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October 2020 Newsletter

President's Message - Lisa Lewis

My husband and I have been doing a little travelling and have seen some incredible scenery along the way! I think the leaves on the trees changed overnight from green to a blaze of yellow and orange and red. The drives we have taken have been such a welcome retreat from the everyday doldrums. I even took the time to do a few whimsical pumpkins with watercolor. It is so freeing to just paint…….whatever! If you can, I encourage you to head outside with all the yellow, orange, red, purple paint you can find and just go at it! Make a mess and then be grateful for the joy color brings to your life.

We had the opportunity to paint a pumpkin with Mary Steingesser. I was in Santa Fe, as many of you know, so missed this fabulous class. Mary, you are such a welcome talent. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Also, fellow RMHi member and teacher Paula Leopold had us dusting off our colored pencils to do some beautiful fall leaves.  I was so sorry to miss this class because I love the portability of colored pencils. I’m anxious to see the results of her class! I’m sure they’re all beautiful!  Thank you Paula!!!!!

To those of you who were able to take advantage of these classes, please send a photo of your labors so we can get them on the website!

One of the nice things about these Zoom classes is that they’re available to everyone in the chapter from the convenience of their own home. For those of you who live outside the Denver area, it’s great that you can be with us. Maybe we’ll need to incorporate this in all future meetings………..

At the Zoom meeting in October, the 2021 officers were approved. Thank you, ladies, for your dedication and perseverance and love for creativity.

When your membership renewal comes up, don’t forget that your dues to SDP and RMHi can be paid by credit card. This makes life a whole lot easier. For SDP, you just go onto their website and follow the links there. For RMHi, just contact Linda Beaty, our treasurer, and she’ll get you taken care of. It’s that simple.  (Speaking of which, I think I need to get this done. Yikes!)

And on that note……….move on for wise words from your additional board members.

Vice President/Program Report - Nancy Glassman

Hope everyone is enjoying the Fall weather.  I for one am glad we are no longer  in the 90's.  The trees are so pretty this year.

Thank you Paula Leopold for teaching Fall Leaves with colored pencils, on Saturday October 3rd.   The class loved these
beautiful leaves and berries.  We always  look forward to Paula's classes.

Mary Steingesser  taught her own design of  painting a Pumpkin.  It was fun to see the different colors we all  picked
to paint the strokes on our pumpkins.  Thank you Mary for teaching this class.

Below is Melinda Barnes unfinished pumpkin.  Is it beautiful!

Congratulations to Marilyn Corners for accepting a position on the SDP Board.  In previous years Marilyn has served on the SDP Board.
Thank you Marilyn.

Ginny will be teaching a class on Poinsettia on a stocking on  November 7th, 2020 at 10 A.M.  
See Ginny's article for more details.  Thank you Ginny for making these stockings and  teaching
this class.


November 7, 2020 Project - Ginny Sparlin

Hi All,
As we are unable to have our regular Christmas meeting with all that's gone on this year, we'd like to try to get everyone into the Christmas spirit by getting together on our computers and painting. The project is a Poinsettia on a Christmas stocking(or other fabric surface of your choice) on  Saturday, November 7, at 10:am on Zoom. We can paint and maybe chat a little and reconnect. It's been a long year so far and hopefully 2021 will get better, but for now let's get our minds off our troubles and take some time to play in the paint!

If you plan to participate, you'll need to send $15.00 to Linda Beaty(treasurer), make checks out to Rocky Mt. Hi. I will email you a pattern packet with instructions, pattern line drawing and photos. You'll need to make arrangements with me to pick up your stocking which is included in the price of the packet. In a pinch I could mail it to you. There is some prep work you'll need to do as well as getting your supplies ready, so you'll want to get moving on this. My number is : 303-693-0771 if you have questions or want to make arrangements to pick up a stocking for you or other members. This is a fun project that I think you'll enjoy. So have your Christmas cookies handy next to your cup of cocoa and we'll paint up some Christmas cheer!!


2nd Vice President/ Membership Report - Debbie Poster

There are currently 29 members. Your renewals are due by Dec 31st.  Annual dues $20
Please send in your renewal fee of $20 for the upcoming year of 2021.  I do not need a renewal form UNLESS any of your membership information has changed.  
DO NOT FORGET to pay your dues to the SPD at the same time.
New address: SDP, 7450 S Seneca, Haysville, KS 67060
Phone: 316-269-9300

You may send your chapter renewal payment/check directly to:
Linda Beaty, 16016 E Harvard Ave, Aurora, CO 80013
or call her to use a credit card: 303-750-3982
If there are changes, send to:
Debbie Poster, 6331 N Lakepoint Pl, Parker, CO 80134
Or text: 720-217-2383 and give me your changes
My primary email: (secondary email:
Thank you all, especially during this strange year!  I'm confident we will be together again in 2021!
Respectfully, Debbie Poster

Sunshine Report- Karon Sorensen

We want to wish the following a wonderful Birthdays!!

