Archive for July, 2012

c. Susan Sorrell Hill

The Illustration Friday word of the week is lonely.

Have you ever walked in the forest alone, thinking with your mind, “I am lonely…,” but then suddenly felt in your heart the sweet fullness of existence?

“The Fullness of Existence”  (watercolor, pen & ink)

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c. Susan Sorrell Hill

The Illustration Friday word of the week is carry.

A neighbor dies, war breaks out, a town is flooded or flattened…the list of possible, painful events and situations is virtually endless, isn’t it? The big, positive events (marriage, birth of a child, completion of a major project, a big promotion or sale) can be just as unsettling and disruptive. Yet even with all of those things tugging at our heartstrings, attention spans and pocketbooks (did I mention the 3am panics?)…life does goes on. Eventually, we realize that these challenging things are part of the very definition of Life.

Wonder what kind of stress level you’re living with as ‘background noise?’ Check out the Holmes-Rahe Scale of significant events correlated to stress level. It’s very eye-opening…

It’s easy to get caught up in the big, dramatic moments, and forget that life is mostly comprised of the little things: making the bed, taking a walk, watering the garden, preparing dinner, giving our child or spouse a hug, doing the laundry. Life is mostly about the creative ability to carry on gracefully and mindfully, despite the dramatic ups and downs. Fortunately for those of us who are currently less-than-perfect, every moment is a chance to do Life a little better.

“The Trees Carry On”   (watercolor, pen and ink, gouache)

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Have you ever wished you could own one of my original paintings? Now you can…

I’m excited to announce the Grand Opening of my new Etsy shop, Aunt Soup! Here you will find original watercolors and other works on paper made by me, Susan Sorrell Hill (alias Aunt Soup), along with photos, informational tidbits about my working process, my studio…and another glimpse of life through the eyes of an artist.

If you’ve never been to the Etsy site, you’re missing something special: a vast collection of artists and craftspersons working in every conceivable medium and price range. It’s a feast for the eyes, and there are many ways to search and site tools to help you navigate through the deliciousness of it all…Gift Ideas, Category Searches, Member’s Curated Treasuries, Member’s Favorites, Newly Posted Items and Color Searches, just to name a few. There is always new work to be seen, and Etsy has made it very easy for collectors to browse and purchase directly from the maker, and get to know them as real people in the process. It’s a shopper’s paradise…and it’s also very easy to purchase that special item that’s caught your fancy!

Visit me and my work at Aunt Soup here.

(And yes, Aunt Soup is a family nickname from way back…)

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