Christmas Watercolor Card- Make-n-Take

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Pop in Saturday Dec. 15, 11 a-3p. C re ate a little and relax. I will guide you in some simple brush strokes to make a card for the Holiday! All supplies provided. $5

Pre- register suggested or call 724-272-2146

Dec. 15 make-n-Take Watercolor Cards

$5.00

NEW Pet Ornament Pre-Ordder Now Open

Hand Painted Glass ornaments by Susan Walker Art, pets/dogshand painted ornaments | pre-order

Yay! Its FALL and that means it’s (almost) holiday time! I was asked to paint some weenier dogs for our local up and coming wiener dog race. And if I do say so myself, I am IN LOVE with these little ones.So I thought I just have to share them with all you out there too!

The hand painted ornaments are ready to bring you joy starting now, and all year (if you keep them out like I do) All new 1.7:/45 mm glass ornaments, ready to hang with a pretty little ribbon.

Available for a limited time, pick your color palette now through November.

Click here for pricing and options. Enjoy!

Hand Painted Glass Ornaments by Susan Walker Art
Weenier Dog selection

Rocking the Blues in Watercolor Sketch

It’s interesting that this BLUE themed #30in30 painting challenge has just been guiding me to see a variety of subject in blues. Here while waiting at the soccer fields…I Rocked the Blues.

Strength of the Butterfly

“FLY”by Susan Walker $43.5″X7″mixed media Acrylic

A man found a butterfly cocoon. One day a small opening appeared in the cocoon. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could go.

So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon.

The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings.

The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body.

Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.

What the man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand was that the small opening in the cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were God’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives. If God allowed us to go through our lives without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. We could never fly!

From:http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/hard-times-make-us-stronger-the-story-of-the-butterfly/

Draw a Bird Day&Cheer Someone! April 8,201

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
― Charles Dickens

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I was adding to my calendar some events to do with my students. I saw this,an actual
drawing theme!  As a person who loves birds and thinking the kids would too we would do something for this day. Little did I know the background,involved soldiers and now all the more reason to draw a bird! Won’t you join me? Draw a bird and post it on my FACEBOOK page to share. Then pass it on to someone to cheer them up. Here is how the story goes…

YES, Draw a Bird Day is an unofficial Holiday, but it grew through soldiers, medical personnel and their families. Today, it is celebrated world wide as a way to express joy in the very simplest of things in life and as a way to help soldiers forget war and and people everywhere  from suffering even if only for a short time.

“In 1943, Dorie Cooper was a 7 year old living in England. Her mother took her to a hospital in to visit her uncle who was wounded in the war. While they were there, Dorie’s uncle was very distraught, having lost his right leg to a land mine. In an attempt to cheer him up, she asked him “Draw a bird for me, please” Even though he was unwell, he decided to do as Dorie asked. He looked out his window and drew a picture of a robin.

After seeing her uncle’s bird picture, Dorie laughed out loud and proclaimed that he was not a very good artist, but that she would hang the picture in her room nonetheless. Her uncle’s spirits were lifted by his niece’s complete honesty and acceptance. Several other wounded soldiers also had their day brightened by the event and every time Dorie came to visit thereafter, they held drawing contests to see who could produce the best bird pictures. Within several months, the entire ward’s walls were decorated by bird drawings.

3 years later, Dorie was killed after being struck by a car. At her funeral, her coffin was filled with bird images that had been made by soldiers, nurses and doctors from the ward where her uncle had been. Ever since then, those men and women remembered the little girl that brought hope to the ward by drawing birds on her birthday, April 8th. ( from the site :http://www.dabday.com/ )”

Follow Draw a Bird Day Facebook page too!twitter-bird-business-sketch-001

Want to learn to draw birds? Join me as I guide you in class creating several and applying them to a card or bookmark.

April 8, 2107 in my Portersville PA Studio.All supplies provided.$10.

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Balancing an Artist Life

Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.      Mark Victor Hansen

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Page from my sketchbook. Items drawn at random times
I had a comment on a post recently that they haven’t drawn since before Christmas. It is the middle of February . Ironic, I too have been thinking about how one of the biggest struggles I hear from others is just that. They don’t have time.
I too haven’t always had time for my art.But looking back over the years I think what has become my secret is when I made a conscious decision to some how take/make time. Mostly in small ways that fit.I have always enjoyed drawing. In times life was so busy and demanding…I was happy drawing.  A small travel size book became my companion.Still happy to say my closest one!
I draw,keep lists,notes all right there. It wasn’t always easy.I didn’t think it was always proper or pretty.Giving it power ,being the only note/ sketchbook to keep track of helps,now goes everywhere. I don’t know what I’d do without it! My family and friends have come to know me with this little companion.wp-image-1957704430jpg.jpg
Which leads me to an article I came across about balancing life as a mom. I saw how many points could be transferred to creating a life as an artist or just creating that time for you.

