This Week’s Ramblings

The weather has warmed up this week and I wanted to be outdoors. I drove a family member to get their second vaccination, took care of errands, and enjoyed the 60-70 degree weather.

It’s been a few days since I last posted an entry on my blog. I have a hard time posting my blog entry without a picture. They are still in my “to be review process” and I’m the bottle neck. My pictures have to be ready for public consumption. That’s the way my brain is wired. So, today’s post will be without pictures, but includes a brief summary about what’s been going on in my creative world. Yes, I’m struggling with this, but you’ve been warned. Hahaha!

Watercolor

A few weeks ago, a four sheet dot card arrived. What? It’s four 8.5″x11″ sheets of paper that contains 238 watercolor dots in total. I finally had the chance to “play” with all the colors. Then a thought came to me to do swatches of all the colors in my watercolor art journal. After two days of sitting outside in the beautiful weather, I was able to create swatches on my dot cards (4 sheets) and in my journal. Life is very good!

Graphite

I’m always looking for ways to reuse a product and of course how portable is the product when I want to create my artwork. I’ve been looking at clutch pencils or lead holders. That opened another rabbit hole for me. There are different size leads as in 2.0mm to 5.6mm. There are different manufacturers. Different lead holder styles and sizes. Of course different lead hardness. This research has been fun and I’m actually learning how to correctly pronounce the names of the manufacturers.

Pen and Ink

I did an adventurous thing earlier this year. I entered one of my pen and ink artworks in a sticker contest. I was invited by one of the owners of Pen Chalet to submit a piece he had seen on social media. Apparently, it was that good that it caught his eye. I was caught off guard and at the same time felt extremely blessed and elated. Someone enjoyed my artwork and thought it was something special.

This special artwork was created on a whim and I used the three exclusive fountain pen inks that were a collaboration between Pen Chalet and Robert Oster Signature Inks: Sedona Red, Monsoon Sky, and Saguaro Green. I thought it was only appropriate to create a piece of artwork that included some meaning behind the ink colors and their names.

Here’s the link to my original post about the special exclusive Robert Oster inks and my sketch: https://susiegstudio.com/2021/01/26/another-set-of-exclusive-inks-from-robert-oster/.

I will be back with expanded blog posts in each creative area and of course, with pictures!

My Boots

The only clothing-related purchase I made in the last year since you know what started was my first pair of duck boots. I saw this boot at my local discount shop and tried them on. I could not believe how comfortable they were. I bought them hoping they would keep my feet dry. Little did I know that I would end up wearing them through several snow systems and rain showers we were having. Yes! They’ve kept my feet nice and dry.

My special water boots!

My duck boots are actually called Sperry Saltwater boots. There’s a feature of this boot that I immediately fell in love with when I first saw them. The strings do not tie at the top of the boot. If you look closely at my sketch you can see the ends of the string are knotted and just sit loosely on each side of the boot. There is a zipper on the inside of the boot to help my foot get in and out. I just wear a thick pair of warm socks with my duck boot and that’s it!

Hubby and I had the chance to get away this past weekend and my duck boots came along with me. I wore them to a winery we were visiting and sure enough Hubby wanted to walk the winery grounds. I was happy that I came prepared and my feet were dry.

Naturally, I had to do a quick sketch of my duck boots!

My Rose Gold pen used to sketch my boots

The pen in my picture is made by Bonecrusher 7 Studios using a Rose Gold resin. I had filled this pen with Cocoa Shimmer. That’s the color you see on the top part of the boot with all the shimmers. For the shoe strings, I used Heart of Gold. For the bottom of the boot I used a combination of Saguaro Green and Melon Tea. I used Thunderstorm for the shadow of the boot along with a bit of Melon Tea to bring a bit of the boot color into the shadow.

I still have a few more sketches to share with you. Yes, I’ve been busy! My “creativity” is going full throttle. More sketching means more practice time for me and I can feel and see the improvements along the way. If I’m using my eraser, it means I’m removing extra lines and not a mistake. To me, that’s progress!

Pens: Bonecrusher 7 Studios in Rose Gold with Opus 88 Medium nib. (I swapped my nibs around and this Opus 88 was available in my nib unit box). TWSBI GOs with Stub 1.1.

Inks: Diamine Cocoa Shimmer. Robert Oster Heart of Gold, Melon Tea, Saguaro Green, and Thunderstorm.

