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Phone: (325) ***-****  HQ Phone
Ballinger Elementary School
PO Box 496
Ballinger, Texas 76821
United States

Company Description: Ballinger's First Online News Source

Employment History

  • past-President
    Creative Arts Club
  • President
    Fine Arts League of Coleman County
  • Super Teacher

Board Memberships and Affiliations

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archives_news_Feb2010, 1 Feb 2010 [cached]
American artists from fifteen states have also contributed, including Ballinger artist, Susan Mansell.
Abilene Reporter News: Exhibits, 5 Oct 2003 [cached]
Susan Mansell works in her "Little House" studio east of Ballinger.
Usually, when people first think of watercolor painting, they think of pale "shades" or "tones," like in Mansell's early painting of a little girl.
In contrast, the transparent watercolor paintings take on bright hues with reds, blues and gold.
"This pops into your mind," Mansell said."It just bounces off the page."
Mansell has drawn or sketched all her life, but has worked with watercolor just eight years.
She now finds herself "looking at all things differently."
San Angelo artist Maggie Ault has known Mansell for five years.
"I have actually watched Susan grow in leaps and bounds," Ault said.
Unlike oil and acrylic painting, transparent watercolor calls for using paint over paint, Mansell said.
The pigment - or color - is mixed with water and layered over white paper allowing light to shine through the underlying paper to achieve the transparent effect, Mansell said.
At first, she draws her scene or object onto tracing paper in pencil using only simple details.She then outlines the drawing in black marker.
The paper is taped to a window, and then a piece of canvas white paper is placed over the drawing, and then Mansell begins to paint.
As she paints, she adds more details to the scene, such as more flowers in a field, leaves on a tree or sparks from a welder.
"It's always fun to see others' reactions," she said."I want people to think of my work as bold colors."
She also challenges people to see beyond just a single color in an object.She rarely uses gray in shadows, opting instead for blues and reds.She uses little black as well.
In making her dark colors she uses a lot of pigment and very little water.The opposite is used for light colors.
By painting in watercolor, Mansell is able to make "happy mistakes."If a stroke or color does not appear on the paper like she wants, transparent watercolor is flexible enough to alter or incorporate the mistakes into the painting.
When picking her subjects, Mansell often goes with the world around her.
The Ballinger Co-Op painting shows the discarded pallets and old gasoline signs found on the side of the building.
Tires she found behind a restaurant in San Angelo, the tree outside her studio window or even her son and nephew sitting outside reading.
The house was moved to their property, and now Mansell sits and looks out to nature as she works.
Ribbons of all colors, shapes and sizes of the many accolades and awards she has won hang on a hat rack.
Her goal is to become a signature member of all four major watercolor societies.She is currently a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America.
The other three are Watercolor West, American Watercolor Society and National Watercolor Society.
For now, Mansell sits in her studio and continues to paint.
"I'm happiest when I'm painting," she said.
archives_news_Sept2009, 1 Sept 2009 [cached]
Susan Mansell to be Art Show Juror
Susan Mansell, a fourth generation Texan, studied art at Southwest Texas and Angelo State University and took up watercolor in the mid-90's. Her main emphasis is on transparent watercolor. Mansell's work has been shown in numerous national and regional shows such as the National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Watercolor West, Texas Watercolor Society, Southwestern Watercolor Society, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies and many more. From 2000-2009, she has won over 30 awards. Most recent awards have been: 2009 Texas Watercolor Society's Herwick Award, 2007 Best of Show in the Stars of Texas and also San Angelo's Fiesta in Realism, Award of Excellence in the 2006 Western Federation Societies Annual Exhibition, SWS 2006 Award of Merit. A past-President of the Creative Arts Club of Abilene, Texas, and an associate member of American Watercolor society and the National Watercolor Society, Mansell is a signature member, Purple Sage status, of the Texas Watercolor Society (TWS), The Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA), Southwestern Watercolor Society (SWS), Western Federation of Watercolor Societies (WFWS), and Watercolor West (WW). Her work is included in private collections, corporate offices, Splash 9, Watercolor Secrets, and Splash 10 .
archives_news_Oct2009, 1 Oct 2009 [cached]
Entries of 102 paintings were received, of which 70 by 37 artists were chosen to hang in the 2009 Fiesta Juried Art Show by Juror, Susan Mansell. The finale = of the show was a power-point presentation by Sherrell Hazlewood, President, of the Fine Arts League of Coleman County, with a critique by Susan Mansell. Fun and educational.
Susan Mansell's painting, "Mardi Gras Band" was one of the 100 paintings selected by a panel of three judges. Mansell was also selected for signature membership in the National Watercolor Society. The Graham Old Post Office Museum is hosting a one woman show for Mansell, "Outside the Box," for the month of October in Graham, Texas.
June 30 deadline for $80 deposit ..., 12 Oct 2012 [cached]
June 30 deadline for $80 deposit for Susan Mansell's Watercolor Workshop ($160) - July 14 & 15 at Heritage Hall.
Heritage Hall will sponsor a workshop by Master Watercolorist, Susan Mansell (pictured right), Ballinger, Texas. Susan is a super teacher with many awards and much experience behind her. She will teach a 2-day workshop at Heritage Hall 400 W. College, July 14 & 15 from 10am to 4 pm each day.
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