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Meet Susan Price of Susan C. Price & More Art In Your Life

Today we’d like to introduce you to Susan Price.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Susan. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am an “emerging” artist. At 70 LOL! I paint colorful abstract paintings. I use jpegs of the paintings to “design” clothing, housewares and just about anything that involves fabric. I am interested in getting better at painting. I am not as interested in learning how to merchandise the original art or the fabric items that I make from the designs.

I have been “creative” since I was a small child. I took classes at public school, at the University of California Extensions in La Jolla and Los Angeles, as well as at Santa Monica College and Otis Art Institute. I never desired to be a full-time artist and never assumed that would be my life. Post college, as a working adult, I always took art classes in the evenings after work. (Figure drawing, sculpture, painting).

I retired from all work (non-profit administrative and fiscal functions) in 2013. Retirement is wonderful and confusing. I need the structure and sense of “productivity” that work provided.

So, back to art class. Painting is good and fun and challenging. Each picture is like a puzzle. How does this color work next to that one? How does this shape work?. How the heck do I make this color match the one I made last time? I was taking a painting class for about seven years when the teacher, Joseph Blaustein, said, “Um, you are really hitting it now!” I had not noticed that my work was better. I then applied and was accepted as a member of the Los Angeles Artists Association, and Women Painters West. I entered exhibitions, got work accepted in some, and all of those acceptances felt very good.

But selling is another matter. I am not desperate for more income, but… its another way to gauge the value of your work, I have always loved fashion as well and found a link to Print All Over Me, an online vendor which allows you to upload a jpeg and prints it “all over” a variety of interesting silhouettes. Not just t-shirts, but also raincoats, drapey jackets, and coveralls.

Since then I have found a number of different vendors who do the same process but on different fabrics and different silhouettes. I can now design and sell online long scarves made in soft “modal” for under $60, and good exercise tights, under $60, pillows, dish towels, etc. For these items, I created my website More Art in Your Life.

Weirdly enough, when I began to focus on fashion, the fine art angle got a bit better. I was accepted into FIG Gallery, a gallery in the popular gallery center in Santa Monica, Bergamot Station. I sold my first painting to someone I never met and did not know earlier this year. And I have my first solo painting show opening on July 21st. The show will be up until August 10th.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Life is not smooth, dear reader! And it would be boring if it were.

I can wonder why it took me so long to get any good. But why bother? I just keep working at it: will this color be better? How about that one? Why is this painting NOT working?

Should I enter this art show or that one? All or none? Should I order a bunch of the scarves and take them to an outdoor craft fair. Should I hire an online marketer? Should I eat another chocolate? I did learn, and re-learn, that every “yes” feels good, and every “no” hurts. But not for long.

I also learned that I was being waaay too pushy, assuming my friends and family would all like to buy my original artwork and/or colorful pillows, t-shirts, and dishtowels. What a crashing bore. Art is extremely personal. Many folks are not comfortable with art that is abstract, they need to find things they recognize, animals, body parts, etc. And, that is ok. I am unable to paint those things well, so I just make color puzzles

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Susan C. Price & More Art In Your Life – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am not a business, company. I am an independent abstract painter, who also designs, clothing and home goods and fabric for use in many items.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I have my first solo painting show opening at FIG Gallery in Bergamot Station in Santa Monica in July. The opening reception is Saturday, July 21, 2018, from 4-6 pm. The show is open from July 19 through August 11th. The FIG Gallery is open Wed. thru Sat, 11 – 5.

After the show, I will re-evaluate my art in light of any comments I might collect, and set some intentions as to new works, I want to get better in my own eyes, Not do what I did yesterday. I can’t and don’t paint to the suggestions of others or to show “themes”. It’s about what I think of and sees in the news and photos and family photos. And then … the colors and the patterns change until it “works”.

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Image Credit:
Alan Griswold

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