Sweet Nothings- Detail study by Susan Bergstrom

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“Sweet Nothings- Detail Study” is an original oil and acrylic mixed media painting and another up close study for my art students and for you, my watchers and support group here at RB.

“Sweet Nothings” starts again in a detailed drawing and sprayed with a fixitive to preserve the drawing.
…I try to help my students understand “What Came First”…it is the way I lay on my paintings…I come out from the canvas with a step style of “What Came First Thought Process”.
So I start with the Sky…down to the forground “Earth”…to me this sets the grounding process of the painting. Next are the images in my painting that come next…what is in the sky and what is coming out of the earth?
I refer to when I see students starting in the foreground committing “Painting The Flower”…read it in a book once and it just nailed for me.
It helps me alert my student as to if they painted the main subject first… going in and painting the background was going to hinder the flow and the outward invitation for your viewer to come in to your painting.

It might be interesting to know that in the original “Sweet Nothings”…(buried somewhere in my collection)…the woman’s face is about as big as a dime. These were my first portraits until the movie “Lonesome Dove”…that movie alone, changed the course of my painting style. I went to dime size faces to full, sometimes life size human portrait paintings.
This detail study is to help my students have a closer view of some of my fine art…for the purpose of the study on blending, line and color.
My fine Art and Photographic Studio is located in Mesquite, Nevada.
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I enjoy a full time career as a working Fine Art Artist and Natural Lifestyle Photographer.
To me, my art and photography is the best way to express what I see around me.
I also teach both mediums and I host 3 and 4 day Art and Photography Workshop Retreats through my private studio on my desert property in Nevada/Arizona.
I formed Elbow Canyon Fine Art & Photography Retreats several years ago to offer my students a unique one-on-one instruction.
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  • shanemcgowan
    shanemcgowanover 5 years ago

    awe tis is amazing Susan..!!

  • Thanks so much! I appreciate it!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • Fern Design
    Fern Designover 5 years ago

    this is so beautiful!! I love it!!!

  • Thanks…it’s an oldie but a goodie!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • Oncemore
    Oncemoreover 5 years ago

    Great colors….wonderful work!

  • Thanks so much Vanessa!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 5 years ago

    Wonderful, so much detal, awesome color and shading.

  • Thanks Byron! I always appreciate your viewing and comments!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • Jerame    *
    Jerame *over 5 years ago

    very nice!

  • Thanks Jerame!!!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanover 5 years ago

    this is gorgeous Susan….I was naughty yesterday and started painting a shell without the background….just thought that was the hardest thing to do and thought I might not be able to do it…so now I have to add the background..have done it the wrong way around.!! this is a beautiful painting and I do so enjoy reading how you do your paintings, learn a thing or two :-D

  • Just always say 12 times over and over as you are setting out to start a piece…What Came First….LOL…

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • J-C Saint-Pô
    J-C Saint-Pôover 5 years ago


  • Thanks my friend!!!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • BigD
    BigDover 5 years ago

    Well done, Susan

  • Thanks…I would have submitted into Rural AG…but I am at my limit and so will have to wait till weekend to shuffel…Thanks for viewing BigD…I appreciate it!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • Paul Gitto
    Paul Gittoover 5 years ago

    This would be wonderful in our new group
    American Values and Art

  • Thanks so much! I just joined…looks to be a fantastic group!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • joedog
    joedogover 5 years ago

    Wonderful old portrait and a nice little learning experience also and just when I wasn’t expecting it , but just don’t think I’m going to start painting now I don’t have my moms talent

  • I think you would be surprised…I give a guarentee with my classes..usually the people who say “I have no talent” are usually my best students!

    – Susan Bergstrom

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