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Sing To The Lord

Sing To The Lord TIFF

My prints are finally coming to Society6! Please have a look. There will be a lot more added within the next few days! This piece is the very first piece of art I sold and is now available in print. Thank you so much for your support in my artistic endeavor/adventure!

Blessings,

Susan

Dearinger Designs

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Where Have You Been?

I haven’t posted ANYTHING here in a long time!  I want to explain my absence and let you know when things will hopefully be up and rolling.

My dear sweet husband passed away from bladder cancer on December 2nd.  For the months prior to his passing, I was caregiving round the clock, but was still able to get some art in.  But after about the beginning of November, art took a seat in the way back as Paul needed me at his side every moment.  His last days were difficult but he passed in great peace with only his family around him.  God, I miss him!

Three days after Paul passed, Paris, TX was HIT with an ICE STORM!  Great!  Great timing!  The only consolation I found in THAT was that Paul had already gone.  It would have been horrible if he had still been here.  We used a lot of electricity for his care… oxygen, air bed, etc…  And another silver lining to the ice cloud was that my home was declared uninhabitable by my insurance agent due to some electrical things and I was blessed to spend approximately 13 days in a hotel.  It was just a perfect amount of time away from home and I was in a comfortable fog that entire time.

Coming home has been like coming home to a war torn neighborhood.  It is a mess.  And my paints are all ruined!  But God will provide and soon, for your benefit AND MINE, I will be painting again.  I hope that most of the mess and replacement of paints can be accomplished by the end of January and I can start churning out some paintings as I muddle through a grief process.

I am reading “A Grief Observed” by C.S. Lewis, that was given to me by a very special friend.  It is the story of how he processed the death of his beloved wife, who also died of cancer.  It is a comfort to read that someone who I admire so very much for their great faith, struggled so hard to come to grips with where God was in the death of his wife.  I recommend it to anyone going through a great loss.

I want to post the completed bird that I was working on at my last post of art.  It is finished now but I still have to add the words.  It was for sale and someone saw that and grabbed it!  But it will be available as a print soon.

I ask for your prayers for my family.  I thank you for reading my blog and supporting me in my artistic endeavors.  Paul is not lost.  Only gone on ahead.  And we will see each other again.

Blessings,

Susan

Pretty Blue

Work in Progress

So today I have had some time to get messy and make a background and paint the underpainting of this bird!  The background has been tons of fun.  I just played with all kinds of supplies and its been pretty sweet.  I have modeling paste under my fingernails, paint up to my elbows and glazing medium on my jeans, but it has been heavenly.  Its been quite a while and I NEEDED it!  I will post the painting when its finished.  Hopefully, it won’t be too long from now!  This one is not a commission and will be for sale!

Blessings to all of you,

Susan

Work in Progress

One Day More!

My favorite line from Les Miserables is “to love another person is to see the face of God.”  And Les Mis in Paris, Texas did not disappoint!

The lyrics to the songs in the musical tell my favorite story.  A story of the contrast between grace and law and the power of forgiveness and love.  Just hearing the men begin their work song at the very beginning made me tear up because I knew what was coming.  It was hot in the theater, but I didn’t care.  My husband to ill to attend with me but he encouraged me to go on without him so I did.  Armed with tissues and bottled water for the dehydration that follows weeping, my friends and I went and it was so special.  One of our closest friends was playing one of the principal parts and several other close friends were in the performance as well.  We sat smack dab in the middle of a larger group of my dearest friends.  The whole night was magical.  Hot, but magical!

Yes, this is an art blog, but theater is art and touches our lives just like any other art form.  I am thankful that I live in a community that is full of such talent!

“One more more dawn!  One more day!  One day more!”

