I generally have a several dried and unfinished paper mache artifacts sitting around my studio. They are the product of wanting to use up every bit of paper mache I have mixed, when I can't use it on the WIP. Months ago, I had casually stacked these two cubes on top of each other, to get them out of the way. At the time, I had no artistic purpose in mind. They quietly sat there for many months and I found that I liked the way they were stacked, slightly askew and a little off balance. So I decided to give them a base, a proper finish, and a name: “Balance” 19” x 9” x 7” paper mache, plaster, oils, acrylics, scrap wood and a name:
“Balance” 19” x 9” x 7” paper mache, plaster, oils, acrylics, scrap wood.
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:
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.
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!
"Zen," 15x11x7, paper mache & acrylics (rocks), walnut slab, found objects
"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.
"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.
"Guests in the Garden," oil on canvas board, is on view at Graton Gallery, Graton CA, January 13-February 22, 2015.
16" x 20"
Oil on canvasboard
My oil painting “Book Club” has been accepted to be part of the Art of the Heirloom Exhibition at the National Heirloom Expo at the Petaluma Seed Bank in Petaluma, California. This event draws gardeners, food activists, farmers, and seedy people from all over the country. With educational lectures, garden-and farm-theme activities, and incredible keynote speakers, the Expo brings in more than 20,000 people, while raising awareness about heirloom seeds and the threat of GMOs. Each year at the Expo, the Hudson Valley Seed Library curates an exhibition of garden-themed art. The exhibit is open to artists from all over America, who paint, draw, carve, embroider, collage, print or etch images related to heirloom gardening.