Pink Saturday


DSC02964Today is Pink Saturday, hosted by the lovely Bev from How Sweet The Sound. If you stop by Bev's place, you can read all of the Pink Posts.


DSC02964Kindred spirits arrive in your life and you recognize them by their work, the sound of their voice and the things in common you share.. .with the words they write, lyrics familiar, the way they view life, and the color pallet of their paintings. It was just like that when I first discovered the artwork of Susan Rios.


DSC02964When my best friend, Judy took me to see the artwork of Susan Rios in 1989, I instantly fell in love. At my baby shower, a year prior, Judy didn’t buy cutie little baby clothes. Instead, she knew that I too needed a bit of baby care, and she gave me the coffee table book of the artwork of Susan Rios. That was twenty-one years ago, and I still cherish this book and get joy looking at her artwork.


DSC02964Here is the card that Susan Rios wrote to me when I met her at that art show in Short Hills, New Jersey. I was just beginning to paint watercolors and she told me that she started by painting cards.


DSC02956Sigh, I was so inspired and still am in awe of Susan. Her feminine style and compositions are a joy. I also have her Designer Scrapbooks book, which is totally wonderful. I have given her illustrated books by to my mother and my friends.


DSC02954Susan’s new web site is wonderful, and she continues to create the most beautiful paintings. She is also illustrating many books with her publishing company. My sister, Lynne lived in the same town in California and she gave me a beautiful giclee' canvas and a signed calendar.


DSC02955When I read that she will be featured in Where Women Create magazine in 2009, I was thrilled. I adore this magazine and now my favorite artist will be featured. I can’t wait to see her art studio.


DSC02955"Her work is featured on Thought apex, which is a column inspired by love, angels, and positive thoughts. The artwork featured is used by permission of the world-renowned artist Susan Rios."


DSC02959I love this song by Secret Garden, it is called The Promise. So many people arrive at our doorsteps and awaken the promise that has been living inside of our hearts all along.

judy collagePerhaps that is why we recognize them instantly as our kindred spirits. It was like that with my friend Judy, and she continues to inspire me. Always introducing me to lovely things and awakening those special heartstrings that live inside of me. I am thankful that she introduced me to this wonderful artist and for the many inspirations that continue to add light to my life.
Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

It is such a blessing that our hearts open doors that our filled with many wonderful things....m..

Vicki said...

Hello, Karen,
Susan's art work is very beautiful. I can see how she was such an inspiration to you. Thanks for sharing her wonderful work. Have a good weekend. Vicki

dottydotty said...

stunning illustrations thanks for sharing they have brightened a gray UK day have a happy pink saturday

Kathleen Grace said...

Susan's work is so amazingly beautiful. I agree with you, the colors she uses and the images, they are brilliant! Thank you for sharing her website, I had no idea she had one!

Regina said...

Hi. Happy Pink Saturday.
What a lovely post.
Enjoy your weekend.

jeanne said...

Good morning Karen, Your post today feathering Susan Rios is perfectly lovely. Her talent is outstanding. Being the artist that you are I can so understand your love for her work. I love it too. The signed card and her books are such treasures. I am going to Google her and learn more. You sparked an interest. You are lucky to have a wonderful friend in Judy. Friends are our true treasures aren't they?


Bunny said...

What a wonderful story and I am delighted that you introduced me to Susan Ross I will have to check her out as I love what I see here. Happy PS

Marina Capano said...

Hello, Karen, wow! I love so so so much Susan's art work!!!! is just beautiful!!!
I´ll go to her web!!!

I sent an email!!!!I await your response;)

thanks for your nice comment!!!!


♥Itajeff♥ @Something To Share said...

Lovely post.
Happy PS and enjoy your weekend

Vintage To Chic said...

good morning Karen, I will have to check out the artwork. first time I have heard of it.
Hope you have a blessed week

Jennifer Froh said...

Her art is asolutely amazing!!! WOW!

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

I have several of her coffee table books as well. I especially enjoy her combinations of florals -- often i think to myself had i painted that i wouldve never thought of combining the numerous variety. They work so well and I am also in awe.

Thanks for sharing.

What a fun display of Pink Saturday.


TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest Karen,
Again,your posts are so lovingly displayed, colorful and a tribute to your friends. You are truly an angel forever. Please come by for the play, I have a front row seat reserved just for you! Anita

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

What a dear. Blessings.

Gabriela said...

Hello Karen,

Happy Pink Saturday!

Love Susan's work, it's amazing!

~ Gabriela ~

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Karen! You made it to the play! Hang on tight, next weekend will be act 2. I am amusing you with painting, I live on writing. I may be corny at the moment, but I hope to one day write like a real writer! In the mean time, I laugh a lot. Balzac is a real dog (I named him that) that I encountered in Paris in a real fashion salon! I want to tell his story....Anita

♥Mimi♥ said...

I just ♥ it when people share some of their most treasured possessions with us on Pink Saturday. Your post this week is beautiful! Thanks so much!

Coastal Sisters said...

