One of the core principals of becoming a professional artist is to paint consistently. People desire art they recognize and want others to recognize. Think of Van Gogh, Thomas Kincaid, Mary Engelbrecht, Hunt Slonem, Banksy and others whose work you recognize immediately. I've always been taught that the more an artist paints, the more his/her recognizable style develops. And this might be true for most artists. However, the more I paint, the more styles and mediums and subjects and tools and processes I want to utilize. As much as I love cottages, I can't imagine painting only adorable cottages or only pet portraits or only anything else.
What my paintings may lack in consistency they make up for in "painterlyness"... loose edges, luscious colors, lots of layers and a selection of subject matter that bring to head and heart mental postcards from home.... beloved dogs, rural and small town landscapes, farm life, a still life in Momma's kitchen, scenes from the garden, and yes, the occasional adorable cottage.
I love the process of learning, growing and advancing as a painter. And someday I may advance to consistency, but I doubt it. Becoming a famous painter has never been my goal. Becoming a happy, successful one has. My legacy will be in the paintings I leave behind that touch the soul and bring a warm smile to those that view them.
We all have special gifts to share.... even if consistency is not one of them.
In the art world....
1. New Classes
Coffee and Canvas Paint-Along at The Art Attic, Franklin, TN
Once a month, I'll teach a paint-along in the morning, 9am to noon, at Shannon Hass's lovely studio in beautiful, downtown Franklin at 117 3rd Avenue, North. Make your plans now to enjoy your morning coffee and create a treasured work of art at the same time.
Mini-Monets Children's Art Classes, Amuse'um Children's Museum, Columbia, TN
Starting in January, I hope to offer once again the Mini-Monet children's class on Tuesday afternoons from 3:45-4:45 for students ages 7-11 years old. I have been unable to confirm this location and time-slot, so for now this notice is just to let prospective students know this is what I hope to schedule. If by chance, we are unable to meet at Amuse'um, there are other locations that have expressed interest in offering classes for children.
In the Mini-Monet classes, students must bring their own supplies, which would make a great item to add to Santa's list. Each 4-week session will cover a different subject including, mixing colors, shapes, landscapes, and plein air painting. Class fee is $80 per student per 4-week session. A new session will begin each month. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the host, hopefully Amuse'um, a 501(c) 3.
Private Lessons in my home, Columbia, TN
I have already started teaching private lessons both in Columbia, TN, and in Natchez, MS. However, starting in November, I want to make several 3-hour time slots available in case there are others who prefer private lessons. Mondays from 9am to noon and 1pm to 4pm, and Tuesday mornings 9am to noon will be dedicated to private lessons only. The fee for each 3-hour session is $99. To schedule your private lesson(s), simply call 615-216-5907.
2. New Link to upcoming Classes and Workshops
For those students who read this newsletter on their smartphones, the calendar can be too small to read. Now there is a link to a website page on Daily Paintworks with a listing of upcoming classes, photos, and additional information.
3. Gift Certificates
'Tis the Season once again when we nestle, snug in our beds and visions of sugar plums dance in our heads. The perfect gift for everyone on Santa's list this year is a Gift Certificate from The Colorful & Charming Art of Susan E Jones. Gift Certificates may be purchased for any amount and may be redeemed for paintings, commissions, classes and workshops. Credit/Debit cards happily accepted. And Gift Certificates can be emailed at the last minute, if needed. To order, simply call 615-216-5907.
4. The Myrtles, St. Francisville, Louisiana
Just a little teaser for my plein air students. Kitty Bray and I are working on a day-long, plein air workshop at The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, LA, for March 2015.Built in 1796, The Myrtles has a long and colorful history and is known as one of the most haunted homes in America.. Accommodations are available in both St. Francisville, LA, and Natchez, MS, or you may choose to stay at The Myrtles. It is a B&B. In fact, we are also working on the class enjoying a meal at The Carriage House restaurant right on the property. The tentative date is March 24 so that students who come from out of town may also enjoy the Spring Pilgrimage in Natchez and the Spring Tour of Homes in St. Francisville.
5. Arts A Poppin' at the Marshall County Arts Guild
Thank you to Tina Lilly, Janet White and the staff at the Marshall County Arts Guild for another wonderful community art show, Arts A Poppin'. And thank you to the Jurors! I was thrilled to be awarded second and third place ribbons in the miniature and oils categories.
