Susan Garrington
Artist

Newsletter

(posted on 21 Jun 2019)

Happy first day of summer to you!

This evening Brian and I will be attending the ceremony to celebrate our grandson's and his classmates' graduation from elementary school. It seems fitting that it is taking place on Summer Solstice for as one Canadian writer, Margaret Atwood, says of solstice:"This is the solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp and midnight, the year's threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go of and becomes the future; the place of caught breath."

The past lets go..... I find myself once again missing life with a wee one, a toddler. First it was his mother and now it's him. I miss watching the world through the eyes of a small child, seeing the exquisite sense of wonder, the sheer pleasure in discovering the world. But I must let go of the past to revel in the accomplishments of both my daughter and her son. They are the future.

The place of caught breath...as an artist I am fortunate to be able to occasionally rediscover that "place of caught breath" while working on location. It doesn't happen often, but when it does "everything begins to yes",(e.e.cummings). In this place everything is sketch worthy. Every tree, rock, path, plant, wildflower, cloud, calls to be examined in wonder. My head spins and even as I am working in my sketchbook on the selected subject, possibilities swirl through my mind. I return home and fill my sketchbook with wonders. Eventually I make paintings.... lots and lots of paintings. This has been known to continue for more than a year. I may leave the place for a bit to paint something else but I always return to the place where the past is becoming the future. And then, just a suddenly and with just as little warning as it started, it is over. And so I continue to sketch and to paint waiting for the next "caught breath" moment. I don't know when or where it will happen but I do know that it won't happen unless I am somewhere sketching, somewhere it can find me waiting.

And so tonight our family will celebrate a milestone in our grandson's life. Brian and I will catch our breath and note how quickly time is passing. We will give thanks and celebrate summer and rejoice in our summer plans and I will quietly and privately give thanks and rejoice that the "place of caught breath" found me waiting and sketching recently.

May your summer be filled with family and fun and the occasional caught breath moment. Happy Summer Solstice.

A very quick message about a fundraiser and group show I am taking part in. The show opens today and the official Opening is June 8. All of the information is here on the poster.

(posted on 24 Mar 2019)

While my time in the studio has been very limited, I have produced a few paintings, some of which you will find at the following shows and exhibitions, along with a few older favourites. I hope to see you at these events as well as during the London Artists' Studio Tour. As I mentioned in a previous letter, I will not be taking part in the tour this year. However, I will be visiting several studios during the tour and hope to see many of you along the way.

                        

 

 

 

 

    

 

The Gallery Painting Group will be starting our paint out season in less than a month and I am very excited to get back out to sketch. My new sketchbooks have been ordered and delivered and my sketching materials sorted and stored in my backpack. I am like a kid waiting for Christmas or summer vacation! Here is one of the paintings I have been working on recently which is a sketchbook inspired piece from a paint out at Coldstream last season.

       

 

As always, thank you for your interest in my work and for taking the time to read this.

 

Sue

 

 

 

 

 

(posted on 27 Jan 2019)

A New Year has brought with it a temporary change of focus and a necessary hiatus from both art making and participation in this Year's London Artists' Studio Tour. I am still able to take some time now and then to work in my sketchbook, but studio time has been almost non existent since Christmas. Hopefully new routines will form and allow me some limited time in the studio soon. Nevertheless, it is a happy time with a decidedly energetic feel. I am hopeful that when I return to my studio some of that energy will join me!

In the meantime I have been thinking about painting and doing some reading. Say what you will about modern technology and its sometimes negative effect on our lives, I have found it to be such an amazing source of inspiration and information. Among other things, it has allowed me to find several authors I may not have read otherwise. Among these is Robert Macfarlane. His book, The Lost Words , a response to the decision by Oxford Press to illiminate many Nature related words from their children's dictionary and replace them with words from the world of technology, has received much coverage through social media and the response to his book has been overwhelming. ( The irony here is not lost on me! ) Reading about this on social media led me to search out his other writing and I have been enjoying, both The Old Ways, and Landmarks, very much, partly because so much of what he thinks and says and quotes others saying about landscape applies to painting too. Macfarlane writes, "....the two questions we should ask of any strong landscape are these: Firstly, what do I know when I am in this place that I can know nowhere else? And then, vainly, what does this place know of me that I cannot know of myself?"

What do I know when I am in this place that I can know nowhere else?

I've copied the first question on the flyleaf of my current sketchbook. It will become my mantra I think. The response to  the second part of the question may become clearer, perhaps, when looking at my finished sketch or painting. Time will tell...What does this place know of me? 

Macfarlane writes, " There are experiences of landscape that will always resist articulation...or to which silence is the best response". I would add that sometimes, in that silent response, a painting is conceived.

My hope for you all is that you find places that hold truth you can know and that, in turn, the places you find both know and love you.

So, I will miss seeing many of you during the studio tour this year. Maybe we will see each other at other events throughout 2019. I will keep sending out my newsletters with updates about my work and any shows or exhibitions of interest to me and perhaps to you too.

