Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
but i'm glad it's over, as nice as it was. and i made some new things.
this little painting is called "pork"
it is approximately 5" square (13cm), and is mixed media and found objects on a wood panel.
you can find it for sale here
mixed media and found objects on wood panel
approx 4.5" square (including beads)
you can find this for sale here
i have more of these small ones in the works. i hope i can show them to you soon :)
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Thursday, December 03, 2009
this little painting is called "damaged"
it's approximately 5.25" square on a wood panel.
signed (very tiny) on the front. (the watermark is not on the image)
felt is adhered to the back, as well as a sawtooth hanger.
it is ready to hang!!!
it is for sale in my etsy shop SusanMoloney
i found this little doll in an antique shop. i fell in love with her. she looked so sad and helpless there in the case.
when i asked the woman to open the case so i could have a better look, she said,"oh, i'm afraid her eyes are gone."
i said, "i know. i want her, please."
we're all a little damaged, aren't we?
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Thursday, October 01, 2009
but now that i've looked at the photo for so long, i don't feel like this is a "new" painting. but it is.
i just finished it.
so, here it is, anyway.
i hope you like it :)
i used a larger photo so that you could see the details. the figure, the clothes line, and all of the dresses are raised off the panel so they cast shadows.
here is an angle view...maybe it helps to see.
and a detail of the grass...
i have to show you this because i cut out and glued every single teeny tiny triangle on there, and it can't be all for not anybody being able to see it! lol!!!!
i don't think i will be using teeny tiny triangles again any time soon.
so that's that.
i've had a bad cold all week, but i'm really trying to continue working so i can submit these into a contest, type thing...
i have one more to go. they are looking for 10 images...
but i think i will still make more.
thanks for looking!!!!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
i have some new paintings i wanted to post, and i'm working on a few more that will be finished soon!!!
so here goes....
about 24" square. mixed media and found objects on wood panel.
the little plane in the left upper corner is a little metal toy matchbox plane, and the number 3 is metal. it's a real feather, and a real fear of heights! (i also was considering whether or not a fear of heights could be related to a fear of success...maybe in a jungian world? dunno.)
mixed media and found objects on wood panel. approx. 12" square.
i was so giddy about finding the strong man card. and he was number 3!!!
and the scale has a small 3 in the middle of the star.
the little weight hanging from the scale is a fishing weight that i stole from my dad's boat ;)
stay tuned...more soon!
Sunday, August 09, 2009
this one is crazy!!!
we just got back home from being at the boat.
it's a pretty far drive, plus we took back roads. that takes even longer...
dougal, my hero dog, was with us.
when we got home, we were all in the back yard.
i was inspecting these strange purple flowers that i did not plant and was wondering how they got there...
the boy was standing there with me.
the husband had just come outside and the dog was up there by him.
two squirrels were in our big oak tree, chasing each other.
they seemed to be fighting.
dougal was chasing them around the tree, and the husband was trying to throw things near them to snap them out of it, cause you know when squirrels are chasing each other, they are completely unaware of everything and anyone around them.
the squirrels went up further into the tree, and across to the next door neighbor's tree.
the one squirrel knocked the other one from a sturdy branch down below to just some leaves.
the unfortunate one was hanging onto the leaves for dear life.
the tougher squirrel dove down onto the leaf squirrel and knocked him further down, again onto more leaves.
the leaf squirrel lost his grip and fell head first onto our fence.
of course, he couldn't have fallen into the neighbor's yard, but he fell right into ours.
all woozy, he tried to slip under the fence, away from the eager jaws of my murdering dog.
not quick enough though...
dougal got him.
the squirrel struggled and was swatting at dougal's face, but dougal went right in for the belly.
he got him good. and squeezed.
i was freaking out and shouting at the husband to get the dog away from it.
i was afraid it would bite him or something and who knows if he has any diseases or whatever...
finally, the husband got dougal away.
the squirrel was there on the ground gasping for air.
i'm sure he's dead.
i know, i hate them, but...
that was SO disturbing.
(and of course i had to share it with you :P )
and once again, i skeeve my dog.
can you disinfect a dog???
Friday, August 07, 2009
i am TERRIFIED of squirrels.
to the point of it being ridiculous.
well, there was squirrel drama here today!
the boy threw a jar of peanut butter in the recycling bin with no lid. and of course there was still peanut butter in it...
so i'm sitting out there and i hear all this rustling around, and the squirrel is IN the bin with his head IN the peanut butter jar.
i went over (terrified, of course) and tried to scare him away.
he was not deterred.
dougal (my loyal pooch) was inside demanding to come out so that he could protect me from all squirrel evil.
he chased him over the fence, but the squirrel stood at the other side of the fence antagonizing him. even went so far as to climb to the top of the fence above dougal's head.
