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


3.06.2019

PURPLE MODEL - 14" x 11" pastel life drawing by Susan Roden

PURPLE MODEL
14" h x 11" w pastel sketch

Today I spent 1/2 day sketching.

And I so enjoy the time to get lost in my thoughts!
The above sketch was executed in about 2 hours.

3.02.2019

VEILED - pastel + gold leaf portrait by Susan Roden

VEILED
pastel + gold leaf

I'm quiet once again in my corner over here, but have been 
working away. Above, VEILED, is one of my current pieces.

Have been playing with figures inanimate objects wrapped 
in tulle. Fascinated with the slight sheerness, as well as the 
look with the fabric draping over the face and body.

Need to take a better image with correct lighting, but did
want to throw this out there since I've been MIA.  

2.07.2019

MOTHER NATURE has gone to a new home!

MOTHER NATURE
upcycled mixed media sculpture
SOLD 


I truly love this little lady, yet happy to see  that she's
 going to a new home. Mother Nature has been sold! 
This fiery little lady will be residing in Taos in a 
private collection. 

She was recently one of the collected art pieces within
 the play, Diptych' written by Mark Dunn, performed by 
Albuquerque's Kathleen Welker and produced by the
Aux Dog Theatre in Albuquerque.   

2.04.2019

RED + BLAZING - 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel sky by Susan Roden

RED + BLAZING
4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel
mat, glass + black frame
$150 + $15 shipping (tax inclusive)


Down, down, down . . . 

Hot, hot, hot . . . 

Nothing like getting sick.


Fortunately all's going better.

1.25.2019

A DREAM - 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" sunset pastel by Susan Roden

A DREAM
 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel
white mat, glass + black frame
$150 - tax and shipping inclusive


Some days are hazy . . . with pastel colors floating, 
amidst my daydreams.

So lost in thought . . . and cocooned within the 
subtle hues.

It's a day of soft travels . . . so comforting!


1.22.2019

A SLANTED DAY - 18"h x 10"w pastel by SUSAN RODEN

A SLANTED DAY
18"h x 10"w
glass, burnt pallet frame  


A SLANTED DAY is one of the pastels including 
within the Oasis Exhibit, on view till April 26th.
The view is a slice of the Taos Pueblo.

The paintings range from Southwest landscapes and 
skies to sunflower still lifes. 

Please click here for additional information
and viewing times.

1.16.2019

TURBAN - pastel by Susan Roden

TURBAN 
pastel on paper

Getting back to my routine - sure feels good! 
(& unbelievable 1/2 the month has already gone by!) 

So today I went to life drawing and struggled away
for 2 hours on a full body image that was going 
nowhere. Then jammed this out the last hour. 

1.15.2019

THE SHROUD - SOLD!

THE SHROUD
pastel & gold leaf
SOLD

Just received yesterday a phone call from the
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club that my painting
has sold! 

So thankful for the Patrons and Supporters 
of art. Everyone of you enable artists to continue
with this profession. 

1.14.2019

Opening of Diptych at the Aux Dog Theatre of Albuquerque!

DAWN OF PUBERTY
13"h x 12"w pastel

Friday was the opening night for the 9 performances of 
DIPTYCH at the Aux Dog Theatre! This is the world-premiere 
and created specifically for the X-Space of the Aux Dog Theatre. 

The storyline created by Mark Dunn, charters the
life relationship of a Mother & her artistic Daughter. The 
mother is represented by actor Kathleen Welker and the 
daughter is portrayed through my 32 pieces of pastels and 
mixed media art.

Below are some scenes from this past weekend and the 
public's reception has been fantastic! 


1.11.2019

DROPPING COLORS - 12" x 11" pastel by Susan Roden

DROPPING COLORS
12"h x 11"w pastel
18"h x 17"w mat, glass + black frame
$675 - tax + shipping inclusive


A new year . . . with the past going out with a blaze! 

Hope, support and love . . .  to each and everyone! 

1.09.2019

A MIST + CLOUDS one to be featured at Oasis Opening

A MIST + CLOUDS
14"h x 11"w pastel
glass + gold frame

Tomorrow is the opening reception at Oasis / Albuquerque.
Above, A MIST + CLOUDS, is one of the pieces on exhibit. 

Getting my tap-dancing shoes on for the event (just kidding!).
But will be dressed nice. 
Hope to see you there!

1.07.2019

Roden's 'THE SHROUD' juried into CLWAC's 122nd Annual Open Exhibition

THE SHROUD
14"h x 11"w
pastel + gold leaf

Tomorrow, January 8th signifies the opening of
Open Juried Exhibition. Pleased that my above 
painting, The Shroud was juried in. 

The show may be viewed at the National Arts Club, 
15 Gramercy Park South, NY, NY, through January 25th. 
The hours are Monday through Friday, 10am-5pm.
Saturdays and Sundays are by appointment.