small friends' chronicles

Cave Painting Progress

 Progress in the Cave Painting project... Cross-posted from the nanoscapes blog.…(continue reading)

12th Annual Art-on-a-Line: new roosters in St. Paul

The Northstar Watermedia Society's 12th Annual Art-on-a-Line Show and Sale opens to the public on Friday May 16 and runs through Sunday May 18. The all-original (no prints or reproductions) work of 90 watermedia artists will be at the Fine Arts Building at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.  All-Member...(continue reading)

Saint Paul Art Crawl: New owls, roosters & frogs (April 25-27)

The Saint Paul Art Crawl runs from April 25 to 27. I will be on the 5th Floor of the Rossmor Building, 500 N. Robert Street. There will be more than 40 artists at Rossmor and absolutely pulsating with art.   COME HUNGRY for Sawatdee and Keyes on the 1st floor The building has two of my favorite...(continue reading)

Backyard Roosters of Saint Paul

There is no history of Animal Husbandry in my extended family, and I have no access to chicken coops and no backyard.  Why, then, am I painting The Backyard Roosters of Saint Paul?Why not?  Most of the original paintings are on 8x8 watercolor paper. All have been scanned and then manipulated...(continue reading)

Pandas in the Hidden Bamboo Forest of Saint Paul

 Pandas from the Hidden Bamboo Forest of Saint PaulRotator cuff surgery kept me from painting with my right hand for two months. Now that I'm back, I am delighted to introduce the Pandas from the Hidden Bamboo Forest of Saint Paul. They have agreed to sit for portraits as long as I don't reveal...(continue reading)

Creatures of Whimsy at SE Hennepin Library

   Creatures of Whimsy   1/16 - 1/29/2014   Opening reception: 1/25/14, 1:30-4:30   Southeast Library   1222 4th St SE, Minneapolis    Small Friends for Kids   A reading and drawing workshop   Everyone...(continue reading)

Two Gray Elephants from Lost Cave Paintings of Saint Paul

The Two Gray Cave Elephants are part of the Lost Cave Paintings of Saint Paul. They are painted on an 8x8 piece of primed aluminum board (framed, $60 plus $5/shipping).  After tinting and applying gesso, I waited for the gesso to dry and painted the elephants. They were dull until I applied...(continue reading)

Susan Gainen & Small Friends at Saint Paul Art Crawl

The Saint Paul Art Crawl runs from October 4 to October 6, and a very large group of Small Friends will be with me at the Lowertown Lofts Apartments facing Mears Park. Drop by and make new friends:Pinkie Pink Beaded Pig  (8x8 framed)Gray Beaded Elephant   (5x7 matted)Purple Paper...(continue reading)

Lost Cave Paintings of Saint Paul: Two Cave Rhinos go to a show

"Two Cave Rhinos" from The Lost Cave Paintings of Saint Paul have been accepted into the WARM (Women's Art Resources of Minnesota) Women Celebrating Women Juried Show. The show will hang at The College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN from October 22 to November 22, 2013. The opening reception...(continue reading)

Lost Cave Paintings of St. Paul: new art & artist talk

Some of The Lost Cave Paintings of Saint Paul are in an "Off the Wall" showcase at the Hopkins (MN) Center For the Arts, and there are new paintings among them. Artist Talk at Hopkins (MN) Center for the ArtsJoin me (and the paintings) for an Artist Talk at 1:30 p.m. on July 27 on the second floor...(continue reading)