual stop and really
observe a special occasion.

So how many artists out there, still send out promotional
post cards for shows? I do, which has resulted in sales prior
to many openings. At times to personalize even more, I
handwrite the addresses rather than use preprinted labels.




3.07.2012

OLD + THE NEW

ENTWINED
7"h x 5"w white pencil + painted glass
15"h x 13"w die-cut white + gold leaf 
antique frame
$250 + $15 insured priority shipping
So now it's time to play quietly by myself.

Found an antique, die-cut leaf metal frame 
that was so unique! Thought it was fitting for 
a couple of delicate calla lilies.

I created the art with white pencil onto a black 
base and extended the leaf motif onto the glass,
by painting reverse with acrylics.  


3.05.2012

STARFISH + KELP - 12 x 6 glass

STARFISH + KELP
12" x 6" glass with a brushed silver frame
etched, blasted, gold leaf + paint
$475
©Susan E. Roden + Nancy Arthur-McGehee

So I'm still playing here with my buddy Nancy. We created
Starfish + Kelp which is one of the few remaining pieces 
from our former exhibit.

She etched and blasted the glass, whereas I 
painted the reverse of the pane with acrylics 
and then applied gold leaf. The piece has incredible
depth from an added bottom layer of a mirror.

What truly made the project fun, was the unknown factor. 
After a discussion of subject matter, one would take 
the piece to start off and create an image. Then in turn, hand 
it over to the other to finish off.  


3.04.2012

THE JOY OF COLLABORATION!

ANGEL*
Sold - Private Collector
8" square glass, pencil + paint
Detail of collaborative piece by
Susan Roden + Nancy Arthur-McGehee
Do you admire greatly 
another Artist? Wonder 
how in the world they 
do what they do? 

Well by embracing some 
collaboration you will see 
new personal growth
and direction, as well
as deepened friendships. 

not only my friend, but an 
incredible artist! She etches 
 glass, is a lapidary, and
a scientific illustrator.

Some time ago she informed 
me that one could paint and 
draw onto glass. Pastels, 
pencils + paint - amazing! 
Out came our pencils to 
schedule some play-dates, 
where we both got to experience the others medium. 


Crab Decanter
©Nancy Arthur-McGehee
Etched + blasted glass decanter

And two very successful art 
exhibitions resulted from our 
collaboration. Above left is a 
detail of Angel, one collaborative 
piece. The show was to be of 
salt water species, but Nancy 
humored me for I wanted to 
create this image badly. I mean 
the etched stripes in the glass 
was so funk and correlated 
with the stripes of the painted 
angel! 

To the right is one of Nancy's 
incredible pieces, Crab Decanter.

Play-dates refresh and revitalize an
artist, especially if one has a home studio. 
Try it and create with a buddy!




3.02.2012

WHAT AM I EVER UP TO?

I realized with my last 
posting, Changes In 
Life, was kind of 
ambiguous, so I guess 
I better clarify where I 
was going with that. I 
have been doing quite 
a bit of thinking of my 
artistic path. Seems 
I lost my way a bit 
ago. Ever happened 
to you? 

After much soul 
searching and 
evaluating, I decided 
to make some changes. 

First I will be posting and focalizing on larger pastel pieces. Secondly, I will be writing on personal artistic influences, thought processing, 
unique techniques and mediums, with interspersing of prose. 

I know many have been following my little sweet treats and Donut 
War, while others have enjoyed my petite sunsets, so am sorry if I 
disappoint anyone. I can assure you there will be postings of petite 
pastels, but as preludes and sketches to larger pieces. 

Also there will be explanations of my more controversial art, i.e. the 
deconstructed art, as well as new art form where I merge figurative 
with animals in a mixed medium format on wooden cradled panels. 

So hopefully this will pique your interest and come along for the ride. 
Stay tuned and let's play together!