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Art in a Box


Art in a Box @ the Library

A wonderful evening @ the Swan Hill Regional Library to launch the collaborative exhibition ‘Art in a Box’ by Susi and Franz BaumgARTner!

The exhibition is the first joint exhibition from the husband and wife team, and will run from May 15th to June 23rd.


Picasso finds the truth…

Photo Arnold Newman Courtesy

‘The ‘refined’, the ‘rich’, the ‘professional do nothing’, the ‘distiller of quintessence’ desire only the peculiar,
and sensational, the eccentric, the scandalous in today’s art. And I myself, since the advent of cubism, have fed these fellows what they wanted and satisfied these critics with all the ridiculous ideas that have passed through my head. The less they understood, the more they have admired me! …..Today, as you know, I am celebrated, I am rich. But when I am alone, I do not have the effrontery to consider myself an artist at all, not in the grand meaning of the word. …I am only a public clown, a mountebank. I have understood my time and exploited the imbecility, the vanity, the greed of my contemporaries. It is a bitter confession, this confession of mine, more painful than it may seem. But, at least, and at last, it does have the merit of being honest.’

(Pablo Picasso)

Colour my world

It is time for some colour! It’s official!! I am now into colour!!! As part of my Visual Arts Degree,
I am studying colour and its associations; tone, shade, saturation, hue, tint, cool, warm and I am learning how to mix all the colours together! Such fun!! I have also found some new cool web 2.0 tools to help me play!!!
My favourite Wordle has helped me to transform a mind map into a visual colour study…and there is more. I found a site called ‘Colour Lovers’ which is aptly named because it is full of colour and enables you to create all the colour you could ever want or need. Here are some examples of my work.

Wordle: Colour My World

created by Susi B @ Wordle

What a wonderful world of colour…creating colours and patterns…

Color by COLOURlovers

Wordle: Colour

created by Susi B @ Wordle
Color by COLOURlovers

What’s a Colour Wheel?

Colour Wheel  Understanding Hue, Saturation and Tone

Colour Theory

Colour Meanings  The Philosophy and Meanings of Colour

The Colour Purple – Rich, Royal, Regal, Lush, Bright and Happy

I am so loving this exploration into colour, I made this over here  where I am working on my colour projects…

Pallette Created by Susi B @ Colour Lovers

after all that colour….next is some ‘Inspiration’

Find a theme, Get Focused!

I have been working on the ‘theme’ for my new web presence project for Uni (WEB101 Assignment) and

finding a theme or refining the theme is probably more the key – I have gone back to one of my favourite web 2.0 tools – Wordle to help me find the key and come closer to my home.

I have some ideas as to what I want, but channeling it all into one pure ‘node’ (for want of a better word), has been a bit of a stumbling block….

As well as using Wordle, I have discovered the tools to WordPress and there is always more to learn, if you’re interested in finding out more – come with me while I go over and learn a little from ‘wordpress learn’
or check out Wordle if you want to be more creative! Wordle is great if you’re feeling stuck and you want to brainstorm an idea. Randomly write down words and see what you come up with!

     these are some of the ideas I am working on…

Word Maps created by Susi B @ Wordle

The core of my theme revolves around ‘Art’ and I had originally wanted it to be advisory in nature, as in, helping other artists to find their web presence. I have a lot of  artist friends who are not on the web yet but who want to be, and with my new-found understanding of the web 2.0 platforms I can perhaps offer some help in that area. After creating this Blog for Susi B Art, I decided to start another Blog for the purpose of helping others called ‘Ask Susi B‘ to cater for the need – as i often get asked ‘how to do things‘ on the web, which are really basic, but beyond the realm of self-help for really brand new beginners (who struggle even with Google!)

Now, rather than taking up loads of time on SKYPE explaining how to do things, I have started to collect and collate on another blog and keep this one just for art. The ‘web help‘ blog needs more time to create and present it as a finished product, so it will be a work in progress alongside this blog as my new web presence and keeping the focus on ‘art’.

word stacks compliments of  Wordle and susi b (b creative!)

next: Colour My World

Getting on with it…

Mind Map for Web Presence Theme by Wordle

Starting to feel a little more organised as i plough through the activities of setting up this new Blog and keeping up with my studies, but still need to take stock of what has to be done every day or so… i have tried making timetables, saving things in my calendar, writing notes, saving links, and copying and pasting instructions to my Blog…but alas, all to no avail! i just can’t get organised like i would like to with this new course! i am searching but haven’t yet found the key, currently the best method is – although rather time-consuming – going over my schedule every day, and setting a few targets on sticky notes to complete as best i can throughout the day.

