Category Archives: Painting

Health School Tales

The titles of my paintings contain meaning. In this BLOG post, I’ll give you a glimpse at what I mean by deconstructing an image of my small painting called: Health School Tales. I used found words and media from magazines to create a collage. Then, I painted this painting using my collage as a reference. When I collage, I work from my intuition and at a fast and fluid pace. Sometimes I am not even sure of the message I have created until I take the time to reflect on what I have made.

Health School Tales

The painting Health School Tales contains a butterfly, three words, a fish, a house on land with plenty of sky and a barn, and most of the images contained within the image are contained within their own outlines.

2015, Suzanne Gibbs, Health School Tales, rag paper, pen, watercolor, 4.75” x 4.75” $35

How to “read” this work:

Allow change – it’s silly to stay stuck
Get rid of what is not working
Be Honest
Use less than you think you need
Consider the environment
Have fun everyday
Be extra extra kind to yourself

Is my message immediately “understandable” in Health School Tales? Probably not for you, but I was the creator so it is for me!

To find out more about the series of work this painting came from, please visit the gallery called Reassemble.

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Finally!

Hi there! I finally have new work to share on my website!

You see, the thing is, I’d rather be making the work than photographing and Photoshop-ing the images in preparation for sharing the work on-line. No more wait! My new work is here! Here now! Finally!

Schedule Wild Idea, paper, pen, watercolor, 4.75” x 4.75”

Schedule Wild Idea, paper, pen, watercolor, 4.75” x 4.75”

I know, I know — it’s been a whole year that you have waited! Jimmney Cricket a whole year!

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Opuscule

I love this word! Opuscule! It describes my new body of work to a “T”!

Opuscule

  1. a small or minor work
  2. a literary or musical work of small size

Reassemble is a series of work that would be considered diminutive in the fine art world. At only 4.75 x 4.75 these little paintings are quite small!

GO! make something beautiful, paper, pen, watercolor, 4.75” x 4.75”

GO! make something beautiful, paper, pen, watercolor, 4.75” x 4.75”

I do not see any reason to work bigger when the message and the meaning can come through on a smaller format. Do you?

fresh green, paper, pen, watercolor, 4.75” x 4.75”

fresh green, paper, pen, watercolor, 4.75” x 4.75”

I hope you consider a purchase of a piece or two or three… $35 each. Or you can just comment below and say: “Hey Suzanne, these are fun! and Silly too!”

Opuscule means: small work! Bonus, you learned a new word today!

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Creating “Containers”

Some of my best work has come from the idea of creating containers. I create arbitrary and also thought out “containers” from which to start a body of work. How can something be arbitrary and thought out? Allow me to explain. As a creative, I tend to have way too many ideas to actually execute in any given day, month, or year. So, I have learned how to create what I call, containers — arguably this could also be called parameters — but let’s stick with the image of a container!

Oblivion, Bright half of life, paper, pen, watercolor, 4.75” x 4.75”

Oblivion, Bright half of life, paper, pen, watercolor, 4.75” x 4.75”

Imagine a box. Now, put in the rules in the box. Magic happens in the container. Out the other side comes the art!

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Do That Thing

Do that thing you have been putting off.

Do That Thing.

I have been putting off making work for a solo gallery show I have coming up in July. So you know what I did when the gallery contacted me and asked if I’d like the space in May as well as in July?

I said YES, sure!

A bad idea? Maybe.

I am doing my thing. Too much work, too often, without enough time or planning. However, I am pretty sure everything will turn out fine. Because I am doing my thing!

Would you like to see sample work? Yes? Sure, here:

Each of these drawings are drawings based entirely off of paintings I created in the last few years. For example:

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Top image is an encaustic painting on panel, bottom is an abstract drawing based on the painting.

Here is a sample of work in progress:

Encaustic painting, Heap O' and the beginnings of the Abstract drawing of the painting. And yes, my studio couch to!

Encaustic painting, Heap O’ and the beginnings of the Abstract drawing of the painting. And yes, my studio couch to, as a support and drawing table!

 

In conclusion, if you are anything like me, and procrastination is easier than doing the work that is most worth doing. Take a risk!

Do That Thing.

My show is at the RAA Gallery in Eureka CA. May 23 – June 15.

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Tears and Such…

No too long ago I cried for 90 minutes straight while attending yoga class. I did not know it was possible to cry for 90 minutes while moving, holding poses, and breathing, but it is – at least for me. Due to this emotional waterfall I have decide to write about:

Tears and Such…

Why I cried is not important. We all have emotional moments even hours or months or years, because as humans, we all have emotions. Some of us release hard emotions through yelling, some by laughing, some while crying, and others have their own unique method(s). Then, there are the millions of people who push emotions down deep, drown them with alcohol, numb emotions with drugs, or blanket emotions in overeating, and all sorts of other emotional acrobatic tricks!!! Such is the way today in our culture. Or so it seems to me.

The current message is: Don’t experience the beauty of emotion. Instead, try to cover it up, hide it, hold it, or press it away. And now, shame, fear, guilt, love, compassion, and longing have become less acceptable than anger. One day, not too long ago, I chose tears.

Tears and such can teach, but only if we pay attention and notice, and let the emotion move.

I think this is how yoga and emotions support one another – in both we are moving. Yoga is moving the body. Emotions is moving our feelings, in, out, around, stuffed, pushed, up, down, and all around; all of this is moving emotion. As are the tears themselves, they move emotion a drop at a time.

I was exhausted after my nearly silent outburst. I was embarrassed. I was testing the limits of the compassion of my yoga instructor. I was testing the space of the studio I was practicing in, could it hold my emotions with me? I was testing the students in the class, would they tolerate a fellow student sniffling, blowing her nose, and dripping sopping wet salty tears and such….

I was not testing any of these boundaries on purpose, I was simply being in the moment, feeling what I was feeling.

I was testing the idea that the practice of yoga is a “safe place,” that the yoga mat is a safety zone. I found out that it is. When my exhaustion subsided a few days later, new life erupted inside of me. In the words of Paulo Coelho, “Tears are words that need to be written…”  (found on Author Unlimited).

I take this to mean that tears are creative droplets – to be used in words, paint, music, or any other creative pursuit. Tears point us in the direction we need to move – if we listen, if we pay attention, notice, and care about our own heart’s callings and yearnings.

Two in-progress paintings. Dancer and Yogi.

Two in-progress paintings. Dancer and Yogi.

I have re-started my regular blogging – I am not sure if this is related to my tears, it might be. I also got my gesso out of hiding, and paper, and a few substrates for painting, and I began creating in larger scale for the first time in about a year.

The tears were loaded with emotion – why I cried is not important.

That I allowed tears and such to fall and move through my body is ultimately a beautiful gift, a reminder of change and the impermanence of things, times, and places.

Tears and such are teachers and notes of wisdom from an inner depth.

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Painting with Blood Red Orange Juice

On Sunday I purchased the juiciest Blood Red Oranges I have ever tasted! On Monday I worked all day on a new coloring book I am planning on publishing soon. On Tuesday I wrote the copy for the coloring book to go along with the images.

Today I painted with blood red orange juice!

Why, you might ask? Because I can. Because coloring books are not only for use with crayons! Because the color of the juice was, and is, so rich and juicy I was very curious about painting with the blood red color! So I did.

I recorded my musings and experiment via video.

I bring it to you! Enjoy.

Notice how the juice reacted with the paper and turned purple when it dried! Thank you to North Coast Co-Op for their amazing produce!

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