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Welcome to My India


Susan Flint Rajkumar I have lived in India for over a decade, and have called many other parts of this world my home. I mingle with people of many different religions, skin colors, educational backgrounds, and life experiences. And I am happy to call them my friends. At age fifty, I decided to change the course of my life by taking an art class. This has given me courage and inspiration to strive for the next half of my life, engaged in the unknown. I am a believer of the Good, and fight fiercely to maintain this in my life, to maintain wellness in all areas. My goal is to be healthy and productive in my upper years. My husband is a medical doctor who practices his traditional medicine along-side the western medical system. I write a blog, although I've felt limited with the things that I can write about at this time. For some time, I've been growing inside, making myself ready for a huge change. I believe that Good spiritual power heals, and I follow a very specific path to spiritual healing. This gives my life meaning.
Stay tuned in for our upcoming Sci-Fi book,  a cyber adventure that blends history with some wishful thinking!

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Fine Artist? Paintings and More Practice

Posted by Susan Rajkumar on Friday, June 17, 2016, In : Art 



My husband tells me that I'm no longer a beginning artist. So then why does my art look so amateur, with the strokes of a novice? Ok. Please don't answer that question. I've taken the path less traveled in terms of learning the art, and as they say, we usually are critical of our own work. My question is this: How do I get out of this slump?

I've been going through an "ugly art phase," which I confided to some friends about when they showed the preference for some journal pieces that I had ma...


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Art Summer Camp II

Posted by Susan Rena Rajkumar on Monday, October 12, 2015, In : Art 

A very brief re-cap on my life: I'm a newly converted artist. In June or July of last year, 2014, I began to paint. What sparked my enthusiasm were a number of events. I received the confidence from a Croatian spiritual man just by looking into his eyes. This may sound crazy, but each person can make h/er own conviction. Braco. This inspiration I received through his gazing sessions urged me to go out to a store and buy paint and paint brushes, and to take a painting class online. The second ...

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Art Summer Camp I

Posted by Susan Rena Rajkumar on Thursday, September 17, 2015, In : Art 
A very brief re-cap on my life: I'm a newly converted artist. In June or July of last year, 2014, I began to paint. What sparked my enthusiasm were a number of events. I received the confidence from a Croatian spiritual man just by looking into his eyes. This may sound crazy, but each person can make h/er own conviction. Braco. This inspiration I received through his gazing sessions urged me to go out to a store and buy paint and paint brushes, and to take a painting class online. The second ...

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New Art

Posted by Susan Rena Rajkumar on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, In : Art 


New art is coming through me again. Finally, like one of Ray Bradbury's poems about his muse stealing down his arm and coaxing him to write; a stirring has begun again inside. Bradbury writes, "I do not write/ the other me demands emergence constantly..." Ok. I wouldn't say that my muse is constantly coaxing me into doing art or writing, but lately I've been rather productive. 
Art and writing make me happy.
I've been following an art course called 21 Secrets, which has a lovely online commun...
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Oh, the "ugly art..."

Posted by Susan Rena Rajkumar on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, In : Art 

These paintings have been in my plain view for a week—I had struggled with the idea that they were ugly. Ok. I can't accept this thought, but that is the thought that I've been working with. Yes, I'm on a 100 Paintings Challenge to paint 100 paintings, and yes, some of them may be ugly. But they are ugly in a "bad 80's mass production" kind of way. I took sandpaper to them to smooth off the rough bumps, and I'm going to start again on them...refining my skill development. Promise.

In other...


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Skill Development Continues

Posted by Susan Rena Rajkumar on Sunday, October 19, 2014, In : Art 


Interestingly, I'm on a special path, being guided to learn art—or more specifically—painting. As some of you who read my last blog, I had mentioned how an art friend had suggested that I learn water color painting. Ok. I accepted this with some resistance, but soon gave to the “flow of the universe” and went with it. I started watching painting videos of experienced watercolor teachers. Many.

This week I decided that I wanted to overcome something from childhood. I remember my kind...


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Watercolors are in the house!

Posted by Susan Rena Rajkumar on Monday, October 13, 2014, In : Art 

Yes, I knew that it would eventually come down to this: watercolor painting is part of the “program” if I want to be an artist. Not that I've dreaded it. I've painted little pieces—1.5 X 3 inch tiny paintings. There is a resistance inside somewhere that I have to let go of if I want to “get with the program.” It's a little intimidating—so much water in watercolor—it's as if one has to be constantly aware of how much water is on the paper, and plan ahead with what one wants to do...
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Paintings 23, 24, and 25

Posted by Susan Rena Rajkumar on Monday, October 6, 2014, In : Art 

Raj and I went to a friend’s house for lunch recently. We had bumped into each other at the grocery store and she said to me, “I went to your blog to see your paintings.” When I heard this, I nearly fell over. How kind of her to take notice of something that is dear to me; that she actually mention it speaks volumes. Feedback of the positive kind when one is learning something sometimes takes its time to show up. And then the encouragement is the real jewel. “You really ought to kee...


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22nd Painting albeit Late

Posted by Susan Rena Rajkumar on Sunday, August 31, 2014, In : Art 

Life in motion begins today. What does that mean? Today I had some thoughts that set many ideas in motion—and gave me hope for the future. Sometimes we can be bogged down with “this reality,” and for me, it happens more as a feeling, as I try hard not to keep up with current international events. Sure, the information reaches me in one way or another as I am in this world, but keep my focus on the Divine, mostly.

A few days ago a friend asked when I was going to finish my 100 painting...


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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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