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."

At the Fair

I was acceptd into the New Mexico watercolor society show again this year. It will be in Las Cruces NM instead of Albuquerque NM The theme ...