Don’t let your stars get muddy and other things you need to know to take care of your creative soul.

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Blog, Books, Susan LeVine

I haven’t blogged for months. I don’t know if anyone reads my blogs but if there is even just one person who is waiting for me to write one then I am sorry for not writing one sooner. This winter besides getting both of my hips replaced I started the graphic design program at SBCC. […]

Sketchbook Project

Posted by on Feb 27, 2013 in Blog, Susan LeVine

Some how I got an email that called for all artists everywhere to summit a sketchbook for a project created by the Brooklyn art library (check out, or arthouse co-op). The library promised to provide sketchbooks and and they promised to tour these sketchbooks all over our country. The topics were unlimited, they could […]

How could I not paint Tom’s veggies?

Posted by on Nov 27, 2012 in Blog, Susan LeVine

I am lucky! I am married to organic farmer,Tom Shepherd and I get to eat his wonderful produce on a daily basis! So why stick to just painting birds and landscapes? Why not paint Tom’s veggies and fruit? Here is a painting of one of his purple cabbages. You can’t eat it but you can […]

The symbolism in nature expands and enhances our experience of life

Posted by on Nov 13, 2012 in Birds and Nature, Blog, Susan LeVine

Why is the bald eagle a symbol of America or why are blue birds the symbol of happiness? Poets have looked for the meaning of ordinary elements of nature and have revealed a world unseen. The meaning that we place on nature gives more meaning to our own lives. Have you ever read a Robert […]

Look who showed up on my thistle feeder?

Posted by on Nov 7, 2012 in Birds and Nature, Blog, Susan LeVine

You know, I put up a thistle feeder for the gold finches. Sometimes there are as many as thirteen on my feeder at a time! They are little piggies! Anyone who feeds birds knows that only the economy bag is a prudent purchase. This morning a white-crowned sparrow was on the finch feeder shooing the […]

The birds one can see while travelling

Posted by on Oct 8, 2012 in Birds and Nature, Blog, Susan LeVine

One of the perks of living in Chicago was the variety of birds I saw when the weather changed. In the Spring when it was getting warm and a sudden cold front came , I was visited by Red-breasted grosbeaks. In the fall the white crown sparrows(one is pictured here) appeared just as they do […]