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.
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.
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. https://www.artistsclub.com/
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. http://1001decorativeartistresources.com/
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. https://www.nancymedina.com/
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. https://highplainsdecorativeartists.com/seminars.html
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. https://rosestarling.com/
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. https://paulaleopold.com/index.php
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. https://www.erikajoanne.com/
Renee Mullins has wonderful new "Porch Sitters" and ornaments. Love her use of color and the popular gnomes are adorable! https://www.plumpurdy.com/
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. https://www.erikajoanne.com/