Thursday, August 21, 2014

Tall Ships Festival, and Painting En Plein Air

Taking my Paintbrushes with Me.... Wherever I go....

Developing a Painting En Plein Air - Outside is such a wonderful experience.  This one is titled "Berth 77, San Pedro" is an example...

Step by step, I loosely sketch with colored pencil, and then I start to block in the details. One challenge in this would be that the sky would be changing with the variation of light, the movement of clouds, the sun, the shadows, and so on.  So for reference purposes I take progressive photos.  

  A new challenge that I didn't think about while painting was that the water level will change with the rising and lowering of the tide...  Well, of course it will.  Was I surpised when the windows of the ship I had been painting started off about 4 feet above the deck of the pier, only to be completely below by the time I had finished for the day (I did not finish this painting yet)

  So, I therefore am glad I took reference photos.  The yellow boat pictured here was completely out of sight by 3:00 the day I was painting, therefore having more details to work on in the studio, a photo is really beneficial. 

I am also glad I got some up close photos of the tall ship.  These five windows became obscure as the tide went down, creating various visual obstacles as the day went on.

Sometimes photos allow me to add finer details that I didn't notice when sitting... it all depends on the style of paining I am doing.  A loose Oil Sketch / Quick Draw is so much different than a detailed Acrylic (which is what I'm doing here)

And quite often, a photo is a reference for my file... such as how an American Flag drapes when not blowing in the wind.

 I also like to have a variety of skyline pictures, I didn't realize how many random palm trees are on the other side of the harbor!  At least 3 in these pictures!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

May: Taking Time to Share and Explore...

Everyone is busy pulling together what is left of a school year and amping up for summer.  So where is May left in all this?  It's that calm of what next or now what?  What are your plans?  Are you going anywhere special?  For those with children there comes the questions such as, What camp or programs are your kids going to do this summer?  Where are you going to go?  And as parents we are asking ourselves, "What are we supposed to do with "them" for the next twelve weeks?"

Parents are supposed to be the caretakers, entertainers, breakfast, lunch and dinner makers for the children. Yes, this is all a part of parenting and what we love and live for, but it can also be a daunting thought. 

So...  needless to say, with 3 kids of my own I have this dilemma too,... and without an unlimited budget the constant, "Well, what is that going to cost me?" comes with every suggested plan or activity.  So when cost and value for money come into the equation, I'm certainly there with you with my calculator in hand. 

As an artist... a creative type... as a mom of two boys and a girl... and a dog...  I do my best to balance my summer activities into realistic and fun, along with what has to be done.  All three children are in group activities such as scouts and swimming.  They will participate in a few things with friends, and day camps at the local nature center.  All three of them will be assistant to me at various art clinics and workshops.

I consider myself a "team mom" too, in that I will gladly take a bunch of kids for a day in exchange for some kid-free time too.  It's a trade off for everyone and keeps a balance.  

Want to share some ideas of your own for great summer activities and ideas for a kid-friendly excursion?  Share some thoughts on a craft or art infused play-date?  Do you have a desire to play with paints?  Come on and join me for a Summer of Color!  I will be teaching all summer and you are invited to join in the fun with me.  

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Planning my Next Adventure: Big Bear Arts Festival - 2014

I am in full production for Paintings and Hand-Painted Gifts....
Some new images, new paintings, and I enjoy looking for new resources for local pictures of the area.  So "Big Bear" images are on the way!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

May 1st - Suzanne Gibson / Portfolio and New Projects

May First... has always had a warm place in my Artistic Heart...

Images of Color, Roses, Ribbons, Maypoles have been present in my mind ever since I was a little girl.... and now that I have my own children I hope to continue to inspire them the way I was inspired.

So every day in May I am going to post a little bit of Magic!!!!  

A Tag Line that I am incorporating into my business logo is this:

"There is Art in Every heART... if you are smART you love ART...."

Some new projects I am working on will take me back to some previous artwork..... inspired by new images too...

