"Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul." Vincent Van Gogh

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Roux & Cyr Gallery Grand Opening and Art Mash 8

Having just returned from a trip to California to help my daughter move into her new apartment in San Mateo, I was delighted to find so many nice comments on my previous post. Thank you to all who follow my blog and for so many generous and encouraging comments - they help keep me going for sure!

Today is a very exciting day for me as it is the grand opening of the new gallery in Portland, Maine. Susan Roux and her business partner Paul Cyr have worked so hard to make this venture a success and I have no doubt that it will exceed their expectations! All are invited to the opening festivities - please do stop by if you are in the area!

Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery / 48 Free Street / Portland, ME 04101

The gallery was recently featured in a wonderful blog post on the Portland Old Port blog site: http://www.portlandoldport.com/france-texas-roux-cyr-finds-fine-art-portland/


Lissa / oil on linen panel  / 18 x 14

This portrait of Lissa was painted from life last Sunday during open studio at the art museum. The model was Lissa who was costumed as a fairy with a garland of ribbons and pearls in her hair. During the sitting, she was reading a book about fairies so her eyes were downcast. I had great fun painting her brilliant red hair and all those white ribbons!

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  1. Susan! Yes! You are one very talented and so very skilled artist! I always knew that to be so true but now that I am taking portrait painting classes my knowing so has kicked up a huge notch!
    I so love your spontaneity! Your colors! The movement! The joy in every painting you make! My goal is to keep up with your wonderful posts!
    I think of you quite often while I am struggling so hard in class. You are a great inspiration! Keep on keeping on buddy!
    Your trying so hard portrait painting student!
    Michael

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    1. Michael, I think painting a good likeness while revealing and concealing some mysteries and with attention to character in a short time from a live model is one of the greatest challenges facing a painter. Whew! That was a mouthful! But no matter how great the challenge, facing it head on, trying over and over again, revealing your own artist soul as you paint - these are the things that lead to success. I am proud of you for going through the process and am certain of your success!

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    2. Okay Susan! I had the best portrait class ever! I thought of you and literally "faced the challenge head on, tried over and over again and this time paid ever so special attention to my artist's soul! I am so pleased with the results and the process! I will post soon! I completed two portraits in one session today using the same model! So thank you my dear art buddy! I so appreciate your support, wisdom, and inspiration!
      Michael

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    3. Michael! Michael! Michael! It makes me so happy to know that you are having fun and most especially, that you are pleased with your work! Isn't it a thrill when painting from life turns out wonderfully? I knew you would love it and I just knew you would excel. It takes boldness and fearlessness to paint from life - both attributes you have in copious amounts! I am also heartened to know that my words of support and encouragement stayed with you! : ) Isn't this virtual community of art buddies a fantastic thing?!

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  2. I love Lissa's pose and costume, Susan. Having their faces down slightly has always been a favorite for me...Wonderful colors as well! Congratulations on having your paintings displayed in Roux & Cyr's Art Gallery!!! I know it will be successful, Susan!!!!!

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    1. Oh, Hilda, I hope the gallery will be a success. I have such great hopes for it and for all the wonderful artists that are displayed there. It is an exciting adventure!

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  3. Bonjour ma chère Susan,
    J'ai pensé fort à toi hier. J'étais triste de ne pas pouvoir assister à cet heureux événement. Je suis certaine que ce fut un moment fascinant et qu'il adonné lieu à de belles rencontres.
    J'aurais aimé pouvoir aussi faire ta connaissance (en vrai !!)... Je suis certaine que ton art a fait sensation. Tu as un talent réel. Alors plein de choses pour toi chère amie...
    Ce dernier portrait est rempli de poésie et de douceur. Un véritable bonbon. La couleur de ses cheveux apporte une belle énergie qui éclate et à la fois renforce la grâce de son visage. une très jolie peinture.

    Je te fais de gros bisous et te souhaite une joyeuse fête des mamans. En France elles sont à l'honneur aujourd'hui.

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    1. Oh how I wish I could have been there as well - and most especially if we could have met on that happy day! I am so glad to hear that the opening was a great success. I am beginning to feel some confidence in painting portrait and figurative work from life - it is a very great benefit for me. Thank you for your kind words about this painting! And I hope thta Mother's Day in France was special for you!

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  4. Great portrait, the hair is so natural looking and I love the pose and all the colors you use for shadows ! Wishing you all the best for the exhibition !

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    1. Thank you, Jane - these Art Mash sessions with both the nude and costumed models have been such a great opportunity for me. It's a great privilege to have the resources to paint from life so often. I have learned so much from the experience. And thank you for your good wishes.

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  5. Lissa looks lost in a daydream. Lovely portrait! I missed the Roux & Cyr Gallery opening but will visit there next time I get to Portland. Looking forward to seeing your work "in person".

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    1. Thank you, Stephanie. Please do let me know if you are able to visit the gallery and what your thoughts are!

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  6. Such a wonderful portrait, Susan, I love her hair! All the best wishes for the exhibition!

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    1. Painting her hair and all those ribbons was the greatest challenge. I had no idea how to formally approach it so decided just to plunge ahead - sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn't!

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  7. I have to go to Portland! All the best to balerinas, hope they will quickly find new home.

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    1. I wish you could, Irina! And thank you for your support. I also hope those ballerinas find their way into good homes!

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  8. Love that background with the gorgeous treatment and color of her hair. Congratulations on the new venue!

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  9. That was a fantastic write-up in the Portland Old Port. I'd love to visit - really such a beautiful and welcoming look to the gallery! I hope the opening was a huge success!!!
    Kathryn

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    1. I thought it so wonderful that the reviewer mentioned me! Such a thrill when my work is surrounded by such stellar art. Thanks for taking the time to read it, Kathryn!

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  10. I wish you the very best of luck with your new venture! I am quite sure you will be a huge success with your unique and wonderful painting style! :0)

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  11. Mooi portret Susan, de linten in het kapsel zijn heel speciaal.
    Veel succes !
    groetjes,
    Simonne

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    1. I am so glad you like it Simonne!

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