Monday, December 30, 2013

Sky on Fire

Sky On Fire
Oil on Gallery Canvas
The contrast of the dark to bright colors in nature always holds me. I love trying to capture this contrast in the studio. They are the best here in the Midwest when heavy storms roll in or at a winter sunset. The smog and pollution here in Cincinnati during the summer interferes with the intensity of the colors.

Enjoy Life

It Has An Expiration Date

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Early Morning Sunrise

The early morning sunrises during the winter are great up here on the hill. The bare trees allow the sunlight to come through.  Usually in the summer I don't get the morning sunlight until about 11:00.
The painting below is the first of at least two of this sunrise. The smaller trees that are in the foreground were cut down two weeks ago. I will miss them and the great shade they provided, but they had been infested with the Emerald Green Borer.  Nature is always changing and sometimes we humans help it along.  

Early Morning Sunrise
24 x30
Oil on Stretched Canvas

The painting above was finished early last week . It is done in oil and measures 24 by 30 inches. If you are interested in this new piece please contact the artist.

Enjoy Li fe

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Being Thankful, a colorful Sunrise by S'anna

This new painting is now hanging in the studio. I was able to complete it yesterday. Now that all the leaves are off the trees, this is what I see each morning when I wake-up. In the cold winter days, I usually get the bright oranges and pinks. Even on those days that turn cloudy, I usually have a few moments of color.

I am always thankful for whatever light and color we have. This time of the year has in the past, been hard on me. I'm one of those people that needs to have the drapes pulled back and as much sunlight as possible pouring in. This will be my first winter that I have not found myself in a classroom with no windows or two small windows opening up to stairwells. Not a lot of light for a person who needs a lot of it. I look forward to being in the studio with its wall of windows and working a new series of light and color filled winter scenes. I will be including at least on piece working with the light from a large full moon as well as a number of sunsets and sunrises.

Colorful image of a winter sunrise.
Oil on Stretched Canvas
18 x 24"
Being Thankful

I would love to hear from you and your response to the shorter days and less light of winter. What things do you do to hold you over till Spring?

Enjoy Life Now...

It Has An Expiration Date

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Thinking of Spring,a bright,colorful painting by S'anna


                                                            Spring Field
                                                               16 x 20
                                                           Oil on Canvas

As the first few snowflakes of winter fall, I am already wishing for those soft colors of spring. I can almost hear the bees as they buzz around the windflowers .Soon I'll start the seed catalog search for new plants for next spring.  In the meantime looking at the painting above will help take away the winter chill.

Till Later

Suzzanna Frank

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Life in Miniature, little gems of colorful paintings!

I was able to get to work on these little gems yesterday for a few hours. I love working with this tiny size,(2 x 3) inches. With such limited space your brush strokes need to be so specific and precise. 

These sunsets are new this year. I love the way the corals  and pinks play off against the blue. I will have to try a few more of these.

Till Later

Suzzanna Frank
Art By S'anna

Monday, October 7, 2013

Morning Joy.... A colorful painting of a Black Capped Chickadee

These little guys have been all over the feeder for the past few days. I can't seem to fill  it up fast enough.  With yesterday being a wash out as far as the weather was concerned, I focused on this and it's partner painting.

                  Morning  Joy.       

I love the way this little guy just seemed so full of life. I imagine that if I could sing,which I certainly can't, this is exactly how I would feel.

This is a 6x6 oil painting  on a Museum Quality Panel. 

It is available  for auction at Daily Paintworks. just click the button on the side bar.

Thanks for letting me visit with you

Suzzanna Frank

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Essex Artist Open House

So the weather report says rain and thunderstorms. Looking for a great indoor evening activity?

Stop by and check out the Essex Art Open House. Starts at 6:00 and runs till 11:00pm on both Friday and Saturday.

Essex Studios
2511 Essex Pl, Cincinnati, OH
Till later

Suzzanna Frank

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Happy Birthday

This little 5x5 painting is sitting in my studio on a little table where visitors can sign in for my Newsletter. I always have someone ask me about this painting during every show. This past Friday I got to talking with a lady about how I could design these little sweet gems using the birthday(persons) favorite color for the icing.This got me to thinking about how we celebrate birthdays. When I was a child, birthdays were pretty much a family affair. I was born in July, so that ruled out anything to do with school. As we age, birthdays often seem to get lost with all the rest of the mess.

    So Happy Birthday to everyone  who is lucky enough to be born during the month of October.In honor of your Birthday I will be giving away this cute 5x5 framed painting. Look for more information  at  : Art By S'anna just go to the sweepstakes button.

Enjoy Life Now...

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Monument Valley

Out of all the places we visited in the past two weeks, this has to be  one of my favorites. I'm not sure whether it was the vastness or the sheer beauty. Either way, I am ready to go back for another visit. 

This was taken in the afternoon when we first arrived, we were lucky enough to take a  jeep/truck ride out into the desert to get closer to the monuments.  When we returned in the evening, the sky was filled with more stars than I have ever seen before.

