Posts By: cindasue

Contemporary Traditionalism

Posted by on Jan 25, 2013 in Blog | No Comments

I’m excited to announce a new showing of my work!  My work is “traditional” subject matter with a “contemporary” twist, in bright, vibrant colors.
Figurative and animal alike quite often have a surprise background.  Come to the Artist’s Reception and let me tell you the story behind each piece.

Hosted by:  Lavendera Massage

Where:  285 Spring Street
Friday Harbor, WA

When: Artist’s reception: Friday, Feb. 8th, 2013
               Show runs Feb. 3rd – Feb. 28th, 2013

Time:  Artist’s reception: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
contact Lavendera Massage for further viewing times (360) 378-3637


Why I want to live to 130

Posted by on Aug 2, 2012 in Uncategorized | No Comments

If you know me, you have heard me say I am going to live to 130.  Quite often the response is “why?”   That has set me thinking, why in deed?  I first made the statement about living 130 years when we walked on the moon (we, you like that?).  Anyway, I was so excited about the prospects open to mankind that I wanted to live long enough to see mankind established in space.  Well, that hasn’t exactly worked out and I’m afraid 130 won’t be long enough.

I’m much older now and my desire to live long (and healthy) is anchored right here on earth.  Art.  I have always been an artist, and yet I feel that I am just getting started.  I have so many things to learn and so much to experience, I can’t imagine getting it done by 100.  Perhaps 130?

I am a typical woman artist who got sidetracked with a family and traditional employment.  Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t give up being a mom, and now a grandma, for anything.  I think, however, I could have made some better decisions and been a little further along in my art. Still, this is where I am, and I’m going to fly with it.

I have been working for the past 22 years learning my medium of pastels and learning how to bring it to the public.  For every two steps forward there have been at least one step back.  Just when I thought I had learned how to connect with the collector, the rules change.  Technology.  Learning the ins and outs of technology is time consuming, and I’m not a natural.  (I could ask my 6 year old grandchildren).  Anyway, here I am, blogging.

I have just started teaching art.  It is challenging and rewarding.  You know that teacher that influenced you as a kid?  Well, I had one that refused to teach me how to do portfolios because I was a “girl”!  He made me so mad, I got into art school without him.  That is the kind of teacher I don’t want to be!

My Pastel teacher, mentor, Dorisjean Colvin, however, was the best!  There are hundreds of wonderful artists in the Northwest because of her.  What a jewel.  That’s the type of teacher I want to be!

Why do I want to live to 130?  I have to much to learn and as I learn it, to much to share! Weather I’m teaching a workshop or taking one, weather I’m in the studio working on my next Pastel or out plein air painting, I can’t wait to see what I can learn.

Part of my sharing is by “how to” blogging.  I hope you come back to see what I have to say.



Posted by on Jun 30, 2012 in Blog | No Comments

Cinda Sue's Workshop demonstration  Cinda Sue demonstrates painting on La Carte Paper in her studio during the Beginning Pastel Workshop.  The students are busy following directions and creating their own masterpieces.

Cinda Sue's Pastel Workshop students

Studio Tour 2012

Posted by on Jun 21, 2012 in Blog | No Comments

San Juan Island Artist's Studio TourSan Juan Island Tour visitors discuss one of my paintings in my garage studio,
where my exhibit is set up.

Garden ChairsMy granddaughter sits in line with the garden chairs leading from my garage studio, where my exhibit is, to my garden studio where my guest, Robin Atkins is set up. Robin with visitor in the garden studio.My granddaughter just finished checking out Robin’s beautiful beaded jewelry in the garden studio.Pastel exhibit in garage studio,We’re back at my exhibit, Pastels, pastel, and more pastels.

These are just a few of the photos taken during the San Juan Artist’s Studio Tour, June 2nd & 3rd, 2012.  We had between 250-300 visitors.  The flow between  the studios was fun to watch as people enjoyed the art, the gardens, and other visitors.  I can’t say how much I appreciate all the wonderful comments on my work and the interest expressed by those new to my work.   This is the second year Robin and I displayed together.  Her wonderful beaded jewelry and beaded art has been a great complement to my Pastel paintings.  We love working together and plan on making it a must visit for everyone on next year’s Studio Tour!