Thursday, August 16, 2012

Notes on Art – MOVED

In order to streamline my on-line presence Notes On Art has moved to be a part of my web site at:

You can expect more blogging on Fine Art and Fun Art with a focus on:

Interviews, Influences, and In the studio.  

Please join me at:

Notes On Art

Thanks for reading!

Monday, August 6, 2012

New Website!

Exciting things are happening. I have a new website please check it out!

I had a little help. Thanks Kim @ ArtBiz!
A sample of how my work looks in a big space. UN-hung, sitting on the ground.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Considering Where To Put Your Focus

This article is too good not to share:

I have written on this topic before:

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Studio Process: The Tools I Make

As an extension of my painting practice, I make my own tools with bits and scraps from the studio, what others might consider garbage. Sometimes, I will carry trash into my studio from my city visits and utilize these scraps in my work. 
Wire tool hanger.

My Tools-Close Up.

More Tools-Close Up. This one is a favorite!
For me, the end of a used roll of tape and a bit of shelf liner becomes a tool with which to make ben-day type dot patterns. A scrap of wood with nails embedded into it becomes a paint tool or a scraper. Old erasers, plastic pieces of pipe, buttons, pennies, bike chains, and many other items that would normally end up in the bottom of a junk pile, are all fodder for possible use as tools or as a layer of texture within my work. 
Some well used tools and some newly created tools.

General Studio Shot.

Studio view.
The possibilities for turning odd materials into painting surfaces or patterns serve my purposes well. I explore territories of structure and disorder, what is noticed and what is ignored. My paintings allude to maps, communities, architecture, house plans, and neighborhoods. 
Fire extinguisher for safety and a red box full of scrap papers.
In progress work.
Suzanne Gibbs, 2012. Wax Paper Collage.
 Thanks for viewing. Have you aver made tools to work with that you could not buy at a store? I'd love to hear your story.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A School Sweatshirt Needed A New Life


Paper printout from computer. Ikea paper for hashing out design ideas. Sharpie markers. Cardboard stencil cut with x-acto knife. Acrylic paint. Time. More acrylic paint. A school sweatshirt gets a new life. Thanks for viewing.