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illustration detail by Susan Polansky, with related reference images
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98 – Reference images for translation

January 17, 2021
illustration detail by Susan Polansky, with related reference images Reference images are crucial for translating a line drawing into a realistic art...
Artist Susan Polansky using a laser level in the art studio
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95 – Let me get this straight…

January 12, 2021
This design wall is made of two 4’ x 8’ Styrofoam panels covered with flannel. I won’t be able to work on...
camera set up in art studio
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94 – I Spy a Camera in the Window

January 7, 2021
My studio overhead camera set-up is not set back far enough to capture the width of quilt area that I’ll be working...
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93 – Moving along

January 4, 2021
My thoughtful husband put an overhead camera set-up on my studio ceiling. My work takes a long time to go together, so...
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92 – The Next Stage Begins!

January 2, 2021
I ordered a full-size enlargement from Staples Copy department and had it shipped to me as I'm not going anywhere to avoid...
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91 – Going BIG!

December 30, 2020
My next quilt will be 3’ high x 11’ length. Truly a commitment, especially with the level of detail that is typical...
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90 – Quilting Fear

December 27, 2020
I AM INTIMIDATED! "Of what?," you may ask. Of all the things I set out to conquer when first starting a project...
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89 – Big Bang

December 6, 2020

Impact! Oversized “Flying Pins” by Claes Oldenburg  and Coosje van Bruggen yell out and demand a look.  This site sculpture wouldn’t be…

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88 – Giving thanks

December 6, 2020

I depart from my usual arty posts to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to all! I cooked up a feast for my social-bubble…

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87 – Primary focus

December 6, 2020

If I were looking straight ahead, my primary field of vision would be the blue area. I colored these areas to remind…

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86 – Coloring fun

December 6, 2020

Just for the fun of it, I colored in a bit of a drawing. I really don’t know how to “paint” on…

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85 – I want it all

December 6, 2020

I’m working on the center section, what will be behind the girl with the balloon, trying to figure out how to get…

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84 – Ditch the Snake?

December 6, 2020

I spent oodles of time on drawing a snake slide, but in this version, I’ve ditched it completely, and, well, I like…

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83 – Spot the difference

December 6, 2020

These two drawings remind me of spot-the-difference cartoons that always captivated me! There are many of the elements that I have shown…

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82 – How’s it looking?

December 6, 2020

I’ve got a lot packed into this, but I can’t say that I’m happy with it. There is no flow in the…

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81 – Kneading it to go away

December 6, 2020

You might be wondering what the silver thing is that is often on my drawings. It’s one of my favorite drawing, or…

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80 – Barrel of fun

December 6, 2020

Back to using the background grid and drawing boxes to figure out how a barrel would look lying on it’s side. Because…

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79 – Ruinous ruffians ruin ruins

December 6, 2020

Versions of what will be to the left of the girl with(out) the balloon. I liked the idea of a dog pulling…

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78 – Beginning to see everything clearly

December 6, 2020

My balloon people will be in the front of my story, so they will be a bit larger than some of the…

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77 – Of course you can have cotton candy

December 6, 2020

Here is another opportunity to have everything count – I could have both child and adult reaching up to the escaping balloon,…

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76 – I’ll never get it back

December 6, 2020

The loss of a balloon is another idea that has been floating around my imagination. Child loses cheerful balloon, adult reaching but…

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75 – Gotta get my hands on some fabric!

December 6, 2020

The amusement park is taking shape! I can start seeing colors in my head. After so much drawing I am really itching…

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74 – Cap / guns

December 6, 2020

I’ve drawn a shooting gallery in my amusement park and now I’m working on characters that are passing by, a man with…

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73 – Will they make the cut?

