loveline baskets by Gallit

I am so excited to share with you the launching of my dear friend’s Etsy shop, lovelinebaskets. Gallit creates cord baskets in a variety of styles, sizes and colors. The eco-friendly vessels are made from high quality cord that she dyes with locally-sourced ingredients; mostly vegetables from her organic farm, and foraged plants. I own many of her baskets, including the harvest tote I forage with! Not only are they beautiful and well-made, but they are functional. Gallit began making these exquisite baskets after the death of her newborn son three years ago. The process has helped her to “center in her grief and find a new way in life.” She says, “I believe that I can turn the work of my grief and sorrow into something fruitful and beautiful.” 100% of the proceeds will go towards helping to grow her family. Please join me in supporting my beautiful friend Gallit and her family. Visit lovelinebaskets on Etsy today.



Late Winter in New England

the light in my studio. soft. golden. it’s housed in an old mill on one of Maine’s largest rivers. the Kennebec.white willow bark tea. a natural remedy for a headache.wisdom from my yogi tea bag + a snapshot taken in my studio. hot pink Buddha. yeah, I painted him pink.we took a family vacation to New Hampshire and Vermont over February break. we woke up to a winter wonderland.

and good coffee.a day trip to Burlington, Vermont. I have a love affair with this state, as i do with Maine, my home. i love layers and neutral tones with pops of color. in my art. my home decor. and it’s the way i like to dress.Portsmouth, New Hampshire. you must try the Ziggy Stardust drink at the Green Elephant.the green dress. a new rendering of an iPhone self-portrait of me in a blue dress, using iColorama.

i can show you how to make stuff like this in my new course.happy girl! we celebrated with our daughter at a reception at the Portland Museum of Art.

her piece was selected for the state of Maine’s Youth Art Month Show.



• Have you explored the Stories/Highlights features on Instagram? In my latest newsletter I introduce you to two apps that will provide you with templates and simple design tools that you can use to add visual appeal to your Stories and Highlights. You can find it all right here.  And, if you like what I’m sharing, you can sign up to receive our monthly-ish newsletter where you’ll find even more helpful photography tips and techniques and freebies. Subscribers will also be the first to receive info on my latest online workshops and discounts. And you get a free photo overlays bundle when you sign up. Join here.

• Let’s connect. I have two Instagram accounts (as if one wasn’t enough). 1. @susantuttle is where you can view my purely iPhone sensual art which tends to be monochrome and mysterious in nature with splashes of color here and there for accent. You’ll find portraiture explorations and scenic natural landscape shots. 2. For my everyday experiments in artful living, visit my other IG account @susantuttleartist (formerly

• I’ve enjoyed this book immensely. So much so, that I bought an autographed copy of the first edition. A magician with words, she is. And the way she views the world and her experience in it is unique, artful, human and inspiring.




Criatura of the Forest

Criatura of the Forest

She nestles her flesh and bone into the cool, soft, moss-covered trunk. A piano plays in her mind… dark, tranquil, delicate passages from the Arietta of Beethoven’s last piano sonata… everlasting melodies of deep and slowly passing water. Her eyes naturally turn towards the river and open sky. The ravishing beauty she witnesses in that moment, the violet smoke, the last remnants of day, is felt in her heart like a spark of effervescence that rises at once from her chest to her throat to the top of her head, wetting her eyes. Resonant joy.

Oh holy place. Her church.

When the light goes dim, enveloped by the sable ink of nightfall, she moves, an angel-creature fitting in and out of the shadows of the forest, like a shadow herself.

Over the treetops rises a crescent moon. The stars grow thicker and brighter behind the clouds. She slips through the towers of hardwoods, dancing into the mellow glow of night.

-Susan Tuttle