Thursday, November 29, 2012

Give a "little" art this holiday!

Artist of Yardley's Small Works Show "100 for 100" opens Friday November 30 and runs until December 22, 2012.  Opening reception is Friday Nov 30th 6-9pm.  Show hours are Fri, Sat, Sun from 12noon - 5pm.  The gallery is located in the Janney House on the Patterson Farm at 949 Mirror Lake Road in Yardley, PA.  I have two pieces in the show shown below.  All works of art in the show are 6x6 on gallery wrapped canvas.  A gallery wrapped canvas is finished on all edges so it is wired and ready to hang or placed in a table easel with no need for framing.  All works of art in the show are selling for $100.00 each.  Come to the reception Friday night to meet the artists!

"Lake Afton in Autumn" ©2012 Susie Morrell 6x6 oil on gallery wrapped canvas $100

"The Cast"

©2012 Susie Morrell "The Cast" 6x6 oil on panel

sold unframed, walnut wood easel included for immediate display

Contact the artists about this piece here
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Pumpkin and Flo Blue

                                                         inspirational photograph for this painting by Joey Randall

                  ©2012 Susie Morrell "Pumpkin with Flo Blue" 6x6 oil on panel with finished edges
                                 sold unframed, cherry wood easel included for immediate display
To view all my available paintings please visit:  Susie Morrell Portfolio  

This photo was taken by Joey Randall, author and host of the #1 gardening blog
in Michigan, The Village Voice.  Joey is my aunt, friend and mentor in so
many ways.  She is a skilled photographer with a trained eye for capturing
all that is glorious in the garden from tiny budding ferns to majestic blooms of 
color that captivate the artist's eye.  What's best is all her images are inspired
primarily from her own gardens both at home and at her lake cabin.  She and her
husband, Mike, travel back and forth throughout the year welcoming visitors to
their homes with warmth and cheer.  Joey maintains her informative blog called
The Village Voice which focuses on her favorite recipes, photographs and all 
things Michigan!  If you want a visual experience on how the seasons come and
go in Michigan along with what is cooking in Joey's kitchen The Village Voice is
a must read on your blog list.

To view more of my portfolio, please visit:  Susie Morrell Portfolio

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Library on Lake Afton in Yardley, Pa

©2012 Susie Morrell "Library on Lake Afton" 6x8 oil on panel with finished edges
Private Collection

To view all my available paintings please visit:  Susie Morrell Portfolio
Lake Afton is in the center of the village of Yardley, PA where you often see people taking 
the time to sit and enjoy feeding the ducks, fishing or sipping a refreshment from the 
Starbucks on the south end of the lake while just taking in the beauty and fresh air.  I 
have captured it from all views with my camera and loved this view of the shaded path.  
Recently construction has begun to improve the walking path between the road and the lake
to make access safer for visitors.  

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Nelson Shanks Master Painting Demonstration

I was in Philadelphia last night at Studio Incamminati, School for Contemporary Realist Art, where Nelson Shanks is the Founder and Art Director.  I witnessed a rare opportunity observing Nelson Shanks himself conducting a live painting demonstration. To observe this Master Portrait Painter in action was inspiring to say the least. Nelson Shanks talks about his portrait painting here. His palette was fascinating to me so I took a picture and am sharing it below.  It was full of mounds of beautiful colors kept from one session to the next. Studio Incamminati is an amazing nonprofit school in the heart of Philadelphia offering rigorous instruction in advanced techniques of drawing and painting by a faculty which studied extensively with Nelson Shanks.  Nelson Shanks will repeat his live demonstration again August 22, 2012.  Click here for this and more events taking place at Studio Incamminati this summer.  It’s a great way to enjoy Philadelphia, see the school and meet the faculty.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Ikebana Style Flower Holder

I wanted to share one of my favorite finds with you from the St. College Arts Festival I attended last week.  This festival is alway around the second week in July and draws artists from all over the country.  I spent two amazing days absorbed in discussions with artists and have returned to my studio inspired to share

Among the hundreds of amazing artists, I was drawn to this Pottery artist from Malabar Pottery.  All the pottery is created by Mike and Laura Meyer.  Their card does not have a website listed but they are located in Malabar, FL and can be reached at this email address:
I was drawn in by the simplicity of the flowers standing on their own, the top surface of the clay made by the pressed leaves and the functionality of the pieces. Upon further discussion with the artist, I learned a new term, Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement.  Ikebana is a disciplined art form in which nature and humanity are brought together drawing emphasis toward shape line and form. The 'envelope' vase requires few flowers arranged in a row to look stunning. These are just some daisies I picked from my garden. The other smaller piece has in the center what I have been told is a florist accessory that has little plastic spikes coming up so you can take the flower and press it onto one of the spikes so it will stand the way it does so regal.  If you contact them, let them know you heard it from me... an artist who attended the St. College Arts Festival because I hope they return next year!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Quiana Huang Workshop

Qiang Huang Workshop in Putney, Vermont

I attended Qiang Huang's Workshop at the Village Arts of Putney in Putney,Vermont hosted by Penelope and Captain John last week. It was a memorable experience I will cherish. Qiang(pronounced Chong) is a daily painter I have admired for quite some time so when a spot opened I didn't hesitate and booked my trip even though he will be coming to my area in October 2013 to host a workshop at the Artists of Yardley Center. It was an inspirational three days immersed in the home of the well know Putney Painters where artists such as Richard Schmid, Nancy Guzik, and Jack Keledjian paint on a regular basis. Qiang generously shared information on his technique, theory and business.  Each day started with a slide presentation followed by Qiang's demonstration then applying what we learned to our own individual still life setups. Not only did I learn an abundance of information but met some wonderful artists from around the country who all share in the pursuit of advancing their skills in oil painting by studying with a Master Oil Painter.  I hope you enjoy the links I provided and photos above.  From top to bottom:  Qiang standing in front of his Day 2 demo, our wonderful group shot outside the Village Arts Center with Qiang, Penelope and Jack Keledjian, both demos by Qiang, Jack Keledjian painting, inside the Village Arts of Putney Studio with walls graced by works of the Putney Painters, me discussing theory with Qiang.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Inspiration ~

As I am just starting my blog, I have to thank Alyson Stanfield. Her book changed my entire perspective on my life in the studio. Can't you tell by all the post-it flags! Follow her blog at

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Landscape Commission - "Drifting"

36" x 48" oil on gallery wrap linen canvas 

a recent commission, 36" x 48" ~ It's so difficult to capture the nuance of hue transitions in a photograph. You really have to see this one in person. This work looks different in every room of my house depending on how the light hits it. The collector will hang this work on a wall where the sunlight will capture the mass of reflection from the lake. I worked from their photograph taken overlooking the impressive view from their newly renovated home in Doylestown, PA.