Friday, May 30, 2014

Finished, I think! - a romantic floral seaside landscape by North Carolina painter, Sue Scoggins

Ok.  Call me crazy.  I began trying to work on this painting and turned on the most awesome music.
Began with Vivaldi's Concerto in A minor.  Now, seriously, in my years and years of HATING this piece...(I studied violin for 13 years) . It has now become by is engrained in my psychi...repetition...over and over.

So, as I painted this piece, I played Vivaldi's concerto over and over as I stroked little pieces of paint over and over.  It was so cathartic!  After about 3 hours and 20 repetitions, I said, "Self.  Stop!"  Went on to whatever was playing on my playlist.  Ended up with "In a Sentimental Mood" by John Coltrane.

Hope you like it!

30x40 original oil on gallery wrapped canvas.  $1200.   Sniff!
Contact if interested.

Wild Ones in the Midst- by North Carolina Painter, Sue Scoggins

SO, I've always got flowers on my mind. They just seem to be God's "pick-me-up".  These beautiful wildflowers bloom every year along the roadside at the base of the Emerald Isle bridge.  Not showing in the image is the surrounding coastal waters.  This 30x40 on gallery wrapped canvas is still a work in progress.    Will keep you posted.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

MORE PEONIES - another floral by North Carolina Artist Sue Scoggins

Since I was already painting peonies I decided...why not three?  This one I love because the red ink underneath is so intense.  My brush was going wild....I suppose I have a lot of emotional energy these days.  (Maybe I should ride a bike.  My nails wouldn't get near as stained.  And I'd burn a few more calories.)

 Peonies Uncut
24x30 original oil on gallery wrapped canvas

Monday, May 19, 2014

FOR A BABY'S ROOM - a floral from inks and oils by Susan Scoggins

Ok.  So my daughter brought in a freshly cut bouquet of peonies from her yard.  I watched as she fluffed up those blossoms in the glass and couldn't help but want to paint them.  I had promised her a square painting for our newest baby's room.  Here's for little miss Molly Kate.

Molly Katie

Thursday, May 15, 2014

TODAY'S ROSES! - a flower expression by North Carolina Artist Sue Scoggins

So, here's how I start. It begins with a friend who brought me roses from his garden.  I placed the jar of roses on my counter so that the back light bounced all through the jar and off the petals.  

I've fallen in love with INK!  (Trust me, it's all under my finger nails.)
The most fun thing is pouring ink, starting with the lightest color, yellow.  I use a HUGE pointed brush, full of water,  to manipulate the ink.  Then I pour an orange ink, then maybe some purple.  I love watching the ink take on a form of it's own and the petals of the roses just begin to appear.  The reason I love ink is that the pigment is so intense even though is it so fluid.  

Now, this one is ready to finish in oil.  We'll see how it turns out.  

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Flowers Everywehre - a floral explosion by North Carolina Artist Sue Scoggins

New Beginnings
30x40 original oil on canvas

Ok.  We've just about missed Spring and it's now SUMMER!!!!  I just can't stand thinking about life without flowers.  My daughter's house was exploding with fabulous bouquets a few weeks ago.  I had do take some shots and make them into memories!!!!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


Ok. So my client wanted a funky octopus for her bathroom.
Funky enough?  A pole dancing octopus with a drink in each hand.

Water Baby
20x20 original oil let have some whimsical underwater fun here.  

Sunday, May 11, 2014


36x36 original oil on canvas

Now that the commissions are over, I wanted to get back into some abstracts florals.
I love doing them...sloshing paint, layering and layering, then fine tuning.  These were the orchids on my table in my living room.  There's always something wonderful to paint if you just look for it.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Island Life

Island Life
20x24 original oil on canvas

This was a fun one for the islands around Emerald Isle and the outer banks. Always color popping out somewhere.  Love living here.

Friday, May 2, 2014


Ok.  Listening to Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra and the likes.  Romantic floral music to me.  I took a short break from the commissions and had flowers on the brain.  Actually, I threw a lot of inks on a couple of large canvases a few months ago.  It was time I did something with them.  Had orange and pink in my head.  Someone told me I painted so many different styles that I must have a lot of "people" in my head.  Kind of funny.  Seriously, just love capturing all the good that I see.

Leave All Worries Behind You
36x36 original oil

Thursday, May 1, 2014


Hmm.  Looks like two different artists.  Guess I'm still trying to figure out my style.  This will be a year of new beginnings once I complete this 6 painting commission.  The client has been very patient. 

Beaufort Waterfront
20x48 original oil

Finishing up these commissions.   The Beaufort waterfront that I was stretching the other day is now complete.  Just need a really warm day, so I can set it in my window and let the heat dry it.  Delivery time next week.  Yikes!

Outer Banks
18x36 original oil

Lest you think these paintings were painted in a day...think not.  The planning for these began in early March.  It's been two months from beginning to end.