Have you ever thought of attending an art “retreat”? For me, this means going somewhere for a few days, enjoying a change of scenery, take advantage of an opportunity for me to work on a ____ (fill in the blank) or perhaps participate in a workshop or two to learn something new. It means my basic needs are met – I have a place to sleep, good food (perhaps by a trained chef), and freedom to just breathe for a bit.
2022 seems to be the year of realizing some of those dreams that are swimming in my head a bit. This one has been steeping for quite some time.
I have done quite a bit of research, planned, and pondered. Now I want to gauge if there is any interest besides my own! I have created a quick survey- I would love it if you would take a moment to fill it out, feel free to share it with anyone you think might be interested!
Thank you in advance!
I am sure many of you can appreciate the endless dreamings of, “ohhhh I want to do this” or that. We have notebooks, sketchpads, and lists of things we want to create. We have so many ideas we could live to be about a thousand and still not get it all done.
This piece is called, ” The Four Seasons”. It is inspired by Mucha’s “Four Seasons”. The seasons, the colors, and the symbolism of each have always fascinated me. I have pondered this piece for years and years. I cannot tell you how happy I am that I finally took some time to create it.
Time?! This took about 102 hours. It felt so great to invest myself fully and take the opportunity to create it!
Thank you for sharing this journey with me. My children (and the best cheerleaders in the universe) have already suggested a new piece for me to do. So I just might get that party started soonest!
I have taken it to my photographer/printer- and prints are on the way! (you can find them on greetings4good.org)
You have been incredible to me. Your encouragement, your love, your patronage. I have enjoyed every story, every kindness, and every moment of laughter. It is time for a bit of a break- But I will return with some very exciting news for 2022. Thank you for all you have done to support me. Sending you love & best wishes always… #holidaybreak#merrychristmas2021#galleryclosedforholiday#Sendingyoulove
Well, hello there! Welcome to July. I wanted to take a moment to share all the fun things going on in my life.
First, I am not (typically) one to make a big deal out of my own birthday, however, this year, this month, both my husband and myself are turning sixty. I admit, I kind of don’t believe it. There are days my body sure does feel at LEAST sixty, but I feel like I am just getting started in so many ways. But, regardless of what is ahead, I am celebrating. I feel like more than ever, I am in awe of the preciousness of life, the countless gifts I have received, and the love that I have in my life. I AM one blessed human. I am ever so grateful.
That said! I am celebrating with a one-woman show at Sylvan Starlight Creations. I have been creating for a long time (see above) and I want to celebrate that! I am grateful to Sylvia Serry who owns the gallery for this invitational. The opening is on the fifteenth of July and should be downright fun! I will be demonstrating mixed media art as it is my great love! (one of them anyway) Sylvan Starlight Creations is found at 50 State St bldg c, Pittsford, NY 14534. The opening will be from 4-8 pm. The show will be up through September!
Next, I have updated my workshops. At this point, I am very willing to facilitate workshops in person at the gallery or on a video chat. It is important everyone feels comfortable, but by all means, let’s be creative together!
Next up, (so much fun to share, isn’t there?) My beloved new home (well sorta new) is having an opening on July 30th! You can come to visit between 5-9 pm that evening. If that doesn’t work, PLEASE make an appointment- I would love to show you around! This is becoming my happy place! Make an appointment here: Susan Carmen-Duffy
Lastly, I HAVE SO MUCH FUN NEWS! I am going to press soon AND that means I will be offering a new subscription plan! Stay tuned! I think it is going to be really nifty and fun! There are several to choose from right now- find them @ Greetings4Good.org
REALLY lastly, I hope you are doing okay. Covid has paused the world in such an unbelievable way. I feel like the ramifications are far-reaching for each of us. Personally, there have been struggles, sadness, and loss. What has profoundly saved me has been the practice of gratitude, my art, my family, (chosen and gifted family as well!). Be gentle with yourself. Be kind to others. If never before we understood that we are all in this together – we sure as heck should now.
Tonight I will be taking a pause in this crazy windstorm of a pandemic to do something basic. Buy school supplies. For kids.
I have worked a good part of my life in the world of education and I KNOW that there are kids who never have a new folder or notebook, a new set of markers, a new pencil. NEVER. (It should be noted that at even almost sixty I still LOVE stationery supplies! A new notebook or a great pen? It’s like CHRISTMAS to me!) Anyway- I have spent many resources ensuring my kids (students) have school supplies. I feel it is a fresh start (literally) on a path toward success. So, even though I am no longer working in child education, I know this is a need, not a want.
So tonight- I will do what I love, CREATE, and share the proceeds to purchase school supplies. The whole idea behind this business (may I remind you that we are celebrating ten whole years!) is that I use what I love to do (making art) for good. Tonight is the personification of that!
I will paint the painting live! (and likely finish it offline) I will offer it for a week to the public to bid on- The highest bidder will get the painting. I can ship it, or you can pick it up from my studio (@ The Central Creatives in East Rochester – 349 West Commercial Sreet- Suite #2795, studio #12)
My plan is to create a tree. (it’s a thing for me) The symbolism behind trees is important to me. They are powerful, strong, and life-giving. They sustain by a root system that is unseen usually but support the entire structure of the tree- and that is what your help will do for these children. They won’t know you bid on the painting or donated directly to the Irondequoit Community Cupboard, but they will know that someone believes in them. Someone cared about them. Someone who doesn’t even know their name wants them to be successful.
So join me tonight- on a Facebook live, or just check in on the painting- I promise I will share it here, on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Let’s work together to create a springboard for success for OUR kids. It matters not if you are a parent, a teacher; it just matters that you care. Children who need school supplies need our support. I hope you will actively do so.
Thank you for listening, for sharing yourself and your resources… thank you for being a light in this weird darkness we are all living.
It’s hard to believe, but this month marks ten years as the owner, artist, cheerleader, floor mopper at Create Art 4 Good. It honestly doesn’t feel that long, but indeed- here we are.
As you may have noticed in the past, I have much to say.
But I am not going to say it all right now- All I mean to say today is how grateful I am for you. Many of you have been with me since before this began. You have held my hand through the doubts, given me light when it was dark and supported me every way you knew how.
My other daughter (Patrick’s almost wife)turned thirty over the weekend, Duffy’s Dad has a birthday on Saturday and my granddaughter will turn eleven on Sunday. We are a celebration family. Maybe it is part of my heritage, but the current pandemic seems to have changed life and put it pretty much on its ear. There is no way to celebrate. At least not what we are used to. I found this incredibly frustrating. I am a doer. We make a big deal out of birthdays, anniversaries, special occasions, and really any other reason to celebrate. This was so frustrating to me!
So in typical fashion on one of my 3 am moments, I decided I would take some fabric that I had for another purpose and use it to make a sign. I’d paint it, and we’d sneak to my son and other daughter’s house early on the morning of her birthday (and we did) to put it up.
Can I just tell you? IT WAS SO MUCH FUN! I felt like a birthday fairy or something! She loved it. The neighbors loved it, my son loved it. Before I knew it I had two more signs to paint, and another, and another. I did one for my sister. (graduation), One for my father in law, then people who I didn’t even know, started calling me to make one WOW!
First, let me say that I am so honored to be a part of your celebrations. This is not only fun, it feels like a renewed purpose to send out some love. Secondly, I am here. I would love to make a sign for you- We can discuss your needs (I have even mailed them out of town!)
Keep celebrating. Keep connecting- the pandemic is not allowed to take our spirit!