12.03.2019

Opening December 7th at the Randy Higbee Gallery!



Please to announce that I have two pastels included 
within Randy Higbee Gallery's 10th Annual 
6" Squared Exhibition and Sale.  

Opening is Saturday, December 7th from 6 to 9pm
at 102 Kalmus Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. 

Randy's openings are grand affairs, so I encourage
anyone in the vicinity to attend. Unfortunately I 
can not this year but will be there in spirit and 
artwork. 

And there are 533 oils and 75 pastels and watercolors,
so pleased I am 2 of the 75!

Work may be viewed and purchased online so click on:




11.17.2019

YELLOW SIDE VIEW - pastel by Susan Roden

YELLOW SIDE VIEW 
pastel on wood circle

This is a small pastel drawn from life a week ago. 
And I decided the last 40 minutes to paint this. 

Such a stoic, beautiful model!

11.13.2019

PURPLE + YELLOW SKETCH - pastel by Susan Roden

PURPLE + YELLOW SKETCH
14" x 11" pastel on paper

Last Friday I went to life drawing. Just love the 
time engrossed in observing another's  mannerisms.

I'm also curious on what the model's actually thinking
while posing. Are they at a far-away place, traveling
to another location and time? 



11.07.2019

ARTIST RECEPTION this Saturday!

PENSIVE + COLORS
14" x 11' pastel
20" x 16" mat, glass + gilded frame
$395

This Saturday, November 9th from 5 to 7pm is the Artist 
Reception of True Likeness, an Exhibition of the Portrait 
and Figure. And I'll be here!

The show is at the New Mexico Art League and runs
 through November 23rd. Amazing work in all medias.

I have three pastels in the exhibit and pictured below 
is the 2nd one, ATTITUDE + GOLD.

Click here for more information.

  

11.06.2019

GLIDING OVER THE TOWN - 6" x 6" pastel by Susan Roden

GLIDING OVER THE TOWN
6" x 6" pastel
museum glass, spacers and black frame

GLIDING OVER THE TOWN is my second of the two pastels
that were juried into Randy Higbee Gallery's 10th Annual
6" Squared Exhibition and Sale

I was in the gallery's premiere exhibit back in 2009. Since I 
lived in San Diego at that time, was travel to the gallery to 
see the exhibit. So very fortunate I'm participating once again!

11.02.2019

A PINK RACE - at Randy Higbee's 6 x 6 Show!

A PINK RACE
6" x 6" pastel
black frame, spacer  glass

I'm very pleased that A Pink Race is one of my two pastels
that were juried into Randy Higbee Gallery's 10th Annual
6" Squared Exhibition and Sale

I was in the gallery's very first exhibit back in 2009 and since 
living in San Diego at that time, was able to go in person to 
see the exhibit. Wonderful range of art, so fortunate I'm 
participating once again!

All art will be for sale and they make great holiday gifts!
So please click on this link, to see the online show if you're unable
to travel to Costa Mesa, CA. 

10.30.2019

RED HOPE - 6" x 6" pastel by Susan Roden

RED HOPE
6" x 6" pastel 
10" square black, white mat, glass + frame
$275*
*shipping + tax inclusive


As I faced the evening . . . obligations  of tomorrow raced.

Overwhelmed and abated breathe . . . I wondered how?

So few minutes . . . so little time. 

And then I counted my blessings. 

10.24.2019

SKETCH OF A TREE - pastel on paper by Susan Roden

SKETCH OF A TREE
pastel on paper 

 I was fortunate and had a short reprieve with a trip to 
northern New Mexico and Colorado. Wonderful 
to have a get-a-way!

First day we went to the Aztec Ruins. This National Park
 has one of the finest and largest Kivas I have ever visited. 
A beautiful blue, sunny day!

Then traveled up to Durango to see the colors of the fall 
trees, with a walk through their historic downtown, before
heading to Lake Vallecito. Here we spent 2 evenings in a 
quaint cabin. The last day we took a day-trip to Silverton.

Above is a small sketch I created sitting at the lake and below 
is a picture of the fall trees and a slice of Silverton.






10.09.2019

ATTITUDE + GOLD - 10" round pastel + gold leaf by Susan Roden

ATTITUDE + GOLD
10" round pastel + gold leaf on wood
13" square glass + gold frame

Boy, some mornings I feel just like this . . . glum. 
Actually it's funny to see the expression on someone 
else, which makes me more conscience on the look. 
  Even with a sad expression I love this piece! 

And this piece is one of the three pastels that were 
juried into New Mexico Art League's True Likeness,
 and exhibition of the portrait and figure show 
which opens October 22nd. 




10.06.2019

CLOWN KITTY - pastel on wood by Susan Roden

CLOWN KITTY (Gordon)
5" x 5" pastel on wood
6" square white frame and glass

A week ago Saturday was my time to hang on a sidewalk 
at Patrician Design and paint kitties and pooches. 
That was a trip!

Fortunately it was a sunny, nice day with many people strolling 
bye. I got to paint Tater and his Mom brought Tater along.  
So I juggled treats, pet the pooch and painted away. Such a happy
 dog! And I think Tater had enough treats to last him a week!

I painted Clown Kitty (Gordon) before the event, so didn't 
have to juggle a kitty. But Gordon really was wearing a clown 
collar in the photo, so I didn't take an artistic license and create 
it. Wish I would have thought of it though, for so cute!  

And if you're in the market for a pet portrait, hop right down
to Patrician Design in ABQ for there's one more week to
this event. 