Journal: Stillman & Birn Beta

My Blood Rose Ink Sketch

I mentioned in my previous post that my fave pink ink is Robert Oster Blood Rose. That bottle of ink resides in my favorite ink stand along with a few other Robert Oster ink colors like Schwarz Rose, Thunderstorm, Melon Tea, Great Southern Ocean, Dragon’s Night, Green at Night, Sydney Lavender, and Eucalyptus Leaf.

My friend “J” mentioned she recently received her bottle of Blood Rose. I had this beautiful ink waiting for me to place it back into my current ink rotation. That timing coincided with the upcoming Valentine’s weekend.

I started with a quick pencil sketch. I decided not to use my Platinum Carbon ink to create the outlines of the rose. It would have been too harsh looking plus I wanted to go for a softer looking rose. Glad I trusted my gut instinct on this one.

Applying the first layer of color to my pencil sketch.

In my mind, the thought of using this ink color came first. Second, came the pen and nib size. I knew it would be a TWSBI, but which one? My 580 in Rose was available, but it had a Fine nib. I dug deep in my “nibs & nib units” box and found a spare Stub 1.1. nib unit. Yes, you can unscrew the section from the body and swap your 580 nib units around.

Why did I choose a stub nib? I knew I was going to use my 580 for sketching. I needed a wide nib to cover the larger areas of the rose as well as a narrow line for the details.

Unfortunately, I do not have any “in process” pictures of my artwork. Once I start sketching, it’s hard for me to stop. My mind is in create mode and my happy thoughts just keep on going. Hahaha!

Adding and blending layers of color and water.

I slowly added more layers of color to the rose. I worked on the rose in sections or petals. This allowed the ink to dry completely before I start the next layer of color. At some point I took my kneaded eraser and gently dabbed at the pencil lines to remove them.

Can you see why I love this ink color?

I applied the last layer of color without water and you can see how well my rose shows off the shimmering particles along the edges.

In the future, you might see more of my artwork with this particular rose using different mediums. It’s from my favorite flower photo collection that I took several years ago. I think this would look lovely as a loose watercolor painting or in a colorful pastel piece of art. I can’t wait!

Special Note: I want to dedicate this rose sketch to “J” and for her tenacity, her wonderful & witty personality, and for being a special friend.

Pen: TWSBI Diamond 580AL Rose with Stub 1.1 nib

Ink: Robert Oster Shake ‘n Shimmy Blood Rose

Journal: Stillman & Birn Beta

My Palette Ink Cards (PIC) of Fountain Pen Ink Colors

I could literally have up to 15 TWSBI GOs filled with various ink colors at one time. Would I be able to remember all the colors I have inked in my pens? More than likely no. That’s why you will see the round Avery labels on my pens.

While my pens are labelled with the name of the ink and dabbled with a sample of the ink color, I still have to fall back on a color swatch or what I call my “cheat sheet” of colors.

I got this idea from when I used my watercolor palettes that I created with my tubes of watercolor paints. Again, similar issues when I looked at my palette and had a hard time identifying the color and what it might look like on my paper.

Here’s my sample swatches from my fountain pens that I used for my artwork. They are not just my TWSBI GOs, but also from my everyday writers (EDW) that I use daily. I’m using my Strathmore Series 500 Watercolor (cold press) paper conveniently sold precut into 5″x7″ pieces.

My PIC #1 shows my ink colors and their names

I’ve decided that when I’m adding a new color to my collection or filling up a pen with the ink, I will add a swatch on my palette card. As you can see I’ve had to expand my palette colors to a second card with a few of my latest ink acquisitions. Pretty soon I’ll be adding my current ink colors that I’ll bring into rotation over the next few months.

PIC #2: I have plenty of space to add more ink colors.

I prefer to use my Palette Ink Card or PIC when I’m sketching. I have a lot of blue and teal inks that sometimes I can’t remember if the color leans more towards blue or more towards green. I also have too many bottles of inks and there’s no way I can remember all my ink colors. That’s where this card comes in handy.

My round Avery labels that help identify my ink colors.

How do I create my mini ink swatches? I gently write vertical lines or downstrokes on the paper so it looks like a 1/4″ square. Before the ink dries, I take my water brush and paint the water over the 1/4″ square and gently pull the ink and water mix away from the square. Note: I try not to scratch the paper up with my pen which is why I suggested to do the lines gently. Otherwise you will have dark lines in the paper after applying the water. This takes a bit of practice.

