Stone Art Gallery Newsletter, March 2014

Spring is here!

Happenings

Cattlemen's Western Art Show and Sale will take place from April 4th through April 6th, 2014  at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, California. The show features some of the best artists in the western states.

Please join us and see my latest work.


Earth Energy, 23" x 26", oil on travertine. SOLD
 
 
 

 

 
The painting muse has been active lately. Paintings have been moving to new homes quickly enough that creating enough paintings for the upcoming Cattlemen's Art Show in Paso Robles was a (fun) challenge.
 
I'll be painting and displaying my new work April 4-6.
 
I hope to see you there!
Hen and Chicks, 10.5" x 21", oil on slate. At Cattlemen's Show
640ManeEvent
Mane Event, 16" x 16", oil on travertine. SOLD

Video: Susan's Stone Art Video Gallery

Website:  susanvonborstel.com

My original paintings can be seen at

 

 

Stone Art Gallery Newsletter, January 2014

Happy New Year!

Happenings

Looking for a fun shopping and wine tasting destination? Visit the Paso Robles Inn to see my longhorn paintings and take a short walk to the Heritage Gallery West to see more of my work. 

Staircase leading to the Cattlemen's Lounge at the Paso Robles Inn
 
 
 

Heritage Gallery West's client asked me to paint a portrait of Couvee, their majestic Bernese Mountain Dog on travertine. I was really pleased to hear that they were thrilled with the result.
Couvee, oil on travertine

 
 
New Work in Scottsdale   

 

"Gambel's Oak Grove"
oil on slate
13 3/4" x 15 3/4"
Heritage Gallery, Scottsdale AZ

 

 

"Desert Dynasty"
oil on slate
13 3/4" x 15 3/4"
Heritage Gallery, Scottsdale AZ

 

 

 


 

"Shrub Couple"
oil on slate
15 3/4" x 13 3/4"
Heritage Gallery, Scottsdale AZ


Video: Susan's Stone Art Video Gallery

Website:  susanvonborstel.com

My original paintings can be seen at

Stone Art Gallery Newsletter, January 2013

 

Gallery News

The American Gallery in Carmel, CA has welcomed Susan into their gallery on San Carlos between 5th and 6th streets. The Winters Gallery has closed its Ocean Ave. location and is now displaying my work in their beautiful gallery and gardens on Hwy. 1 just past Point Lobos in Carmel Highlands. It's a lovely picnic spot!

 

Videos

Susan's Stone Art Video Gallery

I hope you enjoy them!


Website

susanvonborstel.com


Longhorns, a series of four stone paintings on granite, was recently commissioned by the Paso Robles Inn in Paso Robles, CA. It's my largest stone painting so far. The finished painting and a matching Cattlemen's Lounge sign were delivered just before Christmas. They've been installed above the lobby staircase which leads to the rustic and friendly Cattlemen's Lounge. The remaining two paintings (shown here as a mock up) should be finished and delivered in mid 2013. Please stop by for a delicious meal or refreshments when you're in the area and check out the Longhorns.



 Free Flight, oil on granite, 10" x 36"

This piece of granite had the dark water and the foamy surf. All it needed was some playful horses and a sea gull! Available at American Galleries in Carmel, California.

You can reach Don or Olga by phone:

Gallery: 831-626-7800
 

 

 My original paintings can be seen at

Stone Art Gallery Newsletter, July 2012

Latest  Work

Deer Creek Crossing is my latest painting. It was exciting from beginning to end: finding, preparing and painting the stone.

 

Bach Festival Fun

Friday, July 20 and Saturday July 21, I'll be painting at the Winter's Gallery in Carmel. Come by and say "Hello"!

 

Videos

Susan's Stone Art Video Gallery

I hope you enjoy them!


Website

susanvonborstel.com


 Deer Creek Crossing, oil on granite, 25.5" x 40"

Deer Creek Crossing Video

Click the image to see the video.

 

A small herd of mule deer crossing a creek under the watchful eyes of the buck.

Available from J Watson Fine Art Gallery

 

 




 


 My original paintings can be seen at

 Stone Art Gallery Newsletter, January 2012 

To a painter light is all important. Imagine trying to paint a realistic painting in a studio with only red lights on your canvas.

To a much lesser degree painters have to deal with seasonal changes in the color and intensity of light. Imagine white paint outside on a sunny day in the summer compared to white paint inside on a cloudy day in the winter. The winter white is much bluer and darker.

Although my studio has the preferred "North Light" and a sky light as well as lighting that is color balanced, my lighting is cooler and darker this time of year. So part of an artist's job is to learn to notice and correct for changes in the light. Interesting challenge!

Here are my latest works. I hope you enjoy them!

These and other paintings may be seen on my website: susanvonborstel.com

Susan

PS

Have you visited my Facebook page? My thoughts and inspirations appear there weekly, facebook.com/stoneartgallery. If you "like" my page, my latest comments and inspirations will appear on your Facebook page automatically.


