After the Storm

Posted in Painting-a-day on September 22, 2017 by Sue Costa


I have several new works this fall. I have been working towards this abstract style as experimental works. It helps me explore new color palettes, marks and line work which have a “landscape-ish” or natural feel. I like to play with color “temperature” differences, using light to enhance certain areas. All very exciting. This acrylic mixed media painting will be at Hill Country Bible Church for the Fall Art Opening Reception Friday, September 29th, 7 – 9 PM. Come visit with local artists, and enjoy music from “Just For You” jazz band, refreshments served. Please come for the reception, it is open to the public and free. It makes for a great date-night or art outing with the family. There will be small art give-aways to early comers! Thanks for viewing my art today!

Blessings! Sue



Posted in acrylic, Art, Christian Art, Daily painting, Painting-a-day, trama on August 9, 2017 by Sue Costa


This 16×20″ flat, chunky acrylic painting is an emotional expression for me; I placed myself seated on a train, the facial expression was taken from a selfie after my painful divorce.

“Life is ugly, messy and disappointing at times. This passage is a venture of humanity; an important journey to becoming real, authentic and mature. As we experience pain, whether loss of relationships, jobs, betrayals or other events, God uses all those things as a growth path for us, to bring us closer to dependence on Him, to really trust Him. Only through pain and hardships are we able to distinguish joy from sorrow.”

I wrote that interpretation which went on the wall with it when it was exhibited.  This interp is really hitting home now with JP, my oldest son’s suicide less than two months ago. I doubt I’ll ever understand the reasons behind that one. It’s probably that he was just thinking that life was just too painful. Whatever the reason, it has left a wake of great pain for me personally. If I could, I would say to him, “Don’t you know how loved you are?”  So, I say it to you, “You are special, you are loved.”  Don’t believe the inner critic who tells you you’re not worth much or you should have done something differently. We do the best that we can at the time. God is love. Don’t give up. Believe that grace works. Forgive, love your people, live with thankfulness. Live life full.

Thanks for viewing my art today! Be blessed!

I’ve included a link to a this organization for suicide prevention in JP’s honor, you can read more about him here.   American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (JP Costa)


The Risks of Art

Posted in acrylic, Art, landscape, Painting-a-day, plein air with tags , , , , on June 1, 2017 by Sue Costa


One might think the greatest risk of doing painting is falling off a cliff or something… well, I suppose that is true, but just today I communicated with an artist friend, something like this…

Me: You have to email me, I dropped my phone in water and it’ll be 24 hours dry time before I can see if it still works.
Cathy: Is there an interesting story that goes with the phone in the water?
Me: Not really, stupidity.  I’ve had a lot of near misses with water, especially falling out of my pocket in bathrooms near toilets in the past…  Finally slipped out of my hand into a creek taking pictures for a painting. Ugh!!  I guess the up side is, it could’ve been a toilet.  :o)
Cathy: Ha! That is an upside!

This large acrylic painting (NFS) is done from a photograph that Connie (another artist friend) took of me on a cliff outside Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was exhibited in the gallery last fall… interesting pun. The story on this one is, I got disoriented looking through the camera and viewing the river below so I purposely leaned backwards away from the canyon, plopping on my butt. Kindly, my friend wasn’t roaring with laughter, we just had a giggle or two.

Thanks for viewing my art blog today! Stay safe!


Posted in acrylic, Art, Austin Art, Christian Art, landscape, Painting-a-day with tags , , on May 17, 2017 by Sue Costa

This large acrylic painting was created from a road trip adventure to Cali last summer. My first solo drive heading west.  I hope you can feel the warm sun on your face and wind in your hair as you experience it. (This piece is currently for sale at Hill Country Bible Church, Lakeline campus fine art gallery in Austin, Texas.)

Have a blessed week and thank you for visiting my art blog site!


Posted in Art, Austin Art, landscape, oil painting, Painting-a-day on April 10, 2017 by Sue Costa


This is an oil painting done with palette knife which kept it chunky.  It was an overcast day, made for lots of grayed down colors. This piece is at Hill Country Bible Church (Lakeline campus) gallery. The Spring Artist opening reception is Friday, April 21st, 7-9 PM, y’all come out!

Green Note

Posted in acrylic, Art, Austin Art, Christian Art, Painting-a-day on April 6, 2017 by Sue Costa

COSTA  –  Gallery Art

This Acrylic (24×36″ canvas) piece was inspired by one of my favored past-times, wandering through garden nurseries. Plants on their journeys will all end up in different people’s gardens all over the central Texas area. Just an interesting thought as these plants pass through the nursery to their new destinations and new neighbors. This orange kitty likes to visit occasionally.  This art is hanging at Hill Country Bible Church (Lakeline campus) in Austin TX. Come to the Art Exhibit Opening Reception Friday, April 21, 7-9 PM – Refreshments & live jazz band! The church gallery is open to public on Sundays 8AM – 12:30 PM. Thank you for viewing my art today.


Posted in abstract, acrylic, Art, art at Grace, Austin Art, Christian Art, landscape, Mixed media with tags , , , , , , on October 18, 2016 by Sue Costa


This name says it all. I love Agave plants; these large silvery plants are amazingly beautiful and sculptural. They are perfect for painting and adding mixed media! I can be so much more creative and expressive when I’m not limited by one medium. Texas is my choice for landscapes, they are so familiar, the colors, shapes, the sunlight, jackrabbits, the creeks, the sounds and smells, the friendly folks; so where else would I live? There’s no place like home.

This 48″ x 24″ Mixed Media Collage painting is at Grace Covenant Church (Mopac & 360, in Austin TX). You’ll find it in the Family Room near the lobby entrance. (The building is open during and between service times on Sundays.) It is one of my favs because a dear calligrapher friend and mentor, Dee Day, lettered “beautiful” on it; it reminds me of when we paint together. I was inspired and interpreted this painting from a photo I took in my old neighborhood in Austin.

For a close up look, you can keyword search on my blog: beautiful

Thanks for taking the time and viewing my art today!  ~Sue