Sue Layman Designs

The Art of Productivity in the Workplace

August 24, 2016

Didn’t catch Sue’s column in the Memphis Daily News earlier this year? No worries! Check it out below. It’s no secret that a happy employee is a productive employee. What makes a happy employee? There are many factors, such as compensation, respect, open communication, ownership in work, etc., that an... Read More »

More Than Paint: The Story Behind the Art at Sue Layman Designs

August 08, 2016

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I’ve enjoyed solving puzzles ever since I can remember. It’s an activity that passes the time while keeping the mind sharp, and the feeling you get when you finally complete a puzzle is so rewarding.  I went from solving puzzles as a child to painting them as I got older.... Read More »

Things You Need to Start Oil Painting: Part Two

July 26, 2016

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Welcome back, painters! Now that you have five oil painting tips under your belt from my previous blog post, it’s time to tack on five more. 6. The Easel Good news, beginners! You don’t need a fancy studio to create art. All you need is a space to prop your... Read More »

Things You Need to Start Oil Painting: Part One

July 14, 2016

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When I look around my gallery, I can’t help but reminisce on each piece I’ve created and the story behind them. I often find myself thinking about the first abstracts I painted years ago and the journey I’ve embarked on to get to where I am today. It’s exciting to... Read More »

Tools for success: Brush up on your knowledge of oil painting materials

June 20, 2016

Whether you’re creating fine lines or covering large areas of the canvas, the type and shape of the brush you use in oil painting matters. Finding the perfect brush for your style of painting can take some time, but don’t fret! Trial and error is normal (and encouraged). Here are... Read More »

More Than Paint: The Story Behind the Art at Sue Layman Designs

June 08, 2016

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Whether I’m dealing with something serious or just frustrated by crazy Memphis drivers while traveling from the art gallery in Downtown to my home in East Memphis, my outlet to deal with anger is painting. Sometimes it helps to paint soft and soothing pieces when I need to kick back... Read More »

An abstract artist’s tips to clean paintbrushes

May 23, 2016

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There is nothing more I love than painting. I love the way my imagination gets to run wild while I’m thinking of my next piece. I love the process of picking out a canvas. I love mixing various oil paints together to create my own custom colors. However, there is... Read More »

South Main Trolley Night: A street festival you won’t want to miss

May 09, 2016

It’s May already?! Time sure has been flying by, but I’m excited to say that I now have some time to start planning for South Main Trolley Nights! Not sure what Trolley Night is? Let me explain. Since September 2000, the South Main Association has put on the street festival... Read More »

More Than Paint: The Story Behind the Art at Sue Layman Designs

April 25, 2016

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Not all artists’ paintings tell a story, but most of the abstract pieces I create at the art gallery do. They are usually based on things I’ve experienced – past and present, or things that I perceive for the future. When I painted this abstract piece two years ago, I... Read More »

Abstract Art 101: The Method Behind the Madness

March 29, 2016

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For those who do not understand the purpose behind abstract art pieces, like those at my art gallery, the works may seem to be too busy, too colorful, too…abstract. Because of this, I’ve made it my mission to help everyone grasp the beauty behind each and every painting!   Understanding... Read More »