 Texas Gold, oil on travertine,  22" x 37"


The horizon lines and trees as well as the shape of the horse's head dictated the composition of this piece. It was fun playing with perspective.

Information at  B & R Gallery

  

Free Lunch, oil on onyx, 16.5" x 26" 


When the salmon are running the bears can just swoop them up. This piece of onyx supplied the water and shore for the bears to inhabit.

Information at  B & R Gallery


Found, oil on slate, 15" x 30"

I love the color and levels in this stone suggesting rolling hills. A rider has to cover many miles to find grazing cattle in this kind of terrain. 

Information at  Southwest Roundup Studio Gallery


 My original paintings can be seen at


Stone Art Gallery Newsletter, April 2012

Great News!! I won the People's Choice award for the best artist at the 22nd annual Cattlemen's Art Show in Paso Robles, CA. It was awarded on April Fools Day but I got to keep it.

It was an exciting show and while visiting the Winters Gallery  in Carmel on the way home a nice couple bought two paintings as I was delivering them. Very gratifying!

This month I joined the new,
J Watson Fine Art Gallery
in Valencia, CA. They specialize in helping clients find original works of art for their collections.  We wish them great success!

Please visit my other three galleries, B & R Art Gallery in Canyon Country, CA, Winters Gallery in Carmel, CA and Southwest Roundup Studio Gallery  in San Jaun Bautista, CA.

I hope you enjoy them!

These and other paintings may be seen on my website: susanvonborstel.com


Susan


PS

Have you visited my YouTube page? Videos of my latest paintings can be seen there. Susan's Stone Art Video Gallery


 Wine Country Red Tail, oil on granite, 24" x 48"


This large new painting of a hawk's eye view of the wine country just sold! The piece of colorful granite really said, "Wine Country," to me.

 

Stampede, oil on marble, 20" x 24" 


The high contrast and light shapes in this piece of marble suggested action coming towards the viewer. I saw heads with horns, lightning and a cowboy trying to turn the bunch. Click the image to see the video.

Available at  Southwest Roundup Gallery.  

Onyx Doe and Faun, oil on onyx, 15.5" x 14"

Even though it's stone this piece of translucent onyx had a soft feel. It also had the shapes of the plant, the deer's face and the fawn's ears. I liked the frothy atmospheric space around the subjects.

Available at J Watson Gallery.


Free Lunch, oil on onyx, 16.5" x 26"

Sometimes during spawning season bears can just stand there and salmon come to them. The contrasts of the dark reds (earth) and the light greens and yellows (water and background) set the scene for this natural lunch counter. Click the image to see the video.

Available at  B and R Gallery.

 My original paintings can be seen at

Stone Art Gallery Newsletter, November 2011

In search of the perfect painting (my constant quest) I've had a really fun month. I hope you enjoy the results! The colors and changes of Fall inspire me to really look at, and attempt to commit to memory the amazing goings on around me. It's fodder for future paintings, maybe the perfect one.

I finished these three new paintings this month. Please take a look. I hope you enjoy them!

These and other paintings may be seen on my website: susanvonborstel.com

Susan

PS

Have you visited my Facebook page? My thoughts and inspirations appear there weekly, facebook.com/stoneartgallery. If you "like" my page, my latest comments will appear on your Facebook page automatically.


 

Woodland Deer, Oil on marble, 23" x 13"

   

"In this wonderful piece of marble I found a magical environment just suited for deer. The rest was sheer fun, painting the deer and bringing out the woodland.

 

"Woodland Deer sold within days of completion."

 

 My other paintings can be seen at 
B & R Gallery

Bringing Them In, oil on slate, 22" x 19"


"When I first saw this colorful piece of slate
I saw the horse's head in sharp relief.
The planes of the stone dictated the rest of the scene.
The colors were already there."


Information at 
Southwest Roundup Studio Gallery

 


What You Up To?,oil on travertine, 16" x 16"

I like to paint the various poses showing the interactions of mares and foals. Foals (and children) are always up to something as you can see in this painting on travertine. In this playful scene, the trees and bushes I saw in the stone were just waiting for a couple of horses."
Information at 
B & R Gallery


 My original paintings can be seen at



Stone Art Gallery Newsletter, October 2011

 

It's been an exciting month! The prestigious Western Art and Architecture magazine WWA Magazine Coverpicked me as "One to watch" and published my work in the latest edition (Fall/W inter 2011). Click here to see the article.

Take a look at the three new pieces I finished this month. I've included them in this newsletter. I hope you enjoy them.

These and other paintings may be seen on my website: susanvonborstel.com

Susan

PS 

Have you visited my Facebook page? My thoughts and inspirations appear there weekly, facebook.com/stoneartgallery. If you "like" my page, my latest comments will appear on your Facebook page automatically.


