For Every Season

Eccl 3:5 a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing

A time to paint, a time to cease painting

For 7 weeks, my husband and I homeschooled and nurtured our two grandchildren, ages 4 and 7, while their mother recovered from Covid 19 and both parents worked from home in New Orleans.

It was a time to cease painting.

Instead it was a time to experience, a time to collect memories to store away for future paintings.

A time to record photos of children living their lives

Riding bikes

Gathering rocks

Running through wildflowers and muddy puddles

Fishing, cooking, coloring, reading, learning, watching, praying, loving.

Now a time to rest, and a time to paint.


So I’ll sort through my reference pictures, color notes, conjure up my feelings, load a brush. A Time to paint.

“My Name is Jujuanna Hotard!!!” by Susan Hotard
15″ x 30″ – Oil on canvas

“Elizabeth Lucille” by Susan Hotard
Oil on linen panel – 8″ x 10”

“Julianna in the Light” by Susan Hotard
Oil on linen panel – 11″ x 14”

I was flattered that my little granddaughter copied my paintings displayed in our house.

The vertical piece is a portrait I did of her when she was almost two years old entitled “My Name is Julianna Hotard!!!”, oil on canvas, 15x 30”.

The cat painting is “Elizabeth Lucille”, 8×10”, oil on linen panel.

The portrait of a young girl is entitled “Julianna in the Light”, 11×14”, oil on linen panel.

All the crayon drawings were done by 7 year old Julianna Hotard.

Wishing all of you and your loved ones good health and safety!

Susan Hotard OPA, AIS, NOAPS

Upcoming OPA Events

OPA 2019 Western Regional Exhibition 29th Annual National Juried Exhibition
The Twenty-Ninth National Exhibition and Convention will be hosted by RS Hanna Gallery, located in Fredericksburg, Texas, from October 16 - November 28, 2020. Learn More!
Salon Show 2020 Salon Show
The Salon Show will be held August 13 - October 3, 2020 at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville, GA. Canvas Size: not to exceed 864 square inches. More details to be announced as they become available.
Western Regional Exhibition 2020 Western Regional Exhibition
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Eastern Regional Exhibition 2020 Eastern Regional Exhibition
The Eastern Regional Exhibition will be November 20 - December 19, 2020 at the Reinert Fine Art Gallery in Charleston, SC. Canvas Size: not to exceed 1,200 square inches. More details to be announced as they become available.