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January 2020 Newsletter

President's Message - Lisa Lewis

Welcome to 2020 everyone!

It has been a very snowy winter so far which means your board has been able to spend time reflecting on the upcoming programming for this year instead of pulling weeds or golfing, or playing tennis, or painting the outside of the house.

What is it that makes the Society of Decorative Painters vital to us, and more importantly, what makes the Rocky Mountain Hi Chapter special? These are questions that were broached at our recent board meeting. Overwhelmingly, the consensus was that we want to have a group that enjoys furthering their artistic skills and yet provides the opportunity for beginning artists to discover their creative outlet as well. As a result, we have scheduled Monday evening sessions that can be catered to every artistic level and will result in a successful finished piece. Some of our projects will require two sessions, two months in a row, building on separate yet complementary art forms. One of our most exciting evenings will be the painting of wine glasses and then having a ticketed drawing for wine to take home with you! After the success of the pouring class last year, we are going to do another and then use that pour as the background for the following month’s session.

Guests are extremely welcome to come with you to these meetings, bearing in mind that they get two “free” visits before we require them to join. We want these people to get excited and motivated to stretch their artistic journeys. If they lack the supplies, it is my hope that members happily will share brushes, paint, water containers and the like. In general, the instructor for the session brings extra supplies too.

Garden Plaza has been gracious to host us and we will be offering an opportunity to give back to them for all they provide. Catherine Roche is hard at work coordinating a date for that to be held on a Saturday this spring. Please watch for that date and plan on attending.

And now, without further ado, read along to discover what’s in store for RMHi!!!!
Vice President/Program Report - Nancy Glassman

Happy New Year to All of You!!  Hope you had wonderful Holidays!

We have some exciting PROGRAMS for 2020!  Thank you everyone who is willing to teach a class this year.

The following is a list of   Programs for 2020:
January 20, 2020        Debbie Poster -  (Dots) on surface of your choice. Possibly tree of life
February  17, 2020   ** - Paint on Wine glasses,  Also have a Silent Auction  for bottles of  wine purchased by Chapter.
Members need to invite as many guest as possible.   Chapter will provide  loaner brushes and paint for guest. $1 fee for wine glass.Hopefully this would be a fund raiser for Philanthropic.(   teacher to be announced) or ( this could be a Saturday event)
March  15,2020          Nancy Hibbert - Paint a pour **background to be determined  
April  20, 2020            Ginny Sparlin -  Paint Humming Bird on Pour from March Meeting
May 18,2020              Karon Sorensen - Acrylic Scene
June 15, 2020            Marilyn Corners - Stroke Work
July 20, 2020             Ginny Sparlin - Fabric Painting on Christmas Stocking Poinsettia (pattern to be given to members in June for July)
August 17, 2020         Andrene Schmelzer - Paint on Tea Bag 
September 21, 2020  Mary Steingesser - Fall Pumpkin 2 part program ** or another 2 part project
October  19th, 2020   Mary Steingesser - Finish Fall Pumpkin project
November 16,2020    Christmas Party -  Installation of the 2021 Board    

****Back up programs or classes that could be taught on a Saturday

1 clay pot (Dimensional )
2 paint on window screen with a plalette knife
3 Deb Poster   -painted egg

January Program - Debbie Poster

Tree of Life- Dot Painting

I used a small plaque for this project.  The larger surface you choose, the longer it will take to make to make this project.

Surface: Wood plaque 5 ½ “ tall X 3 ½”  wide
Pattern:  3 ½ “ tall  X  2 ¾ “ wide
Base the plaque; I streaked white and winter blue back and forth across the plaque for a pale cool blue.
Transfer the tree pattern
Liner brush for tree trunk-paint colors; burnt umber, metallic copper

Dotting tools – anything that will makes dots ¼” to 1/8”.  You might need 3 tools.  Some ideas would be nails, paint brush handles, pencils with unused erasers.

Paints:  Color of your choice for the ground and leaves.  I used seven colors.
Decoart: lavender, arbor green, mint julip green and pineapple
Ceramcoart: quamarine, lima
Craftsmart: apple tart
You might try ‘fall colors’ or ‘rainbow colors.’

