Thursday, April 01, 2010


I'm calling today's post "etc" because I thought I'd highlight a few of the things I've been working on these past two weeks. It's still the same as always although I've added card-making to my evening routine. Making cards by cutting the shapes from fabric is ridiculously labor intensive but I find the whole process calming. Either that or it's the red wine I'm sipping while clipping.

This first imagine is from a workshop I'm taking from Romel de la Torrez. I love his very laid back teaching style. We often don't even know when he's arrived. The biggest difference, for me, in his approach is his insistence on large canvas and painting fast. This is 20"x16" which is the smallest he recommends I work. Normally I would bring a 11"x14" so this feels huge. He casually threw out that I should have it all massed in within 20-25 minutes - gulp. But I grabbed the challenge as well as my largest brushes (not palette knives). The 2.5 hours flew and I was happy that I accomplished as much as I did.

Canson's Pastel Paper
vine charcoal and powder
cast study-2.5 hours
This drawing was done with a more "painterly" attitude. I first rubbed in a layer of vine charcoal powder, massed in my darks, and then pulled out lighter values with toilet paper, #4 bristle brush, and lastly for my lightest lights a kneaded eraser.

7"x5" card
message inside

Wishing you all the great things in life
Happy Birthday!!!

Thanks for helping me remember what's important...
And today it's you
Happy Mother's Day
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Joan Sicignano Artist said...

Susan your work is amazing. I love his method of teaching, large and fast. The results are wonderful. I just purchased a dvd by Jeff Watts, his gestures in oil are small 5x7 or 8x10. Just meant to be an exercise. Well done and thank your for sharing.

susan hong-sammons said...

Hi Joan, I'll have to look up Jeff Watts. I don't know his work. I like doing small studies. I think there so valuable. I'm not sure I understand why Romel feels large and fast is a better approach but going along with it. Happy Painting

Nancy B. Hartley said...

Susan, The large and fast idea is an interesting concept! It all sounds good! I'd like to learn more about all this. Also, so impressed with your greeting cards! You must be a master of time management! What is your secret! Congratulations, for doing so much!!

susan hong-sammons said...

Hello Nancy, if you've time, go to Youtube and google Romel de la Torrez. He has some demos painting big and fast. Clayton Beck and Scott Tallman Powers are also excellent examples of wonderful artist who can paint big and fast/alla prima.
(the cards came about as a dear relative fell deep into depression. This was my way to communicate with her. Also, I don't like winter and spent as much possible hiding in my studio.) Thanks so much for stopping by. I also love visiting your blog. Happy Painting

Carol Blackburn said...

Hi Susan,
Your fabric cards are lovely. Never seen anything like them. Thanks for coming by my blog. I'll be checking out more of your work. Hope to see you around.