Interview with Susan Magdangal

Friday, September 19, 2014

It is easy to fall in love with Susan's work. Beautiful wild flowers in all sorts of vibrant colors. 
A little abstract, hence leaving much room for your imagination. 
Her watercolor paintings remind me of childhood, spring, lavender fields, laughter and happiness. 
Lets walk into the life of this extremely talented artist and understand a little more about her...

Susan, tell us how you first get started? 
Learning to paint always interested me. On a trip in my early 20's, I discovered I really enjoyed watercolor painting. I copied images from a library book using a compact traveller's Winsor & Newton set.

What are the things that inspire you?
Color in nature in general. I get excited when I see something I feel like painting. I may take a photo if on a trip for example and browse through the pictures later. I may like a particular scene, flower or shape/color. I look for a beginning, an open door and the rest takes a step from the last stroke made.

The word “handmade” – what does it mean to you?
That is comes directly from the artist and reflects his/her inspiration, unique signature.  

Tea or Coffee for you?
Lately coffee with cream and sugar. 

Can you describe your work in 3 words?
Fresh, colorful, lively 

What is a "normal" day for you?
I usually like a good breakfast, maybe a walk then any chores/errands. I always look forward to just relaxing to pause about what's next on my creative list  - whether it's painting, sewing or working on the computer.

What do you read?
Usually non-fiction. My current hardcovers are Still Writing by Dani Shapiro, My Paris Kitchen and How Paris Became Paris (visited 1 year ago and still hooked).


Can you share with us what's your work process like?
I have to be in the mood with minor interruptions. I like a clear desk with tools ready on hand. I choose a piece from a photo or actual display that tickles my mind into starting out. If it goes well, I surprise myself in the end. If it doesn't, I try again. 

Where is your favorite place in the world?
Monet's garden was something but actually any flowery garden would be a world of possibility for me!

Susan's work is now available in Fleur Envy boutique :)

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