 

Red Rock Canyon Cows

Red Rock Canyon Cows,
oil on granite, 18" x 26.5"

"Composition fascinates me. This stone has a great pattern that suggested a red canyon with trees and a stream. Compositionally, I like the way the second cow pulls the eye back from the first cow's moo. Cows make me feel patient."

Information at  B & R Gallery

 

Coming Attraction

 

 

 


Coming Attraction,
oil on travertine, 16" x 16".

"Most travertine has subtle patterns
but this one is high contrast and active.
I added some active horses into the mix."


Information at  B & R Gallery

 


Clydsdales

 




Clydesdales,
oil on slate, 12" x 12". 

"When I see a draft breed in person I always feel, 'Wow!'

"I tried to capture the feeling 'Wow on the move' in this painting."

Information at  B & R Gallery

 


 My original paintings can be seen at



Stone Art Gallery Newsletter, September 2011

 

It has been a good month with several exciting new paintings, two of which sold as they were finished.

Discovery of beautiful new stones makes the ideas of future paintings exciting. A few weeks ago I found some really wonderful granite. It has wonderful greens, golds and reds. I also found some amazingly colored slate. I hope to have examples in the next newsletter.

These and other paintings may be seen on my website: susanvonborstel.com

Susan

PS 

Have you visited my Facebook page? My inspirations appear there weekly, facebook.com/stoneartgallery. If you "like" my page, my latest comments will appear on your Facebook page automatically.


 

 

Free Lunch, oil on onyx, 16.5" x 26"

"On a good day a bear hardly has to reach for a salmon, there are so many working their way upstream. This piece of onyx had white water, rocky ground and clouds."

Information at  B & R Gallery

 

 

Hurry!, oil on granite, 22" x 19"

"Shades of grey in the upper left and of browns and golds in the rest made for an interesting composition in this piece of granite. The main figure was obvious right away."

Information at  B & R Gallery

 


Friend or Foe?

 


 

Friend or Foe?, oil on slate, 16" x 16"

"I like colorful paints and this one fit right in the ridges of the stone. The trees on the left are the original stone color. This painting just sold."


 My original paintings can be seen at


Stone Art Gallery Newsletter, August 2011

Welcome to my August Newsletter,

Please take a look at my three new paintings on stone (below).

The movie, "The Cave of Forgotten Dreams", inspired me to try a painting in the style of the original masters. It was about Chauvet Cave in southern France, home to hundreds of pristine Paleolithic artworks. Over 30,000 years old, they are the oldest known pictures created by humans and show at least 13 different species of animals, including horses, cattle, lions and bears. I found a piece of travertine with active patterns and am trying my hand at the cave style. It's almost finished.

You can see my "cave painting" at facebook.com/stoneartgallery. Please tell me what you think of it.

A few weeks ago I found some really wonderful granite and have started preping it for painting. It has wonderful greens, golds and reds. I hope to have an example by the next newsletter.

These and other paintings may be seen on my website: susanvonborstel.com.

Susan


 

 

Cows World, oil on marble, 15" x 19"


I rarely keep one of my paintings. This one is tempting because it makes me smile and relax.  

 

Information at  B & R Gallery


 

Gentle Soul, oil on travertine, 18" x 18"


Wispy patterns and a calm feeling became the horse's mane and attitude in this piece of colorful travertine.
To me it depicts "horseness".

Information at Winters Carmel Art Gallery, 831 224-5627

winterscarmelartgallery.com  

 

Quail Family, oil on travertine, 12" x 12" 


"I wanted to paint California quail. They hide in the brush so I wondered how I could make them show up and look realistic while being true to their shy nature. This piece of reddish travertine had good brush shapes and some grey crystals that harmonized with the colors of quail so I gave it a go."


Information at  Southwest Roundup Studio Gallery

Stone Art Gallery Newsletter, July 2011


Hi,

You are invited to take a look at my recent oil paintings on natural stone. I search for beautiful pieces of granite, marble, travertine, onyx and slate with suggestions of paintings in them. The stones are roughened, slightly etched and sealed to make them archival. Then they are painted. Finally they are varnished, backed and made ready to hang. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy painting them!

These and other paintings may be seen on my  website.

Susan


 


Crossing Rocky Rapids, oil on onyx, 34.5" x 25"

This amazing, 3-D, semi-precious piece of onyx provided the land and foamy water. I saw it as a river crossing. Wolves and deer seemed likely to jump across. I chose wolves.
Information at B & R Gallery


Eagle Rock

 

 

Eagle Rock, oil on marble, 19.5" x 29"

The white quartz lines in this burgundy marble from Italy laid out the subject matter of the painting. I tried to capture the energy in the horses and eagle.

Information at B & R Gallery

 

Retrospect, oil on slate, 12" x 12" 

Two beautfully textured pieces with faces of horses
appeared during my latest stone "treasure hunt". The
first one sold immediately. Now this one is ready.
Information at Southwest Roundup Studio Gallery