Artsy Fartsy Tuesday – J.Susan Cole StoneToday’s Artsy Fartsy artist uses a variety of mediums, and paints a variety of subjects. This to me is the mark of a wonderful artist. Every medium, whether it’s water color, pen and ink, or colored pencil, is different to work with. And Susan has mastered all if these. Look at the flow and movement in this great watercolor. Love it!! Or the texture and lines in this piece. Here is some information Susan sent me about herself, and her work. J. Susan Cole Stone, grew up drawing and painting in New England and attended Paier School of Art in New Haven CT. She had a studio in Westerly, RI for over 30 years, relocating to Florida over three years ago. Well-known for her attention to detail, particularly in her architectural and wildlife paintings. Susan’s work is in private collections across the country and in such far-flung places such as Australia, Italy and France. Susan is able to render a detailed and accurate architectural drawing or painting from life, from blueprints or even the concept sketched out on a napkin. Watercolor is her favorite medium followed closely by pen & ink and colored pencils. She teaches classes in those mediums and perspective drawing as well as basic drawing. Artists’ Statement
A subject I often paint is houses, or bits of architectural detail of houses. But an abandoned house is something even more special to me. While I am drawn to paint the interesting detail, the way the light reflects in a window or the way the shadow falls at a particular time of day, the thing that truly draws me in is that at some mysterious point in time, the last person walked out of this house, shut the door, walked away and no person has ever lived there again. Why did that happen? What happened to cause this house to be abandoned? No one lives there anymore. There are no more celebrations, no births or deaths, no laughter, no tears, as there once was in this place. For me, there is a sad poignancy to a house that has been left. In time, it will crumble into the ground and disappear as well. But there remains a spiritual quality to an abandoned house. The people are gone, but they have left a part of themselves within its walls. The house tells us something of their stories.
Be sure to visit Susan’s Website to see all of her wonderful work.