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“Untitled” from “The Emperor’s Pear Tree,” from an as yet unpublished folktale, © Susan Sorrell Hill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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Dear friends, fans, collectors and fellow artists…

c. Susan Sorrell Hill

c. Susan Sorrell Hill

In favor of spending a lot more quality time in the studio, I’ve decided to close down my Facebook page and several other Social Media sites at the end of this month. This WordPress blog will change a bit too—and for the better! You’ll see more posts about works-in-progress, and about the inspirations and musings behind the paintings. I’ll also be letting readers know when there’s new work for sale in the Etsy shop.

If you’d like to stay abreast of any of those happenings, I invite you to follow along via the RSS feed button (in the right sidebar) to receive blog post updates in your email box.

To all of you who have visited me here and on Facebook (and especially to my current blog and Facebook followers), I thank you for your many comments and generous encouragement over the last several years. I look forward to more years of making, sharing and talking about creativity and Life with you!

In the meantime, I’d like to put this little quote out there as food for thought, relative to Marketing and the Social Media frenzy:

If you sit in the Silence, wherever it is your own will come to you. Sit right down in the middle of the woods and let them beat a pathway to your door, for what God sees in secret is rewarded openly. The state of consciousness that you are is made manifest.             Joel S. Goldsmith

“Untitled”  from my as-yet unpublished children’s book, “The Emperor’s Pear Tree”   (watercolor, gouache, pen & ink)

SusanSorrellHill 9/2014 update: Alas for my anti-social and anti-tech tendencies, the observation of traffic statistics in my shop and websites indicated that Facebook was a major source of visitors and a good way to disseminate news about my art. So, reluctantly, I  reinstated my Facebook presence. Aside from this blog, following me at Susan Sorrell Hill’s Art on Facebook will keep you abreast of what’s happening in my little neck of the art world. (I’m still spending more time in the studio and less time doing Social Media chores…and leaning even more on Joel S. Goldsmith’s advice above). Life is a work-in-progress, is it not? Thanks for stopping by!

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c. Susan Sorrell Hill

Recently, I was gifted with a new (to me), very fancy drawing table, and I splurged on a new drafting chair to go with it. Both are gorgeous…fine wood, beautiful design, excellent craftsmanship and high functionality. I was delighted, and couldn’t have asked for nicer studio furniture. My little “droid,” a small set of wooden drawers which hold some of my painting supplies, and my file cabinet fit neatly under the table. Perfect!

The table and chair sit squarely in the middle of my eleven-by-eleven foot studio. They definitely Take Up Their Space. And the longer I own them, the more certain I am: that table and that chair are secretly in collusion with identical purpose: to keep me firmly on the non-productive sidelines, preoccupied with admiring their Beauty and not daring to think that I could paint anything half so worthy of Their Perfection. I felt their effect immediately. How could they have become such fast friends and cohorts so quickly? I asked myself.

If you don’t see the connection between the art I’ve posted this week, and my sad story about the new residents (and their antics) in my studio, all I can say is, “Maybe you’ve never been visited by the dreaded Artist Block…” Lucky you.

“Untitled” (snowstorm scene from my unpublished book, The Emperor’s Pear Tree.)   watercolor, pen & ink, gouache

The Dastardly Duo

On an entirely different note…

In imitation of bloggers I admire, like Holly Ward Bimba over at Golly Bard and Julie Danielson over at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast: Why Stop at Six?, and to preserve some sanity in my ever-more-busy blogosphere, I’ve decided to begin answering my lovely commenters here on the blog, instead of in private emails. Of course, If you ask me very personal questions or want very personal answers, I will still continue to reply in an email if you’ve linked your address to the comment form. Thanks for understanding…and for leaving such lovely comments!

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c. Susan Sorrell Hill

Today the book dummy and manuscript for my author-illustrator middle grade storybook, “The Emperor’s Pear Tree,” wings its way toward the first wonderful publisher on my inquiry list. Five original paintings from this book project have also been entered in the Bologna Children’s Book Fair Illustrators Exhibition. (Jury results will be announced in January 2011). Told in the tradition of Eastern folktales and illustrated with luminous and detailed watercolors, “The Emperor’s Pear Tree” is the story of a young woman in search of a magic cure for her war-damaged husband.

Can you guess what the perfect fairy tale ending for both of these endeavors might be? I’m keeping my metaphorical fingers crossed…

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