It’s good to be back in the studio vs. hovering over my computer trying to get my brain to understand where my blog posts are going, etc. My latest work is all about spring and the flowers that are done with their winter’s work and pushing up through the warming earth. Ha, Ha. It’s April 4th and it’s snowing…just a bit. The sweet peas will love the cold as will other early blooming ones.
The images below can all be found on my online store at suskjersaa.com. Then click on “Store” on the menu bar. Thank you for visiting my site.
Su Skjersaa’s Original Art Greeting Cards. su skjersaa.com email@example.com
As we enter the month of March I feel so much change blowing through my life, likely along with everyone else who is living on our amazing, mysterious planet today. Art heals. It has the strength leading to deeper expressions of our inner visions, hopes, and desires. It softens the edges of discomfort and awakens beauty through music, drama, poetry and the emotional power of all the visual arts. So often I’ve heard wise people say that, “Art can save the planet,” but then I hang out with wise and honest folks who would say such things.
Speaking of “change,” my Greeting Card Store (suskjersaa.com) is being updated as we move into spring. The current sale prices on the cards remaining will be slowly modified, also new paintings will be posted. I invite you to visit the Store located on my web site, mentioned above, and take advantage of the remaining sale values.
The painting below is a tweener, a little winter, a bit of spring, a little valentine, and a reminder that the sun always rises and shines light on our potential to be kind, compassionate, gentle, to ourselves and others.
Price: $10.00. All proceeds goto The Giving Plate. Central Oregon. This is a one-of-a-kind, original Valentine Card. You can make your purchase on my store. Go to, suskjersaa.com – then click on STORE
Referring to the three programs mentioned previously “The Giving Plate,” I quote :
“Between our three hunger-relief programs, children 18 and under make up 66% of individuals served.” The Giving Plate serves anybody in need residing in the Central Oregon counties of Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook. In October 2020 a first pilot- program For Kid’s Korner in Christmas Valley was started.
Everyday we are fed, through various avenues, stories of hard and devastating situations all over the world. It’s easy to develop a sense of hopelessness in our hearts and minds. If we would understand that, “Yes,” this is true. But, there is more, more evidence that speaks to the fact that along side and blending with the hardships, open-hearted people are performing generous acts (Action) of love, caring, and compassionate initiatives. If we are waiting for the big thing that will return life to the way it was, that is likely not going to happen.
It’s the little things that can turn life around. This includes being careful with our outer language, gossip and prophecies; correcting our inner ways of thinking and believing; and taking a step to look for the elements of unspoken Love powerfully presiding with great strength in millions of people. Here we elicit a positive effect and can create a visible and viable balance in our lives.
Thanks and Love Lots. It’s the Month of Love.
“Love is a Force in you that enables you to do different things.”
The goal of my project is to post a Valentine card each day between now and February 14th. Te cards are for sale and the proceeds will go to “The Giving Plate,” a Central Oregon community food relief outreach that serves children. The cards are priced a little high so that the money from each sale will make our gift to “The Giving Plate” more abundant. To learn more about The Giving Plate, go to their website: http://www.thegivingplate.org
When a card is purchased the buyer will receive, by mail, the original card, making that art piece, no longer available.
“The Giving Plate is the only food bank in Oregon that has a youth-focused food pantry (Kid’s Korner) . Children come and “shop” for their own food and leave with an average of nine to ten pounds per visit. Kids Korner is open to children 0-18 everyday TGP is open.”
This is my entry for February 6, 2022. “A Bouquet of Hearts” (Watercolor on a 4X5 cart stock. Price $15.) Go to my site, suskjersaa.com and click on the top menu bar then click on STORE. It will be posted there for your purchase. Thank you for your generosity.
Each day between now and February 14th I will post and original Valentine card. The purchase price, minus $1.00 to cover postage, will be donated to “The Giving Plate” located in Central Oregon.
Today’s card was created with hand designed paper, torn and collaged to a 4.5×5.5 inch note card stock. This card is one-of-a-kind and the purchaser will receive the original.
The cost is $15.00. Fourteen dollars will be donated to “The Giving Plate,” a community food relief outreach program for children and families.
To purchase this card go to my store at suskjersaa.com. Go to the menu bar and click on STORE where you can make your payment. Thank you for your offering.
A quote from “The Giving Plate,” “We polled our guest and asked them to provide one word they felt defined The Giving Plate, we were pleasantly surprised that no one said food. A few of the words shared included: hope, love dignity, grace, respect and community. Knowing our guest understand that we deeply care about them and that they don’t just see TGP as a place to get food, but also a place to get hope, inspires us to continue our mission of compassionately fighting hunger while feeding hope.”
This card sells for $10., $9. of which will be donated to “The Giving Plate,” Community Food Relief Outreach.
To purchase, go to the STORE on the menu bar at su skjersaa.com
Food is the service we provide at The Giving Plate , but food does not define the heart behind the heart being who we are or why we do what we do. We desire to remove the clinical stigma often associated with food banks by providing relief to anyone in need with a compassionate heart and genuine hospitality.
It’s been so long since I’ve posted on my blog site. For almost 2 years I’ve been learning how to add a Store to my WordPress online site. My Original Greeting Card products can be found in the Store. which is on the menu bar once you’ve entered the site. Here’s my address if you’d like to take a peek to see what I’ve been up to. suskjersaa.com. Thanks for dropping by. (The address has to be typed in.)
Years past, this amazing family gathered for food, fun, and photographs. This year they came by twos, visited from the back porch, and there were no photos. From left to right; Jade and Ellie blessed me with a long visit. I love these beautiful, smart, and funny girls. Jade (15, with learner’s permit) is working for a jeweler making earrings, and Ellie (17) is working at Star Bucks and researching universities. She has quite a few academic scholarship offers. Both Ellie and Jade are brilliant.
Hans and Flora stopped by for a short time. It’s always a delight to see and hear from them. Hans has a You Tube program called “Hanzdid it.” Recently Hans and Flora purchased a HUGE van that was, in days past, used to transport veterans to and from medical appointments. The van included a wheel chair lift and a gurney. They were filming as they removed those items. Watching them remove the gurney was a perfect SNL skit. Maybe nurses have strange senses of humor, and I found that segment very funny. I watch it when I get down or need a laugh. That van is, as we speak, being transformed into a camping van, and it will be a show piece. Hans is very creative, and Flora, do you remember the beautiful spread she prepared for Christmas dinner last year? She brought the finest cuisine with her from China when she and Hans were married.
Renee and Terry came bye after skiing. Renee is still teaching middle school math…on line, and Terry is selling houses like crazy. He even worked Christmas eve. (The girls were with their mom this year, so it wasn’t so bad.) Christmas definitely changes after the kids are out of the house, but maybe we’ll be together next year. Terry and Renee gifted me with a warm scarf and an amazing knife set. I have been using prehistoric knives that had given up on the idea of “cutting” some years ago. It was a good day, and I’m so grateful to have been blessed with such an awesomely wonderful family.
“I paint what I see, what my eyes perceive and not necessarily what is really there.”
The above is a quote by Julie Gilbert Pollard. She paints with oils, acrylics, and watercolors. In the 36th issue of “The Art of Watercolor,” a highly valued publication from France, she authored a demo of the images I practiced. This has been a fun project and opened a new space in my (h)art for color.
This is what I see when I open my watercolor journal to this latest painting. The color bar on the right is a sample of colors I chose and one I could use as I made my way through the exercise.
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