Are you a binger?

I think I have come to the conclusion that I am a binger.

Not with food or drinking or even drugs… no, I binge on the act of art making and sharing that art.

There I said it!  I’m not really happy about it – I want to be that person that paints every day even if it is a small creation and is able to post it on social media to share with friends. Simple.

Why is that so hard??

Instead I find myself postponing my creativity until the weekends and then I spend inordinate amounts of time in the studio working on several projects at a time. No wonder the studio is always in disarray .

For now,  I should probably just accept the fact that this is how I create. But in the long run I will keep working towards the creator I want to be.

So in this light I’m sharing today a couple of the acrylic paintings that I have been working on as part of my experimentation with new mediums.

I would love to hear how you create!

floral 3_72

Spring Forward

Ahhh Spring- much anticipated! Here in the Atlanta area we have finally been seeing warmer temps and sunny days. Thank goodness! I’m done with those chilly days and winter coats. Now I know, I shouldn’t complain when family and friends have been snowed in a good part of the winter up in the North East but all I can say is I’m ready for Spring!

The weather was so nice the other day that I had to take a break from painting in the studio and just get outside for a bit. I took a walk around our back yard and was inspired by the sights and sound of Spring. Birds singing, the stream was flowing and flowers popping up through the ground. Lovely!

Spring collage

So back in the studio, I took this inspiration and worked on a new mixed media collage. Light bright colors with some leaves springing up.

"Spring Forward"

Hope you enjoy- you can find this painting in my Etsy Shop.

Painting Challenge- Day 17 – Pen & Ink Floral

Taking a short break today from the doorways as I am in the middle of finishing up a couple of them up. So today’s painting is a pen & ink drawing with a watercolor wash of a floral design. This is one where less is more. Just enough color to give it some life. Enjoy!

Floral Pen & Ink Watercolor 5 x 7  $75

Floral Pen & Ink
Watercolor 5 x 7

This post is part of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge with Leslie Saeta. Check out her blog here and see some of the other 300 other artists who are participating in this challenge also.



Painting Challenge- Day 13- Dancing Poppies

I will be traveling today to the Bowen Center for the Arts in  Dawsonville, Georgia to drop off my painting for the Georgia Watercolor Society’s Member Exhibit. I’m very excited to be included in this juried show, it is always an honor to be recognized among your peers.

So, I am using my painting ” Dancing Poppies” for the painting challenge post today- I hope you enjoy. I will be posting more info about the reception at the Bowen Center on Sept 28th for anyone that might be interested in coming out to see all of the wonderful works of art in the next week.

"Dancing Poppies" Watercolor framed 31 x 24 $750

“Dancing Poppies”
Watercolor framed 31 x 24



Sharing the love

One of the best parts having this blog is the blogging community associated with it. Not only have I had the opportunity to share my artwork and artsy news with all of you but I have gotten to know so many wonderful people through the blogging world. It has been amazing!

Today, I wanted to show you how simple it is to share among friends.

This photo was posted by fellow blogger Kathy Anne. It was a favorite flower especially since it was named after me, Black Eyed Susan.

Blk Eyed Susan Original

©Kathy Anne

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Kathy was nice enough to share her photo with me as I was inspired by those lovely yellow blooms and the sparkle on the glass jar.

From that photo, I created the following painting

Blk Eyed Susan painting

It was a sweet little painting but then I felt the need to jazz it up a bit. This time I did some digital work on the painting

to add some texture.

Blk eyed Susan textured

I also added some text ” You warm my heart”.

And now I would like to share this with you.

Hop on over to the Freebie tab above and there is a photo there that you can use as iphone (or android phone) wallpaper.

Directions are on the page on how to download to your phone.


Starting to bloom…

“Waterlily in Bloom” watercolor © sue grilli

Inspiration can be “sparked” at any time, and sometimes when you least expect it. I find that when I keep my eyes and senses open, then images, patterns and ideas flow much easier.

The inspiration for this painting came from a fellow blogger, Nancy Lennon. Nancy posted some great photos on her blog,  and I asked permission to use one as inspiration for a painting.

I loved how the light sparkled on the waterlily and then reflected on the water.

My goal was to capture that freshness.  Enjoy!

Till next time…. be creative!

“Painted Pots”

So, last week I spent some time painting plein aire in a wonderful garden as part of the Monroe Art Guilds fundraiser of local garden tours. It turned out to be a warm sunny day, perfect for painting. Although I did get a bit of sunburn I didn’t mind being out in the fresh outdoor air at all, especially when I spend most of my days inside in an office.

I was so lucky to be assigned to such a beautiful garden, I had so many choices of where to set up and paint. I strolled around the grounds and took some photos, perhaps I can use for future paintings and then I settled on a grouping of pottery and plants. I knew I had a short amount of time to paint, about 2 hours, so I needed to keep the subject matter simple and these pots just glistened in the sunlight.

“Painted Pots” ©sue grilli studio