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Suisiadh 3Gaels Art Studio
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I often get asked what does Suisiadh 3Gaels mean and where did I get the name for my studio.

It was a long process and I’ve had many names over the years, it’s one of those things that takes forever or at least it did me, but that could be because each time I started up my freelance design and art I would give it up for the day job dollars being a single parent that came first, so with each restart came a new name iteration. How about you, have you needed to come up with a name and just struggled with it?

A long time ago when the kids were ‘wee bairns’ I toyed with the name ‘Imortl Designs’ © and the tag line of ‘for designs that last’. Then after a few years when the kids were older and I could see how creative they were and how we enjoyed doing things together I thought WOW, wouldnt it be great if we worked together. This mum had great plans.

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Sooo…….now you’re asking where does the name come in? I am a Scot, well half, I was born in London and my mum was from Motherwell Scotland. So after I tried lot’s of versions of 3 something’s, which didnt really work, I went with something to do with England or Scotland and finally it hit me; 3 Girls from Gaelic decent 3Gaels – I like word play. There it was the name, but once again life bellowed and my children didnt seem interested in working with their mother 🙂 so I put it aside.

Then came the cancer it changes how you think, yes kids come first but so does doing what makes you happy, yes i’m going for it again, I really want to be succesful in my art, I can hear it now ‘not another name change’ this time I just used my first name and used the Gaelic spelling Suisiadh, I was happy with it. So this is what I have been using for awhile now, its how I sign all my art work. Funny thing, no one can pronounce it, kids thought it might cause an issue with marketing. So I added the 3Gaels back because in all honesty I cant pronounce it either, maybe when I was younger and family spoke the odd gaelic at home, alas no longer.

The name is now Susan’s 3 Girls……Suisiadh 3Gaels! This one is the winner and thats whats in a name.

 

 

 

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Last year my sister got a new horse, Nell. She is huge they have other Belgian draft horses but none are quite this big. I headed over for a visit and took some great photographs. But I took this one close up of her face, just one eye and piece of face I just love it. It’s been sitting in my ‘studio’ (bedroom) for awhile now, I really wanted to paint this it was such a great shot.

This weekend I moved my work area out of my bedroom to the kitchen. I got everything nicely set in front of the window, I feel more comfortable in this spot and I am close to everyone instead of far far away. The kids were gone and I had bought my very first piece of sanded pastel paper. Perfect time to paint.
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I have never tried this sanded pastel paper before I had read an article on it and really wanted to test it. It was just like the fine sandpaper you get from the hardware store. The paper was a nice reddish colour and so is Nell…..perfect. Laying down the base colours was great this paper blends beautifully and takes far more punishment than regular paper.
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I put a few layers of colour down building slowly. Once I was happy with it I started on the details, adding a bit at a time. I used both the soft pastel sticks and the harder pastel pencils which give me a finer detail for the smaller areas. The sanded paper does wear down your pastels quicker but I can put several layers down where as I cannot on regular paper.

It’s been a long cold snowy winter here in the northeast. But yesterday and today the sun shone brightly and the temps were above 40.

I do quite well when the sun shines. After months of being sick acute asthmatic bronchitis. I was feeling very energetic and decidedly creative. I decided to take on a much larger painting.

The living room.

Of course the fact they drilled holes in every wall and did a so so job spackling also pushed me to paint. I just couldn’t stand the white uneven blotches every where.

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I started around 9am I moved all the furniture from one wall at a time. Using sand paper I started on each wall wiped them down, and swept the floor, there went my breathing again. With trusty angled brush in hand I gave the walls a quick brush for dust then painted all the edges, then I rolled the walls with touch ups here and there.

Figured while I was at it I would spring clean and move all the furniture. I finished the entire room by around 7:30 pm. Where I collapsed on the chair cuppa tea in hand. The colour is bright and cheery, well I think it is and it’s a lovely backdrop to the pastel I did (my version of a Mary Cassatt). Could be a touch too much for some. But I am finding it calming and I feel inspired to paint on a canvas now.
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It’s now 2 days later, I don’t think there is a muscle in my body that isn’t screaming – what were you thinking spring clean, move furniture, sand and paint all in one day………

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Every year we make a day trip up to Maine to Ft. Foster. It’s one of the few places where there are no crazy beach dwellers, tourists crowding every spot plus you can bring your dog. Our dog loves to go here, she’s not very fond of the water but having a whole day outside with family is a big deal. Every year we get her into the water a bit more.
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Last summer she freaked out when she saw a lab go in for a swim. Poor thing was beside herself, what would possess a dog to get in that wet stuff. She cried until the lab came out. On the plus side she gave a try at getting in to save the other dog she was so worried about it.
We always stop at subway and get lunches for later. It’s like a family tradition now.
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I think the best part for me is how calm and relaxed I feel near the water. I think it’s because I spent so much time near the ocean growing up. We would spend summers in Jaywick, Clacton and sometimes Brighton.
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Being up on the cliff looking out at the water the warm breeze blowing it always inspires me to get out the sketch book (which I carry everywhere) and make lots of quick sketches of the water, boats and my favourite the rocks. The colours that come off the rocks from the water and the sun is sometimes breathtaking.
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So looking forward to the weather getting warmer so we can head back up to Maine for another day of water sun and relaxing with the sketch book.