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Susan Flint Rajkumar I have lived in India since 2005. I mingle with people of many different religions, skin colors, educational backgrounds, and life experiences. This diverse population gives me a lot to think about. Touched by my experiences here, I gladly share with you my impressions, memories, and lessons gleaned. In my early 50s, the course of my life changed by taking one online art class. Many things have changed, and how pleasing!

Browsing Archive: July, 2014

20 and 21 Paintings Completed: Is Painting Formulaic?

Posted by Susan Rena Rajkumar on Monday, July 21, 2014, In : Art 

These two panels were so much fun to paint. I couldn't contain myself from smiling and speaking out loud with positive exclamations. Last week I had watched three videos on how to paint clouds. One was in real time starting with the artist prepping the canvas until his completed version of clouds. Overall, it was about one hour, forty-five minutes. The other two videos were much shorter--fifteen minutes for one, and eight for the other. I watched them before bed, so as to go off into my dream...

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Moving Onward

Posted by Susan Rena Rajkumar on Saturday, July 19, 2014, In : Art 

Today I uploaded my three-panel artwork to my website. Yes, this is such a rewarding journey in so many ways. This brings my total up to 19 completed paintings out of 100. I won’t even speculate what it will be like when I have completed 50…Moving Onward!

Ancient art and folk art from different countries have definitely influenced me. Recently I was looking at photos of amphibians (doing research on poisonous critters from different countries) and noticed the beautiful patterns on the ...

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Skill Development

Posted by Susan Rena Rajkumar on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, In : Art 

Painting #15 Afternoon Garden, acrylic on plywood 6"X 8"

Painting #16 Sunflowers, acrylic on plywood 6"X 8"

“It’s the deep engagement that gives us results.” Per Bristow


Let’s talk skill development for a moment. When it comes to art, a practiced hand (or a relaxed and practiced hand) is noticeable to experienced art lovers and artists. Even no-so-experienced artists can tell or feel the difference. Yesterday I was practicing my pencil shading exercises, and noticed how I felt with ...

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More Paintings: 14 Completed Paintings

Posted by Susan Rena Rajkumar on Monday, July 14, 2014, In : Art 

 Painting #12 San Francisco Night Line

Painting # 13 Austrian Joy

Painting #14 Wallflower Wallpaper.

So much has happened since last Sunday. More paintings. I'm learning about good quality paints and the right materials, and I'm not so sure if I can get them all here in India. Last week my husband and I were at the market in Ooty, and found the art store--a shop keeper who knew what masking fluid was, and where to get it. Ahhhh...he also had fan brushes, but was recently out of them, telling me...

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3 New Paintings and Prepping for More

Posted by Susan Rena Rajkumar on Friday, July 11, 2014, In : Art 
Yesterday I completed three more new paintings. (Please see my "100 Paintings Challenge" page.) Well, I write completed, but who is to say when it is ever really complete? Maybe I learned what I needed to learn. On painting # 9, I learned a little about foreshortening the wings, about movement, and about using other colors (darker colors) for shadow.
Still, I'm practicing the new techniques, the surface treatments that I learned in the online class.
Currently I'm preparing more boards fo...
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Beginning to Paint "100 Bad Paintings" and Feeling Good

Posted by Susan Rena Rajkumar on Saturday, July 5, 2014, In : Art 

Noted for his emotional honesty, bold colors, and rough beauty in his art, Vincent van Gogh writes in his last letter to his brother, "[R]eal painters do not paint things as they are...They paint them as they themselves feel them to be." He was a man who was put through his paces in his personal life. Perhaps this is why I feel so akin to his work. He felt deeply, and showed it through his art.

What makes someone want to put a brush to a canvas? Over the past two decades, on occasion I’...

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