10.25.2018

FEMALE MODEL - pastel sketch by Susan Roden

FEMALE MODEL 
pastel on paper

This sketch was completed in a hour during a life drawing 
session a couple of days ago. Feels so good to be back 
onto a schedule here! Time flies and I always seem to have 
something popping up, but these drawing sessions really 
help strengthen one's eye and hand coordination.

And of course, pop of colors always brighten the day! 

10.20.2018

MALE STUDY - pastel sketch by Susan Roden

MALE STUDY
pastel on paper

Last Wednesday was life drawing day and the 
model was a male. For some reason males are 
more difficult.


10.16.2018

ABIQUI pastel by Susan Roden -Sold!

ABIQUI
5"h x 6 1/4" w pastel
Double White Mat, AR glass + Brown Frame
SOLD - PRIVATE COLLECTOR

With many thanks to Jezebel Studio & Gallery of 
Madrid, New Mexico, for the sale!

10.14.2018

PASSING RED - 8" x 8" pastel skyscape by Susan Roden

PASSING RED
 8" Square pastel on Sanded paper
AR Glass + Burnt pallet frame
$255 + $15 shipping


Just a swath of red . . . passing through the sky. 

Flashes of brightness . . .  illuminating the pale night.

Temperament . . . keeping in check.

9.13.2018

DRAWING FROM LIFE

Blocked in study in pastels

On Wednesday I usually go to life drawing. 
It's so educational to draw a model from life! 
There seems to be a sense of 'freshness' that's 
nonparallel to working from a photo. 

Above is my first stage of blocking in the 
red-headed model. I underlaid three pastel 
shades onto the paper before starting to sketch
to give a nice undertone. 

Below is a more progressed stage.

9.10.2018

SHADOWS + REDS going to PSNM Signature Show!

SHADOWS + REDS
14" x 11" pastel 
20" x 16" mat, AR glass and black + silver frame

Once again I've been quiet over here, but just because I've been 
rocking with work. And so little time, but ever so thankful!

Above floral Shadows + Reds will be on exhibit at the Pastel
Society of New Mexico's Signature Members' Show which will
run from October 6th to November 10th at the Los Lunas
Museum of Heritage and Art. Always such a honor to be 
recognized as a Distinguished and Signature Member of this 
society!

Rock on . . . . !

8.30.2018

SOLD! - 2 pastel landscapes by Susan Roden

AN ORANGE GOOD NIGHT
4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel, 8" square archival white mat, 
glass + frame 
SOLD - Private Collection of Alex Richardson


A day scene and a blazing sunset . . .

Two more landscape pastels are onward to 
a new home, with many thanks to Alex!











BLUE PAST THE CLOUDS
4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel, 8" square archival white mat, 
glass + frame 
SOLD - Private Collection of Alex Richardson





8.26.2018

LIGHT RAIN - 14" x 11" pastel landscape by Susan Roden

LIGHT RAIN
14"h x 11"w pastel 
20" x 16" archival mat, glass and gold frame
$550 + $20 Insured shipping - tax inclusive


Standing on a ridge . . . while the mist fell 
onto my upturned face.

Relishing the colors . . .  and smelling the fresh scents.

Alive!

8.22.2018

A QUIET PLACE - 5" x 5" landscape pastel by Susan Roden

A QUIET PLACE 
5" x 5" pastel
8" square archival white mat, glass + gold frame
$175 + $15 insured shipping

 

I'm reposting this scene just because it's available 
and I need to find myself a quiet corner today. 

And this looks very peaceful!

I just finished up two pastel skies workshops which
is satisfying yet emotionally draining. It also creates the
opportunity to vocalize my personal artistic techniques 
and execution. Yet as an artist, I am very visualize, so many 
times it's difficult to articulate actions to take when so much 
comes intuitively. 

But honestly I get so absorbed into creating that I 
forget to speak.

That's our secret, okey?

8.21.2018

HEAVY WAS THE EVENING - pastel sunset by Susan Roden

HEAVY WAS THE EVENING
pastel on sanded paper

 The evening seems so full and heavy after several busy 
and hectic days. 

Don't get me wrong, for I do enjoy my life, but 
just trying to keep up with the pace over here. 

So thankful . . . . . . 

8.17.2018

REEDS - monoprint by Susan Roden

REEDS
monoprint inks on paper

I have been gearing up for two workshops with one 
completed this past Monday and Wednesday and the 
second upcoming next week. 

I really enjoy interacting with others, for at those times 
the 'line' between students and instructors become blurred. 
By this I mean, that amazingly one learns from one's 
student in every session. Their creativity and manner of 
execution is so unique, that it touches territories I may 
have never thought of. So it's always a learning experience 
for all involved!

