writing again

Posted by Susan Heidi - May 16th, 2011

I stopped posting to this blog a while back in the hopes of updating it and my website, but the project got tabled. I’ll be updating both sites and getting a new one underway soon, but in the meantime I’m back to blogging here. I’ve tried to incorporate this blog with facebook, and my posts do get updated on my page there. Please stop by and check it out.
I’ve been continuing with my pinups while exploring new mediums. Most recently, I’ve been fortunate to be able to study oil painting with Paul W. McCormack, whose beautiful watercolor portraits caught my eye some years ago and inspired me to continue with my work. I’ve always challenged myself to achieve more, so it doesn’t surprise me that painting oil portraits in the traditional style was next on my agenda. A bit more surprising is my new found love of plein aire painting. I’ve always loved getting outdoors, but the need to complete a work quickly was never my style. My art has always has taken a more studied approach. What’s good about this type of painting is that I’m forced to make quick artistic decisions - about value, hue, saturation, edges - and get it all down on canvas before the light shifts or the weather changes. Learning new things is always good, and I’m excited to see how I can incorporate these new skills into my pinup art.