Monday, December 10, 2018

Gift


Gift
Oil on Wood
6"X6"
Available for sale HERE.
We met on the first Friday as we have been doing for years now, for waffles, hilarity, and to remember our friend who gave us each other. 
Susan brought each of us a small plant to ensure we have a succulent season. Mine sits on the kitchen window, a daily reminder of the great gift of friendship and that every day is cause for celebration.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

San Francisco Singing in the Rain


San Francisco Singing in the Rain
Oil on Wood
12"x12"

Available for sale HERE.

San Francisco in the rain. Can't get enough of it.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

November Glow


November Glow
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

Never again will I take any of it for granted; The lush greens, bright yellows, deep reds, and oranges; The clear air; Water running in the creeks;  Sonoma is showing off. We are still here. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Splish Splash

 Splish Splash
Oil on Wood
12"X12"


We woke up to the sweet sound of rain this morning, clearing the air, tamping down the fires, and lifting everyone's spirits. As my neighbor reminded me, "it's amazing what we take for granted." Clean air tops the list. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Celebrating Friendship


Celebrating Friendship
Oil on Wood
10"X10"


We gathered around our table, talking, laughing, and reminiscing. They brought a Princess Cake, my favorite, not that I did anything to deserve it.

With the world in turmoil, California engulfed in smoke, and news from Washington more bizarre every day, thank goodness for friends and family. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Still in the Mood for Monet


Still in the Mood for Monet
Oil on Wood
10"X8"


Never gets old. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Red and Blue Meet Mondrian's 'Composition in Red, Blue, & White II'


Red and Blue Meet Mondrian's 'Composition in Red, Blue & White II'
Oil on Wood
8"X10"

Available for sale online HERE.

Moments like these are the highlight of any museum visit. These boots were made for Mondrian. Not to mention the purse. 

Monday, October 15, 2018

Green Dream


Green Dream
Oil on Wood
10"X10"


Joan Brown's "Green Bowl" welcomes you to "Wayne Thiebaud's Artist's Choice" show at SF MOMA "Thiebaud’s own work is featured alongside paintings by others that he personally selected from SFMOMA’s collection." (Read about it HERE.) And the best part is Thiebaud's unpretentious words explaining his reason for choosing each of the paintings. He is the master of demystifying art. No mumbo jumbo. Just heartfelt admiration and sheer delight in it all.  And for me, moments like these where green meets green lift me right out of the doldrums. Art inspires art.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Mesmerized by Magritte


"Mesmerized by Magritte's 'Le Retour'"
Oil on Wood
6"X6"


I returned to SF MOMA for more Magritte this week, this time the guest of a friend who had arranged a tour with a gifted guide. Usually I just want to look and see and absorb, but it was illuminating to hear about his response to those times of terrible turmoil.  Here we are again in a troubled world all trying to make sense of it, and trying to find ways to make our voices heard. Art imitates life imitates art. And art inspires art. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Man Meets Magritte's 'Son of Man' at SF MOMA


Man Meets Magritte's 'Son of Man'
Oil on Wood
10"X10"
Available for sale online HERE.

Last week  when the news from Washington was more than I could bear, I took myself to SF MOMA to see the Magritte show.  As usual, the paintings were greatly enhanced by the parade of people gliding by, stopping along the way to soak in Magritte's magic. Being there in the presence of the past, and seeing all the people appreciating art lifted the gloom for a time. 

Friday, October 5, 2018

Black, White, and Shades of Grey


Black, White, and Shades of Grey
Oil on Wood
6"X6"
Available for sale HERE.

It is that kind of day.
Dark. And grey. With little glimmers of hope tucked away here and there.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Sharing a Moment of Silence with Hopper


Sharing a Moment of Silence with Hopper
Oil on Wood
10"X10"

Available for sale online HERE.

Hopper's 'Intermission' says it all. Still. No words. 

Monday, October 1, 2018

In the Mood for Monet


In the Mood for Monet
Oil on Wood
10"X8"

Away from it all is where I would like to be.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Moment of Silence


Moment of Silence
Oil on Wood
6"X6"

I. Have. No. Words.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Becoming One with Ellsworth Kelly


Becoming One with Ellsworth Kelly
Oil on Wood
6"X6"

Available HERE.

Trying hard to turn my attention away from the greed and lack of compassion that surrounds us, and focus instead on Art and the humanity that comes with it. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Maine


Maine
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

Available for sale online HERE.

