Monday, July 28, 2014

Sketchbook Skool Week 4-Drawing birds with Cathy Johnson

I couldn't get the sparrows to stay still on the feeder! I had to look them up to get an idea of what they really look like and I still didn't capture them, but was fun.  I love the crows that I got in Wyoming sitting on the fence. I have done a couple of paintings of them. and the bird at the Atlanta Zoo was so gorgeous! sketching is such fun.
 If you want to join us for my Sketching workshop, Sept. 12-13, let me know. There's still room!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Workshop in Plains

This Friday and Saturday we had a great 2 day workshop. The first big workshop in my new building. I loved it! The students were from: Artesia New Mexico, Midland, Lubbock, and Plains. They all created something that they will enjoy for years!

We have set up another collage workshop for March 6,7 2015. Put on your calendar if you are interested. I only have room for 10-11 so I will need to know as soon as you can. It is $80 for both days.

Kathy, Rhonda Carol
Georgie, Mary George, Liz
Ruth Ann, Donna and Danielle

Also, September 12 -13,next month...
 I am teaching a Sketchbook class. We will do some basic simple sketches and learn about sketchbooks and different tools we can use.  Also we will talk about making our own.  I am excited to do this because sketchbooks happen to be one of my favorite things to do! You do not need any experience, so don't worry about that part. It takes a while to learn to draw and this is a beginning if you have ever been interested. I have filled several sketchbooks over the years, and they are such fun to go back through.
The cost is $80 for both days. You mainly need a good sketchbook. This is a great brand--visual journal. They have watercolor, mixed media and smooth. I love them all. I watercolor my sketches, so this paper works really good. they have small and large. I would recommend the small to start with.  I draw strictly with ink, and that would be my advice to you also.  You can pick up a fountain pen, or a good ball point, etc. If you are worried about that, bring some pencils. colored pencils, etc.
I will make a better list in a few days.This 2 day workshop is $80 also.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sketchbook Skool Week 3

I missed out on week 2 because of the trip to Atlanta, so I will do it when the 6 weeks is up.
 I thought it would be easier than to be behind everybody each week.
This lesson was with Brenda Swenson, and drawing continuous contour lines. We weren't supposed to pick our pen up but is very hard not to. We were supposed to pick 3 objects for the first try, and I ended up with 4 on one. I decided to go with girly things and it was fun. I loved doing this type of drawing because I like 'lines' in my drawings. They are a little wonky and crooked but it gives them character...maybe.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Atlanta market-artist signing

I have some of my collages licensed and I got to come to Atlanta to sign copies of my VW collage. It was such fun. A great experience. Keri came with me, and we stayed over a few days. 
While here I found out that Coffee City USA was here at market too so we found them. I did some art for them several years ago and he had his coffee samples there too! It was exciting to have art work on two places in the Atlanta market!
We visited the botanical gardens and CNN today. 
We will head home in a couple of days. 

Sketchbook Skool

I signed up for 6 weeks of Sketchbook Skool. These are the first two lessons.
The first one was to draw our toast, looking for all the little spots, holes, etc. I decided since it started July 4th , that I would use a flag napkin we had left over.
The second lesson was pick a subject and first make the shape of that subject with any color. Then using a pen of some sort, draw it in detail. I did 3 but still not real happy with them, but am posting the last one.  These geraniums are on our patio.  I left the color off the flowers, thinking the lesson was to just use one color.

Thursday, July 10, 2014 June Showdown

Each month CFAI has a free show for members. It always has a theme. This month
'Ellie' won third place.  This is our granddaughters 'elderly' horse.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Dawn's Early Light

This is late! I meant to post it July 4th. I did it in celebration of the 4th.  But...we can celebrate America and being an American each day. I know I take it for granted.  How is it that we were blessed enough to be born here? We could have been born in another country, looking towards America. I love America! My prayer is that we will pray more for our country.
I still have one or two spots left in my collage class coming up July 25-26th. grab a friend and join us!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Roswell Fine Arts Show, Roswell, NM

I got my letter today from Roswell, NM. I got two paintings accepted in their show. It is in August.
I have entered their show several years now.  It is always fun to go and see all the art work.