Lisa, Carol, Sydney (Mrs. Thenardier) and me

Lisa, Carol, Sydney (Mrs. Thenardier) and me

Les Miserables

I know this is an art blog, but there are other kinds of art besides painting!  Theater, for one!  I am beside myself.  No, really, I am standing outside of my body looking at it jumping up and down because Les Miserables, my favorite musical of all time and forever is going to be presented here in my town of Paris, Texas at Paris Junior College!  It stars some other local extreme talent from Paris Community Theater.  A couple of dear dear friends of mine are playing Mr. and Mrs. Thenardier!  If you live near Paris, make a point to go see this musical.  We have such talent in our little town, its just crazy!  Do you hear the people sing????

Sam and Taylor

Sam and Taylor

 

When my son, Sam, asked his lovely bride, Taylor, to marry him and she said “yes”, I immediately (after I fell on my knees and thanked God!!!) went to work on this hot mess of a photo collage for them for their wedding.  It was my first and only attempt at such a thing, but I knew what I wanted to do and made it happen.  If I had it to do now, it would look a LOT more professional, but it was done with love and thats what counted at the time.

My hope is to get hooked up with a local photographer and make these for weddings, graduations, anniversaries, etc…  I do have my brother in law, David, but he only takes pictures of birdies!  If you know of any Parisian photographer who would be interested in offering a photo collage to their client, won’t you please mention me to them?  I have a few I plan to approach when things at my home settle down, but in the meantime, I wanted to get the word out.

Sam and Taylor have this hanging in their bedroom.  Its a 20 x 20 deep panel canvas collage made with copies of engagement photos and pictures of their dating years.  There are quite a few things I would do differently now, as I said before, but I sprinkled love all over it so hopefully the flaws are not too noticeable.

Thank you for looking and keep me in mind if you have an occasion to need a photo collage!  I’m your girl!

Blessings,

Susan

 

Painted Bunting

Finally finished, a commissioned work for a dear friend...

Painted Bunting

 

I am very excited that I finally finished this commissioned piece of a Painted Bunting for a very dear friend.  She hasn’t even gotten to see it in person yet!  I am so happy with the way it turned out.  There are hidden scriptures that are meaningful to her in the painting.  I had a great time creating this piece and can’t wait until my friend has it up in her home!  Remember, I do more than birdies.  If you would like a commissioned painting, message me and we can talk about what you would like for your home!  Blessings to all!

 

 

 

 

 

Two Love Birds

Love Birds

The last week or so, I have been unable to paint or even sketch much at all due to my husband’s health issues.  I am working slowly on a commission, but wanted to still let you see some of my most recent work that I have been pleased with.  I would love comments on what you like or even don’t like!   Hang with me.  I am still planning on prints and many many more originals.  I just happened to choose the most inopportune time ever to start an art business!

I don’t want this blog to be about my husband’s cancer, but want to tell you just so you know what is going on and why I am not getting things rolling along as quickly as I would like…  He is end stage bladder cancer and is on hospice in our home.  He is in a hospital bed in our living room and I am his round the clock caregiver.  I am also an RN, so that helps some, but it is still the most difficult thing we have ever gone through as a couple and family.  We have been married for 28 years and have two grown sons who take right after their father.  Smoking is the number one cause of bladder cancer, but he never smoked a day in his life.  However, he was exposed to chemicals in the workplace 25 to 30 years ago, the second leading cause of bladder cancer.  He has gotten a lot worse in the last two to three weeks and needs me with him 24/7.  I would appreciate your thoughts and prayers for him.  His name is Paul.  He is my big Paul.

A simple sketch

Sad Eyes

Sad Eyes

In one of my art classes, we were encouraged to use just graphite, charcoal and a little tiny bit of accent color, if we wanted to.  This is what came out of that exercise.  She looks angry, but she isn’t.  She is just very sad.  Sad that her husband is on hospice with terminal cancer.  Sad that he is suffering so much.  Sad that he is not the same as he used to be.  Sad for the loss even though he is not gone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Commissioned Bluebird

As I said in my last post, I get a lot of inspiration from my brother in law, David Dearinger, who photographs birds.  All kinds of birds!  But my favorite is the bluebird!  This piece was commissioned and I had a blast creating it!  I hope you enjoy it!

My Bluebird

David's Bluebird

David’s Bluebird

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