For WaterMedia's Sake ! Suzi McArdle

Lifelong artist, and mainly self taught watercolourist, doing art is my motto… Sharing art is my mantra, and being an artist is about the best thing I can do to maintain my love of art, color, texture, and space. Always a curious person, I evolve in the moment when I am engaged in my art and the world we live in. The immediacy of watermedia is such a delight for me. Watching the process of creating in watercolour satiates my curiousity and my need to live in the moment. Patience and process is not far apart, sometimes there is little time for process, so little patience lends itself to my art. The abandonment of a work of art signifies my transference of that creativity to someone who wants to own it and enjoy it ! My gift of art becomes your gift to me… it is finally complete.

Beginning, the becoming. During the last 3 years, I have entered more shows, won ribbons, and sold paintings. This has helped me pay for all the paint and frames. I am using the milk paint from the 1700-1800’s to update some old 80’s frames that I had art in, which painted with black milk paint, and on some, added some gold leaf paint for that antiqued effect. They work especially well with my flower paintings, and actually some of my Italian Series paintings. On my list of things to do, is to actually learn how to frame my own paintings. Every work of art that is different demands different framing techniques. My wonderful husband and his friend Dave put together a variety of frames for me, when I first began showing. I was lucky to have shown early on at the Minneapolis Institute of Art during their annual " Art in Bloom" event, which interprets Art at the museum with floral arrangements by local floral artists. My job was to populate the gift shop with some of my original and some of my giclee prints of oringinals. For this task, I had my husband make lovely solid maple museum frames, and they hung well at the gift shop, together with Martha Stewart tools and brick a brac – there in the special gift shop. I sold lots of paintings, which of course, was not a money maker, except that it did support the museum, and Art in Bloom.

I have a big show or two actually – coming up in December and February – I have lots of new work, and some old work that I want to impart to the world. I am currently working on a KOI series, with orchids and a Japanese flavor. The mixture of flowers, water, and fish, always has inspired me. I love the Japanese culture, and it’s art – especially the schools that were set up in Japan to satisfy the Japonesque Art appetite of the early 1900’s and during the arts and crafts movement of the teens and twenties. I love art history. While my art is not a direct take on the historical content of art during that time, it is a take off point. I believe that the depth of my feeling for art is not unlike a serious appreciation for a particular artist that I admire especially, or am a student of. One example would be Cheng Kee Chee. I love his work, and have experimented with his form of utilizing white gouache as resist in his freely painted watercolors. They have so much dimension to them. More on the KOI series later. I sold a painting recently at a Juried member show at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. Will try to post on Red Bubble.

For WaterMedia's Sake ! Suzi McArdle

Suzi  McArdle

St Louis Park, United States

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Artist's Description

Portrait Art captures emotion and character when done in quick study.

Watermedia – especially gouache is a very flexible media – miniatures * Desk ART*

The* Venice * series Italy

Kitchen Art * watercolor studies of flowers for the wall over the table.

Sailing as a lifeline …ART, SAIL, LIFE !

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