Artist’s self portraits

Throughout history artists have created self portraits. Why? Because oneself is alway available, there is no modeling fee and one cannot give oneself Covid 19! I always want to do something constructive when I am feeling energetic so the last 4 evenings have been devoted to trying to get a lively, quick colorful portrait, using myself as a model but not taking the time to try to make the pastel painting look like me.

I like the 1st and the 4th, how about you?

Art Challenge 2020

There is an “art challenge” on Facebook. I was challenged by Juanita Greenspan to show 7 of my artworks in 7 days and to challenge another artist to do the same. Juanita is the epitome of a direct sculptor, finding wonderful forms in the stone as she works. Juanita is also a very interesting person who I met studying stone sculpture at Casa Alexandria in Puerto Vallarta Mexico. The challenge excites me because in these strange days of solitude I have found a sense of strength in my art. I will add to this post during the week to keep caught up and include more details of the work that is also on Facebook.

Day 1: A happy tropical bird

Tropical Bird, Translucent Orange Alabaster, 10x5x3

On our February 2020 trip to South Africa, my mother and I visited a beautiful aviary full of tropical birds with brilliant colors. We love to travel.

Mom and me with South African bird

Day 2. Mixing things up. Painting supplies in the living room.

Flowers and Paints, Pastels on paper, 24×31 framed

Day 3 Similar painting done outside in oil on canvas (use what you have).

Flowers and Paints Outside, oil on canvas, 32×26 framed

Day 4

Dreamer
Original title was cloud gazer. This sculpture took a year to finish because I didn’t know if I had the right proportions I think it turned out fine.
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Imagining what the stone could be

Sculptures and Paintings by Suzanne Posner

I carve the stone sculptures with nothing but a hammer and chisel, files and sandpaper. Most of the sculptures are alabaster. I choose a stone first for color, then for a stimulating shape. While I take off the rough edges, I look at the stone from all angles, imagining what the stone could be. Many of my pieces have gone through a few permutations. A sculpture may take months to years to complete because I am constantly thinking of how to make it come alive and I end up going back into the stone…

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Artist Suzanne Posner 2nd prize at MAA Exhibit

current exhibitION

7 sculptures are on display in the window of Sterling National Bank, Whitestone Shopping Center, 153-17 Cross Island Pkwy, Queens, NY

April 28 is International Sculpture Day. We will release a short virtual tour of the studio and of some of Suzanne’s newer work and work in progress.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • 2019-2020 Sterling Bank, Whitestone, NY
  • 2018 November Artist of the Month, National Art League
  • 2018 Great Neck Plaza Village Hall
  • 2012 Great Neck Plaza Village Hall

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • 2020 Animal Art, Salmagundi Art Club, NY, NY (judge: Johanna Mangi)
  • 2019 Fall show, Manhasset Art Association, Garden City Library (judge: Marsha Tarlow), Honorable mention
  • 2018 88th Annual Juried Open Show, The National Art League (judge: Lauren Argentina Zelays), Mary Lake Memorial award
  • 2017 Black and White Exhibition, National Art League (judge: Carole McDermott), Bronze Medal
  • 2017 87th Fall Member’s Show, National Art League (judge: Stephanie Deshpande), Merit award
  • 2014 The Spring Show, Manhasset Art League, Shelter Rock Art Gallery (judge: Marc Josloff), Award of Excellence
Artist Suzanne Posner 2nd prize at MAA Exhibit
Suzanne Posner 2nd prize at MAA Exhibit

Suzanne Loves To Sculpt

Sculptures and Paintings by Suzanne Posner

My beloved teacher Lissy Dennett explained that an “abstract” work of art is abstracted from an object while a “non-representational” work is a shape. The first sculpture here is an abstract of two hearts. The second sculpture, “Snuggle” is non-representational, although I am tempted to subtitle it “Two Hamsters”(making it “abstract” by definition).