Friday, November 17, 2017

Brotherly Love


Brotherly LOVE
Oil on Wood
10"X10"

It all begins here.  The world needs more of this.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Morning on Miller


Morning on Miller
Oil on Wood
8"X10"

Nothing soothes the soul like this, first thing in the morning.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Out of the Ashes


Out of the Ashes
Oil on Wood
10"X8"

Before we came along, our 55 acres in Sonoma were home to wildlife and occasional hunting parties. This month's fires burned all the trees and brush and grasses revealing what was left behind by the revelers of old; a batch of rusted out old beer cans (not pop top cans, but ones opened with church keys) and this small glass, completely intact, caked with dirt and black ash.  I'm imagining it filled with whiskey sipped under a starlit sky under the old oaks on the hill in the middle of our meadow. I think I will keep it as a reminder of survival, and time, and the meaning contained in a simple object.
Perhaps one day I will fill it with Sonoma wine and toast our first night back on the land. 


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Sadness in Sonoma


Yellow Iris*
Oil on Wood
12"X12

I just might keep painting this place until the rain returns,  the meadow fills with wildflowers, grasses grow, trees take root, birds begin to sing, the wildlife returns, and who knows, maybe the iris will bloom. 
We will rebuild.
In the meantime we are grateful for what we had for many years, and for what we have, not the least of which is each other.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

New Day


New Day
Oil on Wood
24"X12"

Available for sale online HERE

With the world spiraling out of control, it is reassuring to see the sun come up in the morning. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

San Francisco Sunset


San Francisco Sunset
Oil on Wood
6"X6"

I am surrounded by beauty that makes the heart sing, while the sadness of the world's suffering is almost unbearable. 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Long Story Short



Long Story Short
Oil on Wood
6"X6"

Books are beautiful, inside and out. Just looking at a stack speaks volumes about the potential for something good coming my way.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Fall


Fall
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

Available for sale online HERE.

Looking inward as the light begins to go.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Big Bouquet of Basil


Big Bouquet of Basil
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

Friends came to dinner and brought a big bouquet of basil from their garden. Friendship, generosity, and the sweet fragrance of summer's bumper crop fills the house with just the goodness needed during these times.
That and seeing "Ain't Too Proud," the story of the Temptations at Berkeley Rep have kept me buoyant. Don't miss this imaginative, beautiful, gripping production.

Friday, September 22, 2017

LOVE


LOVE
Oil on Wood
12"X9"

Their Love continues to fill me up with optimism.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Red and Blue


Red and Blue
Oil on Wood
10"X8"

Continuing to focus on the ones I love. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Life Goes On


Life Goes On
Oil on Wood
8"X10"

In an all out attempt to remain positive in this time of horrifying natural and man made disasters, I  turned my attention to this.

And yesterday, I spent an hour absorbing Ragnar Kjartansson's "The Visitors" at SF MOMA. Just go.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

September in Sonoma


September in Sonoma
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

Summer is slipping away.
Savoring the light and the warmth.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Summer Lace


Summer Lace
Oil on Wood
10"X10"
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Beautiful in its simplicity, Queen Anne's Lace is one of many things I love about summer in Sonoma. 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Wild Life


Wild Life
Oil on Wood
24"X24"
Available For Sale Online from SusanLandor.com

I have spent the last month mostly alone, savoring summer in Sonoma; the light, the sky, the grasses, the ancient evergreens,  wildflowers, birds, frogs, lizards, bees and the animals whose home this really is.

Last weekend a highly qualified dream team from Audubon Canyon Ranch Mountain Lion Project came over to examine, observe and tag an 11 year old mountain lion and her two kittens who were feasting on a fawn on a knoll in the middle of our meadow. Watching them work way into the night brought me closer than ever to the creatures whose presence is known but rarely seen.  They come, they go, as they have done on this land for many generations before and will continue to do long after we move on. It is both humbling and reassuring to feel small and insignificant in the big picture. There is nothing that touches the soul like solitude while surrounded by the natural world. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Morning in the Meadow


Morning in the Meadow
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

These weeks of too much horrifying news and an endless list of errands left me feeling dispirited until today, when I happened to hear Calvin Trillin's reassuring voice on the radio. His way with words describing life lifts me up with its simplicity, honesty, humor, and reverence for what is all that really matters - Living, Loving, Laughing, and being true to oneself. It brought me back to myself and I was almost hopeful again all afternoon.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Lilies in the Valley of the Moon


Lilies
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

My guest filled the house with fine food, friendship, and this white lily and tulip bouquet. Its beauty and rich fragrance is still wafting through the Sonoma summer air. Enduring friendship. There is nothing like it. 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Simple Gifts


Simple Gifts
Oil on Wood
16"X20"

'Tis the gift to be simple
'Tis the gift to be free
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be
And when we find ourselves in the place just right
It will be in the valley of love and delight.