This was taken from our balcony at sunrise. The angle is different, but they are of the same monuments.  If you look very close you can see the road we took the evening before.

The sun is up and a new day had begun.  It wasn't long after this shot that we were on the road again.

These three monuments are in the first two paintings of our trip, Hopefully I'll be able to post them tomorrow.

Till later

Art by S'anna

Suzzanna Frank

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Arches National Park, a very wet day two!,

Dear Friend

Day Two

To was a soaker. The photo below shows what  we drove through to get to Arches National Park. The hope was for the rain to stop, not so lucky.

You can tell from the water fall that this arid desert region has had a lot of rain. The Colorado River is the lowest it has been in recorded history.  The locals we have spoke to ,tell us that they usually get about seven inches of rain a year, They already had gotten four early in the year. The last two days have certainly but them over the top.

This second picture is of one of the many waterfalls that are all over the rock formations. They are all flowing into the Colorado River which is certainly up.

Tomorrow we head for monument National Park after an early morning hike to Spruce Tree House in Mesa Verda.  Heavy storms and rain is predicted through Friday.  
Till later

Suzzanna Frank

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Travel Journaling, a Journey To The Southwest

Hello Friend,
I started a number of years ago to keep small journals of my trips and outings. At first I would  write down all the little things that I had done during the day. My first thought was , that is fine, but  really boring. I then started to look into ways to add a little extra into my journals. The obvious answer for me was to incorporate my art work. Problem solved! I just lugged around all my oils as I traveled from place to place. Ok, I hear you already, my kids lugged around all my oils and stuff. Adding paintings and photographs helped, but it just was'nt convenient. Fast forward to my upcoming Journey. I have been Introduced to the world of watercolor journaling. I find this to be easy and fun. You have to understand that watercolors are not a medium I am use to working in , but this summer has been fun. I have spent a few weeks becoming comfortable with this whole process. As I have worked with them,I have realized that the process of journaling doesn't require you to be an expert. The whole idea is to have fun on your Journey.

                                      Hardboard Watercolor Journal

This is one of the journals I have used this summer. I like that it is hard bound and that the paper is cut for a landscape. It is light weight, which makes it easy to carry around. I enjoyed working with it so much that in preparation for  my Journey to the Southwest I am giving away this journal. All you have to do is go to my Facebook Page; Art By S'anna and register. 

While your on my page go ahead and Join My List. so you  will receive all my 
upcoming specials from our Journey to the Southwest.

If you have a friend who needs some FUN in their lives, share this post and
 encourage them to have a  great time playing in the watercolors and traveling 
along with us to the Southwest---after all everybody needs a little fun.

Thank you for letting me visit you today, we're only 24 hours away from the beginning 
of our journey.

Suzzanna Frank

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Three Days Left

Hello Friends,

As we head out to the airport this Saturday my favorite watercolor set will be securely buried in my carry-on bag. A few years ago my children and I took a family journey to the outer banks. I was determined to paint while I was there,and in order to get around the airline restrictions on oil paints I ended up mailing most of my gear to myself. This is  such a fantastically easier way. This  little set measures only 5x2x1, but it truely is a powerhouse. The colors in this set are so rich and deep, just what I 'll need to capture the great reds, rusts and  blues of the American Southwest. 

Only three more days till we head out. I hope you are as excited as I am and  have signed-up for each days adventures. Just click the email button on the sidebar on my blog :

Thank you for letting me visit with you today.

Enjoy life now....

It Has An Expiration Date

Suzzanna Frank

PS. When I first started looking for this set, I had a little trouble finding it. For this reason I have it available on my blog at S'anna Recommends.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Journey Out West

The watercolors are packed along with a great new journal.  Already made the arrangements for transportation to the airport.  Final check on flight times and we'll be ready to go.  I've been checking on the. Temperature  in Moab, which is where we'll spend the first two days. At noon today the temp. Was 81F with a high expected to reach 90F. We'll spend our first night along the Colorado river, with a planned visit to Canyonlands National Park the next day.

I'll be posting photos and watercolor sketches of the days exciting activities. I hope you'll sign up for the daily blog post and newsletter. Just click email button on the right and you will be ready for our great Journey Out West

Thank you for letting me visit with you today. I hope you are as excited as I am about our upcoming journey.

Enjoy life now....

It Has An Expiration Date

Suzzanna Frank

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Along For The Journey

Tomorrow is the first day of September and for those of us here in Cincinnati, that means the fireworks display on the river. The great reds, yellows and oranges, exploding over head. I am always  in awe of this display, maybe that is why I love to paint natures fireworks display that is so vivid and bright in the Fall.  The painting below is my interpretation of natures evening fireworks display as the sun sets out my eighth floor studio window. This is the type of display I am looking forward too, as we head to the Canyons  of Utah. I hope you will join me on this trip. I'll be sharing photos and watercolor sketches of the days discoveries on my blog. I am sure, some of natures great works are waiting for us. Only six more days till we head out for our first stop; Denver.
To check whats happening at each stop, join us at:  I am so looking forward to sharing this great trip with you.

At by S'anna
Suzzanna Frank

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