Clancy art exhibit opening

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Last night was my exhibit opening at Burnt Bridge Cellars – – and what fun we had! Here are a few photos:

The exhibit will run through July during winery hours – and more of my dog art can be seen at Caplan Art Designs

And the printed art book that relates to this exhibit is here:

art delivered installed and here is a sneak peek.

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Here’s a sneak preview of my exhibit at Burnt Bridge Cellars¬†that I’ve titled “Dogs in the Winery”! We’d just finished installing it. The “we” being me, Kim and Judy. (Kim and Judy are seen on the video talking and waiting for me to quit filming. ūüėČ

This coming Friday evening¬†my exhibit opens and people will come,¬†the wine will be poured, the food will be¬†served, I’ll sign copies of my book “Dogs by Sue Clancy”…¬†and we’ll all relax and¬†enjoy ourselves!   

paws for coffee and art

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Here’s another new artwork for my upcoming exhibit at Burnt Bridge Cellars¬† – it’s titled

Paws For Coffee by Clancy – 16 x 12 x 2 inches – hand dyed paper, found paper and acrylic on cradled board.

Here’s what inspired it: I can sometimes get so busy that I forget to take time to be present in the moment, to pause and smell the coffee. This is me ‚Äď remembering.

The diamond motif¬†is because I was¬†thinking of the maze-like¬†labyrinth quality that a busy¬†life sometimes has.¬† I chose a dachshund character¬†for that breeds¬†digging ability, chosen¬†as an inspiration¬†for me to “dig out” from the (a)maze-ing world what’s really important to me.

Paws For Coffee by Clancy

Paws for Coffee By Clancy 16 x12 x 2 inches Hand dyed paper, found paper and acrylic on cradled board

Labrador dog art in the winery

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As you know from other posts I’m getting ready for a one-person fine art exhibit to open June 2nd at Burnt Bridge Cellars¬† For this art exhibit I’ve been meditating, you might say, on how important it is to¬†practice enjoying¬†ordinary life. When I have a glass of wine I’m reminded to breathe, taste and savor everything – not just the wine.¬† I chose a Labrador dog as my “character” actor in my art (pictured) because a Labrador’s restrained-alert-excitement reflects how I feel while tasting some wines.

Here’s one of my artworks for the show:


Lad by Clancy – 30 x 22 inches – sumi ink on handmade paper

On my website page¬† you can find a link to¬†a sketchbook titled “Glad to Be Alive Sketchbook – drinks and music edition¬†2017”¬†¬†where you can¬†download, for free,¬†my sketches¬†that inspired this work.

You can also see some greeting cards with this image – and others – here

art exhibit statement in pictures

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I’ve been working on an exhibit statement for my upcoming one-person exhibit at Burnt Bridge Cellars¬†via Caplan Art Designs¬†and making it as visual as possible. Here’s what I’ve come up with (with slight variations for my on-line only¬†audience):

Dogs In The Winery by Sue Clancy

I‚Äôve been inspired by many of the drinks, restaurants and music events in Vancouver and the Pacific Northwest. Whenever I am inspired I make notes in my ‚Äúrunning around loose‚ÄĚ sketchbook ‚Äď real-life observations ‚Äď that often end up on a page looking like this:


Back in my studio I run those notes through my imagination and do a new sketch, in black and white, that uses elements of what I‚Äôd seen in real life but transforms that real-life data symbolically. In this way, my work becomes a visual story about enjoying something. For me drawing is thinking ‚Äď and storytelling. My newly imagined art-sketch becomes something like this:


Pierre by Clancy (ink on handmade paper)

Then I add to my story concept thoughts of color, patterns and textures Рto create a surface design on handmade paper that reflects my thoughts/feelings. In this step, I’m designing and creating hand-made patterns onto handmade papers using a number of techniques. Each pattern is designed to be another story element.

I put together the real-life data – my re-configured imaginary sketch idea and my color/pattern surface design thoughts – by cutting shapes out of my handmade papers and literally gluing the cut paper pieces together to create my fine artwork.

To show you what I mean here is a picture of me making a surface pattern design on handmade paper:


Sue Clancy creating a pattern on paper using a stencil-paste paper technique

And here I’m using an Xacto knife cutting out shapes from paper that was previously dyed:


Cutting dyed paper into a shape

The end result is a multi-layered fine art piece in color ‚Äď like what you see in this exhibit or that you can see on my website fine art¬†page¬†Or like this finished fine art piece titled “Caf√© Paix”


“Caf√© Paix” by Clancy – 14 x 11 inches – hand dyed paper, handmade paste paper and acrylic on cradled board

This exhibit shows a progression of my artistic thoughts about life in the Pacific Northwest¬†‚Äď a visual story collection ‚Äď with various dogs as symbolic characters. For me a dog represents an exuberance, a gladness, about being alive and is a fitting representative for pleasant life experiences.

You can download, free, 18 pages from my ‚Äúrunning around loose‚ÄĚ sketchbook – the real-life data that inspired this exhibit from my website here:¬†¬†I‚Äôve titled this (free eBook) sketchbook ‚ÄúGlad To Be Alive Sketchbook ‚Äď drinks and music edition 2017‚ÄĚ.¬† Direct link to the free eBook here:

The imaginative art-sketches developed from the ‚ÄúGlad to be Alive‚Ķ‚ÄĚ sketchbook can be seen in the printed book ‚ÄúDogs by Sue Clancy‚ÄĚ (available in this exhibit or via Amazon and other booksellers or here: ). If you are able to visit my art exhibit at Burnt Bridge Cellars I‚Äôm sure you can identify (in ‚Äúwhere‚Äôs Waldo‚ÄĚ puzzle fashion) which sketchbook page led to which black and white art-sketch and which of those became color fine artwork.

