Friday, July 31, 2015

Fortune Friday Week #54

Everyone must row with the oars she has.
acrylic and leaves on canvas, 2011 
Lucky color: Outrageous Orange
Lucky number: 461

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Urban Baggage

hand carved linocut on 6 color lithograph map
one of a kind print by Suzanne Coley, created in Baltimore 2015
(original map reflecting USGS topographic mapping status in 1967)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Black books

black books by Suzanne Coley (part of 365 series)
black books
for black times
egg shell nightmares

a somber sun hides behind
glass and steel monsters
ready to aim potent weapons

cable blues for artists
waiting for the fix
begging for paper not
worthy of monopoly

black books for black times
cursive zinc white words
psychotic stripes swell
broken spines

red welts
bandaged oozing passions
leaving masters in pieces
emergency rooms storage units

black books for black times
earth is square king on each
corner gulping electrical wines
brewed with Aeschylus's reed

emperors push bull through
snow Elpis forgot to melt
Benjamin dreams smuggled in crystal
snow cones, favors at private parties

welcome to the city of green apples
take a bite

up the pressure, the party goes on 
till the break of blue. . .


art and poetry ©2014 Suzanne Coley

Sunday, July 26, 2015


The Healing: Pulchritudinous,  by Suzanne Coley, acrylic on canvas and wood, 2011
 I have finally gotten around to cataloging my abstract works created in the New York City,
and selling them on my Online shop.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Fortune Friday Week #53

Regret, like a tail, comes at the end.  Live bold.
Illustrations and paintings by Suzanne Coley on Etsy
This week I re-opened my shop on Etsy.  I was going to wait until my solo art exhibition in October at
Baltimore Public Library.  Then I decided now is the best time.  Stop by.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Raggedy Man

Butterflies in Baltimore by Suzanne Coley
W'y, the Raggedy Man -- he's ist so good,
He splits the kindlin' an' chops the wood;
An' nen he spades in our garden, too,
An does most things 'at boys can't do,
He clumbed clean up in our big tree
An' shooked a' apple down for me
An' 'nother 'n', too, fer 'Lizabuth Ann-
An' 'nother 'n', too fer Raggedy Man,
Ain't he a' awful kind Raggedy Man?
Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy Man!
    ~ excerpt from The Raggedy Man by James Whitcomb Riley
       The Poems and Prose Sketches of James Whitcomb Riley, 1898, p 46-47
I love James Whitcomb Riley's poetry, especially the way he captures the innocence of childhood and American dialect.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Fortune Friday Week #52: Unfolding Beauty

Here's to life and its unfolding beauty as we journey on.
  ~ Gina Morakinyo

A few weeks ago a mathematician reminded me of the beauty of handwritten correspondences.
Postage stamps and hand cancellations from Kiev, 1993
He presented me with two large packages filled with postage stamps and envelopes from all over the world.  (A few countries no longer exist.)
Hand cancellation stamp, Baltimore, MD, July 17, 1993
Today I was going through the packages, and found a hand cancellation stamped on the back of one of the envelopes from Kiev: Baltimore, MD, July 17, 1993. 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Mental Monday Week #25

Topography of Fear
Handmade paper created with 60% cotton pulp, 20% abaca pulp, 20% newspaper.
Linocut printed with oil based ink.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Water: Understanding its Power

My final exam.
 Niagara Falls.
 A little over a year ago, I began my journey to overcome my fear of water.
 This week I had my final exam at Niagara Falls.
It was amazing!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Fortune Friday #51

It is never too late to say Thank You!
 I mailed the last batch of "hand printed gifts" to my followers.
 Many thanks to everyone who sent his/her address to me.
 A special thanks to everyone who met me in person.
 Have a wonderful weekend!
(Yes, the chair is made out of books.)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Anxious Artist learns . . .

It has taken me years to learn how to slow down and really feel the present,
connect with nature, and live in the moment.
Today when I went swimming, someone posted this message on the board.  During an interview the Dalai Lama was asked what surprised him most about humanity, and he responded:

"Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.  Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived."

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