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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

c. Susan Sorrell Hill

“Persona” c. Susan Sorrell Hill

c. Susan Sorrell Hill

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

c. Susan Sorrell Hill

“Bremen Town Musicians” c. Susan Sorrell Hill

c. Susan Sorrell Hill

“The Blessing” c. Susan Sorrell Hill

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"Persona" c. Susan Sorrell Hill

“Persona” c. Susan Sorrell Hill

The Illustration Friday word of the week is spirit.

‘Tis the season for gentle reminders and reassurances

Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. ❦ If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. ❦ Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. ❦ Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. ❦ Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. ❦ Strive to be happy.

This brilliant summation was written by the American writer, Max Ehrmann in 1927. Still works, yes?

SusanHillAs promised ages ago (and I’ll get better at this) — photos of the painting in progress:

“Persona”    (watercolor, pen & ink,gouache)      ❅❅ Prints and the original will be available at some point…

Traced down, inked, stretched and resist masque in place. Now for the watercolor washes...

Traced down, inked, stretched and resist masque in place. Now for the watercolor washes.

The first watercolor washes safely down and the resist masque removed.

The first watercolor washes safely down and the resist masque removed.

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