With that said, I'm posting 2 monoprints I created last year 
in a workshop at Remarque / New Grounds in Albuquerque. 

Love REEDS for it's simplicity and fluidity!
Blue Monprint and additional pieces were created 
specifically to use for a future life drawing with graphite. 

BLUE MONOPRINT
monoprint inks on paper 


8.12.2018

GEARING UP FOR A WORKSHOP!


 FIRE + PASSION
6" x 6" pastel on sanded paper
12" square mat, AR glass, + gold frame
$265 + $10 shipping*
*tax inclusive


Preparing for 2 workshops on pastel skies at Albuquerque's
 OASIS. Always so much to remember and gather together, 
but do enjoy it much!

And I'm happy to write that both classes are Sold Out!
Soon I'll be posting pics of the 2 events. 

There will be another workshop on Unique Pastel Still Lifes
in November, so will keep all posted of dates and when
 registration opens.


8.10.2018

FORGOTTEN TRACKS - 10" x 8" pastel by Susan Roden

FORGOTTEN TRACKS 
10" x 8" pastel
black mat, glass + frame
SOLD - Private Collector

Love this little scene! 

Such a cozy and and ethereal evening.
The setting is a tiny abandoned house in Santa Fe 
along the Railyards, yet these tracks are not functional. 

And this petite pastel has now gone onto a wonderful home! 

Thank you Tish!

8.02.2018

A REGAL LOOK (detail) - 10" round pastel on wood by Susan Roden

A REGAL LOOK*
10" round pastel on wood panel
*detail of image

And this is the second piece I worked on 
for two hours at life drawing yesterday. 

Only about halfway done, but you can see 
my layering to build up the image. 

The first layer is created with a pastel wash 
to build up a mid-tone.Then the top sequential
 layers are pastel strokes, alternating between 
blunt to broad strokes.  

Really liking the wood as a substrate . . . 
fun, fun, fun!

8.01.2018

FACIAL STUDY - 6" x 6" pastel on canvas by Susan Roden

FACIAL STUDY 
6" x 6" pastel on canvas

Wednesdays have been my day of life drawing.
And lately I've been playing with different bases to 
study the effects with texture and application of color.

Above 'Facial Study', is my preliminary exploration
of the model to work out positioning of her facial 
features and shadowing, while executing onto a 
square piece of canvas. The canvas is quite textured
creating a "pebbly" effect with a subtle tone.

I had spent about 1 1/2 hours on this before venturing
 onto a larger wood substrate. I'll post that tomorrow
so you can see the difference in color and texture.

7.31.2018

MASSIVE YET LIGHT - 6" x 3 1/2" acrylic skyscape by Susan Roden

MASSIVE YET LIGHT*
6" x 3 1/2" acrylic on recycled wood block
*wall hung yet unframed
$75 - tax + shipping inclusive



The storm traveled on as the sky opened up.

Billowy white clouds raced . . .  and backdropped
by the brilliant hue of blue.

So light, so airy, so uplifting!

7.29.2018

CLOUD BURST - 6" x 3 1/2" acrylic on wood by Susan Roden

CLOUD BURST*
6" x 3 1/2" acrylic on wood block
*wall hanging & unframed
$75 - tax + shipping inclusive




Blue were the skies . . . and pregnant was the cloud.

And the purple mass was heavy and swollen with moisture.

With fascination I gazed upward as the rain drenched my face

. . . cleansing all.


7.27.2018

PURPLE MOVEMENT - 4" x 6" acrylic sky by Susan Roden

PURPLE MOVEMENT*
4" x 6" acrylic on board / *unframed
$75 - tax & shipping inclusive



Fast and fluid . . . the purple cloud flew as the pastel 
colors tumbled and rolled. 

Light . . . were my spirits.




7.23.2018

Representation with Jezebel Gallery & Studio of Madrid!

ROLLING + MOVING CLOUDS*
6"x 6" pastel, 10" white mat, 
glass + burnt wood frame -$295 
*Courtesy of Jezebel Studios 

Rolling + Moving Clouds 
is one of the many pastels 
now hanging at Jezebel 
Gallery of Madrid, NM.





Madrid is on the Turquoise Trail leading on Albuquerque's eastern side of the Sandia 
Mountains to Santa Fe. Quite scenic with a 
cruise through some old mining towns. 

So two months ago Jezebel Gallery begun carrying my art, with focus on my skies and animals. All are framed in burnt pallet wood frames created by my husband, Dave Roden.

If you can't make the trip, then please check out 
Jezebel's online site here.



7.20.2018

Another SOLD by Tirage Art

LOVELY (Huntington Gardens)
*Courtesy of Tirage Art
SOLD

Here's another pastel that had been sold during
  Tirage Art's Retirement Sale.  So grateful
 for the many years of representation!