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Special Offer through Jan. 1!!

Special Offer through Jan. 1!!

 

 

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Islesford Kitchen, oil on canvas, 12″ x 12″, © Sukie Curtis 2013 (SALE PRICE: $350)

In the spirit of the holidays, I am excited to offer some of my paintings at special discounted prices, now through January 1, 2016!

All of these paintings are currently in my home studio or on our walls. Perhaps one of them would be just the right gift for someone you know and love this holiday season. (Perhaps even you!)

Follow this link to the paintings page on my website! You will see that the first dozen paintings have a sale price noted beneath the image, along with other information. Be sure to click on the “thumbnail” images to see the full paintings, as the thumbnails show only a sliver!
If you live near enough and would like to stop in to see paintings face to face, send me an email, and I’d be happy to set up a time for you to visit.
 If you’re interested in a painting and don’t live near by, drop me an email (or a message on Facebook), and we can take care of the details from there! (Email: sukiecurtis@gmail.com)
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In the Garden, oil on canvas, 30″ x 24″ ©Sukie Curtis 2012 (SALE $1050)

Meanwhile, my paintings can also be seen at Yarmouth Frame and Gallery in Yarmouth, Maine; and at Ocean House Gallery and Frame in Cape Elizabeth, Maine! Both galleries currently feature a holiday show with a wide selection of work.

Here’s wishing you a joyful, peaceful, and colorful holiday season!

Sukie Curtis Fine Art Maine

Fruit on Striped Table, oil on canvas, 24″ x 24″ ©Sukie Curtis 2013 (SALE $1050)

 

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In the Garden

In the Garden

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On the Windowsill

On the Windowsill

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Sketch First; Paint Later

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“Last Sunflower, Red Barn,” oil on canvas, ©Sukie Curtis, 2014

Well, the barn was a small putty-colored garden shed, not a large, red barn!  And who knows if that was truly the last sunflower blooming in the Gardens at Tidewater Farm in Falmouth when I was there one afternoon last September.

But that’s the way I was inspired to go when I let my two quick, gestural plein air sketches suggest what to do in paint. And the painting shown above is the result.

Here’s a glimpse of the sketches, done sitting on the ground looking up at the sunflower against the garden shed. I drew with a thick graphite pencil and oil pastels.

Sunflower Sketch 2

Sunflower Sketch 2, 9.9.14 at Tidewater Farm

Sunflower Sketch 3

Sunflower Sketch 3, 9.9.14, at Tidewater Farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unlike the painting featured in my last blog post, this one happened rather quickly. I don’t remember much agony or self-doubt along the way, although it’s possible that I’m just not remembering that part!

This painting is one of two that will be on view and for sale next week at the Yarmouth Art Festival, at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Yarmouth, Maine, October 21 to 24. Come if you can!

 

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Paint Flowers; Marinate Three Years

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“Flower Piece (after Matisse),” oil on canvas, 14″ x 11″, ©Sukie Curtis 2015

In my life with paint, some paintings happen fast (perhaps in under an hour), but most do not. I often paint until I get stuck and don’t know what to do next.

That’s why my painting studio has all sorts and sizes of paintings leaning against each other and some hanging by push pins on the wall–just waiting until I decide to fiddle with them again, or perhaps to paint over one with a whole new painting.

Some paintings “marinate” that way for a long time. How long? Like, several months, or sometimes two or three or even four years!

The painting above started out as an “exercise” inspired by a Matisse painting on a calendar I had lying around. As I remember, I had set out to focus more on the values of the composition–the balance and rhythm of lights and darks in it–but very quickly, I was wrapped up in the colors without concern for values! (About the only way I know to get around that is to paint in shades of grey or of just blue, for instance, such is the power of color to seduce and derail my best intentions.)

In any case, back in 2011 or 2012 I abandoned this painting and let it occupy a very back burner for a very long time. Until something about it called to me earlier this summer.

Enough marinating! It’s time had come.

(This painting is currently at Yarmouth Frame and Gallery in Yarmouth, Maine, and it will be included in the Yarmouth Art Festival, October 21 – 24, at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Yarmouth, Maine. A catalog of the show is available on line.)

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Farmers Market Bouquets

Farmers Market Bouquets

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Flower Piece (after Matisse)

Flower Piece (after Matisse)

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Two June Haiku

Two June Haiku
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Peony in Cut Glass Vase, pen drawing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Such a long journey

round this peony blossom–

O tiny black ant!

 

 

Bucketlines

The Offending Bucket, pen drawing

My fault–this drumbeat!

Left the bucket upside-down,

And now it’s raining.

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The Offending Bucket

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Peony in cut glass vase

Peony in cut glass vase

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