Thursday, October 30, 2008

Madame Butterfly

Watercolors and Mulberry Paper

Monday, October 27, 2008

Three Kings

Oil on Stretched Canvas, unframed

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Off to the Tearoom

Oil on Deep Edge Stretched Canvas; sides painted and suitable for hanging without frame

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Almost There

Oil on Deep Edge Stretched Canvas; sides painted and suitable for hanging without frame

Friday, October 10, 2008

My Little Bird

Oil on Stretched Canvas, Framed

The Precious Satchel

Oil on Deep Edge Stretched Canvas; sides painted and suitable for hanging without frame

Whimsical Watercolors

I went out of town this week but took along my watercolors. In the evenings I did something I do not normally do - I painted whimsy! Normally I do not paint out of my head but below you will see what was in there. Enjoy. Susan

Once the bluebird of happiness flew in, her worries disappeared.

Watercolor on Arches paper

She was really rather bookish but with a cupcake on her head she became the office darling.

Watercolor on Arches paper, framed

She thought the flower in her hair would hide that she was feeling blue.

Watercolor on Arches paper, unframed

Friday, October 3, 2008

I love dogs

I have painted several dogs, the kindest beings on earth. All of these works were commissioned by the owners. If you would like a custom painting of your four legged friend please contact me directly at artistsusanfinch

Evolving Japanese Images

After my experimentation with watercolor pseudo woodblocks I transitioned to using gouache (opaque watercolor)as a means to create more refined images.

Japanese Design

In Japanese design I particularly like the flat planes of color, the beautiful designs found on kimonos, and the simplicity of the overall composition. Last year I started painting Japanese watercolors using a pseudo woodblock technique. First I drew my image on watercolor paper. I then masked the entire piece of paper using frisket leaving only the lines exposed. I followed this by painting the entire page with black acrylic. I then removed the frisket and was left with a rough image, often a surprise. Applying the watercolor and some detailed design followed.

My Artist Blog

I have been painting for 24 years but prior to 2007 it was an enjoyable hobby. Fortunately, I am now able to focus on painting and enjoy it daily. For the last couple of years I have been working in watercolor but have recently started working in oils again after a 17 year hiatus. Prior to the watercolor I was faithfully entrenched in soft pastels. Now I prefer to work in all mediums freely and enjoy the privilege of having time to create whenever I like. You know the constant voice in your head that goes over what you need to get done, what didn't go well, and what you need to do tomorrow. When I paint that voice turns off and I enter a world of pure enjoyment.