Hi Karen~
I found you through my friend Anita at Castles, Crowns and Cottages. I love Susan's work! Thank you for sharing this wonderful artist with us.

Have a wonderful weekend~
LuLu Kellogg

Claudia said...

What a lovely tribute to your friend and to Susan Rios. I so enjoy seeing her work and am looking forward to reading about her in Where Women Create. Happy Pink Saturday, Karen!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

Hello Karen,

Susan's painting just lovely! I wish I could have some of her art work.. it would be an honour.. thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

caren said...

Her paintings remind me so much of yours! No wonder you feel like kindred spirits. And what a blessing to have such a wonderful friend like Judy. Happy PS!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Happy Pink Saturday Karen. Even though I am not part of pink Saturday every Saturday I always stop by yours to see what you have posted. I don't always leave a comment but please know that I am here. What a lovely tribute you have posted today! Very sweet! I was your first commenter? :) Big Smile!! We've come a long way baby! xo Lynn

dottydotty said...

just popped back to say that i have ordered one of susans book can't wait for it to arrive now thanks for the inspiration

Connie said...

I am always humbled when you visit with me, honey. You are such an inspiration to many. BUT today when I saw you're a Susan Rios devotee than I knew in an instant we are definitely kindred spirits, sweeetpea. I found her in the late 80s and have many of her prints and have actually dedicated a wall in my home to her. We've corresponded by email at different times and she's one of the loveliest artists I know and certainly my favorite artist of all times. I also have her book and just treasure it. She's a sweet lady.

vickie said...

Happy Pink Saturday! Thanks for sharing a beautiful post, very inspiring.

Suzie Button said...

I can see why you were inspired by Susan, her artwork is very similar in style to yours and you're both just so talented! I will pop over to visit her site! Happy PS! Suzie

Cindy said...

Oh my! These things gave me goosebumps; so beautiful and cozy!!! You site is lovely and I'm going to follow.

She'sSewPretty said...

Her work is gorgeous Karen. I can see her influence in your artwork as well. I'm sure I've seen her paintings before but didn't know the artist. I'll have to go look at her website. Thanks for sharing and Happy Pink Saturday!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Hi Karen! Such a lovely tribute to Susan's work. She is amazing, as are YOU! I just had to let you know that I've just seen Celeste's post on your watercolor she had framed & it looks beautiful. We were talking about you on the phone the other day ~ were your ears burning?!?! We plan to meet in person soon & boy, if I go to her house she better hide that painting or it just might find it's way home with me! :0)

Happy PS!

Big Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Margie said...

Happy Pink Saturday Karen, Susan's work is wonderful, I can see how she is such an inspiration to you, it is so good to see two such wonderful artistic people like you two connected in a special way.Thank you for posting and sharing. Hugs, Margie.

Anne Fannie said...

That artwork is just beautiful!
Happy Pink Saturday!

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Thanks so much for your kind words on my Sudsy-Wudsy bear memory story. You reached my soul with your heartfelt words. Thank you, dear friend!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

My Dear Friend Karen:
Debbie wanted me to contact you.
You may want to come and check out my blog real quick. Things are not good honey. We need prayers, and quickly. Please pray. It is so critical right now. I love you, Sherry

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Karen,
What a lovely post! Susan's work is enchanting; I can see why you love it. Thank you for sharing it with us today on Pink Saturday. Have a wonderful weekend.


tales from an oc cottage said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhh, I have to tell my sisters! There was a day when their homes were filled with Susan's work! And when she painted their special place, the Inn On Summer Hill, they almost came unglued! How fun! They will be thrilled, thx so much for letting us know!

m ^..^

Sharon said...

Karen I am starting to think we are like souls. When I was visiting a dear friend back in the 80's we went to a gallery featuring Susan Rios. When I returned home I was haunted by her work and called the gallery for her lovely book. I treasure it and sit and dream when I look through it. I shall have to visit her website. Sharon

Sarah said...

Karen, I too am blessed with a close friend who loves to share creative adventures. Thanks for sharing this artist and her work.

Beverly said...

Karen, this is such a lovely post. Susan's work is inspirational. I could see how you could be kindred spirits.

Knowing of the friendship you and Judy share makes me smile.

Happy Pink Saturday, dear friend.

Amisha said...

Beautiful, beautiful work and as always very inspiring!

TattingChic said...

Wow, Susan's work is absolutely gorgeous (like yours!) and what a beautiful book that is! Thanks for sharing. I'm off to visit your friend Judy's place! :)

pinkkandy said...

You have a very lovely blog...I read several of your posts...saying a prayer for your friend..Amy...
God Bless Kandy

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh No! Another artist for me to fall in love with! I'm really behind on my blog reading and now I've come to this post, and I HAVE to go see another blog! Thanks for sharing this lovely art. laurie

Look in the Nook said...

Busy week. Just now getting around to see all the wonderful pink.
Susan is a wonderful artist. I love her use of color and style. I am now a follower of her work.
Don't forget to "Look in the Nook"