Written in 1848 by Shaker, Joseph Brackett in Maine.

Words to live by.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Wild Garden


Wild Garden
Oil on Wood
11"X14"

There's a lot to love about Queen Anne's Lace, a wild flower that takes root anywhere, requires no tending, and is one of the most delicate, etherial, elegant flowers on earth. Simple beauty. It speaks volumes to the soul.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Lavender in Full Bloom


Lavender in Full Bloom
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

Available for Sale Online HERE.

Summer. Sonoma. Solitude. Perfect combination.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Gina's Point


Gina's Point
Oil on Wood
12"X12"
SOLD


We rowed around Gina's Point first thing this morning.  Memories of Gina were everywhere.  Her generous spirit, natural beauty, and deep soul. Alive and well on this little slice of land in Maine.


Friday, July 7, 2017

Into The Woods


Into The Woods
Oil on Wood
16"X20"

Thank you, Maine Heritage Trust, for the magical path through the woods to the back shore where the sea crashes on the rocks. Cranberry Shores Preserve. A gift of light and moss, trees, pink granite and water. The best things in life are free.

Monday, July 3, 2017


Breezy and Beautiful
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

And just like that, the sun came out, the breeze picked up, and spirits soared. Typical Maine Day.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Weather on the Way


Weather on the Way
Oil on Wood
12"X12"
Available for Sale Online HERE.

Maine weather. Always changing. Dramatic. Unexpected. Dampening spirits one minute. Bright beauty the next.  I have learned to take what comes. Or have I?

Friday, June 30, 2017

What's Not To Love?


What's Not To LOVE?
Oil on Wood
6"X8"

June 24, 2017.
This one's for them.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Beach Time


Beach Time
Oil on Wood
20"X16"

It's that time of year. 
From sea to shining sea. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

First Shoes


First Shoes
Oil on Wood
9"X6"

Celebrating one year on earth.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Summer Morning


Summer Morning
Oil on Wood
16"X20"

Searching for a little calm in turbulent seas. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Fog Lifting


Fog Lifting
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

I have been distracted. The combination of life's little details and the horrifying world situation has sabotaged my usual optimism. The thought of rowing on a warm summer morning as the fog lifts and little waves lap along the shore is mighty appealing. Being away from all the hubbub does wonders for the soul.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Rising Tide


Rising Tide
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

Available for sale online from SusanLandor.com.

They say a rising tide lifts all boats. I, for one, am looking forward to the next high tide. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Yellow Iris


Wild Iris
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

The beauty being served up by Nature this Spring is stunning. Bright yellow iris swim in a sea of green grasses as a gentle breeze blows by in Sonoma. Elsewhere roses are blooming in profusion, and pink rhododendron have never been bigger. All the rain quenched their thirst from years of drought, and there is a celebration going on. Between that and listening to Bach's "Magnificat," I am filled with gratitude for what is right with the world, and more determined than ever to right what is wrong.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Sea Change

Sea Change
Oil on Canvas
24"X24"

I like the idea of "sea change," but the truth is, I resist change as much as possible. I like familiarity and habit and that goes for just about everything from clothes to friends to possessions to daily routines. I have noticed that real change, deep down sea change happens in small increments over time. Little shifts in focus, a slight change of course, and before you know it, you have entered new territory.
Sitting on a beach, seeing the sea change, waves breaking in different ways, creating patterns and coming and going and coming another way again; that is plenty of change for me. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Vineyard Rain

Vineyard Rain
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

Wrapped up in every raindrop is the promise of the future. Sonoma is soaking it up, saving it for a sunny day. And I, for one, can't get enough of rain splashing on my windshield, water rushing down the creek, and wildflowers popping up on every hillside. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Rain on the Way


Rain on the Way
Oil on Wood
6"X8"

Available for sale online from Susanlandor.com HERE.



Monday, April 17, 2017

Spring in the Vineyard


Spring in the Vineyard
Oil on Wood
12"X12"
Available for sale online HERE.

Sonoma is so beautiful this spring it is almost heart braking. If only everyone on earth could hear the birds singing their tiny hearts out, and see the jack rabbits crossing the meadow and, watch the wild turkeys showing off for the ladies, and see the vineyards bursting into bloom on an April afternoon. I am sure there would be less strife and anger and ugliness. If only. 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Blue Moon


Blue Moon
Oil on Wood
12"X12"
Available for sale online from SusanLandor.com

I have been missing the ones who are gone. They touched my heart and soul with theirs, and I carry them with me everywhere I go. Once in a blue moon someone comes along who lights up the world with just being who she is.
Amy Kraus Rosenthal must have been one of those.
Thanks to a friend who knows me well, I recently discovered Amy's writing, words, and brave creative endeavors. What a spirit! "Textbook" and "Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life" and children's books and happenings. 
I would have liked to tell her how much her books mean to me. But she is gone. So her inspiration will just have to continue on through me and all the ones she touched, while we wait for another blue moon to rise.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Cross Currents


