Sunday, July 19, 2009


"Push/Pull" 6x8 oil sketch ($145. framed)

These two paintings were painted at different times of the day and weather. This first piece was painted around 7pm in rather high winds. The waves were really pounding in and pulling out with great power. In order to get the curve of the shore I was in ankle deep water when the waves rushed in. I loved how that felt. I hand-held my paint box because the wind would have blown over my plein air set-up. I went after capturing the emotional feel of the moment rather than worrying too much on the formal issues. Still, a simplistic yet strong composition was very important as I hoped it would help hold everything together.



"Morning Calm" 6x8 oil sketch
This was my first beach scene and morning out to paint. The early morning air held a bit of fog/humidity and was very calm. In the distance I could see just make out Wild Wood, New Jersey. I was trying to capture the expanse of sky, sand, and water. Maybe I should have left out most of the sand???

6 comments:

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Hi Susan,
I like the contrasts in both of these. Really nice. Even though I don't paint, I think you did capture the expanse of the sky, sand, and water in the second one...I'm glad you kept the sand as it is. Lovely.

Janelle Goodwin said...

I like hearing the circumstances and weather conditions that you painted these pieces under. And of course, the contrasting/similar paintings make them even more intriguing. I think it would be hard to separate these two. They're perfect!

susan hong-sammons said...

Hello kathleen,
Hi Janelle,
It is so interesting to read the different thoughts we share on our creating process as well as the results. Thanks so much for taking the time to share with me. I so love looking at your blogs and art.

Maggie Latham said...

These are beautiful! I have a question....which adhesive do you use to adhere your linen to 8 ply mat board? Do you prep it first....and is it OK to frame this without glass? Sorry I have not commented for a while....been busy.
Maggie

susan hong-sammons said...

Hi Maggie, I prefer the brand called "Lineco Neutral ph Adhesive." It looks and feels like white Elmer's Glue which you can use as well if it does not have to be archival. My process is to pour out a generous amount and spread it with a soft synthetic brush, totally covering the board. Let me know if you've any questions. I've doing this for a few years and I think I've worked out the kinks. good luck p.s. it is a bit labor intensive so a recommend a nice wine and a chick flick.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you've been busy making lots of art!

Karen said...

I love these ocean pieces!!