|"Turn the Radio On" by Suzy Pal|
|"Turn the Radio On sketch" by Suzy Pal|
Then I found a book that helped me so much. It is listed in my techniques.
I have worked very hard, long hours in my art room, trying to learn to paint. Never having art in schools that I attended, I had no knowledge of any thing. Never heard of negative painting. didn’t know about warm or cool colors,…etc.
After several years of trying, I started seeing an improvement, and things started happening. I have taken a few workshops through the years, and it has helped me to see more of the art world, and other artists. Just living in your own little world, painting what you want, you don’t get to see the big picture OR other artists. Some of my dearest friends are artists, and I would never have met them had I not gotten to go to them.
Where were you born? Carswell Air Force Base, Fort Worth Texas
If you could live anywhere where would you live?
Here, because my family is here! BUT for fun, if I had a choice, a big sprawling working ranch somewhere with horses, western, boots, hats, saddles…. cowboys, trees, and not much wind! With a stream running thru it! And that would probably have to be in Texas!
What’s your favorite thing to paint and why? Landscapes, still life, sketchbooks
I consider my self a nostalgic sentimental painter because I love old things, Rust, and I really do love the looks of ink and watercolor wash sketches. They are so fresh and spontaneous.
Sure…I love to share whatever I have learned. When I started doing the watercolors, they were so kiddish, looked like I was in kindergarten! But I just couldn’t’ give up, and I happened onto this book:
Building Brilliant Watercolors by Judy D Treman, and it changed the way I painted! She has what she calls the disappearing purple, and I do all my paintings the way she shows. After I shadow everything, then I start with the local color. But I also try to put down only one layer if I can, trying to get it as dark as it needs to be to begin with. I feel that my work looks ‘worked’ if I start layering too much. I just like the freshness of the paint untouched, If possible. (After the shadowing is done)
I think that is why I love the sketchbook ink and watercolor images. I normally put down color one time, and let it mingle where it touches. Also I like the black lines. I think I am a hard edge, line painter!
Do you have go-to paints/colors, what are your favorites?
Yes, I always use manganese blue , ultramarine blue, some turquoise, perm rose,
Quin bt.orange, bright red (my fav) cad orange and thalo yellow green, plus other reds, yellows, etc.
|"Old Barn Sketch" by Suzy Pal|
G Harvey and Don Weller, Don Getz, Winslow Homer, Mary Whyte and Naomi Brotherton
Who has been your biggest inspiration?
Naomi Brotherton and Marguerite Barron. Naomi is a well-known artist from the Dallas Area, and she is in her 90’s and still teaching! She is awesome as an artist as well as a caring loving person., who encourages me each time we communicate.
Marguerite Barron was a dear friend from here that was an expert pastel portrait artist, who is in heaven now and probably doing portraits of the Saints! She made it to 90 also!
She always believed in me, always encouraged me, and always told me when we didn’t win in a show, ‘well…….we just have to get better!’ and she never failed to tell me every day that we talked that my art would go somewhere some day. I believe that God blessed me with the friendship of these two dear ladies.
|Suzy's art on the Christopher Cross CD|
Probably getting signature status, Christopher Cross CD choosing my art for his Christmas album Licensing some of my work and being sold in stores! My new adventure Having my watercolors on checks with Checkadvantage! http://new.checkadvantage.com/suzy-pal-powell-bio being published in an upcoming North Lights mixed media book titled "Incite-dreams Realized". But you know what? Probably …really…Would be when people like my work enough to buy it for their home, or a gift. When you paint something for someone and they cry because it was exactly what they wanted it is very touching.
What are five things you would like to happen in your life in the next five years? Dream big here:)
Dreaming REALLY big??
- Getting into AWS. Or NWS. (has always been my goal)
- Become a better painter (and person)
- Teaching more workshops (italy would be awesome!)
- Paint in Italy..(or France,Greece, Or Peru?)
- More sales, to help pay for my ‘habit’
What is your advice for other artists who are just getting started in their career?
My main advice for anybody who wants to learn to paint…Always buy the best supplies you can afford. Do not skimp. Only buy professional paint and paper…and good brushes. It has taken me years to get a collection of good brushes.
Don’t think ‘I will buy this cheaper stuff till I learn…..” The best supplies react differently!
PAINT , paint and paint some more. Same with drawing. You will not learn from anybody or any workshop if you do not paint on your own. Don’t ever be afraid of trying something or experimenting. Nobody will know if it fails unless you tell them! But think of what you might learn in the process.
my Artist statement is:
It is JUST paint and paper, NOT a matter of life or death. JUST enjoy the process. That is what really counts!
|"Sketch at Dr. Harkins" by Suzy Pal|
of this last year, I did just that. I picked up a fountain pen, and have been drawing something every day since that day. Only in ink. I am amazed at what that did for my drawing ability, plus my confidence. And then I have heard …paint paint paint………
Chocolate or vanilla?
Your dream vacation spot? Italy! And soon!
Book or movie? Movie, I am not a reader
Favorite author? If I have to have one… Janette Oak Christian Books
Favorite movie? I am not much into movies. BUT I did like ‘The Cowboys’ and While you were sleeping.
Strawberry short cake
Night owl or morning person?
Thank you so much Suzy:)