December 6, 2020

I like the idea of two people pointing and laughing at the bottom of the slide. I think it’s clearer that they…

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72 – Sizing up a bully

December 6, 2020

How do I know how large to draw a figure? It’s back to boxes and the perspective grid. At the start of…

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71 – Look hard enough and it will be found

December 6, 2020

Different versions of the same idea. Haven’t settled on the size or placement of the snake slide, but I’m figuring that if…

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70 – Re-appearing images

December 5, 2020

Colors! Paint! Creative Play! Oh the fun of being in my studio! My artistic life allows escape from current events, but I…

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69 – It’s not funny

December 5, 2020

I’ve got some idea of my snake slide drawn, so now what happens?  I recall being slightly dizzy at the exit of…

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68 – The muscle memory of drawing

December 5, 2020

My husband will repeat a tennis shot over and over to get the correct form into his muscle memory. While I wouldn’t…

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67 – Bottled up meaning

December 5, 2020

I’m still on the subject of drinking and playing with how it will fit into my grand scheme of a plan for…

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66 – Fangs and functionality

December 5, 2020

This slide functionally works. It’s size or something isn’t quite right, but good enough for now.  I am pleased with the person…

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65 – Ouch!

December 5, 2020

2 AM: Startled awake with a WTF moment! Last post I claimed to be getting better at recognizing errors with perspective. Yeah,…

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64 – Playing with boxes

December 5, 2020

WHEN DRAWING IS DIFFICULT, GO BACK TO BOXES! The snake slide that I envision is a tough thing to draw. Not only…

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63 – Making my recycle bin overflow

December 5, 2020

Man, I can really relate to this quote from Chuck Dixon, “Every artist has thousands of bad drawings in them and the…

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62 – Re-thinking snake oil

December 5, 2020

Bottle…drinking…downward slide – connects in my mind to: insidious poison, sneaking, slithering, evil snake oil. But, snakes and alcohol are not all…

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61 – Sitting ducks

December 5, 2020

I don’t want to say directly “shooting at people” but I do want to make this suggestion with a shooting gallery. I’ve…

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60 – Same, but different

December 5, 2020

I continue to work out how my theme park will look by sketching out slightly different versions. One of my earliest sketches…

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59 – Something more to add

October 15, 2020

I think I will add some giant murals to the sides of the funhouse/amusement buildings. They have to be done in a…

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58 – Promise of fun

July 30, 2020

Frantic, flashing lights, colorful neon, bold graphics!, A promise of fun and excitement, luring people to spend money and wait on lines….

stitched artwork by Susan Polansky
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57 – It will be a quilt!

July 27, 2020

You’ve seen a lot of drawing, but have I mentioned that I intend to make the final piece of this project out…

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56 – Wandering through the funhouse

July 23, 2020

A tighter sketch with some different additions – a menacing animal beyond the mouse hole reaching out its paw. Maybe a jail-like…

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55 – Did you ever play Mousetrap?

July 20, 2020

Background ideas are formulating. I like the Mousetrap game’s ladder and basket and the diving board person. They kind of just found…

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54 – Beware the whirlpool

July 17, 2020

The rolling barrel entrance to a funhouse began with my thoughts on getting sucked into the internet, how I’m drawn into a…

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53 – What’s your position on this?

July 14, 2020

Position alters perspective, even more so when the type of perspective is distorted. Re-locating where an “attraction” is in my theme park…

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52 – Finding your center

July 6, 2020

A lot of geometry going on here. it will be no easy thing to draw a funhouse entrance barrel convincingly. It is…

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51 – Thoughts on fire

July 3, 2020

Detail added to the gingerbread house, adding some people and the Food Court signage. One of my biggest fears is fire, so…

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50 – backdrop? More like gumdrop

July 1, 2020

Planning stage for some other buildings has started. A gingerbread house would be tasty – not only for its colorful appeal, but…

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49 – Taking the paper training wheels off

June 29, 2020

I’m using a grid behind tracing paper for my drawings now. Newsprint was for quick sketches. Now I want to have a…

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48 – Eye see!