My PIC is convenient and very portable to carry versus pulling out my Col-o-ring and searching through the gazillion ink swatch cards I have. I place my PIC in my art journal. I can see all my colors on my PIC and quickly decide what colors I will be using for my artwork.

I’m sure by the end of this year, my PIC will expand to over several sheets. Fingers crossed.

Note: I can see the chaos I created with these two cards. There’s no rhyme or reason to adding the colors to my PICs. I’m rethinking I need to break down the color range onto separate cards: blues/greens on one card, purples on another card, and reds/pinks on another. This might become a huge project where I can block a day or two and go through all my bottles of ink and create an organized PIC that make more sense in the long run. We’ll see what I end up doing.

Tips:

Strathmore paper (series 100-400) are known to be student grade paper. I found, for watercolor use, the Series 500 Premium paper is 100% cotton (140lb/300gm) and artist grade. I’m currently using a pack of 5″x7″ paper . I enjoy using their cold press paper for my pen and ink wash artwork. This paper holds up to the many layers of ink wash I create.

The next paper I enjoy using is Bee Paper 100% cotton water color paper. I used to find a pack of 25 in 5″x7″ size at Michael’s for a decent price. I no longer see that paper carried at my local shops. Like the Strathmore Series 500 paper, this Bee paper is great to use for testing and mixing colors and for quick sketches.

My go to artist-grade watercolor paper is Arches 9″x12″ cold press. I’m using up my pads of Arches paper and plan on buying the larger sheets of paper (22″x30″) and cutting them down to the size.

For my pen and ink artwork I like using the 5″x7″ size papers. For larger pieces of artwork, I will use my watercolors as I can easily paint larger swatches of colors versus trying to use my fountain pens to cover the larger areas.

For my fellow beginning artists and those in training, I highly recommend starting out with artist grade paper. There’s a huge difference in paper quality between student grade and artist grade paper. Learn to create on the good stuff and create good habits. Years ago, I had used student quality art supplies and it was hard to break the bad habits of using poor quality paper and I wondered why I had not shown any improvements in my art skills. Something to think about.

Benu Euphorias and My Pen and Ink Sketches

Here’s my tropical trio: Bora Bora, Tropical Voyage, and Big Wave

Some of you might remember I received my first Benu as a Christmas gift from my Hubby. I fell in love with the beautiful colors of my Bora Bora. The turquoise tropical blue color with silver and gold shimmering particles reminded me of the Caribbean. The medium nib writes smooth and wet and handles shimmering inks beautifully.

Edit: Here’s a tidbit of information. I was doing some research on Benu pens and found that the cap threads are square. So, naturally I unscrewed the cap from my Benu and took out my trusty loupe to see the threads on the body of the pen. Yes! I can see the squared off threads which would normally be rounded in most fountain pens. This square thread form shape has the lowest friction and it is hard to fabricate in a pen design. It’s also the most efficient thread form to screw a cap on.

Besides using my Benu for writing, I also enjoy using it as a tool to sketch with in my pen and ink wash artwork. That says a lot about this pen. I know I mentioned this before, but I could write for hours with this pen. Yes, it fits in my hand and has a nice long grip/section. It’s lightweight and sometimes I felt like I was holding a pencil. I naturally gravitated towards using it to sketch with.

My first Benu: Bora Bora

I sketched my first Benu using my fountain pen inks and a bit of iridescent watercolor to bring out the sparkles in my pen.

I was keeping an eye out for another Benu called Tropical Voyage and eventually added that one to my collection. Can you see a theme developing? There’s actually two themes: tropical pen names and the lovely shades of blue.

My second Benu: Tropical Voyage
My pen and ink version of my pen.
Here are the physical pens I used for my Tropical Voyage sketch.

In my art journal I now have a page devoted to my Benu artwork. I originally had planned to sketch my Everyday Writers or EDWs on this page, but my Euphorias were so colorful and beautiful it was inevitable to have a page dedicated to them.

As I was typing up a draft of this blog post, I received my third Euphoria. I was torn between the Big Wave and the glittering Vodka on the Rocks. I wanted to keep with my tropical theme. After much thought, I decided the Vodka was a bit over the top with all that glitter and too sparkly for me. Can you believe that? Too sparkly for me? Hahaha!

