Art in Bloom in Anacortes, WA., next exhibition

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My oil painting, “Dancing with the Salish Sea” and two more of my paintings will be part of the Art in Bloom Exhibition at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave, Anacortes, WA., public opening party April 11th, 6-9pm.

The show will be open daily, from April 11 through 18, with hours of 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. ¬†More information is available about Art in Bloom at the Arts Festival’s website: https://anacortesartsfestival.com/special-events/art-in-bloom/

Natural Awakenings

Portal Into the Root of the Soul

Portal into the Root of the Soul

The Shuar Earth Goddess Nunqui appears as human in this oil painting.

She is holding a gourd bowl filled with Chicha, the milk of the Amazon. The bowl represents her own body.
Her hair, like vines connected to the earth.

Nunqui reminds us that we are an integral part of nature.

This painting is featured on the cover of the September 2014 issue of the Seattle Edition of Natural Awakenings magazine.
If you live in the greater Seattle area, you can find a free copy of the magazine in many area businesses and health food stores.

 

 

Reflections of a Luminous Nature

We are part of the luminous nature of Earth.

Facing the Edge of the Forest

oil on canvas, 24″x48″

Fine art to awaken empathy in our connection with Earth.

Getting ready for the Camano Island Studio Tour

oil painting with full moon in center

This painting and more of Susan’s Full Moon Series will be showing at Susan’s studio

during the Camano Island Studio Tour May 9, 10, 11, and 17, 18, 2014

click for tour information

There are many moons in the studio this year. If you are in the area of the Salish Sea, come visit our island.

Inspired to Nest

oil painting of bird nesting on bowl under full moon

This little 12″x12″ oil painting is one of my newest. It contains many of the visual elements I am currently exploring. The moon, luminosity, bowls, vines and birds, color, visual relationships, and the oil paint.

Since winter is a productive time in my studio, I am myself nesting and inspired.

Full Moon with Vines

12"x12" oil painting of full moon

Full Moon with Vines, oil on canvas, 12″x12″

Happy New Year 2014

Opening this weekend on Camano Island

 

I’ve been working primarily on ceramic tiles for the last half year. A selection of 8 of my newest tiles will be on exhibition at Matzke Fine Art on Camano Island. The annual small works show, Honey I Shrunk the Art, opens Saturday,¬† November 16th.

 

This tile is Redbird and Moon. It is 4″x4″. The design was carved into a flexible rubber block and then hand pressed into a clay slab. I’ve been working on making multiples of my designs for the first time. However, each tile is carefully hand pressed and cured, fired and glazed and fired again.

There are birds all over my studio.

handmade ceramic tiles with hummingbird motif

Here are 8 of the many handmade ceramic tiles I have been working on all summer for a show in Seattle in October. Last night, I had a dream there were live birds in the house. No wonder. There is bird art in every room right now, as I get ready for two exhibitions.

Ceramic Tiles Waiting to Dry

Handmade Ceramic Tiles - drying the clay before firingI am in production mode with handmade ceramic tiles. The tiles are drying very slowly, to avoid warping. I carved my design into a block and pressed the clay into the design. Many of the tiles are additionally hand worked. I am planning to glaze them with some variety. This is my first real attempt at creating a multiple of the same design.

The tiles are for the Handmade Tile Show October 5th & 6th at the Center for Urban Horticulture at the University of Washington in Seattle.

 

4"x4" handmade ceramic tile with hummingbird motif

The Interconnection of Puget and Skagit

Oil painting by Susan Cohen Thompson in the live auction at The Museum of Northwest Art, June 15, 2013, LaConner, WA.The Interconnection of Puget and Skagit, oil on canvas, 18″x24″, will be in the live auction at the Museum of Northwest Art in LaConner, Washington, June 15th, 2013.

This is the first painting in my Luminous Nature series. It began as a painting of a line of trees with sky between. If you look at the painting sideways, you can see it resembles some of my earlier paintings from my Puget Tree Series (link) of watercolor paintings where the trees are lined up with equal spacing between each tree, as in the painting Puget in the Trees (link).

At some point, I turned the painting sideways (horizontal to vertical) and began visualizing the tree forms as farmland with bodies of water in between them. My painting process can be somewhat complex. I see the connections between things. While I am painting, objects in the paintings shift form from one thing into another. It is my interpretation of how I see the world.

Shapeshifting objects in my paintings can be seen throughout my body of work over many years. Leaves and tree limbs become birds, humans merge into tree forms or the other way around.

The vessel shape at the base of this painting, in the middle of a red field, suggests it is filled with water, and perhaps sky in the midst of a field of tulips. I see the forests, water and farmlands of the Puget Sound and Skagit Valley as completely interconnected. One does not exist without the other.

 

You can see a preview of the auction art catalog at the Museum’s website.