Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Starling Flight

"Starling Flight" watercolor 9"x6" (c) Susan Bertke
I'm in the process of setting up my gallery at Daily Paintworks (DPW). This may take a little time (a day or two), but it will enable me to actually sell my paintings online!

Like most artists, I have a terrible time pricing my work. Several artists have told me I'm pricing way too low. (If so, why aren't my paintings flying off the wall like hotcakes?) DPW offers an online auction as well as straight purchase, so in the beginning I may put some things up for auction to see what my "market will bear."

Also, any painting I post here on Blogger will automatically be picked up by DPW. So if you see something here, you can buy it there! That includes my "Starling Flight" shown above.

Wish me luck!

Monday, January 19, 2015


I've been working on this commissioned piece for a while, and it's finally finished and delivered.

I know next to nothing about sailing ships, so that was a challenge. The transition from storm to dawn was a major part of the concept, and I found no reference as to what that might look like--so I studied lots of photos and just made it up. As you can imagine, this gave Inner Critic lots of material to torture me with; but then, she is never satisfied and can just shut up, thank you very much!  The client is thrilled with it, so I consider it a success.
Melchior, acrylic on canvas, 36"x24".

Thursday, September 4, 2014

 One-Woman Show
by Susan Bertke
Sundays,1:00-4:00 PM
October 5, 12, 19 &
26, 2014
In the rear of the
Fairborn Senior Apartment Building
221 North Central, Fairborn, OH
Watercolors, Acrylics, Pastels, and Drawings representing over thirty years of art-making.
Demonstrations by the Artist!

Keep me company!
Tables will be available for anyone who wishes to bring their own supplies and draw or paint with me.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Meetup at Carriage Hill MetroPark July 12

I don't think I've specifically mentioned that I started a Meetup group called Draw, Pardners! for artists or wannabe artists in the Dayton area.We meet on the second Saturday of the month to draw, sketch, and/or paint at various locations. The painting of Cemex Reserve was done during a Draw, Pardners! Meetup. (See earlier post.)

This Saturday we're meeting at Carriage Hill MetroPark in Huber Heights, OH. If you are reading this post and want to join us, feel free. See the meetup site for information.

"Spring Rain" demo

Misuk Goltz recently asked me to do a demo for her Thursday Paint-In at the Fairborn Art Assn. "Twenty to twenty-five minutes," she said. And this is what I came up with.

The subject has been one of my favorites since my first watercolor class. I love the way the paint flows down the page to create the illusion of rain and wind. And I've loved painting small trees since that first instructor showed me the wonders of liner/rigger brushes and how the small branches grow out of the big branches wherever there is a convex curve.

The ivy growing up the left tree trunk was the result of an accident. My paper wasn't quite dry, and the paint bled when I painted the trunk. I couldn't clean it up without it being obvious, so I overpainted with some Terre Verte (a fairly opaque green), et voila! -- ivy.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Third Place in the En Plein Air Exhibition

My little watercolor took Third Place in the 2014 En Plein Air Juried Art Exhibition sponsored by the B-W Greenway Community Land Trust and Fairborn Art Association. The challenge this year was to paint on location at the Cemex Reserve in Fairborn. This is a restored wetlands, and I was continually serenaded by the many birds who have made a home there.