And a fun method is to do some mind-maps, like the one above.
Doing a mind-map or a Wordle helps to get focused and

identify some of the problems that lead to procrastination…..

which, if you are not careful, can ultimately result in ‘overload/overwhelm’ syndrome

these are some common signs:

  • organising deficit – strive to be organised, but often fail to achieve a satisfied result
  • time deficit – when you are not organised, it makes you feel like you don’t have enough time
  • energy deficit – by the time you get organised, you are exhausted but then stay up late trying to finish off projects or tasks
  • focus deficit –  sometimes it is a lack of focus….or it can be from just getting too easily distracted from having too many things to do….!

Once identified it’s easy to work on these things one at a time and hopefully sort out some solutions that will solve these debilitating misdemeanors.
Lists are good, making a new list every morning helps me to re-focus and gives me a plan to follow. It is satisfying to mark off the tasks as they are completed,
and this also gives you a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment which further develops confidence, and self-esteem.
Being aware of these problems is a start and it helps to develop a plan of action if one earnestly desires to rid oneself of these debilitating habits/conditionings.
I enjoy learning, and studying but i sometimes stress out doing it! [remember Catch 22!?] To avoid the stress, i have to remind myself to practice these points and
also keep my attention on my study commitments. Checking schedules and making plans on a daily basis will help to keep you on track and alleviate some of the panic and stress that builds up at the worst times – like when you fall behind!

Susi B, 2011 [feeling] ‘Trapped’

One other good way to relieve stress which i have noticed is… when i am doing my art – art makes me feel good – whenever i give myself a break from studying, and go out and do some painting, i always feel better, more refreshed, clearer in the head, and more focused!  It only takes a couple of minutes to have a break, and even if you get lost for an hour or so, it’s a positive and creative use of time and much better than just sitting at the computer for hours on end trying to study!

So remember to give yourself a break – it’s worth it and you’ll find you’re more productive in the end. Summing up, a couple of things coming to the fore here, stress management, time management, and study skills could be implemented into a daily routine and could be incorporated as a relevant theme also for my blog….as writing is also one of the best ways to relieve stress, clear your head and stimulate the creative juices. Keeping a diary or journal is a positive step in the right direction. Look out for a journal entry soon!

vsw14 - FocusSusi B, 2011  Focus

next…”Get Focused!”
s.b. :p)


Welcome to susi-b-art-folio  a new web presence for Susi B Art. This Blog represents a new beginning; for a new course at Uni, a new blog and a new venture into my studio and my world of studying Arts. I made this blog to showcase my Art journey as well as for introspection, contemplation, and reflection on what i am learning in my Arts Course. I am studying Fine Arts and Visual Culture @ Curtin via OUA and although study is sometimes a challenge, I generally enjoy being involved in some form of study and study of Art at this time in my life…is interesting!
This is one of 2 new blogs for uni. The other one is here Susi B Art. I actually had trouble in the beginning deciding on a ‘theme’ so i have chosen ‘art’ as a broad theme, because art is a big pART of my life!
For more info on Susi B you can find it all here: via Welcome to my page! and on my About me page…..
and now for a small peek at one of my favorite artists: Mark Rothko.

Mark Rothko No. 14, 1960

Mark Rothko, (September 25, 1903 – February 25, 1970),
was a Russian born American painter.

He was classified as an abstract expressionist, although he himself rejected this label,
and even resisted classification as an “abstract painter”.

Colour My World ~ Rothko ~ Google Images

“I’m not an abstractionist. I’m not interested in the relationship of color or form or anything else.
I’m interested only in expressing basic human emotions: tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on.”

::: Mark Rothko :::


Image Retrieved from

O’Connor, Dr. Francis V. (1998). Editor, O’CONNOR’S PAGE© Retrieved from

Quote from Rothko: Retrieved from

Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia. (2010). Retrieved from

next post:“Getting on with it!”

Hello and Welcome to my World!

foto by susi b

The Farmer

This is one of 2 new blogs for uni. The other one is here Susi B Art. i have chosen the ‘art’ theme, because art is becoming a big pART of my life!

WordPress is new to me, and i am learning as i go!
This will be an on-the-job learning experience with a contemplative and hopefully artistic twist….that’s if i can work out how it all goes and get past this, my first post.
I just mastered to upload a photo of one of our local Sculptures and it was relatively easy!
Why ‘the Farmer’ you may ask? It is just the first photo that came up when i was testing how to upload a photo and looking at it now, it is probably appropriate for how i was feeling; somewhat bedazzled, somewhat overwhelmed and somewhat confused about whether i will really handle all this work. Of course, i’m not one that gives up easily, so i am going to give it my best shot, but it is a challenge to say the least! Studying and creating an online identity, especially as now i have decided (yes, finally) to use this blog as my studio showcase, comfort pad, and my springboard for testing out and showcasing my work and my interests in art as part of the brief for Uni.
If this is your first visit here, maybe you have stumbled across my Blog for some unusual or unknown reason and as you are still reading this, I welcome you to my world and i do hope you enjoy my space. You are welcome to explore, and if you like to share or leave me a comment so that I know you have been that would be great!

Welcome to my World