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  • Writer's pictureJ Susan Aitken

Back at the Bean

You heard right! As of yesterday, I'm back at the Plymouth Coffee Bean during October and November. There are a couple of repeats from last year, but most of the paintings are different. You should really check it out - it's very cozy, smells like coffee and they serve crepes. Doesn't get much better than that on those brisk fall days - which are just around the corner according to the weather reports!

It's been a while since I wrote, so I'll catch you up on what's been happening. The end of August brought the close of the exhibit at the Cherry Hill Theater. Anne Jahn, the exhibits manager, did a wonderful job of hanging the show, and it was great working with her. A couple days later, I headed to Brighton to put up a display at the St. John's Episcopal Church, which will be up through November. Two weeks later, I was relaxing on a beach in Oahu visiting our youngest daughter who is stationed at Schofield Barracks. Beautiful island, great trip- well, it's hard to go wrong with Hawaii!

Woven between exhibits, family vacation and daily life, I have also been artistically adventurous. I am challenging myself to learn new painting techniques and apply them to portraiture. I have joined the Atelier Studio in Royal Oak which focuses on painting techniques dating back to the 17th century, while utilizing contemporary resources and ideas. My first portrait is of my daughter-in-law, Emily, and so far I have completed the underpainting, which establishes the values in the painting. I'm excited to get to the color! Stay tuned...

And then there's this guy, who just happens to appear in my blogs sometimes... because he's cute. And he's my first grandbaby. And he was here today. Hasn't he gotten big?

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