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“The Girl with Silver Hands” in its latest incarnation.

“The Girl with Silver Hands” (a painting inspired by the “Handless Maiden” tale from the Brothers Grimm) is now appearing in its latest incarnation: gracing the cover of the soon-to-be-released scholarly study, Disability, Deformity, and Disease in the Grimms’ Fairy Tales by Ann Schmiesing. The book is published by Wayne State University Press and will be (more…)

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The Illustration Friday word of the week is journey.

“Journey” © Susan Sorrell Hill

Said so succinctly by these folks:

“The voyage of  discovery lies not in finding new landscapes but in having new eyes.”      ~Marcel Proust

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”      ~T. S. Eliot

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”        ~Anais Nin

(Quotes from True Work: The Sacred Dimention of Earning a Living by Justine Willis Toms and Michael Toms)

Hmmm…now where have you seen this image before? A double-fudge sundae to that person who realized quick-smart that it’s my blog’s logo. (And it has also graced the home page of my old Artspan.com site). It’s one of my personal favorites, and I’m pretty sure I’ve never shown it in its entirety  here on a blog post before.

SusanSorrellHill“Journey”   (watercolor, pen & ink, gouache, colored pencil)   “She journeyed with only a bird for company—destination uncertain but certainly assured.”

The original painting is available for purchase here.   Museum-quality prints (and the original too) are available here.

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“Untitled” from “The Emperor’s Pear Tree,” from an as yet unpublished folktale, © Susan Sorrell Hill

The Illustration Friday word of the week is repeat.

Have you ever been stuck in one of those no-win situations where the same unwanted (read: bad) results repeat over and over despite your well-intentioned and best efforts? Of course you have. It’s an all-too-human scenario that frequently—and maybe even necessarily?—precedes “learning,” that grand goal of Life. (more…)

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© Susan Sorrell Hill

© Susan Sorrell Hill

The Illustration Friday word of the week is fragile.

I had a close encounter with a yard waste bin today. Who knew those unwieldy, chest-high squarish things that weigh a ton when full could be lethal weapons in their own right? One moment I’m attempting to push an almost-full bin across a bumpy lawn and the next moment I’m on the ground feeling shocked and fragile with a wrenched and smashed knee, a banged head and (more…)

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© Susan Sorrell Hill

© Susan Sorrell Hill

The Illustration Friday word of the week is mask.

A young man in full early twenties regalia caught my eye as I drove through town yesterday. At a distance, I couldn’t tell if he was Thrift Store Aficionado or patron of Eco Hemp Hip, but it was clear that he was going through (if I remember my sociology correctly) the Ashes phase. His long hair, slouchy walk, and baggy, faded and layered clothing proclaimed his individuality as loudly as any bright T-shirt slogan or placard. The message was, “I am my own person now!” (more…)

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Artists often develop what might be called ‘a visual language.’ They become known for recognizable (but still often mysterious) symbols, and many also revisit ideas and subjects that continue to hold challenge and fascination. (more…)

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I’ve been thinking about that saying, “A picture’s worth a thousand words” lately.

Being relatively facile with the back and forth between left and right hemispheres, I do enjoy pairing imagery with thoughtful essays here on this blog. But since my posts have become so wordy—when originally the blog was intended as a showcase for my art—sometimes I wonder if my readers engage more with the words and merely glance at the art? Is the art being viewed as mere decoration for the words? I wonder too, if my essays are keeping readers engaged at the intellectual level, when my art’s intent is really to encourage people to make their own synaptic leaps of insight, without prompting. Pictures being worth thousands of words is a nice turn of phrase, but as an artist in this Information Age, I’m wondering if pictures (and to be more precise, my pictures) can still truly stand on their own, truly speak, without words to illuminate them?

I think I’ll try a little experiment: posting art sometimes with few or even no (gasp!) words to accompany it. Never fear, there are more essays in the works too. As always, your comments will be much appreciated!

Below are new prints (and their originals), now available in my Artspan shop’s Watercolor Gallery here. (Click Galleries, then Watercolor, then click the thumbnails link on that page to see all of the available images at once. Or just scroll through the image bar at your leisure.) You’ve seen a few of these images on this blog, but these have been professionally photographed now and look great!

All of the below images are watercolor, pen & ink, sometimes with a bit of colored pencil and/or gouache.

c. Susan Sorrell Hill

“Inner Wisdom, no. 2” c. Susan Sorrell Hill

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“Persona” c. Susan Sorrell Hill

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“The March Hare’s Nightmare” c. Susan Sorrell Hill

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“Bremen Town Musicians” c. Susan Sorrell Hill

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“The Blessing” c. Susan Sorrell Hill

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