For¬†a “mind map” of my thinking process see the diagram here:

mind map of a Clancy art exhibit

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I’ve been busy getting ready for my one-person art exhibit to open June 2nd at Burnt Bridge Cellars – a winery in Vancouver WA.¬† Part of doing an exhibit is to write an exhibit statement.¬†But before posting my finished exhibit statement I wanted to share my thoughts behind my art exhibit design.¬† Here’s a sketch diagram, a mind-map:


For the last year I’ve been running-around-loose in the Vancouver WA and Portland OR area documenting, in my sketchbook,¬†my experiences at local music events, restaurants, wineries, cafes and pubs.¬† You can see a free eBook of my sketchbook titled “Glad¬†To Be Alive – drinks and music edition 2017”¬†here:

Then I processed through my imagination all of that data I’d collected in my sketchbook and for each pleasant thought I¬†imagined a dog character-actor and¬†made a¬†new sketch/visual story, an¬†ink study, using a sumi brush and ink. You can see a printed book, titled “Dogs by Sue Clancy” with¬†of some of these ink sketches via Amazon or here:

After doing a whole bunch of these dog portrait studies, almost 100 of them, I selected several and refined them, adding color and pattern and shape thoughts to my visual story describing metaphorically my experiences in real life.  These refinements have become finished fine art pieces that are in color using my mixed media cut handmade paper technique.  Both some of the finished color artworks and some of the black and white ink pieces (framed) will be at my upcoming exhibit.

My artistic inspirations are elements of¬†ordinary life – so I’ve extended my art-exhibit making to the above mentioned books. Books¬†are an important element of ordinary life so having authored two of¬†them and making them available adds another layer to my art¬†exhibit.

After doing some of the fine artworks I’ve also done some “illustrated things”: I’ve applied some of my artistic thinking¬†for my exhibit¬†to¬†real-life¬†clocks, napkins, tea towels, scarves and many other ordinary consumer¬†items.¬† This extends my art exhibit thesis¬†to yet another layer or dimension.¬†¬† You can see some of the items I’ve designed on my web page titled “illustrated things” here:

To put¬†my exhibit thesis¬†plainly¬†– I think it is very important to remember to enjoy and actively participate in¬†the present¬†moment, to relish ordinary things, places and friendly people.¬† Once upon a time I lived in a place where quality¬†music events, good restaurants, wineries and pubs were rare. Certainly they¬†didn’t exist¬†in the variety and abundance that they do here¬†in the Pacific Northwest. So I’m¬†aware of what a gift, a treasure, it is to have those things now.

It is also fitting to have my exhibit at a winery Рwhere the people who come to see my artwork can also enjoy award-winning wines and food.

But¬†back to my¬†mind-map:¬†generally¬†at the¬†exhibit my thesis will be available only¬†as a visual story, not spoken or written in literal fashion.¬† I have a reluctance to preach or otherwise belabor a point.¬†¬†Besides instead of writing/speaking didactically¬†I’d rather draw.

Now you know.


what happened with the dog art on fabric

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I’ve been inspired by many local coffee shops – as well as the local dogs – and I’ve been¬†making notes in my sketchbooks and¬†creating fine art in prep for my upcoming art exhibit opening June 2nd at Burnt Bridge Cellars (Free downloadable¬†eBook sketchbook full of my inspirations available¬†via this link

As part of my¬†upcoming exhibit I’ve¬†also created some dog-art-as… napkins and tea-towels. It fits with the dogs and drinks theme…

Here is a photo of the cloth dinner napkins Рavailable via this link only


The tea-towel looks like this (photo below) and is available via this link only:

A photo of a fabric swatch with this pattern is on my blog here:

what the sheet music became

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In my last post I told a bit about using sheet music in my fine art Рyou can see more about that and a photo of work-in-progress here:

While I worked I thought of the¬†music and musicians that I’m honored to know personally –¬†those I get to hear in small places, like cafe’s and homes – where I get to be surrounded by their music, love and friendship…

And here is what the work-in-progress, many more layers of paper and all those thoughts has become:


I’ve titled it “Surround Sound” – it’s 8 x 10 inches – made with hand dyed papers, handmade paste paper and “found papers” (the sheet music my musician friend gave me).

Now it has to dry before I can varnish it and get it ready for exhibit.


sheet music in fine art

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I’ve been creating¬†fine art¬†towards a one-woman exhibit in June at Burnt Bridge Cellars, a winery in Vancouver WA.¬† I’ve also been going to music events and cafe’s when I can. These kinds of events have been inspiring lots of the artwork I’ll have at the exhibit.¬† You can see some of¬†my sketch-work towards my exhibit in my book: “Dogs by Sue Clancy”

Also a musician friend gave me some old sheet music. I’ve been using it in my mixed media cut paper collages along with my hand-dyed papers – and I intend to do so with this piece too…

Here’s what’s on my work table:


art of quick coffee

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I’ve been very busy with art commissions and¬†upcoming art exhibit work¬†lately – but thank goodness for my practice of making a creative appointment with myself. When I do this I set aside 5 to 15 minutes to do¬†a “quick study” on one of my regular themes…. it’s a way to take a breather, meditate/think on a topic while doing something creative.

Here’s a recent “quick study”:


“Arlie” by Clancy – ink on handmade paper.

You can see more art¬†like this¬†in my recent book “Dogs by Sue Clancy”