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Brush Off! The Joy of Painting With a Palette Knife

Countless artists around the world choose to express themselves on canvas with a paint brush. But what if you want to be a little different from the crowd?
Ever considered painting with a palette knife?
The effect of palette knife painting is much more textured and vivid than the same work which has been created by a regular brush. If you think you might be interested in experimenting with a palette knife, here is a quick primer on the technique:

  1. Hold a palette knife like you would a brush.

Got Some Free Time-Visit the Griffin Gallery!

Fall is upon us in Houston, so it's a time when people can actually venture out of their homes without being oppressed by heat and humidity. So you may be starting to fill your social calendar with different things to see and do in Houston.
Here's an idea: why not take some time and visit the Griffin Gallery?
Susannah Virginia Griffin has opened a new art space in the Upper Kirby area of the city. The Griffin Gallery is at 2825 Colquitt Street, which is a block north of Richmond Avenue and about a quarter mile west of Kirby Drive.

Susannah Virginia Griffin- Artist AND Mother

When some people envision the life of an artist, they may conjure up images of someone spending hours at a time in a studio or room almost every day of the week, constantly entranced by the "creative process," and intensely focused on creating their next work of art. But in reality, many artists live fairly ordinary lives, with the same responsibilities, activities, and time demands as the average person.
Take Susannah Virginia Griffin, for example. Although she is an accomplished artist, she also has the most important occupation in the world: motherhood.

Susannah's Inspiration: Duncan Simmons

Every artist can point to something that inspires him or her. For Susannah Virginia Griffin, one source of her inspiration comes from the man who first taught her to paint: her father.
Duncan Simmons is a hyper-realist and watercolorist who attended the Houston Museum of Fine Art's Glassell School of art just like Susannah did. He has been painting in watercolors since 1996, but has worked with acrylic paint for over four decades.
Simmons has won numerous awards for his artwork over the years, and you may have seen some of his paintings at the University of Texas, the Memorial Hermann Hospital system, and many other private companies.

The Women of Susannah Virginia Griffin

There's no pat answer to the question "What does Susannah Virginia Griffin paint?" An intricate array of images, objects, people, and scenes can be found among Susannah's works.
That said, Susannah does often channel her artistic talents into creating breathtaking images of women. Here are several of her most recent paintings.
"From the Heart" - A portrait of Jesus' mother Mary, this painting was completed by candlelight in just half an hour. It was inspired by Susannah's trip to the Vatican.

"Johnny Fish"

Why take the bait, if you are already being fed?

She's ready for framing!

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Jut Me and my Painting

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"Two Sides of the Story"

There are those who claim to want a celebration of life, a time where all people and nations come together as one. So the last three years I have spent my time trying to help people look at both, and all sides, in order for this peace and love to come alive. But during this time, I have witnessed two things.....the Offender, and the Offended, two people of great faith. And I have seen there is no end, because the Offender knows he is forgiven of sin, and refuses to stop offending, and thinks it is the Offended one who has the real issue, because they will not accept the Offender for who he truly is. And I have seen the Offended with a broken heart which still remains, and I have seen the Offender not even care, because the Offender will not accept the broken hearted one for who he truly is.

"Artexpo New York"

If you happen to be in New York this weekend for the Artexpo, stop by booth #416 where I will have three of my photographs featured through World Wide Art Books.  

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Brush Off! The Joy of Painting With a Palette Knife
Got Some Free Time-Visit the Griffin Gallery!
Susannah Virginia Griffin- Artist AND Mother
Susannah's Inspiration: Duncan Simmons
The Women of Susannah Virginia Griffin


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