9.25.2019

IT'S A PARTY! - pastel by Susan Roden

IT'S A PARTY!
4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel 
Private Collector

Nothing like sweets on one's birthday and today 
is my day! But of course, as tradition calls I'll be 
celebrating for a month. And actually I started my
party on September 9th with a dear friend.

IT"S A PARTY was sold some time ago, but just love 
how joyous this little treat is, so couldn't help posting
once again.

9.23.2019

CALLING ALL POOCHES + KITTIES at Patrician Design

LITTLE MINNIE'S SKETCH
5" x 5" pastel on wood

   I can not believe the amount of time that has passed since writing 
here! So long in fact, that I almost forgot my password. Oh dear!!!
The typical excuse is of being super busy, which is classical huh? 

But for now, I have an upcoming fun event that I'm participating in, 
is Patrician Design's Sidewalk Saturdays Pet Portrait Series. I'm up 
first this upcoming Saturday, the 28th and will be sketching away any 
pooch, kitty, rabbit or whatever your little baby is. Bring in the critter
or a photo as I create a 20-minutes sketch of the little one.  
And it's ridiculously cheap - just $40!

Above, is Little Minnie's Sketch, a tiny little gal that comes and visits
me.  And below is the flyer from Patrician Design of the event and 
3 renditions of one sweet, little pug.



6.17.2019

Pastel Sketch from life drawing - Susan Roden


Last Wednesday I went drawing at The Artist Studio 
in Albuquerque. AND the model did not show up, so 
this wonderful person posed rather than draw herself. 
And Gina did a fantastic job! Actually she was better
thank many of the other models.

Below is the initial start of this 2 1/2 hour pose.


6.07.2019

3 PASTELS IN NEW MEXICO ART LEAGUE'S EXHIBIT - Susan Roden

THE FLOWER AS A STILL LIFE
New Mexico Art League
June 4 - July 13, 2019

       5 GOLDEN                             SUNS + ORANGE                   SUNS + SHADOWS


         I have 3 pastels juried into New Mexico Art League's The Flower 
As A Still Life exhibit. The show runs from June 4th to July 13th 
with an artist reception on Saturday, June 22nd from 5-7pm and I 
will be in attendance. Would love to meet you so please come!

Please click onto New Mexico Art League for address and additional info.





6.04.2019

MANY COLORS - figurative pastel by Susan Roden

MANY COLORS 
pastel on paper

A little late here, but this is a piece I worked on at last 
week's life drawing session. Heidi is a wonderful model 
and so enjoy sketching her! 

Below is the vamp-in after the first hour. Been experimenting 
with laying a base of 3 colors prior to the beginning of 
sketching. Gives a nice under-base to build upon. And 
going out of my norm'  by use of bright, strong colors. Do 
tend to use a lot of light blues and turquoise.


6.01.2019

Preparing for show at Patrician Design - Susan Roden

RAVEN 1
8" x 8" pastel + gold leaf
10" x 10" white mat, glass + black frame


Wonderful 3-person show I'm participating in titled 
SUMMER SHOWCASE at Patrician Design in Albuquerque.
The exhibit jumpstarts on the celebration of summer!

I'll be in the company of illustrator Zahra Marwan and
Oil Painter Jordan Caldwell, whom I am excited to meet. 

Opening reception is Friday, June 21st from 5:30 to 8:30pm
 at 216 Gold Ave SW, Albuquerque, 87102.

Always a fun-filled evening on Patrician Design's openings, 
so do hope you can make it if you live locally.

5.10.2019

MALE MODEL - pastel sketch on paper by Susan Roden

MALE MODEL 
pastel on paper

Plugging away on many things, but I did happen
to go to life drawing a couple of days ago. 

Men are such a challenge - and with glasses to boot. 
Lines, lines, lines . . .  and color everywhere!

4.23.2019

Registration for Classes - By Susan Roden

DROPPING COLORS
pastel on board

June 26th and June 27th I will be teaching a pastel class
at Oasis / Albuquerque on Subtle & Blazing: Pastel Skies.

The 2-days, 6 hours class will illustrate the execution of
light and pastel sunsets versus bright and bold sunsets. 
Dropping Colors is a sample of a blazing sunset.

The registration opens May 8th at 10:00 am with 
additional information available at: www.oasisabq.org.

Please note one needs to have created an account in order
to sign in and register! 

4.10.2019

LOOKING BACK & AHEAD - Susan Roden

SET OF 3 MODELS
pastel sketches on paper

Since last year and January was so busy for me, I'm 
now reevaluating where I am at. So much has been 
going on between meetings, classes and working, that 
now I've stopped to assess the direction my art is going. 

Do any of you experience this? 

I'm wanting to push out of my safe zone and play 
with varied subject matter and styles. But regardless where
 I'm at, color has always been the primary key which is evident
 with the above sketches created in life drawing sessions. 

So even though I've been quiet over here, there has been 
progress and development which I'll be sharing soon. 

And now . . . I'm skipping along and searching.

3.22.2019

WREATH and WREATH COLORS - figurative pastel sketches by Susan Roden


WREATH 
life drawing sketch on paper

I've been knee deep into taxes, organizational responsibilities
and of course, family. Time consuming yes, but really I'm
not complaining. Just that there has been a shortage of time. 

So last week I had my play time and went life drawing.  So 
exhilarating and also takes me away in my mind.  The model 
was so good that I got the reprieve I needed. 

Above, WREATH, is my first pastel sketch on paper. And below
WREATH COLORS, is created on a 10" round wood circle. 
The general proportions were sketched in with pastels, then a 
water wash applied and an overlay of pastel ontop.

WREATH + COLORS
10" round wood base + pastels