Pattern at the end of this Newsletter.

Hospitality Report - Andrene Schmelzer

The people that are brining snacks to January meeting are Karon Sorenson, Catherine Roche, and Annie McInnes, Thank you ladies!

Sunshine Report- Karon Sorensen

We want to wish the following wonderful January Birthdays!

Gerry Hunt Jan 2
Ruth Lamb Jan 4
Cecelia Rae Jan 20

We all send our Sympathy to Marilyn Corners on the death of her husband.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

We also send our thoughts and prayers to Ginny Sparlin and Carmen Owens, for a quick recovery from surgery.

Travel Teacher Seminar Chair Report - Melinda Barnes

RMHi is co-sponsoring with High Plains Decorative Artists August 15 and 16, 2020 a seminar with Mark Polomchak. Mark your calendar so you don't miss this opportunity. You can keep an eye on our website and/or our newsletter for further details as soon as they are available.

Melinda Barnes
Rocky Mountain Hi Artists

Tole Chatter - Melinda Barnes

Artist's club has a clearance sale 50% off. There are still free patterns available as well. Not sure how much longer their website will be available so don't wait to visit the website.

WOW... look what I found! 1001 Decorative Artist Resources! Sharon Chinn has collected all the categories and links. Everything from designers to sources for at supplies.

I discovered Nancy Media has moved to Colorado Springs! She is an impressionistic oil painter. She teaches all over the world and also has online classes. You can visit her website to see Nancy's beautiful work.

For those of you who are into stamping the Holly Berry House in Old Colorado City is closing their paper art section. They are holding a 50% off sale January 5th through January 25th.  (Website is not secure so did not list it)

Shara Reiner... Shara is coming to teach in June. The HPDA is hosting Shara for a two day seminar. View the projects on their website. One is a chicken on a pitcher and the other a fall scene on a tray. You may also paint these projects on surfaces of your choice.

Maureen Baker... The Pikes Peak Chapter is hosting a seminar April 25 and 26, 2020 with Maureen. A beautiful Blue Bird and Swan Trio. You can view the projects on the PPDP website.

Rose Starling... For those of you who are oil painters and want to take a seminar the Grand Junction Chapter is hosting Rose Aug 21-22 or Aug 28-29. I will keep you updated when the final decision is made.

Paula Leopold... Paula has some new DVD lessons and useful tools on her site you might like to see. The Black Eraser is a must for use on a dark background. I also think you will find the Mono Zero 2.3mm Round Eraser and Mono Zero 2.3mm rectangle Eraser very helpful to get in those very tiny areas. These erasers are handy to have for pencils or ink.

Erika Joanne has some helpful tools on her website for sale. Rhinestone Pick-up Tool is perfect for picking up and setting rhinestones. The Stiff Splatter Brush looks interesting too.

Golden Artist Colors: Here is a nice article "Acrylic Washes and Glazes: What, When and How?".

Another interesting article from Golden Artist Colors: You might find this an interesting article, "Using Alcohol Inks with GOLDEN Acrylics and Varnishes"

Renee Mullins has wonderful new "Porch Sitters" and ornaments. Love her use of color and the popular gnomes are adorable!

Speaking of gnomes which are so hot right now... Wendy Goldberg and Erika Joanne have co-designed a few more Innovative Pencil Patterns. Several new owls and gnomes... so fun! You can also paint with Erika online via Facebook.

Painting World Magazine's blog has a quick article on the history of Gingerbread.

Painting World Magazine has a Quick Wood Gingerbread Skillet design you may like to try.

Have you ever visited Cheri Rol's fine art website? There are many photos of her exquisite paintings and many are for sale!

Local artist Jane Jones... Visit her website and see her amazing work with glass objects.

Fluid Acrylics Pouring - A new website featuring pouring. Online classes, pouring recipes, YouTube videos, supplies, a gallery and more.

See you at the next meeting!

Website and Facebook - Melinda  Barnes
Be sure to check our website for the most recent information concerning chapter meetings and events.

We are also on Facebook. Please visit our chapter page and like us! This helps our chapter to be more visible to possible new members.

Newsletter Compiler - Verlene Siska
Rocky Mountain Hi Chapter

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