Studio Fun Day

Studio Fun Day

Woot! Had some quality PLAY time in the studio today. A landscape was calling my name.

Or maybe it was calling me names, I dunno. I had my R&B list playing and this is what happened.

landscape painting Susan Lobb Porter

work in progress Susan Lobb Porter


Not a bad painting I guess.  But not terribly exciting either.  Ho-hum. Yawn. BTW, I think the photo is a bit heavy with the yellow. Can’t say for sure because once I got this far I decided the R&B was too…safe for the mood I was in. Which was (drum roll) a badass paintin’ mood.

AKA, a GREAT mood. Seriously, there is NOTHING better that a badass painting mood. Nothing. And if you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time (and I sincerely hope you have) you’ll know that a great painting mood (GPM) calls for high octane rock.  Da Boss. Loud.

And adventure. All GPMs call for risk taking. So while Da Boss was blasting working class angst and the speakers were positively vibrating with passion, I took the tube of white and squeezed it directly in the middle of the sky. And then I took my hands, one of which is pictured above, and smooshed that paint all over with my fingers.

Note to self: Next time wear gloves. Or barrier cream.

There was No. Going. Back. And I didn’t want to, I was having waaaaaay too much fun.

landscape painting

Valley View, acrylic on canvas. 24 x 24 inches.
2014 Susan Lobb Porter

 This is where it stands now. It’s a completely different painting, one that I personally find to be more interesting. Is it done? Maybe. Everything in the studio is fair game. Nothing is ever considered done–or safe–until it belongs to someone else. So there’s a chance you’ll see this one again…with more improvements.

So what do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

And meanwhile, remember this:


As always–




Eating Clean

Eating Clean

Three weeks ago the universe slapped me upside the head with the ultimate AHA! moment.

Universe: “Stop eating sugar. And crap. No more junk food. Or processed food. Except for chocolate. Because every girl needs chocolate.”

Me: “Mmm’kay.”

And I began eating like this… Real food. Nom nom. Stuff that grows in the ground or on trees or in a pasture. Lots of good fats. Nothing that came out of a box from a factory. Imagine that!  And no grains. Seriously, no grains.

And no weighing. No measuring either. Just eat when I’m hungry, as much as I want. Which is usually quite a bit.

In the beginning, the first week or so, it sucked. I was cranky and out of sorts and all I wanted to do was sleep and take my arguments to the dark side with Mr. Spouse. But that phase passed before one of us could ask for a divorce and soon enough and an interesting thing happened . . . I realized I was . . . relaxed. She who was once the queen of late night found herself going to bed early, falling asleep right away. Without the adrenalin fuel of sugar and simple carbs, she whose heart and mind were always racing found herself settling into a slow easy rhythm. Things that had once been important weren’t that important anymore. Less time online, more time in the studio.


Settling down in the evening with lapdogs instead of laptop. 

These are the changes I’ve seen in three weeks. I’m sure there’ll be more:

  • My formerly reptilian skin–and I’m not exaggerating when I say reptilian— is now smooth and soft. I mean before this, moisturizers didn’t do a thing. WOOT!
  • The mirror shows weight loss–how much, I don’t know. I don’t weigh myself so I can’t say.
  • Cheekbones! I has CHEEKBONES!!!
  • Better sleep. Much better. OMG, yes!
  • Slower heart rate
  • Less anxious. In fact, not anxious at all.
  • No desire to waste time on email and facebook 
  • More quality time in the studio
  • A general feeling of well being

I know we’re all different and not everyone would find this way of eating right for them. But it works for me, better than anything I’ve ever tried before. Three weeks into a change of lifestyle I never thought I’d do. Now I see it as the most natural way for me to eat, for me to be.

And it’s a good thing.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this in the comments below. And remember: