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

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Chronicle of the Horse

The Chronicle of the Horse Art Gallery section / February 16, 2015

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Beth Rasin, President and Executive Editor of The Chronicle of the Horse magazine. She asked if she could feature my painting Final Approach in the Art Gallery section of her beautiful and informative magazine. This is the result. I feel so privileged to to be part of this excellent publication. Many thanks to Beth for her support of equine artists and for including my work in her magazine.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

A Question of Balance

A Question of Balance / 12 x 12 / Oil on canvas panel / SOLD
A rather lively wild hare!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Steeplechase Racing!

Untitled / oil on canvas panel / 12 x 16

Untitled / oil on canvas / 9 x 12

A few smaller works as I am trying to create a body of paintings for the smaller works gallery!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Fine Art Connoisseur

Ballerina #14 / oil on linen panel / 18x24

This is one of the paintings currently in my solo show at the Roux and Cyr International Art Gallery in Portland, Maine. I decided to post it here again as my work at the gallery was noticed by Jeffrey Carlson, editor of the Fine Art Connoisseur online magazine. Jeffrey wrote an amazing piece on his response to my ballerinas and included photos of several of the paintings that are currently in the show.

Jeffrey makes lyrical statements such as "Smolensky's paintings of ballerinas offer visual harmonies in a pastel palette of robin's egg blue, mauve, and rosy pinks. Not just the observed, but the felt reality, makes its presence known." 

This little article, written by a person unknown to me but who is a force in the contemporary art world, has affected me deeply. Perhaps I am reading more into it than I have any right to, but having him reflect and write about my work in such a personal way has nudged my inner spirit just a bit and infused it with a new found sense of surety that I have never felt before. Thank you, Mr. Jeffrey Carlson - I am indebted to you.

Here is the online link: Susan Smolensky-Fine Art Connoisseur

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Working on Titles and a BIG Thank You to Sandra!

Untitled / 12x12 / oil on canvas panel

Untitled / 12 x 16 / oil on masonite

Untitled / 8x10 / oil on canvas
Untitled /10x8 / oil on canvas
I am working on titles for a group of paintings that I am still working on. Titles are very important to me and I would like to have the titles reflect my ideas and thoughts about this project, giving it a sense of cohesion. Hopefully, I will get a chance to give this some thought in the coming weeks.

And a huge hug and very big thank you to my art blogging cyber friend Sandra Busby who paints absolutely sparkling glass and wonderfully emotive teddy bears! She was kind enough to feature my work in her bi-monthly newsletter with a link to my site. I am thrilled! Thank you so much, Sandra!