March 3, 2024


Yo Quiero Techno

Featured Artist Susan Brown | Artsy Shark

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Hidden Valley landscape by Susan Brown

California painter Susan Brown provides a assortment of colorful landscapes that share a one of a kind feeling of location. See far more of her get the job done by traveling to her internet site.


Painting of a landscape in Salinas, CA

“Salinas” acrylic, 14″ x 11″


To generate in any of the arts requires braveness.  – Ga O’Keeffe

To me portray is not a interest, is not straightforward, and is not usually enjoyable (though often it can be.) Approaching a blank canvas is like beginning an unidentified journey. It has pitfalls, issues and unpredicted surprises. Some of them are joyful surprises and some are not. I phone the approach paintstaking.


Painting of two men outside a tacqueria

“Covid Hope Taqueria” acrylic, 32″ x 28″


Due to the architectural geometry, aerial point of view and inclusion of portraits and figures, my Roadways and Today’s Globe collection are especially complicated and complicated.


Landscape with a small market

“Arro’s Market” acrylic, 11 ‘ x 14″


As lots of artists know, you can fudge landscapes and nonetheless lifes, but if you are portray human beings, particularly at all realistically, 1 can location inaccuracies promptly. That’s why I studied nine hrs per 7 days for the duration of 2020. I continue on to research figures and portraiture so they can be incorporated into my paintings.


Painting of a road in San Francisco by Susan Brown

“San Francisco 1″ acrylic, 20″ x 16”


A person thing I do take pleasure in is finding into the zone. This is exactly where I’m so thoroughly absorbed in my function that I listen to and see almost nothing else, as if a shroud had been above me that shuts out the relaxation of the planet. I even converse to my paintings, sometimes swearing at them if points are not heading very well, and thanking them when they are!


Hidden Valley landscape by Susan Brown

“Hidden Valley I” oil, 14″ x 11″


Nonetheless, I come across that working day to day interruptions often make it tricky to have this concentrated circumstance. Which is why I used and was approved into an artist residency in France for a month.


Artist Susan Brown with artwork in an exhibition in France.

Artist Susan Brown with artwork in an exhibition in France.


Though there, I painted a significant (32” x 28”) painting in about two weeks, which includes a landscape background with a portrait in the foreground. This was a record for me. I was shocked that I could finish this kind of a massive, thorough portray in such a shorter time! It gave me self-confidence knowing that I have the strategy and awareness to do this. The painting was then approved into an global exhibition. 


Painting of an intersection in Santa Cruz, CA

“Downtown Santa Cruz” acrylic, 24″ x 22″


Now I use this concentration as I paint in my studio. Many of my paintings are neighborhood, like Van Ness Ave, Santa Cruz, which is the road I reside on. It was one particular of my initial spot paintings. Downtown Santa Cruz is my sweet-coloured model of my town’s downtown, wherever five streets converge. (The geometry of the crosswalks was primarily challenging to get suitable!) 


Painting of an intersection in Davenport, CA by Susan Brown

“Davenport Evening” acrylic, 36″ x 32″


The Davenport paintings are of a town about 10 miles from Santa Cruz. It is a spot I generally go, to eat at the legendary dining establishments (the RoadHouse and the Whale City Bakery) and hike down from the bluffs to a path by the ocean. I like the smaller town truly feel.


Painting of the Roadhouse Restaurant in California

“Roadhouse Evening” acrylic, 20″ x 16″


My Concealed Valley landscape paintings are of a pretty valley that is only seen really briefly though driving on California Freeway 1 involving Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz. 


Painting of Hidden Valley in California

“Hidden Valley II” acrylic, 14″ x 11″


I intend my paintings to pose thoughts for the viewer, who may be figuring out the place the roadways lead. They are meant to evoke a perception of recognition or deja vu, irrespective of whether or not you have basically been to these destinations. And I want to develop a perception of group pertaining to how we all offer with challenging circumstances, this sort of as Covid and immigration, in Today’s Globe.


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