(that's the divil there. and me shooting from INSIDE thru the window)
while dougal distracted the evil one, i put a lid on the bin with a brick on it.
i brought dougal inside. (he was making a lot of noise)
the squirrel came back a few times, all annoyed about the lid and the brick.
Monday, August 03, 2009
for a while there, i was seeing them everywhere.
there is a 3 deficiency.
i made my son go with me, and we drove an hour to this place called adamstown? pa.
i assure you, there isn't a 3 in the town.
all was well though.
there were TONS of antique shops and we probably only went through 4 of them (they were BIG) in a span of 6 hours.
i heard the most stupid person in the world in one of these places.
he told his 2 daughters that "nothing in this world is free, and if it is, it isn't worth having."
i bit my tongue so as not to say anything outloud, but i'm sure something slipped out in a mutter...
so we are all pooped out and head home.
my car started acting funny and the temperature gage was going up and up and up :(
it had that funny anti-freeze smell too!
we rang my husband who told us to TURN THE HEAT ON!!! and it might go down.
well, it's 90+ degrees out there today!
but we did, and sure enough the temp went down a little...
and we made it home.
now i am 3less and carless...
and very hot.
Sunday, August 02, 2009
new painting. just finished the frame this morning.
it's mixed media and found objects on a wooden panel.
about 16.5" square.
i really have room for improvement on my carpenter skills :P
i must have redid that frame 3 times!
it's always the frame that gives me trouble :(
anyway, hope you like!!!
yesterday, we went to a town called bethlehem, pa.
i had wanted to check out this place...
the banana factory...
the banana factory is an art center. there are artists studios, galleries, classrooms, a big glassblowing workshop...
i had heard about it a while ago, and was interested in seeing it...so off we went...
(it's always good to have a destination...) it was a great atmosphere. i really wish there was a place like that closer to where i live...
the best thing about going places on the motorbike is that we go all around on back roads and see things and places that we wouldn't normally see driving in the car on a highway.
(it also takes a LOT longer to get places this way...but that is the fun of it ;) )
we found an architectural salvage place that we stopped in.
it was like a big old barn FULL of all sorts of cool stuff!
i got a couple of small things, but really, it was sort of expensive there.
we also stopped at this "antiques and oddities" shop.
i got a few things there too!
i have to be really selective and buy small things to travel with, which is sometimes a bummer when i see something really cool! and i always swear i will go back to get it in the car. haha.
bethlehem is a way bigger town/city than i thought!
it seems to be split by a river in half.
there is a big steel mill there that closed down. it is still standing there...and it is GINORMOUS!!! but they put a casino in it? or somehow made part of it a casino.
we just drove past, and i wasn't able to get a photo...
but we'll go back.
here's a link to some really nice photos of it though...
shaun o'boyle photos
musikfest was going on there, which seemed to take over the entire town!!!
people everywhere, tents, music, jugglers, food, everything...
i don't know what i was thinking, but i didn't take many photos this trip at all, and the ones that i did aren't very good :(
the one thing i keep thinking about from this trip was when we stopped to eat our packed lunch in the park, there were 3 homeless guys sitting just down a little from us.
the one came over to us to ask my husband for a cigarette.
he had been drinking (everyone seemed to be with the musikfest there)
he seemed to think we were homeless too.
he invited us up to this spot in the mountains where there were "others" and we'd be "safe"
i thought this was really lovely, and i never had an invitation like that before
(but, to be honest, i was wondering what the state of us was like for him to think we were homeless)
he also thought i was 22 years old :D
maybe it was the drink ;)
he went back to his friends and came back a few minutes later to give me a little bottle of shampoo.
said so i could wash my hair.
that i gotta keep my hair clean.
i felt sorta bad taking his shampoo, but we were a little, erm, short for words here...
and he seemed so happy to be giving it to me.
he was telling my husband that he was unemployed and all of that...
which made me feel bad thinking of all of the people that worked at the steel mill before and now were out of work.
i hope they are safe up there. very nice fellas...
i'm thinking now...where to go next?
