Friday, December 20, 2013

Harborview-Original Oil painting by North Carolina Artist Susan Scoggins

25x25 original oil on gallery wrapped canvas

Went back through some images of a trip I took several years ago through the Mediterranean.
Beautiful memories.  Not enough hours in the day to paint.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Happy Poppies-Representational Abstract by North Carolina Painter Sue Scoggins

Poppies Forever
18x18 original oil on gallery wrapped canvas.

Going back to happy, light hearted paintings for a while.  Loving the new free style.  Bold brush strokes and bright color.  Happy!  Happy!  Happy!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Green Chair in the Window-abstract floral by North Carolina artist Susan Scoggins

Chair in the Window
20x24 oil

Saw this chair in a magazine and thought of all the places it could live. Am having fun painting off the wall still life paintings.  Different style.  So much fun.  Please excuse the thumbprint in the upper left corner.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Artichoke from Whole Foods by North Carolina Artist, Sue Scoggins

Artichoke by Susan Scoggins
30x40 original oil on gallery wrapped canvas.

It took a while to get back in the groove after Thanksgiving break, but this artichoke is ready for the restaurant.  All we need now is a few herbs and some butter.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

How About an Artichoke from Whole Foods!

Call me crazy!There are so many cool things to paint~!  There are just not enough hours in the day.

While shopping at Whole Foods the other day, I couldn't help but pull out my iPhone. For you foodies out there, the produce was simply beautiful.  Here's the progress.

just the beginning!!!!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Some Volunteer Time - Charlotte's Web celebration at St. David's School by Sue Scoggins there has to be a little fun for the grandkids.  It was time for the second grade county fair at my grandson, Fletcher's, school.  The theme was Charlotte's Web.  YES!  This was my rendition of the cover of the Charlotte's Web movie jacket. Wilber and Charlotte!   Hey!  It was for a good cause.  Little ones need to see the value of a mammie who paints.
Wilber and Charlotte
(with Fletcher)

Friday, November 22, 2013

Green Glass Progress

A while back I was connecting in the DFW airport and spent a little time in the Hyatt lobby.  As I ran through the lounge area I saw this fabulous display of green glass and orchids with the light shining in  the windows.  I couldn't help but capture it.

This painting has sold three times and is now a new commission.  I thought it would be fun to share the progress.

Just a little tweaking yet to do.
Green Glass and Orchids.  36x36 Oil on gallery wrapped canvas.  SOLD

Thursday, November 7, 2013


Into the night, I've been painting these horses.  Not finished, but getting there.  The one if the front looks a little weak, while the one in the rear looks a bit strong.  Hmmm.  We'll see where it goes from here.  Stampede.  24x48  oil.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Took time off to treasure this new creation from the Master Creator.
My 6th grand baby.
First girl.

Monday, October 28, 2013


How cute in a powder room....

About a year ago, a friend of mine and I decided to set up a still life of random make-up items from her vanity.  The small paintings were quite labor intensive with lots of detail and tiny strokes.  Upon request this year, I was asked to paint them again.  This time....larger canvas and larger brushes.  Loads of fun!

Powder Room.  12x24 original oil gallery wrapped.  contact

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Why not two at a time?

12x24 and 15x15 Square.Original oils.  Gallery wrapped.  
Contact for info:

Sunday, October 20, 2013


When I was a little girl, I remember going on Sunday drives with my family to Big Bear Lake in Southern California.  Since I was a kid, I wasn't quite as enthusiastic as my parents were.  However, now, my memories are so fond of apple valley and the orchards.

Last weekend, while visiting Blowing Rock, North Carolina, those memories came back as I walked by the apple stands in the quaint little down town.

Here's the process of painting those memories...
I started with a 36x36 gallery wrapped canvas.

I began with a sketch in red over an orange toned canvas

Next. I loosely filled in areas with blocks of color

After that, I continued with a bit more detail, more color and contrast
To be continued......

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Painted Horses

Don't know if any of you readers know, but I'm heavily involved in the Alzheimer journey.  My husband was diagnosed in his early 50's.  He is living in a memory care facility now.  He is 65. I often get calls and emails from the newly diagnosed.  It stirred up such emotion in know the road they are about to travel.  More people are being diagnosed every day.  I'm angry and frustrated that not enough is being done to stop it.

                                            SOLD!  Stampede                  36x36 oil 
                                            contact artist:

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Breaking Free

North Carolina is known for their wild ponies on the outer banks.  Ever since I was a little girl, I had a love for those magnificent beasts.  Such unbridled power!  Such beauty.  I was so obsessed horses that when I was in seventh grade, I threatened to run away if I didn't get a horse for Christmas.  (It didn't work.)  I got a violin instead.  Go figure!

ANYWHO..... I've wanted to paint them for a long time but am just beginning to dabble.  I can't paint them unless I've got a lot of emotion welling up inside of me.  Breaking Free is the first of a series.
                                                        Breaking Free
                                                        30x40 gallery wrapped
                                                        Available at Tidewater Gallery
                                                        Swansboro, North Carolina

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Road to New Bern

Once a year, I host an art show and fundraiser for Alzheimer North Carolina.  Alzheimer's Disease is near and dear to my heart and nobody seems to take this dreaded disease seriously.  Honestly, I think most people are in denial of their own mortality.  Alzheimer's disease is one of the most dreaded diseases in that there is no cure and it is devastating in every way thinkable.  Emotionally, financially, mentally, physically, extended goes on for years and years.

My husband was diagnosed in his early 50's.  We are currently in our 14th year and he is now in the late stages.

                           Road to New Bern.  30x30 oil on gallery wrapped canvas. $850
                                     contact: Sue Scoggins at

This is the road to New Bern and I drive it 3 days a week to visit my husband.  I've driven it for 3 years.

"Road to New Bern"  is being exhibited and is up for sale at this year's fundraiser for Alzheimer's Disease.  Tomorrow night.  Thursday. October 10, 2013.  2016 Fairview Rd.  Raleigh, NC

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Oh Those WIldthangs!

Back to those North Carolina wildthangs.  It's been glorious weather!

Picking Wild Things  24x30 oil on canvas  $650

Afternoon Picks  24x30 oil on canvas  $650

Contact artist.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Loading Up for Dixon-Kirby Parade of Homes

Almost ready!  Only need to load the car.  Eighteen paintings are framed, wired, varnished and ready to be stacked for their ride to Raleigh.

For three years now, I've had the privilege of exhibiting my work in the Dixon/Kirby Parade Home. What a fine group of people to work with...not to mention the most FABULOUS show home in the entire United States.  COME!
Parade of Homes
Dixon Kirby Parade Home
2026 Fairview Rd.  Raleigh, NC
Oct.5/6, 12/13,19/20

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Life and Times of an Artist

For days now, I've been feverishly preparing for the Parade of Homes Tour in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Eighteen paintings.  Many large mantel pieces.  Here I am putting the varnish finish on several smaller ones.  Wiring.  Framing.  Details.  Details.

2026 Fairview Rd.  Raleigh, North Carolina
Oct. 5/6, 12/13,19/20

Monday, September 23, 2013

Back to Blogging

Ok.  Here I am...back to blogging after taking about a year off...don't know what happened.  I suppose I had my hands wrapped around brushes instead of typing on my MAC.  This time I hope to do a better job.  I might even try to post a video or two.  With that goes my first post.

There are so many things to paint.  I can hardly stand it...but in the spring and fall the wildflowers  along the highways are magnificent! ( courtesy of the NCDOT Wildflower program)  Those images and colors get stuck in my head and just have to come out.

Hillside Romp
36x36 gallery wrapped