So here’s my Big Wave and all it’s beautiful shimmering tiny particles. It reminds me of a frothy shimmering surf. Be sure the click the arrows in the picture to see the slideshow.

Naturally, I had to do a quick sketch of my pen. I decided to do a test sketch to see how the ink colors and iridescent watercolors play together. I wanted to make sure I could capture the glittering frothy surf.

My quick practice pen and ink wash test sketch.

Here’s my writing samples from my Euphorias. All three are filled with shimmering inks.

My trio and writing samples and some gorgeous shimmering inks!

Here’s what the page from my art journal looks like:

My completed sketch of my Benu trios.

Here’s another picture to show off the glittering sparkles:

Sparkles!

My process of integrating my fountain pen inks and iridescent watercolor paints has greatly improved since my first Benu pen sketch. I do the initial sketch with my inks and let them dry completely. I add the iridescent color(s) and gently apply the sparkling wash over the areas. I try not to disturb the paper too much, otherwise I will lift the ink and move it around on the paper and get a mix of unwanted colors.

My palette of Daniel Smith Iridescent watercolors. This covers just about all the shimmering colors I need.

Bora Bora Sketch:

Pens used: Conklin Endura Abalone with JoWo Omniflex nib. Platinum Prefounte 05 Medium nib. TWSBI GOs with Stub 1.1 nibs

Inks used: Diamine Enchanted Ocean and Tropical Glow. Robert Oster Carbon Fire, Heart of Gold, and Thunderstorm.

Watercolor used: Daniel Smith Iridescent Pearl White and Aztec Gold

Tropical Voyage Sketch:

Pens used: Benu Euphorias Bora Bora and Tropical Voyage with Medium nibs. Conklin Duragraph Matte Black with Rainbow Trim Goulet Exclusive LE (JoWo Omniflex nib). Platinum Prefounte 05 Medium nib. TWSBI GOs with Stub 1.1 nibs

Inks used: Diamine Arabian Nights, Golden Ivy, and Tropical Glow. Robert Oster Sydney Lavender, Blue Moon, and Thunderstorm.

Big Wave Sketch:

Pens used: Benu Euphoria Big Wave with Medium nib. TWSBI GOs with Stub 1.1 nibs

Inks used: Diamine Starlit Sea. JHerbin Bleu de Minuit. Robert Oster Blue River, Carbon Fire, and Thunderstorm.

Watercolor: Daniel Smith Iridescent Pearl White and Pearl Shimmer

Journal: Stillman and Birn Zeta

My Writing Samples and Rhodia #16

Here are my 80 sheets of writing samples

I started my journey of documenting my pen, nib, and ink writing samples back in mid-August. Some of you might remember I was looking for a nice green shimmering ink to use for sketching. I had received so many wonderful suggestions and I finally selected Diamine Golden Ivy.

Documenting my Diamine Golden Ivy ink experience

Eventually, I used my writing sample to add and document my ink experiences. For example, if I had an issue with a shimmering ink it would most likely have happened on Day #2 (e.g. clogging the feed). Rarely would I have had a problem by Day #3. If I did, it would get documented along with a solution.

Over time, I expanded my writing samples to include descriptions of the ink color, my fountain pen, or some historical event that occurred. Every now and then, a sketch showed up along with my writing sample.

Now that I have accumulated roughly 80 sheets of paper, what will I do with all these writing samples? I’m thinking of putting them into a disc journal and use for future reference. I know a few of you will ask me about a certain shimmering ink or a specific fountain pen or a nib size and how it writes and I’ll be able to provide a writing sample and/or personal experiences.

Here’s my last sheet of paper from my Rhodia pad used for the lovely Jacques Herbin Vert Atlantide ink.

This ink will definitely stay in rotation. I can’t wait to use it with my Sparkle pen.

Now to go find another pad of paper to start the next journey!

Tip/Personal Experience:

I have several different Rhodia #16 paper pads that come with grids, dots, and of course blank. I prefer using the blank sheets of paper. Grids and dots distract me. Especially, if I don’t draw a straight line on a dot paper. You will see it! Hahaha! Using the blank paper lets me practice my handwriting. I’m not limited to writing small or writing large. The same with my sketches.

