Scenes from my February Workshop

I was honored to have very great artists in my “Painting People from Photo” workshop last week. It started on Valentine’s Day, and each found a box of chocolates waiting for them to let them know how grateful I was to share the day with them. The first day I presented a slide show of various ways I begin painting from photo, including step by step images of some of the latest portraits I have done. Then I began a demonstration of a painting and gave them the afternoon to begin their own. The next day was all about color. I demonstrated a way of mixing color that I found helpful to me. After this, I started a new painting based on a more direct method of painting color. Then they proceeded in their own paintings by adding color. The third day the students continued working in their paintings with me rotating around to help.

I was blown away at the talent in the room, and the camaraderie could not be better. It was truly an awesome time if seeing old friends and making new ones while doing what we all had fallen in love with- painting people.

Painting in Dallas

What an AWESOME city! Thank you, Dallas, and to my hosts, for a great stay as I worked on capturing photographs and a study for my next portrait commission. It was well worth the trip in order to meet and get to know this client and his family. They were very gracious, and the trip could not have been better.

I was also able to tour the beautiful campus of Southern Methodist University and the Meadows Art Museum. This museum captures one of the largest collections of Spanish art outside of Spain. I saw works from Joaquin Sorolla, Francisco Jose de Goya, and Eduardo Chicharro, among others. At the end of my tour, I came across the portrait of the founder of this museum, Algur H. Meadows by Everett Raymond Kinstler, whom I greatly admire. What an inspiring time, and a great trip, as well. 

New 1 day intensive portrait workshop October 20

Logan and Bear” 24×30, oil

1 Day Portrait Workshop

Date: October 20

Time: 8:30-4:30

Place: Pontotoc, MS (Dot Courson Studio)

Cost: $150

Limited to 5 students for intense personalized instruction

Coming off the heels from studying with master portrait artist Michael Shane Neal, Susan will instruct an intense workshop for a small group of five students. Students should expect personalized instruction and individualized help painting portraits from photo.

To register:

Upcoming Event

I look forward to displaying plein air paintings of local scenes and painting with my Plein Air group as part of this event in my hometown of BRUCE, MS.



Join us on October 13 in Bruce, MS, to paint plein air during the Skuna River Art festival.

Bring a couple Pleinair paintings from Mississippi (Oxford, BRUCE, etc) to display and sell in our tent on the square if you wish (commission free except tax.)

If you plan to join us, email Susan Patton:

Susan Patton Art Retreat Workshops November 2018

*These workshops have a few openings each as of July 18.

Cost is $325 per workshop. Price includes onsite lodging in private rooms, workshop, and several meals.

Artists can sign up or one workshop or take both workshops for a week long retreat of learning and fun!

The first is on Monday-Wednesday, November 5-7, 2018. The topic is “Composition, Perspective, and Strong Design.”  This workshop is for artists who want to take their paintings to a new, professional level with great design and correct drawing skills. A lack of knowledge in these areas often is the reason a painting does not hold together and therefore does not sell or win in contests. Those who excel in these areas are more likely to excel in the profession of art. I encourage students to attack these important topics head on and master them.

The second workshop, held on Thursday- Saturday, November 8-10, 2018, is “Understanding and Using Color.” Topics covered will include what colors I use on my palette and why, when to consider transparency vs. opaque paint, the importance of knowing how to manage warm vs cool colors, how to choose colors for a limited palette, and mixing color for various uses including mixing flesh tones and nature’s “greens.”  I will give students exercises based on these topics, and students will work from photo references they bring to apply what they have learned.

To sign up, email

and mail me the deposit (50%.)