“Acorn Soup” accepted into AIS American Impressions Small Works Showcase

acorn soup

I am excited to announce that my recent painting, “Acorn Soup”, was juried into the 2nd Annual American Impressionist Society-  Impressions Small Works Showcase. This show will be held March 23 through April 21, 2018, in the Greenwich House Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio. The opening reception is Friday, March 23 from 5-9 PM with AIS Master Kenn Backhaus as the judge of awards.

This painting, “Acorn Soup”, was begun as a demo in my recent 3 day workshop at “Dorroh Lake” campgrounds during the beautiful, cool, fall time of the year, and has a story behind the unusual name.

I brought this copper pot to the workshop to demo a still life, but I did not have a full plan for what the set up would be. As I began to set it up, I decided to walk out onto the grounds of the campsite where we were retreating for the workshop. I headed out across the grassy area out to the edge of the tree line where an old, beautiful oak tree stood with varied colors of large leaves displaying their colors. I broke off various limbs, and in the process noticed large, beautiful acorns scattered on the ground, so I grabbed a few of those, too. As I walked back inside, a flashback of my childhood came to mind. When I was about 5 years old, I had a “playhouse” to “cook” in. Mom would give me her old pie pans and scratched spoons, and I would pick “herbs” (grass), and get flour (sand) and sometimes add flavoring (bubble gum), to make “Bubblegum Soup.” So naturally, as I set up my still life, I decided to name it, “Acorn Soup,” as a nod to the simple, wonderful, days where anything is possible.


Line up of next workshops at Dot Courson Workshops. Details at www.dotcourson.com/workshops. To register for my March workshop: spatton251@gmail.com

“Covered with Feathers” Psalm 91

16 x 20 oil on linen for Hope Outdoors auction to be held September 23

This little boy may be going through a lot of medical issues right now, but the day he killed his first turkey was an awesome day to him. Thanks to “Hope Outdoors”, a Christian ministry that takes people hunting and shares the love of Christ, this little boy left the field “covered with feathers” in more ways than one. 

                                  Psalm 91

1He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

2I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

3Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

4He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

5Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

6Nor for the pestilence that walketh in
darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

7A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

8Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

9Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10There shall no evil befall thee, neither
shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

12They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

13Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

14Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on
high, because he hath known my name.

15He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

“My Mamma’s Eyes”

“No paintbrush in hand?”

Not this time. This time it’s a painting of who I see when I look at Dot Courson: I see my Mom. I see her eyes that look back at me-her daughter. 

Those eyes first looked at me 42 years ago and she made that face where she smiles and bites her tongue in a way that says she loves so much she can’t stand it. 

She’s always loved that much. So giving and so full of a belief in you so much that she’s lined you up with more than you need to succeed before you’ve even decided you were able. 

So I painted my Mom. 

My Mom. 

What an honor. 

Call to Plein Air artists: Paint the town (and country) of Bruce

Special guest Marc Hanson, master OPA, will be participating in the event as well as doing a demo at noon on the day of the show, Saturday, Oct 7. 

*Please email Susan Patton if you might be able to paint in this event. I need the email address of interested artists for communication. (spatton251@gmail.com)

This event is free and will be highly publicized by the North Mississippi Plein Air Painters, Skuna River Art Festival, and the Bruce Chamber of Commerce. The paintings will be nicely displayed for a show and sale in conjunction with the Skuna River Arts Festival on Saturday, October 7.
Participating artists are asked to paint 1 town and 1 country scene of Bruce (and the surrounding areas) PRIOR to the show. (Meaning a Bruce city scene and the countryside around Bruce such as farms, country churches, etc.) Artists may submit up to 5 paintings. The goal of the content of paintings is to depict the “town and country” of Bruce. Artists are encouraged to attend the show and sale on Saturday, October 7, in Bruce, MS.



Who is invited?
This show is open to all representational Plein Air artists. Feel free to share this info with your friends! Please email Susan Patton if you are interested in participating: spatton251@gmail.com

Will there be a demo by an artist the day of the show?
Yes. Marc Hanson, master OPA, will be doing a demo at noon on Saturday, Oct 7, for this show. He will set up near the area of the show so artists and public can see this demo.
Marc’s website:  www.marchansonart.com
Is there a reception?
The entire day of Oct. 7 (9 AM – 4 PM) is considered the reception for this show.

When do we paint?
We are asking for people to come to Bruce PRIOR to the show (throughout the month of September at your convenience) to do plein air paintings for this show.

What do I paint?

We ask that you paint 2 Plein Air paintings if at all possible:
1. A town Bruce scene

2. A painting from the countryside around Bruce

Most of us have plein air farm scenes that reflect this area, but we are asking for people to actually come down prior to the show date and do plein air paintings of the businesses as well as go out and paint from the local farms and community areas around Bruce. We ask that these paintings be of Bruce or the surrounding countryside around Bruce.To reiterate: We are asking that 1 of their paintings please include TOWN scenes so that we will not only have landscapes in our “TOWN and COUNTRY” show.
My suggestion is for artists to come to Bruce and start at the Bruce Square and go out all four directions and find a place that appeals to them both in the town and in the country.

Will there be a contest of the submitted art?



Can buyers purchase by credit card?

Only if the artist of the work being sold is present and has a way to do that transaction. The show volunteers will gladly help sell by taking cash or check, but we do not have a way to do credit card transactions. We will refer the buyer to the artist if they are interested in purchasing using a credit card.


Can I submit plein air paintings that I have already done before September?
Yes, if they are of Bruce or the countryside around Bruce. Because this show is advertised as “Town and Country” of Bruce, viewers will most likely be interested in knowing what locations we were painting.

When and where do I deliver the paintings?
Please deliver these paintings to the Bruce Museum the evening before (4-8 PM) or the morning of the show (6-8 AM on Oct 7.) If you are also setting up a tent for the festival, please deliver these works to me before you set up your tent for the festival.

Is this show the same as the “Skuna River Arts Festival”?

This show is held in conjunction with, and on the same date as the “Skuna River Arts Festival”, but is a separate show of plein air paintings of the TOWN and COUNTRY of Bruce. People can participate in the Skuna festival with a tent of their work if they want to (, as well as submit plein air paintings of Bruce for this “Town and Country” show depicting scenes of Bruce. The Museum where this show will be is on the square in Bruce and the Skuna Art festival is held on the lawn in the middle of the square.

What if I have additional questions?
Please email spatton251@gmail.com with any questions you have.


Alex McFarland may be the one on the stage, but he credits his wife, after the Lord, for the “wind beneath his wings.” Because of this, he commissioned me to paint a portrait of Angie, to surprise her on their anniversary. She was sure in for a surprise! He spoke at Billy Graham’s Cove in Asheville, NC, on their anniversary date, and invited me and Jeff for the reveal. Shortly after he started his talk, Alex had me to come up on stage and bring the painting out to Angie! She loved the portrait, and loves him, but was sure to tell Alex, “I’m going to kill you,” with a wink in her eye.

It’s that wink in her eye that I tried to capture in this portrait of Angie. It’s a wink that says, “You’ve got this, and I’m right here waiting in the wings.”

“Angie” (detail) 12 x 18, oil

Art show going on at ICC: Dot Courson and Susan Patton

It is truly and honor to be in an art show with my mother, artist Dot Courson. The reception for this show is September 22 at 2 PM at ICC in Fulton, MS.