Here we go…

Delegate chores..Didn’t change much of what they had to say here😉
“Even toddlers are capable of helping out, and they are usually more than happy to! Get your kids in the habit of doing their chores at an early age, so you don’t end up picking up after them as teens. And don’t forget that your spouse is a co-parent, not just someone who does the dishes when your sick.
 Have systems in place
Have routines for everything. They are what keep you from falling apart. You’ll read oodles of places to make an appointment with yourself. This does work. I’ve learned to say to others ” I’m working”. Seems people don’t question nearly what your doing if it’s “work”. And I think my brain doesn’t either! Also could be as little as leaving for picking up kids 15 minutes early and sketching at the bus stop till they came out. ( did this for a couple of years). Slowly building habits. if your shy about your sketching and journaling. Let kids, hubby, go into building for their appointment/practices and stay in car or sit out side for 15 minutes before joining them. Stay off electronics for a few minutes and replace with this time.
Without a system in place, everything just flounders. Make sure everyone knows the routine for getting to school, for instance. Have a laundry system, and a meal plan. These little things take some organizing, but are totally worth it once they become part of the family schedule. Then too I feel good about taking my time.
Be Prepared
Probably should have been up there first. As artist this would mean to have a sketchbook, pencils, water-brush, canvas,paints organized and ready to use at the moment time is available. In a suitable location to ideally leave out but definitely ready to bring out. Travel supplies by door or kept in car.have doubles of some supplies.Again, makes it easier to get to creating when you don’t have to run from car to house, office etc.
Ever Important, but often last for ourselves, Take care of your health
Apart from mental stress, not paying attention to your health can wear you out and make you feel less than yourself. Take small steps to eating healthier and exercising. Be regular with your check-ups. A healthy you is a happy you, and a happier you is a happier family.

Keep in touch with friends
It’s easy to get caught up with everyday life. But remember that your friends fill a social gap that make you feel complete and I find accountable with.This too would be your creative friends, or an organization to be with like-minded people. I know my family and friends don’t always get me the way my artsy friends do.So staying connected helps me. Meet friends regularly, and pick up the phone o talk to them once in a while, instead of just chatting on Facebook. In fact, don’t forget to keep in touch with business friends too. They will offer you a refreshing change of perspective!

Work on finding the right balance between finding happiness in being a mom,wife,daughter,hubby,dad, and doing the things that matter to you as an individual.Please share any strategies that work for you in the comments below. we all would love to hear.

Watch “Sketching on Location, Carnegie Science Center,Pgh. PA” on YouTube

Sketching on Location during School Field trip…How you can too.


Part of my life as an artist is my family,my kids,their school. I began driving bus a couple years ago. It allows me to be involved with their activities and just as important,has created a routine to paint and work.

BONUS: Opprotunities to work out on location too. 

None of my own children were on this one so it provided me with a few hours to. Hangout with the high school kids and sketch.

Simple supplies of a machanic pencil ( no sharpener required)., Waterproof pen. Sakura Pigma .03 my choice,a water rush and a travel pill case with a few colors.For now, I’ve settled on Transparent Yellow, Quinacridone Red, Phthalo blue, with Payne’s Gray and VanDyke Brown.

Oh,and a small white vynal eraser.😉

My favorite sketchbook of Hand Journal.

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February, Month of Love 💖 & Reconnecting💌

One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.

Lewis Carroll

From class: Connecting/drawing/designing your own cards

Have you seen the commercials for the biking or running machines where you can experience any coarse ,terrain in the world “without ever leaving your home”?    Are we entering an era where we won’t need to ever leave our homes? We can order all are groceries and shopping needs, chat with doctors on line, tune in just about anywhere ‘live’ to participate in endless events. I think even phone calls are less popular. It’s so easy to send off an email or a text to someone.  Use e-cards and on line gift certificates. Many of theses, if not all are possible to do with out ever interacting with people in person.

This all brings me to encouraging you for the month of February and planning on strengthening your connections with friends, family and those you encounter with mailing a card and/or letters . Yes the good old ORIGINAL form of SOCIAL MEDIA. Let’s make it fun for you and fun for the receiver! Let this time honored method connect you like no other!

  • Address your envelope first! You will always run to the last minute drawing and writing.
  • Keep stamps& address on hand

Let’s Create some cards!!

Simple…pen, blank cards from a box stores craft department. OR Envelopes and blank card stock to cut down to size.)

Optional: small paper cutter (to cut paper down to size)

Colored pencils or pens, markers

waterproof marker (Sakura my favorite) , watercolors

fancy edge scissors or corner cutters

And some tips form Lewis Carroll in writing a letter itself. 

Some February dates to keep in mind:

2-Groundhog Day

4-Thank Your Mail-man day.

Eat ice-cream for breakfast day.(invite someone to join you!)

7- Send a card to a friend day.( probably created by a card company)

8-Boy Scout Day (know any? Anyone who was a scout as a child?)

11-Make a Friend Day-Send a new friend a card

14-Valentine’s Day

15- National Gumdrop day

16- Do a Grouch a favor Day

17- Random Acts of Kindness Day

20-National Cherry Pie Day

20-Love Your Pet Day(or a pet lovers)

27- No brainer day ( I could of invented this one!!)

29- Leap day! Won’t happen for four more years!

For more details on these and MANY others that might inspire a letter of two try this holiday site.

Enjoy!! And if you would like to jon me in drawing and designing your own cards like above. Register for my class.