Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Celebrating Lyme's Beauty Art Show

The Lyman Allyn Art Museum in conjunction with the Lyme Art Association and the Lyme Land Conservation Trust are hosting an art show in the Glassenberg Gallery at the museum during the month of June, Celebrating Lyme's Beauty featuring paintings inspired by visiting Clucas Field in Lyme, CT.

I'm happy to show you my painting which was chosen to be part of this special show from the May Paint Out.

Early Spring Near Clucas Field, 12 x 16, oil by Susan Luca

The opening reception for the show will be June 1, 2012 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Lyman Allyn Art Museum on Facebook The show will be at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum June1-30, 2012 and will then move to the Lyme Art Association for a showing July 7, 2012 until September 3, 2012.

Dick and I plan to be at the opening reception Friday June 1, 2012, Lyman Allyn Art Museum New London, CT.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Dennis Sheehan Dynamic Portraits

A few more portraits by Dennis Sheehan for you to enjoy and study. Dark areas are used to create the drama of the portrait and direct the viewers eye to the face. Hope you enjoy seeing these.

The dark figure is enhanced by a light background
The light face is enhanced by the surrounding dark area.

As an artist it is important to experiment with different ideas. Above is an example of Dennis Sheehan painting two portrait paintings in different styles and each with a special feeling and drama. Notice the white areas carefully placed beneath the woman's face and the one to the lower right of the man's face. These white areas complete the framing of the face. 

Have you decided which appeals to you more?


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam, exciting city of wonderful museums, canals, tall narrow buildings with unique rooftops and much more. We just returned from this wonderful city and there is so much to show you. If you've visited Amsterdam please share your adventure.

Sample of Amsterdam Architecture
Beautiful inspiring Vondelpark landscape and wild life.

Vondelpark Lanscape
Vondelpark Family


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Dennis Sheehan's Dramatic Portraits

In the previous post I introduced portraits by Jim Tinguely which are colorful and playful. In contrast I'd like to show you a few dramatic and dark portraits done by Dennis Sheehan. One reason for showing both styles is because I truly enjoy looking at both. Another reason is to help those of you who are artists choose your direction in creating a unique style. Both Dennis and Jim have a unique style that one can immediately identify.

By looking at different styles of paintings it will help you choose a direction: do I like the colors in Jim's portraits? do I prefer the dark moodiness of Dennis's portraits?

Presenting a few portraits by the master landscape painter Dennis Sheehan.


Notice how what has been left out is of great importance to this painting. The eye is drawn immediately to the center of the face where you are mesmerized by the penetrating stare.