Sue Layman Designs: Blog

Arts and crafts ideas for kids

September 25, 2020

With more than half of school-age children “attending” school virtually in America right now, many parents are adding a new title to their repertoires – teacher. If you find yourself wearing this new hat, I have a few fun arts and crafts ideas that will engage and entertain your children.... Read More »

5 ways to make your living space feel brighter

May 19, 2020

With summer right around the corner, it’s time to harness some of that beautiful sunshine you’re seeing outside to brighten up your indoor spaces. From mirrors to paintings to plants, there are many options to consider when rethinking your home decor.   Decorate with mirrors Mirrors are a dark room’s... Read More »

4 ways to improve your patio

April 28, 2020

Warmer weather is slowly but surely approaching, which means it’s time to create your outdoor oasis! With the right furniture and decor, your outdoor space can become a great escape from the rest of the world. Try these fun ideas to elevate your patio.    Display a painting. Make a... Read More »

Sue’s Rockin’ Contribution to the Moonshine Ball

September 16, 2016

Sue has always admired the way Memphians embrace and glorify the artistic culture of the city. Whether you’re an artist, musician or anything in between, Memphis celebrates you and appreciates the creativity you bring to the city. That’s why she has chosen to participate in the Ol’ Man River Moonshine... Read More »

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

Sue Layman Art Gallery Memphis

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 »