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Susan Swain

Susan M Swain

Hillsboro, OR

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"Hi. My name is Susan "Sue" Swain, and I am an "alcohol-inker" from Hillsboro Oregon."

Painting with alcohol ink is my passion, but I also love to express my creative inner-voice and life-journey through acrylic, watercolor, collage, iPhotography, macro-photography, printmaking, art-journaling, sculpture, and whatever I can learn.

I began dabbling with alcohol ink four years ago in order to find balance between representational and abstract art. I saw the need to let go of trying to create that "perfect" painting, and also let go of the impossible task of trying to please everyone. Letting go of "control" is not easy, and no doubt will be a lifelong challenge, but it's doable and freeing.

Alcohol ink in some ways is like herding cats. It's unpredictable. It's also mesmerizing. When I drop primary colors into alcohol and watch each brilliant color swirl, interact, and replace one another as if in gently play while I move the non-porous substrate up-and-down, side-to-side, it is captivating. The painting seems to evolve into an unexpected abstract landscape. A sense of pleasure envelop my being as I watch this process of evolution.

Alcohol ink can also become a controlled representational painting. With it I can paint the feathers of an owl, or the reflection in a cat eye. This process is very challenging and tricky. I've taken online classes from the best instructors: June Rollins, Karen Walker, and Sheryl Williams. Each has impacted my life with a new tool, a new freedom and a joy.

I am hooked on painting with alcohol ink, and the journey of losing

"The creative process is a process of surrender, not control." ​​​​-Julia Cameron

 

Russell's Pond by Susan Swain

 

Sapphire Sky by Susan Swain

 

Turbulent Hope by Susan Swain

 

The Gathering by Susan Swain

 

Iron Mountain by Susan Swain

 

Pumpkin Delight by Susan Swain

 

Into the Deep by Susan Swain

 

Sunny Delight by Susan Swain

 

Waterworld by Susan Swain

 

Red River Valley by Susan Swain

 

Emerald Forest by Susan Swain

 

In The Flow 01 by Susan Swain

 

Green Pastures by Susan Swain

 

Henretta by Susan Swain

 

Genisis by Susan Swain

 

Lake of Emotion by Susan Swain

 

Majestic Mt. Hood by Susan Swain

 

Winters Cloak by Susan Swain

 

Poppy by Susan Swain

 

Caldera - Alcohol ink by Susan Swain

 

Crown Point by Susan Swain

 

Quiet Waters by Susan Swain

 

Red Dawn by Susan Swain

 

Released by Susan Swain

 

Conglomerate by Susan Swain

 

Crowning Glory by Susan Swain

 

Southern Lights by Susan Swain

 

In The Flow 02 by Susan Swain

 

Let There Be Life by Susan Swain

 

Dragonfly by Susan Swain

 

Party Time by Susan Swain

 

Everlasting Glory by Susan Swain

 

The Tempest by Susan Swain

 

Oregon Sunshine by Susan Swain

 

Gullible by Susan Swain

 

Oregon Light House by Susan Swain

 

Autumn's Gift by Susan Swain

 

Birchwoods by Susan Swain

 

Birchwoods in Watercolor by Susan Swain

 

Lady Luv by Susan Swain

 

Beautiful Ladybug by Susan Swain

 

Lady On A Daisy by Susan Swain

 

Oak by Susan Swain

Oak

 

Dandelion in Winter by Susan Swain

 

Fire Sky by Susan Swain

 

Come To Me - aquatint by Susan Swain

 

A Child's Love by Susan Swain

 

ILY by Susan Swain

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