Summer Time
Torn Paper Collage

Music Man
Collage and acrylic

Monday, June 30, 2014

Collage Workshop -Backyard Gallery and Studio-Plains,TX

I had a cancellation for the July 25-26th Collage workshop and have two spots left. It will be in my new studio in my backyard.
It is all day both days.  The cost is $40 per day.($80 total) If you are interested, email me. 
For my workshops I furnish a drawing for the first day, and on the second day, I like for you to  use your own idea. If you want you can use something I have.  We normally start with a cup cake, or cup. I also have magazines. The supply list is on the side bar if you are interested in coming.
There is a motel in Denver city, 15 miles away, and a new Holiday Inn 30 miles away in Brownfield.
The  B and B here is full.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Wyoming Watercolor Society

I found out today that I got into the Wyoming Watercolor Society Show with 2 paintings!
Now to get them shipped. Brand'n and The Cowgirl.
These are both painted on 300 pound hot press paper.  I really like it because you can smudge the paint and have a softer effect. I haven't gotten to paint since I started working on the new building and I sure have missed it! Hopefully this next week I can start back on something.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

First Class in new Studio

Friday we had our first class in the new building. Half of the students were either sick or gone, so our class was small but we had a lot of fun.
We painted a small still life of a quilt I made years ago. The pattern is the 'Fan' Quilt.   I love to paint fabric designs, etc. I finished just part of mine and cropped it down.  I now give away my demos, (we draw names) and Carol won this one!
I hope she enjoys it!  

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Breckenridge Fine Arts 23rd Annual Juried Art Show

I found out today that I had 2 collages accepted in Breckenridge Art Show, in Breckenridge,TX.
I entered the 'Wyoming Cowboy' and 'Elegance is an Attitude'.
I wasn't sure they would accept that type of collage so I wrote to them, and the show chairman said she had not seen any like it, but yes they would accept them.  I entered 2 and both got in! There was 289 entries and they picked 125. I would love to go to the show, but will be tied up here in Plains with our show here.
The Judge is Scott Meyers.  He is also a vet. I googled his work and it is really beautiful!


Friday, June 13, 2014

Backyard Gallery and Studio

This past month has been such fun getting my little Backyard Gallery and Studio fixed up! These are photos of the progress.  I painted the floor with two coats of yellow first.
I found a floor design that I liked but couldn't find the stencil so I made my own. This is the first one being painted on! Keri, Kiana and Kelsey helping me with the first one.
The next one is finished. I was so glad. Never again will I paint a floor! It was such a hard job, but worth it now.
I put two coats of heavy duty floor varnish on it when it dried.
The next photo is tables and chairs set up. Ken surprised me with the tables and a friend and I bartered with the chairs. They look great and are so comfortable.
The next photo is one corner set up. I still haven't been able to figure out how to hang my paintings. I use the folding screen to hang the light weight canvases on. This is what I use when I go to shows too. I use S hooks, and some Christmas light hangers on it. Works Great and is lightweight to carry around. The last photo is just for fun. I love bird nests!

 I am teaching my first watercolor class next Friday, the 20th, then July 25-26 I will be teaching my first collage workshop in it! I have 10 students and have room for 2 more if anybody is interested. It is $80.00 for the 2 days. Contact me if you are interested.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Nancy Standlee Workshop in Plains, TX

I am excited that a good friend, Nancy Standlee from the Dallas area is coming to Plains to teach journaling. Her journals are awesome! She will be teaching in my new gallery/studio west of Plains, TX. The date is Oct.17-18.
This will be limited to 10 students, and the cost is $175.00.  We already have
five people signed up. The deposit will be due September 1st.
You can look up her blog and website. address below.
Contact me if you are interested at
Description for "Love Your Life" Sketchbook Journaling Class
October 17-18, 2014 Nancy Standlee at
Suzy Pal Studio/Backyard Gallery Plains, TX
Suzy Powell, Owner
Suzy Powell Backyard Gallery
US Hwy 82
Plains TX 79355
This two day workshop is all about you and how to record some of your life events.
This sketchbook journaling workshop will be an introduction to sketchbook journaling with pen and watercolor and will focus on YOU with  a "Love Your Life" theme. We will explore choices in sketchbooks and paints and palettes, examine some great reference books and I will demo techniques I use to keep various sketchbook journals. The student does not need any previous art experience or drawing experience but just needs to come with the desire to explore some possibilities of preserving some moments on their life journey. For example, we usually have some type of hot beverage each morning and it is a great beginning for an entry. Below is an entry I made in a previous art journal workshop of a favorite coffee cup. We will begin with a structured lesson like this and then students will be able to add their personal experiences to their journals for Day One. On Day Two, we will explore travel journals and architecture and people drawings.
After sign up a supply list will be mailed with more details.
Some more details can be found on my website at under workshops.
Dr. Seuss "Today you are you, That is truer than true, There is no one alive, Who is youer than you."

Friday, June 6, 2014

West Texas Watercolor Society Show

We just had our West Texas Watercolor Society Show in Lubbock,TX.
My painting 'Johnny Rockett's' won a special award. I haven't had a chance to
try the new little paint sets from cheap Joes yet. Hopefully soon.
Johnny Rockett's
is a hamburger place in Cabo. We were there last summer,
and had a wonderful hamburger!