Quick Sketches

A quick sketch (pen and ink) in my Stalogy journal

It’s raining outside and so I had to turn on my natural light lamp to brighten my studio a bit. I do enjoy listening to the rain and the steady drops of water hitting the roof, trees and plants outside. It would be a great day to lounge and read some art books (to entertain my right brain) or go find my Raspberry Pi book (exercise my left brain) that I’ve misplaced. Will do that after this post.

I was sorting through some photos and thought this would be a good day for something art-related. Like share some sketches I’ve done over the past few weeks.

We had a special rose bush that was still blooming into late October. I had cut a few roses to bring into my studio. Who doesn’t like the sweet rose scent filling a room? Then I started to sketch

Here was the setup on my desk:

A rose sketch using graphite

Sometimes I will wander outside and do a quick sketch:

We have this tree that has an unusual trunk. Graphite.

It wasn’t until mid-summer of this year that I started using shimmering fountain pen inks. I was hooked. I did a few sketches with the shimmering ink and loved the results.

Can you see the shimmers in my pen and ink sketch?

Then I stumbled upon the world of metallic watercolor paints. Oh my! So grateful that Daniel Smith carried tubes and in such beautiful colors.

Here are three metallic colors I have layered on top of my regular watercolor painting. Cool, huh?

I am having too much fun! I have to be careful with the metallics and not go overboard or overwork my paintings.

Enjoy your day!

What Do I Use to Sketch With My Fountain Pen Inks?

As I started to accumulate bottles of fountain pen ink, it made sense for me to see if I could sketch with these inks. I started out using my Pilot Falcon and really enjoyed using the <SE> or Soft Extra Fine Nib as it could produce some extremely fine lines, tiny dots, and clever crosshatchings. That pen was fun to use, but I needed a pen that could cover larger areas with a few passes.

Pilot Falcon with <SE> Soft Extra Fine nib (14k/585 gold nib with rhodium plating). The nib itself is a work of art.

I started looking at TWSBIs. A friend of mine “M”, introduced me to her TWSBI GOs. Cool looking stubby pens. Lightweight with a spring-like plunger to fill with ink. Easy to clean. Just pump the plunger into a container of water and pump until the water runs out clear. The TWSBI GOs shown below are all Stub 1.1 nibs

Here are my travel pens. Three Pentel water brushes in different brush widths, several TWSBI GOs filled with different colored inks, and my favorite travel writing companion…Pilot Custom 823 in Amber with a Fine (14kt/585 gold) nib

As I was filling my TWSBIs I could see a problem developing. Which ink is in which pen? I had some Avery #5408 round labels that I used on my sample vials. Perfect. Another reuse for my labels. You can see in the above picture how I labeled each pen. Yes. They are all filled with Robert Oster Signature inks including my Pilot filled with Tokyo Blue Denim.

Here’s a few of my artwork from earlier this year:

Naturally, I had to draw a few of my fountain pens! Robert Oster inks: Thunderstorm, African Gold, Violet Crush, Whisper Red, Sydney Darling Harbour, and Bass Straight
Who doesn’t like blueberries? More Robert Oster ink colors: Tokyo Blue Denim, Jade, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Thunderstorm
A bottle of wine. Not the winery I worked at, but practiced sketching bottles of wine. Robert Oster inks: Thunderstorm, Blue Black, African Gold. Franklin-Christoph ink: Black Cherry

Basically, I draw with my fountain pens. For darker areas, I draw a few lines together. I take my Pentel water brush and lightly apply/paint over the lines. I let the ink do it’s own thing on my paper. I only need one swipe with my brush and not overwork the area too much. Really dark areas I leave the ink alone. I let my paper be the highlights. So no ink or water in the highlights. You can see this in my blueberry picture above.

To make the objects more grounded (not floating on the paper), I used the object’s color(s) and a bit of Thunderstorm. One or two swipes with the water brush and I let the colors mingle together. Let the colors do their thing.

One thing to note about water brushes. Water remains on the bristle. There are times when I do not want too much water on my image/object. I will take my brush and run it over a paper towel once or twice and then apply my brush on the object.

I will mention that drawing with pen & ink and applying water washes to the image takes some practice and patience. I have had many fun mistakes and surprises appear and learned to just go with it.

What’s the best part of this fun adventure? I get to use up my fountain pen inks and enjoy the colors.

Today’s Tip: Avery #5408 round labels – used for labeling the sample ink vials and for labeling pens.

