Susan Thompson died this year on March 29, after a battle with cancer. She was quite active on Pixels from 2012 through 2015, sharing her colorful and bold work, shooting everything, always pushing the the envelope. She had a great eye, a vivid imagination, and a sure command of her apps. We had the pleasure of meeting her and her husband, David Swann, at the opening of the Markham Vineyards Gallery Show, iPhotography, on January 18, 2015.

What a charming couple they were (I can’t find a picture of with David in it.). It was so much fun to hang out with them.

L-to-R: Knox Bronson, Jody Frost, Clint Cline, and Susan Thompson at the Markham Vineyards iPhotography Show opening, January 18, 2015.

I had used Susan’s picture, below, “Pickens,” a.k.a. “Red,” for the front cover of the brochure we made for the show at Markham Vineyards. It’s pure Susan: super-saturated, experimental, kinetic, full of life. The image had been a {daily pic} on Pixels on November 23, 2014. I find the poem , Swimming in the Woods by Robin Robertson, I used that day to be most mysteriously appropriate, today, in light of the very sad news of her passing.

“Embryonic Journey” was the piece of music I chose that day for her {daily pic}. A joyful song with an undercurrent of melancholy. I’ve also included “Cuna,” by Mompou, another great solo guitar work which is pure melancholy, wistful, with a whisper of hope. Two beautiful guitar pieces to accompany Susan’s wonderful guitar.

Susan Thompson ~ Pickens aka Red

Her long body in the spangled shade of the wood
was a swimmer moving through a pool:
fractal, finned by leaf and light;
the loose plates of lozenge and rhombus
wobbling coins of sunlight.
When she stopped, the water stopped,
and the sun re-made her as a tree,
banded and freckled and foxed.

Besieged by symmetries, condemned
to these patterns of love and loss,
I stare at the wet shape on the tiles
till it fades; when she came and sat next to me
after her swim and walked away
back to the trees, she left a dark butterfly.

Swimming in the Woods by Robin Robertson 

Our condolences to out to David Swann for the loss of Susan, from Pixels and the whole iphonic art community.

Here is a gallery in celebration of her work, along with more music below, an astonishing concert from Ryuichi Sakamoto. Please enjoy Susan’s unique and visionary work. You can browse through all of her work on Pixels here.

Here is to you, Susan. Thank you for sharing your wonderful art with us. We shall miss you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVcWzkVBVl4

Happy Sunday.

Be grateful that we have today.

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