June 26, 2020

Here’s some crucial info that completely escaped me until lately: People of similar heights standing on flat ground, arranged from closest to…

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47 – 7.5 heads are better than one

June 23, 2020

The size of a human figure is often shown in “heads”. Height: 7 ½ heads, Width: 2 heads, Arm length: 3 ¾…

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46 – Go figure: figure drawing recommendation

June 19, 2020

This is my go-to for figure drawing reference. The simplified human anatomy, along with details of expression, age, clothing, gender differences are…

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45 – Maybe my biology degree has helped

June 16, 2020

As I plan the positions and appearances of the structures in my landscape, I need to think about people in the same…

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44 – Please wait for assistance

June 13, 2020

I’ll keep some of the details that appeared in the sketching stage and include them later. I really like the “Not Dead…

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43 – Where will everything go?

June 10, 2020

Now that I’ve decided to do a landscape view, and have more of an amusement park look rather than a solitary funhouse,…

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42 – Stranger in a strange land

June 7, 2020

“Grok” is one of my favorite words. Thanks to Robert A. Heinlein for coining it in his 1961 science fiction novel, “Stranger…

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41 – Using a perspective grid

June 4, 2020

This perspective grid is what I’ll use for my drawing. There are many kinds of simple grids available for free on the…

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40 – The amazing art of Kim Jung Gi

June 1, 2020

The South Korean artist named Kim Jung Gi creates absolutely amazing drawings using unusual perspectives. Here’s his website: https://www.kimjunggius.com/pages/about-artist There’s links to videos…

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39 – Panoramic drawing example

May 29, 2020

The artist John Lee granted permission for me to use his drawing in this post as a good example of the type…

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38 – Perspective beyond the normal range of vision

May 25, 2020

You can get lost in all the information about perspective drawing that is available on Google. I had never used a perspective…

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37 – Beauty in a mathematical grid

May 22, 2020

My previous thoughts on Perspective Drawing Art Instruction = math, angles, geometry = let’s not go there: Yes, classic math avoidance syndrome!…

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36 – What you see is just an illusion!

May 19, 2020

How do you become a better artist, a better anything? Identify what needs improvement, then learn and practice.I need to study up…

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35 – Facing invisible barriers

May 16, 2020

What do you do when you come up to a barrier? Do you shirk away from things that scare you, or do…

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34 – Perspective is all about relationships

May 14, 2020

An imaginative world requires convincing size, shape and space in order to be believable. Photographs can give me the basics of how…

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33 – Self-portrait perspective

May 12, 2020

Yes, this is a self-portrait – from 1979! (Don’t ya just love those big eyeglasses?) It’s a first attempt at etching. We…

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32 – Quicksand of my own making

May 10, 2020

Somedays, everything feels like too much. I go into my studio to escape from complications of the day, and find myself mired…

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31 – Drawing the line between scary and fun

May 5, 2020

Preliminary sketches – imagining how some ideas might fit together. These may not look anything like the final drawing for my quilt,…

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30 – Diving into a pool of imagery

May 3, 2020

I’m beginning to think that I’m trying to do too much with one artwork. Better to have too may ideas than none,…

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29 – Complicated possibilities

May 1, 2020

If I had one amusement house featuring all the ideas that I’ve thought about so far, it would be pretty jammed packed….

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28 – “Nothing to see here folks, move along.”

April 30, 2020

Thinking on the collapsing space of a traveling carnival ride, I tried to stretch the idea to something else that works in…

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27 – Pack and play

April 29, 2020

I’ve now searched the internet for amusement “dark rides” and funhouses. Some of them travel with carnivals, so they need to disassemble…

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26 – How about a creepy Victorian house?

April 27, 2020

If I’m going to put all my ideas in one house-like structure, then the large, ornate, and often creepy look of an…

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25 – Snakes and slides

April 24, 2020

The idea of a snake shaped slide is too good to pass on, so I’ve sketched out how it might look. Something…

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24 – Exit by twists and turns

April 22, 2020

I like the idea of a slide in my new art work, but not sure how it works with the idea of…

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23 – This way to the egress!