There is something reassuring about a house with a history. 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Last to Go


Last to Go
Oil on Wood
20"x16"


Coming and going. Going and coming. From coast to coast and sea to shining sea. My mother always said, "never leave home without a jacket and a swimming suit." Doing as I was told.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

End of Another Road


End of Another Road
Oil on Wood
24"X24"

Moments, conversations, chance encounters, memories all getting packed away and taken home until next year. We are the lucky ones to have this place in our lives, and the people that go with it even more so.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

End of the Road


End of the Road
Oil on Canvas
24"X30"

SOLD

Finally finished after many iterations over many years. It's already hanging in my neighbor's house, where it belongs. This is their house, and the view we share when riding a bike down the road at the end of the day in August. Summer. On an island in Maine.


Thursday, August 9, 2018

Friendship in the Fog


Friendship in the Fog
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

SOLD

Yesterday afternoon the fog suddenly moved in without warning. Everything changed around us; the temperature, the color, the landscape, the sound, the activity, and everyone's mood.  It's as if we were transported to a different place without having to move an inch.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Day's Laundry


The Day's Laundry 
Oil on Canvas
30"X24"



Laundry blowing in the breeze. Summer. On an island in Maine.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Dreamland


Dreamland
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

Available for Sale Online HERE.

 A wisp of fog, sunshine, light breeze, boats from yesteryear. August is here.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Laundry on the Line


Laundry on the Line
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

SOLD

There's a lot to love about my island neighbors, not the least of which is their superb laundry. Always a visual treat on a sunny afternoon at the end of July.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Bella at the Wheel


Bella at the Wheel
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

Our neighbor, Hal is long gone, but his old Plymouth lives on as do memories of our shared time on the island.
The paint color went with his wardrobe which was bright and joyful and full of pizazz, a perfect match for his personality. It was always a welcome sight to see him meandering across our lawn.

Hal's family has lovingly cared for the car and today their dog, Bella, was at the wheel, a welcome moment of memory and levity in the neighborhood.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Gabriel Sails By


Gabriel Sails By
Oil on Wood
6"X6"
SOLD
It was too nice a day this morning to do anything other than sit on the deck and watch the world go by. So we did, and were there when Gabriel sailed by in our old Rhodes 19, finding just enough breeze here and there to sail back and forth in and out of view for a good long time. A lovely sight, unfolding in slow motion, on a sunny Saturday in July.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Morning at Heliker-LaHotan


Morning at Heliker - LaHotan
Oil on Wood
12"X12"
SOLD
Artists Victoria Rees and Peter Lloyd-Jones are resident artists this month at The Heliker - LaHotan Foundation on the island. They both gave inspired presentations on Sunday, which included an invitation from Tory to all of us on the island to sit for a 45 minute portrait in the LaHotan studio where she is working. I signed right up right away and and rode my bike over Wednesday morning. She painted while I sketched her painting me. We talked, and I soaked in the history and beauty of Bob LaHotan's studio overlooking the Pool and everything about the experience has filled me with awe and inspiration and deep down gratitude ever since.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Island Runner


Island Runner
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

Warm sun. Cool shade. The stuff that Maine is made of.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Island Afternoon


Island Afternoon
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

Available for sale online from SusanLandor.com

After watching ribbons of fog come and go and come again, I walked with friends to the end of the island and back in time to meet the men folk for lunch at the cafe.  
By then it was mid afternoon. The fog had cleared, the air was warm, and my neighbor's laundry blew kisses in the breeze, as I rode by on my bicycle. 
That's what we call a perfect day.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Ann and Avery at the Farnsworth




Ann and Avery at the Farnsworth
Oil on Wood
10"X10"

Everything is enhanced by Ann's presence. Milton Avery's "The Typist" at the Farnsworth was no exception on our outing with friends last week to Rockland to fill up on friendship and art.

I love this quote from Rothko:
"What was Avery's repertoire? His living room, Central Park, his wife Sally, his daughter March, the beaches and mountains where they summered; cows, fish heads, the flight of birds; his friends and whatever world strayed through his studio: a domestic, unheroic cast."

My kind of guy.


Monday, July 9, 2018

July Sky


July Sky
Oil on Wood
24"X24"
Available for sale online from SusanLandor.com

Maine is showing its colors again. We are stunned and surprised, as if seeing it for the first time. 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Island Path


Island Path
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

Finding my way back onto the island. It doesn't change, but I do. Starting over. Again. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Beyond Words


Beyond Words
Oil on Wood
16"X20"

"Art and the Written Word"
Work inspired by text and books.
August 2-27
Studio Gallery
1641 Pacific Ave. - San Francisco



Monday, June 11, 2018

Sweet Spring 2


Sweet Spring 2
Oil on Wood
 12"X12"

I have been listening to Bach's "Well Tempered Clavier" non-stop in recent weeks.
It is so beautiful it makes me weep, and certain passages continue to play in my mind when I am doing daily life away from the studio. That and seeing our Sonoma wild land roaring back to life after having been turned to ash in October is almost overwhelming. There is a carpet of California poppies, and the grasses are taller than we are.
 The genius of Bach and the tenacity of Mother Nature, a two year old's birthday, and frequent gatherings with family, seeing my favorite people for lunch, a walk, or dinner -- that's what I call "Living it Up."

