Saturday, March 19, 2016

Sketch to Final in Progress

It's a beautiful day and I'm here in the studio with the windows wide open. With snow in the forecast for tomorrow, I figure I ought to take advantage! Here's recent sketch I did, based on the 2016 SCBWI Tomie DePaola prompt from Philip Pullman's version of Little Red Riding Hood:

"Once upon a time there was a little girl who was so sweet and kind that everyone loved her. Her grandmother, who loved her more than anyone, gave her a little cap made of red velvet, which suited her so well that she wanted to wear it all the time. Because of that everyone took to calling her Little Red Riding Hood.
One day her mother said to her: ‘Little Red Riding Hood, I’ve got a job for you. Your grandmother isn’t very well, and I want you to take her this cake and a bottle of wine. They’ll make her feel a lot better. You be polite when you go into her house, and give her a kiss from me. Be careful on the way there, and don’t step off the path or you might trip over and break the bottle and drop the cake, and then there’d be nothing for her. When you go into her parlour don’t forget to say, “Good morning, Granny,” and don’t go peering in all the corners.’
‘I’ll do everything right, don’t worry,’ said Little Red Riding Hood, and kissed her mother goodbye.
 Her grandmother lived in the woods, about half an hour’s walk away. When Little Red Riding Hood had only been walking a few minutes, a wolf came up to her. She didn’t know what a wicked animal he was, so she wasn’t afraid of him."

I've had fun with the sketch and thought I'd make it into a cut-paper piece.  I'm heading to a children's book conference this summer, so maybe once it's finished, Little Red will come along for the ride!

Little Red Riding Hood in progress...

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


My interview with i{heartrhody} is up! The blog is put together by Erica and The Bear, who learn and tour their way around the ocean state, exploring the sights, sounds and tastes of Rhode Island. On occasion they feature local artists -- and happily for me, this week they have interviewed Susabean Studios! Take a look: 

If you're interested in the holiday or other cards featured -- or any other Susabean Studio items such as framed or matted prints or originals, take a look at my Esty shop. If you don't see what you're looking for, send me an email through my website, I'd love to hear from you!!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Interview Time!

Just putting the finishing touches on an interview for the blog i{heart}rhody -- a great site, all about the ocean state. I am looking forward to seeing the interview along with images of cards new to my "Look Who's Squawking" line of greeting cards.

Click on the link to my Etsy shop, as well -- there are several new cards -- just in time for the upcoming holidays!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Susabean Studio Cards Available in Little Compton, RI!

I've just returned from a beautiful drive to the Simmons Cafe and Market in Little Compton, RI. The weather was gorgeous -- definitely the "peak" time of year for leaf peeping!!

I am happy to announce that they are now carrying my "Look Who's Squawking" line of greeting cards. They have a wonderful assortment of Holiday, Birthday, New Baby, Thank You, etc. cards. Make sure to grab a latte on your way out! 

Simmons Market and Cafe, 78A Crandall Road, Little Compton, RI

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Rainy Day for the Fall RISD Sale

The tents are down, the rain has stopped, and it's gorgeous outside. It's only too bad that today's weather isn't what we experienced yesterday! 

But it was still great to be part of the show. I had fun (as always) visiting with many friends, new and old who stopped by as well as with some of my favorite RISD artists -- notably, Pia Peterson -- who in addition to her fabulous oil paintings (the sheep are to die for) is now making pillows that are...delicious. Soft, squishy, and beautiful,  I purchased two.  The photo below was taken prior to the tiny leak which wreaked a bit of havoc on a bit of inventory and before I had to cover the table in some rather uninviting plastic! And a shout-out to Beth, who helped man the booth and kept me company!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Walking on Art!

     A smattering of sample rugs! I can't believe how fun it is to see my designs spring to life as these little door mats...

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

It's That Time Again

If it's October, it must be be time for the Fall RISD Sale! 

So, yes, lots going on here. I'm nearly done organizing -- filling the display racks with the new cards designed in 2014, packaging and pulling together everything I'll need. At the moment the weather forecast looks (happily) to cooperate -- hoping that it stays that way!

I'm lucky to have several people helping me out this year; in addition to the family members I've managed to coerce into active duty as well as a friend from my RISD days, I get to have a childhood friend from ELEMENTARY school on hand. Pretty amazing!! For those of you familiar with the Camp Fire Organization, we've know one another since we "flew up" together as six-year-old "Bluebirds" up to the "big league" of Camp Fire girls. Lots of history there, so this should be a very fun show.

Beyond that, there's a slew of new cards available at Paper, Packaging, and Panache in Bristol, RI. Be sure to check them out, and I hope to see you on Saturday, Rain or Shine, on Benefit Street!! (Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)