Susan had several examples to pass around the room for us to see up close (she uses salt, salt + water, and just water to make the textured spots on her pottery; and also uses granulating colors). She said she's never had a problem with the salt eating through the paper since she's been using it. She also starts each of her works with a small thumbnail value study or a color study in a monochrome color. This gives her an edge on working out problems of composition and value before she begins her final painting.
She started with a drawing and did the rusted turquoise jug, then the sunflowers (she's known for her yellow flowers and used 5 different yellows in them, including Lemon Yellow, Raw Sienna, New Gamboge, Yellow Ochre and Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet for redder spots).
She almost completed the painting by the time the 12:00 o'clock whistle blew (which it does every first Wednesday of the month at noon - a test of the tornado system warning sirens and it is LOUD).
It was a good program with a fun and interesting speaker.