About Me

Sue Thompson Studios

 

I have returned to my first love of acrylic art as I find it such a calming and healing thing to do. I have been an artist all my life, from silk painting, acrylic, ceramics, or whatever way I could apply colour to something.

Now I am doing 'high flow' acrylic painting, which means a pouring medium is added to keep the colour and yet the paint flow. The results can be remarkable and unpredictable, but always colourful!

Sometimes I see a shape that I outline into an object, or just add embellishments, such as mandalas, with paint pens. I also make 'Art Jewellery' by reusing drips from paintings and putting them in a setting. They become an original, colourful artwork that is one of a kind. It's all fun and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do making them.

Please click the SHOP link above for my art.

There are also larger artworks here - BlueThumb Gallery

 

Jewellery

I have always been an artist of some sort and  have made many things including ceramic painting, complex cloth dolls, silk painting, watercolour and acrylic painting, mandalas and have always loved photography. Making opal and gemstone jewellery was another form of creativity and I have done that for 10 years now. It's time to get back to paint, my first love. I am still making Opal jewellery so this site is a combination of both.

Australian Opals

Although I still make gemstone pieces, my love now is for opals. Yes, I was warned that it can become an obsessive thing to be involved in and I certainly agree. There is nothing quite like the first time you take a lump of rock and work on it to uncover a seam of glorious colour! No opal is the same as another and the many types of opal that come from different Australian opal fields are all so unique, from Boulder opals to stunning Crystal or White opal. And I don't mind sometimes getting my hands muddy to create something beautiful!

I have a soft spot for the little stones that glitter and stun you with beauty when the sun hits the colour. The stones that are not 'mainstream', the opals that are so different that when you see it something resonates within about it's particular properties, the unique beauties. My favourite opal field is Andamooka in South Australia with it's wonderful pinfire rainbow matrix and crystal opals though Boulder opals have a unique beauty too. I hope you like them as much as I do.

I use Sterling Silver and 14k gold filled wire to create a frame for each gemstone and the aim is to have a stone speak for itself. No glues, no fixatives, just the tension of the wire holding it together. The description of gemstones that most appeals to me is that they are "part of the earth's DNA". Even if you feel they don't have any special or metaphysical properties, I am sure you will agree with me that they have an enduring quality and beauty that simply can't be matched.

 

 

My Gemstone Jewellery is listed in my eBay shop , my ETSY shop