Cross Currents
Oil on Canvas
24"X24"


Distractions have threatened to derail me lately. The barrage of news from the outside world, calling my representatives, and the constant list-making inside my mind have been creating havoc. And then there is Mary Norris's enchanting book, "Between You and Me," which has me second guessing every sentence and punctuation I write. 
Despite it all, I happened upon the beach last week while walking with a friend from afar. A breath of fresh air in the company of friendship gives one some perspective. The world is big. We are small. Life is short. Live it up.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Yellow Slicker Meets Monet's 'Red Kerchief'


Yellow Slicker Meets Monet's 'Red Kerchief'
Oil on Wood
8"X10"

Last week I took time out from all the sadness at hand to step back in time at the Legion of Honor, taking in "Monet: The Early Years." "The Red Kerchief" has stayed with me. She is so alive in her bright red against the winter chill, fleeting past the window, so like life. The lady in her yellow hat and slicker carrying a red purse is stopped in her tracks. "All part of life's rich colorful pageant" as my dear friend once said. Now you see her. Now you don't. Gone, but not forgotten.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A.A. Milne and E.B. White


A.A. Milne and E.B. White
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

In an effort to escape the news of these days, I have been seeking out books that will do for me now what I remember "Winnie the Pooh" and "Now We Are Six" doing for me in childhood. Anything by E.B. White is as relevant now as it was when it was written.  Like seeing an old friend, his words warm the soul. Thankfully, Book Passage has come to Sausalito.  Today I picked up George Saunders' "Tenth of December" because I loved his answers to the "By the Book" questions in the February 19th New York Times Book Review
Question. "What moves you most in a work of literature?"
Answer. "Depictions of goodness that are not fraudulent or sentimental."
Bring on "depictions of goodness" in art and literature, and then let's hope life imitates art.

Monday, February 27, 2017

E.B. White on Top


E.B. White on Top
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

 E. B. White's way with words, his wit and his wisdom are needed now more than ever. Keeping him close along with other old favorites.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Sonoma Spring


Sonoma Spring
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

SOLD

The vineyards are green, streams are gushing, water water everywhere. Given the constant distraction of man-made disruption, it is positively soothing to be inundated by natural phenomena.  The mystery and beauty of water in all its forms has been a welcome companion in recent weeks. 
I have also noticed perfect strangers going way out of their way to be nice these days. Like the men who stopped to tell my sister she had a flat tire and then insisted on changing it for her. In the rain. And wouldn't accept payment. Small acts of kindness are powerful antidotes to the cruel mandates emminating from our government. I am holding onto hope. But just barely.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

First Sign of Spring


First Sign of Spring
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

The first daffodils are blooming on our hillside and despite being pounded by heavy rains, they persevere.  A welcome sign of hope in an otherwise dark time.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Splish Splash


Splish Splash
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

Available for sale online HERE.

It's still raining. And we are still lapping it up.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Filling the Void


Filling the Void
Oil on Wood
12"X12"
SOLD
Yesterday being Valentine's Day, we made a pink and red dinner for dear friends. They brought a big bouquet of light pink roses, the sweet fragrance of which has filled the house and lifted my mood all day. Despite the distressing news that invades every hour, along with doing what I can to effect change, I am choosing to focus on the sweetness of friendship, the deep love of family, and the mundane moments of joy that punctuate every day.

Last weekend I took time to savor every word of Kathryn Schulz's beautifully written, "When Things Go Missing" an achingly moving meditation on loss; loss of all kinds, from keys to loved ones.
Lesson learned. Again.
In the end, all we have is each other and this moment.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Waiting to Read


Waiting to Read
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

With rain continuing to fall, my plan is to curl up with a good book or two. Reading, writing, creating are known cures for malaise, along with everything else that ails us.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

On the Road in the Rain


Seeing Red in the Rain
Oil on Wood
16"X20"

It blew hard all night and rain is streaming down the streets. The gutters look like rapids and everything is a shade of grey. The power was out this morning. High tide caused flooding at the north end of town, and rock slides closed roads on south side. It's a sign of the times that the ravages of extreme weather come as a welcome relief from recent events in Washington.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Required Reading


Required Reading
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

Stick with the facts. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Seeing What You See in Stella


Seeing What you See in Stella ('Great Jones Street')
Oil on Wood
10"X10"

After days of distraction from political upheaval, it is a relief to return to the world of Art. Frank Stella's Retrospective at the De Young Museum is still with me. And his statement, "What you see is what you see" is one of my favorite statements by a painter about his art.  It is also applicable to current events. Our eyes are open, and what we see is what we see. Don't look away.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Pools of Light


Pools of Light
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

Available for Sale HERE

Nobody complains about the rain. Draught is fresh in our minds. We welcome the wet. And the reflections! The sky is a continual light show, and the landscape glistens. A bright spot in a dark time.