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
i went over to him, and he was still breathing.
my son, who loves all animals and birds, was very anxious.
he had to leave for the bus, and said to me, "mom! you have to do SOMETHING!!!"
i was worried cause our not so nice neighbors have a cat who likes to hang out on our porch (i sometimes wonder if they feed him...)
i didn't know what to do.
i mean, i like animals and birds and wildlife stuff, but to actually handle one? i'm a big chicken.
so i sat and sat and sat there with this poor bird.
i finally decided i had to do something ELSE, so i called my dog's vet.
they gave me a phone number to a wild bird rescue lady.
i had to leave a message and wait.
in the meantime, i went in to get a box in case i had to bring the bird in.
when i came back, the bird had perked up a little...
now, here comes the part where i'm a weirdo.
i had been working on some paintings where i was using a bird (or feathers) to symbolize...well, sort of me. but NOT flying. like i'm stuck here.
so in my head, i had to save this bird...or else i might be stuck forever!
it was too coincidental that it was happening RIGHT THEN.
(my husband thinks i'm a complete nutter)
the lady rang back and told me to put the bird in the box and bring him in.
i was really scared to pick him up.
we have friends who own birds, and i like them and i will hold them, but they are not wild birds, ya know?
my knees were knocking and everything...
but i did it!
i brought him in and i rang back in a couple of days to see how he was getting on.
she said he was doing much better and eating and everything on his own.
that made me really happy :D
she also said that they try to find their way back to where they came from.
so, again, being a weirdo, i imagine this robin to be the same robin who built a nest in our big oak tree, and sits and looks at me in the mornings when i'm having my coffee.
(my husband thinks i have completely lost it.)
it's sometimes nice to pretend :)
not a great pic, but this is the nest...
yesterday, i found a bluejay feather on the ground.
i was thinking on putting it in my new painting.
this morning, having my coffee out back, i heard all of this rustling in the tree.
the robin was chasing the bluejay away from it's nest.
that bluejay was relentless.
i sat there for ages watching. i even tried to scare the bluejay away myself.
just then, the daddy robin came and teamed up with the mommy robin, and the bluejay flew away.
cheers for the robins!!!!
anyway, i will still use the bluejay feather because it now means something completely new to me.
it may be even better!
Monday, July 13, 2009
Originally uploaded by susarto
my dad has had a boat forever. well, at least well over 40 years. which makes it older than me. which means that i pretty much grew up on that boat. i love to go down there! i am a "boater girl".
this weekend, i was down there looking for some good finds around where they fix all the boats, and i was noticing all of the textures and colours on the bottoms of the boats that are naturally made by the water, sea life, time...
i think they look like paintings :)
see more here
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Originally uploaded by susarto
i finally finished this!!!
it's taken me forever, but it was something i had to make.
it was a huge challenge working with so many different materials, but it was really fun to do!
i hope you like it :)
you can see more details in this photo set: capture set
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
it must be a long time i've been making these because it seems i have thousands of photographs of them.
i made a little weirdo movie of weirdos i made over the last couple of years.
i've been on a movie kick lately... ;)
music by: the cure - perfect girl
Originally uploaded by susarto
jeez, i haven't blogged in an age.
i have been up to some new things :)
recently i went to an old barn that was full of stuff.
as a barter, the lady who owns the barn let me take pretty much whatever i wanted :D
this was a happy day!!!
i've been using some of the stuff already.
also, recently, i've been going on motorbike rides with my husband.
we try to find off the beaten path places, and back roads all the way!
i've seen some pretty cool things!!!
here's a little video of our 4th of july cruise...
last week or so, i was on the lookout for bird feathers for a project i've been working on...
i made a little video of that too ;)
it was a pretty cool place. that is, if you like birds...
i don't think i've ever seen so many different kinds of birds all in one place before.
i guess that's all i'll say for now...i have more...i'll blog again soon.
i'll try to be a better blogger...well, i always say that...but i really mean it ;)
Friday, February 27, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
i collected my husband and kid and we went for a ride out to lambertville, nj which is not too far from us and only over the bridge from new hope, pa. it's really lovely out that way, and they are both quaint little towns for shopping and gallery browsing.
however, i had a mission...a new adventure!
lambertville high school was erected in 1854. there was a fire there in 1926, which is rumored to have killed 150 students. i still have to find out how true that is...
there was another fire not sure when. there are different stories, but maybe sometime in the 70's. i'm also not sure when, exactly, it was abandoned.
it is featured in the book weird n.j..
there is a lot of talk of hauntings and creepy things, including some really cool chalkboard paintings (engravings?) these are from the weird n.j. link. i've read that they were spray painted on (why???). we didn't find them while we were there, unfortunately. maybe they are gone?