Warm Thoughts for a Cold Morning

I am up early as usual. Before the crack of dawn. It’s a lovely 26 degrees outside. I have coffee in hand and I’m ready to start off our day with some artwork.

I have to caution you, my reader. I am all over the place with my hobbies. Everyday, I get to play with my fountains pens and inks. I am always writing about something. Writing out tasks in my daily journal. Writing about my fountain pen/ink experiences in another journal. Creating writing samples to share on social media. There is something wonderful about putting a beautiful nib with beautiful flowing ink onto a blank page or sheet of paper. Sigh!

I have days when I want to play with my watercolors. Or I have a need to sew a few masks. I have my tools within an arms reach and when the mood hits me I’m ready to go.

One day. Over the summer. I picked up my graphite pencils and drew this shell:

A sketch of a shell that Hubs and I found on a beach in Antigua. Faber-Castell Graphite Aquarelle

It only took a few years to get enough nerve and several attempts to draw a shell. From a picture. From memory, as well. The ridges. The shiny and smooth edges. The shadows. All those curves.

I squinted a lot when I created this sketch. My mind likes to play games. When I see something I immediately see all the beautiful colors and then scratch my head to figure out how put this on paper. Using a pencil.

I started with a quick gesture sketch to get the outline of the shape and placement using an HB pencil. I like using my Pentel Energize retractable pencil with a .7 lead. I have several of these scattered around my house. It feels good in my hand.

You can see from my sketch there appears to be some light washes over the shell. I used my Faber-Castell Graphite Aquarelle pencils to create the various shadings and lines. I took my damp watercolor brush and applied a bit of water to soften the lines and also to create the pools of dark color for the shading. While squinting all the way.

A few years ago, I had an art friend look at my sketches. He mentioned that I needed to be bold and go darker with my pencils. Make the artwork…pop! Hahaha! I’m still working on it.

I learned a valuable tip in my charcoal class I took two years ago. Do not erase my initial lines until I’m happy with placement, shape, and composition. I could not figure out when I tried to draw two same size ovals, one would be wonky. I would erase the bad oval and try again. Same wonky oval would appear. Erase. Draw. Another wonky oval. My teacher said to leave the wonky oval and sketch over it. Now, erase the bad lines. A second oval appeared. My light bulb moment.

Enjoy your day!

I’m Back! With a New Name!

I’ve just realized that I was not blogging at 2BArtist for the last two years.  Where have I been?  Well, I’ve been busy nurturing my creative hobbies.  Most of them.  I have accomplished so much more with my artwork.  I’ve also added pen and ink as one of my drawing mediums.  I’ll save that for a future post.

So what are my other creative hobbies?  Let’s see.  There’s knitting.  Oh and sewing.  Photography.  Well, photography goes hand-in-hand with everything I see and do.  I’m sure there’s some others I’m missing or not doing currently.

In the past, there were times I wanted to write/share about something creative I was doing, but I felt restricted because this site was used for drawing, sketching, and painting as you can see from my previous posts.  Plus my name, 2BArtist, was developed years ago when I was just starting out…dabbling in different mediums.  I felt like I’ve matured since then.

It was pretty clear to me last week that I needed to make some changes.  It started when I was organizing and cleaning out my office.  That’s what happens when I have all the time in the world and not working (because the winery has cut back).  Oh and not feeling guilty for not working.  I guess I had an epiphany and I knew it was time to start over.  Reset.  Turn over a new leaf.  Get rid of all those years of clutter.  Stop moving things around.  Start letting go of “stuff” I no longer needed.

At one point during the cleaning, I stopped calling my room “my office” or “my hobby room” and started calling it “my studio”.  Saying those words gave me more motivation, more direction, and well more creative juices.

So what’s new?  I did some poking around here on WordPress and found that I could rename my site from 2BArtist to SusieGStudio.  It took a few minutes for the change to take affect.  At one point I thought all my pictures had disappeared.  Patience was needed.  After a few more minutes and several refreshes my pictures came back.  Whew!  I still have a bit more tweaking to do to make it more functional, but for now…I’m back!

So now, I will be sharing my creative experiences and adventures with you.  There are no longer any self-imposed restrictions or limitations that I put on myself.  I’m ready to write and blog again.  Because life is very good!

Welcome to my new SusieG Studio!