Artsy Fartsy Tuesday – J.Susan Cole Stone

Artsy Fartsy Tuesday – J.Susan Cole Stone

 Today’s Artsy Fartsy artist uses a variety of mediums, and paints a variety of subjects. This to me is the mark of a wonderful artist. Every medium, whether it’s water color, pen and ink, or colored pencil, is different to work with. And Susan has mastered all if these.
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 Look at the flow and movement in this great watercolor. Love it!!
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Or the texture and lines in this piece.
 Here is some information Susan sent me about herself, and her work.
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 J. Susan Cole Stone, grew up drawing and painting in New England and attended Paier School of Art in New Haven CT.   She had a studio in Westerly,  RI for over 30 years, relocating to Florida over three years ago.  Well-known for her attention to detail,  particularly in her architectural and wildlife  paintings.  Susan’s work is in private collections across the country and in such far-flung places such as Australia,  Italy and France. Susan is able to render a detailed and accurate architectural drawing or painting from life, from blueprints or even the concept sketched out on a napkin. Watercolor is her favorite medium followed closely by pen & ink and colored pencils.  She teaches classes in those mediums and perspective drawing as well as basic drawing.Artsy Fartsy TuesdayArtsy Fartsy TuesdayArtists’ Statement

A subject I often paint is houses, or bits of architectural detail of houses. But an abandoned house is something even more special to me.  While I am drawn to paint the interesting detail, the way the light reflects in a window or the way the shadow falls at a particular time of day, the thing that truly draws me in is that at some mysterious point in time, the last person walked out of this house, shut the door, walked away and no person has ever lived there again.  Why did that happen? What happened to cause this house to be abandoned?  No one lives there anymore.  There are no more celebrations, no births or deaths, no laughter, no tears, as there once was in this place.  For me, there is a sad poignancy to a house that has been left.  In time, it will crumble into the ground and disappear as well.  But there remains a spiritual quality to an abandoned house.  The people are gone, but they have left a part of themselves within its walls. The house tells us something of their stories.

Artsy Fartsy Tuesday

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Be sure to visit Susan’s Website to see all of her wonderful work.



Artsy Fartsy Tuesday – J.Susan Cole Stone — 22 Comments

  1. You are right, Susan’s work is exquisite. You are also right that it is rare to find an artist who is adept at working in a variety of mediums.

    When I was in High School I was a “Pre-Art” major. I was going to major in Art in college (changed my mind because I felt I wasn’t “good enough”) Anyway….my preferred medium is graphite or pen and ink. I am strange because I can NEVER work in color. How weird is that? Can’t paint for the life of me.

    The movement in the painting of the windows with the drapes is just beautiful. ALL of Susan’s work is gorgeous! Thank you for featuring her!

  2. !!!!! WOW!!!! What amazing talent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She captures the spirit as well as the form of the horses movement. Water color is not forgiving. The still life draws you in and fascinates you. The cat is my favorite; its a cute cozy warm picture. (I love cats) The variety she chooses is fantastic as well. Mary you did it again, showing us another pretty amazing artist.

  3. Beautiful! Watercolor is very difficult for me so I really appreciate the talent shown in these pieces. The first one is my favorite visually, the second is my favorite because of the way the watercolor wash came out, and the one of the twisted tree is my favorite because of the difficulty that must have been involved in getting that kind of detail from watercolor.

  4. I love that tree on the riverbank and the movement of the breeze blowing through those gauzy curtains…

    If you look at the photos momz posted for me today you can see I wore my Roxy necklace to the Expo and everyone I met loved it

  5. Hi All,
    Thanks all for taking a look at my work and especially for all the nice comments. To answer a few of your questions,the second painting is Malaysia, and the tree is a pen & ink with watercolor. Again, I appreciate all of the very nice compliments!

  6. Water colour is often a very under rated medium in art. It’s extremely difficult to use well, but J.Susan Cole Stone uses it with a simple mastery in these pieces. Not only that but wildlife art is often very tricky to get right. Our eyes know when an animal is painted badly, it seems to scream out at us. These are all very pleasing. Bravo to the artist.

  7. Absolutely gorgeous work! Watercolor painting can be very challenging, and these watercolors are just exquisite! Thank you for sharing the work of this wonderful artist!