so, we went. the place seems to have gotten worse since what i had investigated online, and it did not seem safe enough to go inside anywhere...especially with my kid in tow (even though he is now bigger than me), i didn't want to risk it.
but it was a great time and it was fun looking around.
we took a lot of pics and some video.
afterward, we parked over in the cute little town of lambertville and decided to have a walk down by the canal. there is the deleware river that separates lambertville from new hope pa, and each town has a canal. mules used to pull barges through there...
i had been along the canal many times in new hope, but never in lambertville, and to my happy surprize, i looked up to see this!
i was so excited! i had to get over to the other side. but because my husband wouldn't dream of walking all the way back to cross over the regular bridge, we walked on to the old train bridge ahead. we were getting over there no matter what!
seeing that the train tracks were so overgrown from the other side, that bridge hasn't been used for a gazillion years!!!! it was sooo scary walking over it. some of the planks were missing and little scraps of wood that someone nailed down were all we had to walk on...that, or the rails themselves, but i would have surely fallen.
i squeezed the bejeezus out of my husband's poor hand while my son skipped over the thing without a fear in him.
i made it!!!
and we investigated the old train.
this was the side we could see from the other side of the canal...
then we went around...
it was all colourful and bright!
there was absolutely nothing inside except for a few empty paint cans and paint splattered on the walls like some bad 80's t-shirt. jackson pollack style...
what a great day!
i wonder what's next!?!
i have found a new interest and something to do that doesn't involve me always being in the basement! about time for me! haha...
a few weeks back, a friend and i were discussing old abandoned places...i think stemming from my train paintings and some old photos i had taken from eastern state penitentiary back in the early 90's.
he told me about a place called pennhurst that sounded like a pretty cool place to check out.
that started it all...
pennhurst has got to have over 20 buildings grouped together...all abandoned since 1987. it was originally made a school and hospital for the "feeble minded and epileptic" it was built in 1908. it gradually gained more and more patients, so that it was overcrowded, and understaffed...many problems resulted from that, which caused it to be closed down in 1987 for neglect and abuse of patients. it is privately owned and you're not supposed to be there at all, but we decided to risk a few photos. i'm glad i did. it was a great experience. since then, i have read so much about the place from el peecho's link above, and in writing to him, he gave me permission to use some documents he had on his website in a painting that i did...
the listing is here...it is in my new shop:
now, i have been looking into other places to discover and make new art from.
my feeling is that i'm having the experience of being at the place, learning history about the place, and having some connection to it...making the paintings are like keeping a piece of something that may soon be gone with out a trace...
...but i was there....
Monday, February 09, 2009
i'm trying to keep up my momentum, but quickly running out of supplies
i have some new things to show you though!!!
muscles of the face
this was inspired by both duchenne's photographs and the mutter museum in philadelphia.
also new is the counting of the crows
i love the little counting thing...i have to learn me the magpie one too!
was just experimenting with stuff in this one
and finally, himself i had been working on this here and there for a while now. thought it was about time i finished it!
these are all listed in my new etsy shop http://SusanMoloney.etsy.com
i hope you like!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
i have been very lax with my blog. it's embarrassing really...
but i do have sort of an excuse? (that is stretching it...)
i have opened a new etsy shop for some new paintings i have been working on!
i have been using found objects and collage. i am having a great time with it too!
i will post some pics here, but you can see the whole shop at http://SusanMoloney.etsy.com
if you haven't seen my "old" shop, that is http://susarto.etsy.com
when i work, i've noticed different cycles that i go through. sometimes i need to paint in oils or just draw an awful lot...and sometimes i need to be really messy...other times very precise (or as precise as i can be)
but collage/assemblage is exciting for me because i have to actually FIND the stuff that i want to put in it...or i will find something and a whole new idea will come from that thing.
i also want to try to use things i have made myself as much as possible,such as the drawing elements, or paint...or use photographs that i took myself instead of using found ones. the stuff i find i want to look used...well loved, as they say, or has seen many hands before mine.
we'll see what happens.
i recently went to an old train station nearby where i took photographs of old trains. i don't know why i love the old trains so much. there is just something about them. maybe it's that traveling on them allows you to take it easy, read a book, have a coffee in the dining car...better than flying with white knuckles wrapped around the armrests.
here are my train pieces.
i hope you like them!!!
i wish it weren't so snowy and icy outside or i would be out walking around looking for more stuff to appear on the ground :D
spring is coming??? soon????