4.29.2017

STOIC - portrait pastel sketch by Susan Roden

STOIC
pastel on paper

Unsure of her story, but love her look!

Some people have such strength in their posture.

4.23.2017

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

SKETCH OF YOUNG GIRL
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!

3.31.2017

PINK + BLUE FACE - pastel portrait by Susan Roden

PINK + BLUE FACE
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!

3.06.2017

3.01.2017

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

GLIMMER + GREEN
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! 

2.24.2017

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

FEATHER HAT
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.

2.14.2017

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

STUDY
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. 

2.05.2017

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

RED HAIR 
12"h x 9"w pastel

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

Drawing from life forces quick and spontaneous lines!

2.03.2017

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

PENSIVE
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!  


1.29.2017

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

BARS
6"h x 11"w pastel


Imprisoned . . .  enveloped by the mass.

Colors screaming . . .  blasts of orange and browns.

Slits of blue . . .  hope.

1.24.2017

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
direction. 

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


1.21.2017

A Day of unrest in America

RED HOT
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.

1.20.2017

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

PURPLE TURMOIL
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
PURPLE TURMOIL!

1.14.2017

BLUE - 6" x 6" sky pastel by Susan Roden

BLUE
6" x 6" pastel
10" x 10" mat and frame
$175 + $15 insured shipping


Past the dark days with an upswing to brighter days. 

Nice with strips of blue peeking through! 

1.09.2017

DARK DAY - 8 1/2" x 10 1/2" pastel landscape by Susan Roden

DARK DAY
8 1/2" h x 10 1/2" w
pastel

The sky has been very somber of late
and such a contrast to the start of a new year. 

So breathe and dig deep for the beauty.