SLIVER OF ORANGE - 6" x 6" sunset pastel by Susan E. Roden

6" x 6" pastel 
10" x 10" black mat, glass + black frame
$225 + $15 insured shipping

With monsoon season upon us, the sunsets are glorious!


MT FUJI at the Aux Dog Theatre by Susan Roden

Mt Fuji

Well I sure have been painting! 

Been busy last week and this upcoming week to finish Mt Fuji
on backstage at the Aux Dog Theater in Albuquerque.

I've been set painting with them for the past year on several 
productions. Above is the current production for NUNSENSE 2 
which will open on the 30th of June. 

Will print image of the finished wall before opening or better 
yet, come to the opening if you live in the area!


ART BLOCK - skyscape from Susan Roden

3 1/4" x 2 1/8" wood
pastel wash + acrylic

Seems like I'm not productive here, yet part of my time
has been devoted to these little gems. This is one that 
will be traveling to Art-O-Mat, which my art has been 
with them since the beginning of the year. 

If you haven't ever heard of this organization, you must 
check them out! Click on: Art-O-Mat.

It began 20 years ago by an artist Clark Whittington, where 
he refurbished an old cigarette machine for a show of his art.  
Currently the machines are placed all over the States in 
different venues, such as the Smithsonian, Cosmopolitan Hotel, 
Whole Foods, art galleries, etc. It costs exactly $5 and the 
recipient gets an original piece of art.

Now isn't this cool?!!!


SWEEPING - 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" landscape pastel by Susan Roden

4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel
8" square white mat, glass + black frame
$150 + $15 insured shipping*
*tax inclusive

Moving Baby! . . . grand display of clouds.


LEAP FROG - 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel skyscape by Susan Roden

4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel
8" square archival white mat, glass + black frame
$150 + $15 insured shipping*
*tax inclusive

The clouds today seemed as if they were playing a game . . . 
leap frog! 

SOLD! - Detail of White Sands by Susan Roden

Detail of White Sands 
10" x 10" acrylic painting and white frame

Onward to a new home!
Many, many thanks.


Detail of White Sands - 10" x 10" acrylic by Susan Roden

Detail of White Sands
10" x 10" acrylic on canvas

Playing around with acrylics and attempting to achieve
movement of the imagery as with my pastels. It's very 
different layering onto canvas as opposed to sanded paper 
and unsure if I like the effect. But I feel it's so important
to try various materials for growth. 

So have a sunny day and loose yourself in the clouds!


TRAVELING SKY - 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel landscape by Susan Roden

4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel
8" square archival mat, glass and black frame
$150 + $15 insured shipping

Traveling clouds . . . just like me! 

I've been away for so long and finally back. 
I helped a friend pack up and move her art studio,
which was an unbelievable job. She's all squared away,
so now I can get back to my skies and toys. 


STOIC - portrait pastel sketch by Susan Roden

pastel on paper

Unsure of her story, but love her look!

Some people have such strength in their posture.


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


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

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! 


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

8 1/2" h x 10 1/2" w

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.