April 20, 2020

I’m trying to recall any experience I’ve had with amusement funhouses as I think of how to incorporate their structure with my…

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22 – Photoshop Elements to the rescue

April 17, 2020

How do you figure out how a funhouse warped mirror image will look like? Photoshop Elements! There are all sorts of “Filter”…

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21 – Wavy reflections in fabric

April 16, 2020

Here’s the sketch for the warped reflections of social media. Love the idea of this. OK, how will I do this with…

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20 – Is eye candy a satisfying diet?

April 16, 2020

When I get bogged down with current work, I like to think about why I make art, and if I’m straying from…

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19 – Memory fills in the details of reference

April 14, 2020

My photogenic family, looking our best!I remembered that we took photos at a boardwalk amusement hall in New Jersey. These might be…

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18 – Distorted reflection

April 12, 2020

A hall of mirrors was never as good as it promised to be. Amusing, yes, but the quality of mirrors wasn’t good…

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17 – Mining a vein of ideas

April 9, 2020

I’m onto the idea of a funhouse for my artwork. Maybe this piece isn’t as much about fear as I thought. I’m…

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16 – Other pencil-like marks

April 6, 2020

Another thought on pencils while I’m at it. Woodless graphite sticks can be sharpened like pencils, but all of the graphite is…

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15 – Pencil tribute

April 3, 2020

The Art Supply Providing the Most Bang for the Buck:the lowly pencil.Not the mundane, yellow #2 bubble-fillers (although those will do in…

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14 – Pictionary scribbles

April 1, 2020

There aren’t many drawings in my journals. Sometimes I’ll do a pictionary-quick sketch to remind myself about what I was thinking; nothing…

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13 – Feels good to get rolling

March 31, 2020

Feels good to get rolling on this project…I’ve spent plenty of time on the conceptual part of my next art quilt, which…

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12 – Hypnotic rabbit holes

March 27, 2020

Thinking about entering the rolling barrel entrance of a funhouse, I can almost feel the pull of the brightly painted hypnotic stripes…

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11 – Finding my way out

March 24, 2020

A funhouse is different from the dark ride I mentioned in my last post, – it requires you to walk through various…

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10 – The dark ride of aging

March 22, 2020

One of my biggest fears is that of the human aging process. Getting older has its rewards for sure, but too many…

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9 – What is reality?

March 19, 2020

For my next quilt: Topic: fearSetting: amusement parkStyle: believable reality Have you ever thought about different kinds of artistic reality? Photorealism strives…

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8 – A book about color

March 16, 2020

When I’m not thinking about my studio projects, then I’m reading about art. Especially when contemplating new work, I’m constantly on the…

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7 – Scary fun

March 13, 2020

One of my journal entries listing different aspects of fear brought me to the idea of amusement parks and the various ways…

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6 – A list of ten things

March 11, 2020

The topic I want to explore with my art work is fear. That’s a nebulous concept. Preferring realism in my art, I…

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5 – Waiting for ideas to float by

March 9, 2020

“Adrift’ was my last quilt. It was unplanned. I missed being absorbed by an all consuming project, but nothing was grabbing my…

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4 – Commitment to success

March 5, 2020

I’m ready for commitment to an idea that is complicated, which is no surprise if you know my artwork. It doesn’t scare…

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3 – Words lead to pictures

March 3, 2020

I’ve tried to make it a habit to write in a journal: sketches, random thoughts, whatever crosses my mind. It’s a safe…

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2 – Does fear stop you?

March 2, 2020

FEAR…there, I’ve said it. Who hasn’t been nagged at by demons of fear? Looking over my journals for some creative inspiration to…

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1 – Find out what I’m thinking

March 1, 2020

Art Work … there’s a lot of that required to make an artwork. Follow my latest project as I bring it from…

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Sticky Post February 29, 2020

Artwork appears as if by magic to the onlooker, but inside the studio it’s not magic at all. Through this blog, you…