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Hello, Happy New Year... 2015!   For the month of January I have accepted the challenge, presented by Leslie Saeta to paint 30 paintings in 30 days. To show up and paint daily is the point...to get going on new work and play.  I will post the thirty paintings on my  Daily Paintings page.  I am also working on a 48 x 48 so that might become more of a progress report to that work.  We will see.  I am a very show painter so this will present a push.....

I begin my paintings or collage work by painting out the white of the

canvas....with the color orange.  Orange is a favorite color and has a way of shining through the various layers.  I then create marks or lines using  oil pastel, pencil or charcoal to give direction.   This background seems to ground me.

I work intuitively responding to the color, texture and space of the canvas.  I experiment with the layers of  acrylic paint and glazes. Exposing and re-exposing these layers, using various tools and methods to apply and scape the paint onto the canvas, leads me onto a journey, a story...

When working on a collage I incorporate found objects, ephemera and various types of paper into the piece.

Often times it seems at though the brush is leading me...that the painting already exists and wants me to follow the course...to listen. 


My paintings are colorful abstracts. The work is my statement.  The interpretation is yours! 

Happy 2015! 

Susan Proehl

Susan Proehl    abstracts & collage