6. Upcoming and Ongoing Art Shows: Vines & Vintage, ArtsNatchez Gallery, The Mystery of a Masterpiece
Vines and Vintage: Wine, Antiques, and Artisan Marketplace
Spring Hill, Tennessee
On November 1, I'll be one of many vendors including 14 Tennessee Vineyard vendors exhibiting at Rippavilla at the Vines & Vintage Marketplace.
"Impressions of Natchez"
"Impressions of Natchez" will be exhibited at Arts Natchez through November 8. Arts Natchez is located at 425 Main Street in historic, downtown Natchez, MS.
The collections consists of 30 paintings inspired by my spring trip to Natchez and are painted on 6 x 8 archival-qualitycanvas panel. Each is $95. Merchandise with images of these paintings are also available through Fine Art America, Redbubble and Imagekind.
The Mystery of a Masterpiece
Suffolk Cultural Center for the Arts event "The Mystery of a Masterpiece" in Jester's Gallery in Suffolk, Virginia, is exhibiting one of my paintings, a re-imagined book cover for Gone with the Wind through November 8.
7. The new Paint-Along Painting for November is "The Green Bow." But there are many others to
choose from, too.
8. Private Paint-Along Parties at your work, school, club or in your home.
Instead of the usual "Dirty Santa" games or other Christmas Party plans from the past or exchanging gifts with your friends, why not try something FUN AND NEW this year. Schedule a private Paint-Along class!!! You'll have fun, your friends and coworkers will go home with their own Masterpieces, and a portion of the proceeds can go towards the refreshments or donated to a charity of your choice. It only takes 12 to schedule a private paint-along class and only 15 to qualify for a fundraiser.
Everything is included for the Paint-along, except for location, tables, and chairs which are furnished by the host. And though everyone will paint the same painting, you have many to choose from. And many paintings offer the artist the ability to choose colors to complement their home's decor.
Call 615-216-5907 now to schedule. Available dates are filling up quickly!
9. Great Prices on Painting Supplies from Jerry's Artarama-Nashville
Jerry's Artarama-Nashville has compiled two kits, Oils and Acrylics, and are selling them to my students for $62 and $32 respectively. Visit them in person or Call Amanda, manager, for more information 615-731-5901.
I look forward to seeing you soon in a class or at a show. And bring a friend. And I hope you discover the joy of painting.... even if your paintings are not consistent.
Variety is the Spice of Life! Vive la différence!!
*A few of these dates and locations were tentative at time of newsletter publication.
For more information on classes and workshops, visit DPW or call 615-216-5907.
In October we still have a few spaces available for the following Paint-Alongs
"Sunflower Field" Wall Candy, Columbia, Tennessee, October 22 from 1-4pm, $40
Pet Portrait Workshop The Renaissance Center, Dickson, October 25 at noon, $99
"Hollyhock Sunrise" The Art Attic, Franklin, October 26 at 1pm $45
"Hydrangea and Pear" Excel Studio at Rippavilla, Spring Hill, October 28 at 6pm, $40
Call 615-216-5907 to register.
Paintings Created in October
To see all available paintings or to purchase a painting, Click Here. Or visit local galleries: Wall Candy
(Columbia), Loblolly (Columbia), Rippavilla (Spring Hill), Midtown Gallery (Nashville), Quincy Avenue
Art and Things (Seaside, FL), ArtsNatchez (Natchez, MS).
To commission a Pet Portrait, House Portrait, or other commission, call me. 615-216-5907
Photos of October Classes and Workshops
December Calendar of Classes and Workshops
Colorful and Charming Gifts and Treasures
1. Colorful & Charming Totebags $10 each or 2 for $15
2. Colorful & Charming Painting Aprons $25 each
Colorful & Charming Painting Aprons come in black with 2 pockets. The bibbed apron loops over the head
and ties in the back. One size fits most. The apron will be customized with your name embroidered on the
front with the painting palette. It is $25 and $6 to deliver by USPS or you can pick it up at my studio or one
of my classes and save on the shipping.
3. Historic Homes and Churches Note card sets $12/pkg (contains 6 cards and 6 envelopes)
4. Historic Homes and Churches Magnets $3 each