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Collage-Making Process
Laying everything out takes days.  Checking back to peek and get a feel for what's needing to be expressed. 

Laying everything out takes days.  Checking back to peek and get a feel for what's needing to be expressed. 

Then, the glueing happens over the course of the next days.  Smoothing out the papers and letting that layer dry overnight.  Making changes and edits to each day's composition.  And, If I'm glueing a cut-out piece of canvas (cut from a prior oil painting), then special glue and heavy weights are necessary.  

Then, the glueing happens over the course of the next days.  Smoothing out the papers and letting that layer dry overnight.  Making changes and edits to each day's composition.  And, If I'm glueing a cut-out piece of canvas (cut from a prior oil painting), then special glue and heavy weights are necessary.  

An example of the finished product.  Credit to my mentor Patrick LoCicero for this collage process.  Also learned about how to glue canvas onto the layered board from Tom Hausken, one of my Port Townsend EDGE-mates.   

Susan Walker
Also On The Easel Now....
Hope to be finishing this 'Cup Of Tea in Vietnam' this week....photo reference from Jen Tice, who was there.  I've never been to Vietnam.  Studio in the background as this photo is not cropped. 

Hope to be finishing this 'Cup Of Tea in Vietnam' this week....photo reference from Jen Tice, who was there.  I've never been to Vietnam.  Studio in the background as this photo is not cropped. 

Susan Walker
On the Easel Now....
Lucky to be the first car in line as the Ballard Bridge went up...my camera captured a stunning spectacle and an iconic image for a painting.  Just started this big piece:  48"x36".  

Lucky to be the first car in line as the Ballard Bridge went up...my camera captured a stunning spectacle and an iconic image for a painting.  Just started this big piece:  48"x36".  

Susan Walker
Wine Walk at artEAST
Front Window featuring my work all of March...this was Wine Walk last night at the gallery.

Front Window featuring my work all of March...this was Wine Walk last night at the gallery.

Great crowd and great fun sipping wine and chatting with friends & neighbors!

Great crowd and great fun sipping wine and chatting with friends & neighbors!

Susan Walker
The ARTIST TRUST Auction
"The Green Gate of the Unknown", oil on canvas, 18"x24", $900

"The Green Gate of the Unknown", oil on canvas, 18"x24", $900

Accepted into the auction!  The event is Saturday evening, February 27, at Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center.  Tickets still available:  http://www.artisttrustauction.org/

 

Susan WalkerFisher Pavilion
When Is A Painting Done?

Age-old question for painters, right?  See if you can find at least five differences between the two versions of this painting.  And, it's still not finished.  

Half-way to done....

Half-way to done....

Getting closer to done....table top looking warped now, though.  Argh.

Getting closer to done....table top looking warped now, though.  Argh.

When is a painting done?  Sometimes never.  Once a painting is sold through a gallery, I might never see it again.  But, some I do see, in the homes of friends who've purchased one or more. I'm secretly looking to assess what I might do differently or at how I've improved.  Or, just basking in a job well done!  I do keep a few paintings in my studio that were once "done", and find after a year or two that I start adding paint to bring them alive once more.

Susan Walker