Susan Ryan
Paper Mache, Paintings & More

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(posted on 31 Dec 2019)
Last art of 2019: “A Thing of Beauty,” 15-1/2” x 6” x 3,” paper mache/plaster, garden twine, found objects, oils, acrylics. The words are Robert Henri’s from his book “The Art Spirit.” He is talking about painting, but I think this is the way we should look at the world, as well.

 

(posted on 29 Dec 2019)

Newly completed: “La Gallina” (aka Evacuation Art) 14” x 7” x 8” paper mache/plaster, acrylics, oils. I started this piece in late October when we had to evacuate our home due to the Kincaid fires. We spent five days in Oakland—sometimes without power--and I needed something to do with my time.

 

(posted on 1 Nov 2019)
OK. So here's something a little different for me. I was recently contacted by a company in Canada about using my artwork (for royalties on sales) on clothing and accessories. They showed me a sample of what my one of my paintings would look like on their designs and I was intrigued. You can see my designs at: www.art-a-porter.com/susan.ryan

 

 

Earlier this year I was selected (along with 13 other artists) to create artwork for Hudson Valley Seed Company's 2017 art pack. Their artwork seed packs are always very special. The plant I did artwork for is called Anise Hyssop. I had it in my garden this past summer and it covered with happy bees! You can learn more about this small company and the valuable work they do in safeguarding the continuation of heirloom seed varieties at:

www.HudsonValleySeed.com

 

 

(posted on 14 Mar 2016)
I'm pleased to announce that I have been juried into the ACCI Gallery in Berkeley CA. This artist-cooperative gallery has been in operation for 59 years. It is a lovely space, with a wonderful selection of artists. Mike and I packed up the car in cold, drenching rain on Saturday and delivered the work in cold, drenching rain on Sunday. I can't complain about this much-needed precipitation, but I have to say it was sure nice to get back home to our warm, dry house again.

 

(posted on 28 Feb 2016)
This is a new piece I am working on. Every morning, while sipping my coffee, I hammer a few more beer bottle caps. Every evening, while watching a borrowed-from-the-library movie, I put the hammered and distressed bottle caps together and add to the piece. Slowly she grows.

 

 

 

Several of my Asian-inspired pieces will be on view at the Graton Gallery in Graton, CA in December and January. I'll be showing with two wonderful artists--Sally Baker and Taylor Gutermute. Should be an interesting show!


 

 

(posted on 25 Feb 2015)
"Zen" won an Honorable Mention in the Graton Gallery 4th Annual Small Works Show in Graton, California. Show dates are February 24-April 5, 2015.

 

(posted on 24 Jan 2015)
"Succulence," paper mache with oil glazes, won an Honorable Mention at the Graton Gallery, Graton CA, "Anything Goes" juried show. Show dates are January 13-February 22, 2015.

 

 

(posted on 24 Jan 2015)
"Guests in the Garden," oil on canvas board, is on view at Graton Gallery, Graton CA, January 13-February 22, 2015.

 

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