Friday, June 8, 2018

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Sweet Spring


Sweet Spring
Oil on Wood
20"X16"
Available for Sale Online from SusanLandor.com

 Grasses and delicate wildflowers spring from the burnt earth in Sonoma. Each week there are more, and baby oaks are showing up everywhere. I don't like change, but I am learning to love the new landscape. 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

VOTE


Barack Obama You Are Missed
VOTE
Oil on Wood
8"X10"

Your grace. Your integrity. Your humanity. Your sincerity. Your modesty. Your humor. Your intelligence. Your smile. Your family. Your optimism. Your cool.
Barack Obama, you are missed.

I am giving this painting to The Indivisible Marin Benefit Auction. Indivisible is keeping hope alive, inspiring each of us to take action in our communities to return civility to our politics.
 Indivisible Marin Benefit Auction, Corte Madera Community Center, June 3, 3-5 p.m.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Turning the Page


Turning the Page
Oil on Wood
12"X12"


I am back in the studio after Life intervened in a big way. 
A little solitude and a lot of sleep go a long way to restoring health, both physical, and psychological.
And being in the company of books always brings me back to where I want to be.

A selection of my paintings are available this month from Mulberry's Home, 160 41st Street, Oakland, where they are beautifully displayed amongst the store's lovely collection of home furnishings. Stop by if you are in the vicinity.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

In Awe of Authors - Lydia Davis


In Awe of Authors
Oil on Wood
20"X16"

Authors paint pictures with words. And in the case of Lydia Davis, sometimes with just a sentence or two she writes a whole story that hits one right between the eyes.  
"Varieties of Disturbance," an inspired title in itself, has a fly on its white on white cover, perhaps referencing the twelve word story, "Collaboration with Fly." Or maybe it's meant to be just a fly on the wall of life, which is all any of us are in the end. Just seeing it on my bookshelf reminds me to pay attention.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Weathering the Storm with Words


Weathering the Storm with Words
Oil on Wood
20"X16"

Rain has been falling for days, and despite the advent of daylight savings time, it has been dark and cold inside and out.  Nothing like encouraging words to lift the spirit and warm the chill. 

Friday, March 2, 2018

First Friday - Daffodils at the Dipsea


First Friday - Daffodils at the Dipsea 
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

Our friend Pam gathered us up, one by one, over her last years, a bouquet of women whom she loved and who loved her. First Friday breakfasts at the Dipsea Diner. We laugh, we cry, we tell stories. She is with us in her absence. Epic. Today was no exception. 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Boy and His Ball


Boy and His Ball
Oil on Wood
10"X10"

Family, friends, flowers, raindrops on the window, and small children -- all that matters is right in front of us.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

After Dinner


After Dinner
Oil on Wood
12"X9"
SOLD
Available for sale online from SusanLandor.com

Friends brought flowers from their garden. We talked, laughed, ate well, and relished the moment. The good feeling lingers even now, a welcome ray of light in a dark world. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Oak Emerges Out of the Ashes


Oak Emerges Out of the Ashes
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

New life where fire raged, 4 months later, with a little rain and a lot of sunshine.
We all could learn a lot from Mother Nature.
Miraculous.
What a world.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Cover Story


Cover Story
Oil on Wood
20"X16"


Red and Pink. The language of LOVE. It's February. Forays with family and friends combined with sunshine and a garden beginning to bloom is almost enough to make me feel hopeful.

Friday, February 2, 2018

E.B. White and A.A. Milne


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

Comfort Food.

Available for sale online from SusanLandor.com.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Imagining Spring


Imagining Spring
Oil on Wood
16"X20"

Imagining spring in a landscape that is no more. 
A welcome rain is falling, soaking the land where new life is sure to grow.
Mother Nature. Impressive.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Another Year Is In The Books


Another Year Is In The Books
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

Graduation, Celebration, Wedding, Love, Family Reunion, Mountain Lion, Fire, book lists, movie recommendations, notes to self, directions, appointments and a million mundane moments. Life in a nutshell.