Such as:  "Laguna Blue" which I painted on an 50" x 50" canvas... it is bright and colorful... and an new image shared with me by my friend Linda has for obvious reasons inspired me to take out a new canvas and paint a similar painting....

"Laguna Blue"  50"x 50" Oil on Canvas

This is the new image, taken by Linda off the coast of Malibu.  You can see why it reminded me of my Laguna painting.  So....  I now I just need to decide on what canvas size to use... it will be large!

My second set of paintings is of my Birds of Paradise.
The original Bird painting is a 12" x 12" Oil, which was Sold a few years ago

The new paintings are Acrylic on Miniature Canvases.
Two of them, 3" x 6".  I have the leaves and background blocked in... the rest will be completed when I paint on site at one of my Boutiques or Art Shows over the next few weeks.

For more information about my art, custom orders, murals, or teaching opportunities, please contact me.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Happy New Year!

I started off 2014 by creating a challenge for myself...

I put ideas down and just started painting.  This first image is  Acrylic on Canvas, 
Six Sailboats Sailing - on the Pacific Ocean off the Coast of Palos Verdes.

"Six Sailboats Sailing" - $ 125.00

"California Poppy"  Painted Frame  $ 25.00

"Seven Sips of Champagne" - Crayon on Paper

"Flukes" - California Gray Whales.

"Palm Trees" in Pastel

"Three Owls" in Acrylic on Canvas

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, January 5th at Ports O Call / San Pedro Art Association Gallery  12 - 6 p.m.

Saturday, January 11th at Madrona Marsh Nature Center 10 a.m. - 12 noon.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Need some ART??? Here's where to find me!

I am out and about with my art... Here's a Glimpse of Where to Find me!!!  Of course, give me a call, or e-mail me, and we can talk and arrange studio time or consultations, or art lessons....  There are so many possibilities!

November 24th - Trunk Show  2 - 5 p.m. 
Palos Verdes - 310) 739-5978 for location

November 30th - SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY /  Ports O Call Village - San Pedro
San Pedro Arts Association.

December 7 & 8th - 9:00 - 3:00 p.m.
St. James Holiday Boutique
Redondo Beach

December 14th, 2013
Handmade in the South Bay 
Boutique Sale & Food Drive

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Art on the Go....

Most who know me have realized that I am constantly on the go... can't sit still for very long and am quick to find activities for myself and the children to be involved with.  Just the same, I enjoy moments where I can sit and relax, perhaps read, paint or sketch for a few hours before moving on.

Over the past few months I have made several changes... all good... and have and continue to explore new art avenues, fresh art groups, and gain new perspectives...

The first big leap I took was a mural project in West Los Angeles...   This was a Mural Restoration Job...
You can see the details HERE!

Due to construction zones, hosting summer art studio classes in the back-yard was not an option... so I found several locations around the South Bay, San Pedro, and Torrance to host and hold individual and group art lessons.  
Individual Lessons at Alondra Park, Madrona Marsh, Ports O' Call, and Various Other Locations.  

Art Demonstrations, Face Painting, Gallery Showings and Special Events are all up-coming on the calendar.  Be Sure to check back often for updates.

August: Paint Away - Wrightwood, California
September - November - Ports O' Call Art Gallery / San Pedro Arts Association - Show

I also set up my new On-Line Shopping Experience..... It allows me to have my holiday art and seasonal items for sale now, and special orders available soon.  This is a work in progress... so please, take a look, visit my various links, and ask questions... of course, visit my on-line gallery and sales pages too.... and SEE YOU AT THE NEXT ART SHOW!!!!  

Note that this Activity has been changed to September 22nd... in the afternoon. 

Handmade in the South Bay - Womens Art & Crafts Collective: Holiday Boutique
Sales Date to be announced...  But Please feel free to Link to any of the Links below to explore the Stores of some Creatively Crafty Friends of Mine:

Seeds Of Inspiration - Hand Crafted Aromatherapy
Lainies Lathers - Hand Crafted Goats Milk Soaps and Bath Products
Garden Goddess - Naturally Organic and Vegan Soaps and Body Products

Questions:  Contact Suzanne