As always, Thank you for your interest and support. Do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of help to you.

Sue

 

I have some paintings in the Group Show at Westland Gallery. I hope you can stop by.

 

Thank you for your interest in my work and your support throughout this year.

i am busy getting ready for the Spring shows and the London Artists' Studio Tour.

In the meantime,

 I am on Facebook, https://m.facebook.com>paintingsbysusangarrington 

and

Instagram, @susangarrington 

I post work on both so you can see my new work as it is finished and discover the story behind each piece.

 

Merry Christmas and all the best to you in 2019!

Sue

 

 

(posted on 8 Oct 2018)

 

 

I am so very grateful to live in a place where I can enjoy, photograph and sketch such wonderful things. I am also very grateful to all of you who support my art through visiting shows, purchasing my work, reading my newsletter and so many other thoughtful and kind ways. Thank you and a very Happy Thanksgiving to you!

(posted on 20 Aug 2018)

Like many of you, I suspect, I find myself feeling amazed that summer is quickly coming to an end. It has been a busy, productive and happy time for me and I hope for you too! I was delighted to have sold two paintings at the Westland Gallery's Square Foot Show. The show is now finished but the last painting I submitted is still available to see or to purchase at Westland Gallery. 

I have completed several new paintings for the Stratford Fall Studio Tour (September 22 and 23) when I will once again be showing at location number 7 on the tour map. ( If you are in need of a map, let me know and I will send one to you. I have a limited number available. )

Here is a preview of some of my new work.

i have submitted work to the Annual Juried Show at St. Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre and am waiting to see if anything has been juried into the show. Fingers crossed!

My paintings at Glenhyrst Gallery in Brantford will be on view until the 23rd of September. If you have never been to this gallery, it is well worth driving to Brantford to see it. The gallery is located in a 16 acre park on the banks of the Grand River. It is a peaceful and beautiful place both inside and out. Here is a photo of my work currently on display.

 

As always, thank you for your interest in my work, your support and your responses to my newsletters, and please don't hesitate to email me if you need a map for the Stratford Tour.

Until next month,

Sue

 

(posted on 14 Jul 2018)

I have been recently spending less time painting and more time relaxing in our garden.This hasn't been completely by choice, but more by necessity. Life is full of surprises and one morning I woke up surprised by a very sore back. Painting seemed to exacerbate the problem so....

...short stints of sketching and taking photos in our garden have had to suffice. I have been unable to attend several Gallery Painting Group paint outs and missed the Opening at Westland of The Square Foot Show.

Things are improving, however I am ignoring the calls from a partially completed painting in the studio for a few more days.

Yesterday we drove to Strathroy as I was suffering from a severe case of cabin fever. We visited an antique store where I fell in love with several things, some of which may appear in future paintings. Of course we drove on some country roads and stopped long enough for me to photograph some delightful wild things growing by the roads. I am sure that the manufacturer of our car did not have sore backs in mind when they added heated seats but they sure help!

I will be delivering two paintings to the Glenhyrst Gallery in Brantford for the Biennial Juried Show. This year there were 636 paintings submitted and 59 were accepted. The dates for the Exhibition are July 28 to September 23 with the Opening taking place on August 3rd from 7 - 9 pm.

Two more juried shows have entry deadlines quickly approaching. I will let you know if I am accepted into either of them.

In the meantime, enjoy summer in whatever way you love and may all of life's surprises for you be pleasant ones.

Bonne Fete de la Bastille!

(posted on 17 Jun 2018)

As Midsummer approaches you will find me with my sketchbook in our garden and our neighbourhood or on location with the Gallery Painting Group or in the countryside. As my sketchbook slowly fill with bits and pieces of Southwestern Ontario, I return to my studio and use some bits and a few pieces as inspiration for paintings. Recently two such paintings were juried into Flora, an exhibition at Gallery In The Grove located in Bright's Grove. One was awarded a cash prize for third place. I was very honoured. This exhibition is certainly worth the drive to see and the location is wonderful too. A great place to enjoy a picnic or a walk by the lake. The show ends this coming Saturday at 3pm.

Gallery In The Grove, 2618 Hamilton Road, Wildwood Park, Bright's Grove

Mon.- Thurs. 11am to 5pm

Fri. -closed

Sat. Sun. -11am to 3pm

 

             

                                                                                              

 

Three pieces, which also began their lives on a sketching field trip, have been submitted to Westland Gallery's Square Foot Show. This show is always amazing so don't miss seeing it.

 

                 

                                                                             

 

I am currently preparing submissions for two more juried shows as well as painting for the Fall Stratford Studio Tour.

I am writing this on Father's Day and am reminded that my late Dad often used to say to me, "Susan, you're always happiest when you're busy, busy, busy, just like a little bee!" He was right about that and so many other things. I miss him. I am both busy and happy.

For those of you who love hot weather, enjoy the next couple of days. If you are like me, I hope you can find somewhere cool to escape the heat. As always, thank you for taking the time to read this and for your ongoing support.

Sue

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