Judge Susan J Fosters Comments on “Annie”: A striking design, masterfully executed, with an immediate sense of buoyancy and languid movement through water. The reflections are particularly impressive.
Vintage Lace, 30” x 24” oil, by Artist Susan J Foster
To the Light Chasers members:
It is my privilege to once again act as juror for the Light Chasers Member’s Show, and I am very aware that my choices will mean joy for some of you and disappointment for others. I want to be clear that every fine painting in this show deserved to be here and had an equal chance to be chosen for a prize and I hope that you will continue to paint with joy and creative exploration for it’s own sake regardless of the outcome. You, as a united group of dedicated painters, have all of the support and camaraderie you need to thrive in these difficult times. Stick together, my dear friends. Laugh, eat and paint together in our beautiful piece of paradise, and remember how lucky we are to have one another.
“Annie”, 30” x 60” x 1.5” oil on linen canvas. She won 2nd place in the 2021 Light Chasers Annual Members Show.
A friend asked if I would paint his wife, swimming, from an underwater perspective. He said it was to be a surprise. He also mentioned that he would like it to hang in their bedroom, over their bed. My first reaction was fear. It is extremely difficult to capture a woman that will be embraced by the subject. They would see this painting every day and night.
I love challenges. We discussed ways to get a good reference photo without raising her suspicions. I loaned him my underwater camera and he undertook the task.
A week or so later he returned with a large number of photos for review. One by one, my hopes were sinking, fearing that he didn’t get any great shots. There are many adjustments that can be made to enhance a photo, but the angles and her body positions are critical, and they just didn’t fit the bill. Until the last photo. He hit the jackpot. It was a classic!
I eliminated the background swimming pool tiles and shadows that defined the shape of their pool. We decided to try to portray her swimming in open waters, perhaps the gulf.
My friend and I grew more excited and hopeful as the painting progressed. He has a appreciation for art, as his parents both painted quite proficiently. His reviews and suggestions were well placed. I tried my best to make this painting a success.
I finally called it finished. Because of COVID-19 precautions, I delivered the painting to their home and placed it in the garage. He called me later to say that Annie loved the painting. We were all thrilled. I chalked it up as another miracle from God!