Birds in the City

Posted in abstract, acrylic, Art, Mixed media with tags , , on June 26, 2015 by susancosta


Happy Friday! I thought I’d do some city-slicker birds; after all not everyone can live in the hill country of central Texas.

This is in the exhibit at HCBC Lakeline campus, main gallery. Abstracted acrylic and collage on panel.  Thanks for viewing my art.  Have a blessed weekend!  SOLD


Posted in Art, oil painting with tags , , on June 19, 2015 by susancosta


This is, of course, one of my favorite subjects, a palm tree on a beach… (Oil on canvas, 24×36″). It will be going to Hill Country Bible Church for the “Oasis” Exhibit next week. You’ll be able to see it starting June 28th in the Open Doors main balcony gallery. Hill Country Bible is on Hwy 620 in Northwest Austin, the website is for directions and gallery open times. There will be no artist opening reception this time; the next one is in the fall.  Thanks for viewing my art today. Have a blessed weekend!

First Friday

Posted in Painting-a-day on May 1, 2015 by susancosta

It’s not too late to come out to Georgetown Square, Framers gallery, on Main Street. We are open till 8:00 tonight for the first Friday open gallery! Hope to see y’all here!


Highland Mist

Posted in acrylic, Art with tags , , , , on April 24, 2015 by susancosta


Hill Country’s Open Doors Gallery just kicked off our Spring opening reception with live jazz, cake, and refreshments provided for all the guests; it was a grand event even though it was pouring rain… (but thank you, God for the rain!) This painting was painted from photos of my trip to Scotland. The title is Highland Mist (24 x 48″ Acrylic). It’s hard to see the subtle nature of this painting in this photo, but it has quite a few glazes on it to create transparency where the cloud covers over the mountain. (This photo was graciously taken at the opening by my friend, Larry.)

Art with Bishop Joe

Posted in acrylic, Art, Daily painting, Mixed media with tags , , , , , , , on April 10, 2015 by susancosta



The Diocesan Religious Art exhibit and reception was a wonderful time; meeting Bishop Joe Vasquez was the highlight of the evening. He spoke on art and beauty and the deep need of our soul which was created with a thirst for beauty, love, and fellowship with God. It was a most inspiring message for me, a great challenge. As an artist I feel I get a glimpse of a different realm (sort of like wearing rose-colored glasses every day) in which I experience colors and patterns of light on objects and nature which challenge me to create a piece of art. My mind’s eye sees impressions of beauty every day; it’s quite a gift, so how can I not use it to bring beauty to others? I was called to a purpose, to give God glory by bringing the beauty of art and hopefully inspiration into people’s lives. Very cool!


This photo taken by my friend Carolyn at the exhibit opening.


Art at The Diocese of Austin

Posted in abstract, Art, Mixed media with tags , , on April 8, 2015 by susancosta


I am delighted and honored to have work at the Diocese of Austin Fine art Gallery Exhibit this spring.  ‘Prayer Storm’ is one of my favorite pieces that I have done so I am happy the Diocesan Fine Arts Council selected it. This calligraphic work was done with texture paste on cradle board with acrylic, collage, inks and watercolors. This is a close up small segment of the work. Thank you for viewing my art today!

Windows of Contrast

Posted in abstract, acrylic, Art with tags , , , , on March 17, 2015 by susancosta


This Agave painting was an exercise in contrasts (and no it’s not Photoshop magic) it’s all hand painted, and yes it took way longer than just a landscape.  The central window is the original color and value of the plant, the second window from the center (reds) is the complementary color (are pairs of colors which, when combined cancel each other out or are opposite on the color wheel), the third window is the opposite values (of dark and light), the fourth window is intensity or saturation of the color, and the outer window is back to the normal colors of the landscape. These free-form wonky windows with the landscape create an interesting juxtaposition for a more dynamic design. Thanks for viewing my art today! This (Acrylic 30×30″) painting is at Hill Country Bible Church and will soon move to Seton Spine Center to exhibit. Have a blessed week!