Jerry Hunt  October 2
Judy Murphy           10
Nancy Hubbert        13
Cathrine Roche       19

Best wishes!  

Travel Teacher Seminar Chair Report - Melinda Barnes

Wonderful news..
. several seminars are being scheduled by Carolyn, Janet and Cec via Zoom for 2021. I asked if RMHi could join the Littleton and Pikes Peak chapters for the seminars and they have graciously agreed! I will share more information for teachers and dates in our next newsletter.

RMHi is co-sponsoring with High Plains Decorative Artists a seminar with Mark Polomchak. This seminar is tentatively rescheduled for August 2021. It is impossible to have Mark teach his technique on Zoom. At this time because of the Covid-19 the class may or may not be available to us.  Updates on that as it's available.
Melinda Barnes
Rocky Mountain Hi Artists
Tole Chatter - Melinda Barnes

First... Thank you Marilyn for taking over a SDP board position! This is wonderful news and we all know Marilyn will do a terrific job!
SDP LIVE Birthday Party Celebration, 12 PM CDT on 10/22
This is for the party that will take place on a Facebook live beginning at 12 PM CDT on October 22 from SDP headquarters! Join in the fun by making the special dessert recipe or playing the game (which will be posted soon). You can send in a birthday card to be opened on the live video to SDP, 7450 S Seneca St, Wichita, KS 67060.
Dry Brushing Tutorial
There is another wonderful dry brushing tutorial by Glenice Moore. I think it is on and if you have Facebook I shared it on our page for you to watch.
Artful Webinars LIVE Interactive Convention - March 16 - 21, 2021
Registration will open on November 27, 2020, at 11:00 am. There are only 30 seats in each class - to assure you get individual attention.
List of teachers... In Alphabetical Order:
Lynne Andrews, Korinne Carpino, Paulette DiGesare, Erika Joanne, Kelly Hoernig, Louise Jackson MDA, Janelle Johnson CDA/TDA, Sandy LeFlore, Arlene Linton, Mark Menendez, Fran Mittelstet, Amy Mogish, Shara Reiner CDA, Sonja Richardsonson, Nancy Scott, Laurie Speltz, Lydia Steeves, Brenda Stewart CDA/TDA
Download the catalog!

Marilyn was kind enough to share an email from Hofcraft. The Hofcraft website will allow you to order products they carry, not necessarily what they have in stock at the time. They are working on a new website, which will only allow you to order products that they currently have in stock. Hoftcraft isn't taking back orders at the present time.
We had two great classes this past month.... thank you both for teaching on Zoom for us.  Paula Leopold taught a wonderful design in colored pencils.  Here is a photo of Gina Fernandez's finished project!

Mary Steingesser taught a beautiful design on a pumpkin shaped board.  I'm sorry to say mine isn't finished and I don't have a photo of anyone's finished piece.
Lydia Steeves is really gearing up with online classes. Some on her website, some on Zoom and she is also one of the teachers for the online convention in March. Lydia is very talented and loves to paint all kinds of animals. If you are an animal lover you need to check her out.
The SDP Certification Facebook and Zoom meeting was live September 21st. Even though we weren't able to be there it was very exciting to see who passed their boards. Yes, tears were shed. <grin> Photos of all the passing boards have been uploaded to the SDP website. It is always fun to see the boards.
SDP Retreat Update!

The retreat classes will now be taught on Zoom instead of Fredericksburg, Texas.
Teachers will be teaching their classes on separate dates so you can take from all teachers if you would like to do so.
5 Amazing Teachers...Mark Menendez, Sherry Nelson MDA, Chris Williams, Priscilla Hauser MDA, Andy Jones CDA
9 Incredible Projects to choose from...
When: January 26th-28th
Registration will be open soon.
Golden Artist Colors has an interesting article you might want to read. "Acrylic, Oil and Watercolor Brushes".
Another article you might like to see by Golden is "Studio Palette Options with Acrylics".

Painting World Magazine has a pretty Fall painting pattern by Pamela Cassidy with step-by-steps photos.
If you need some free patterns don't forget to check out DecoArt's website projects. You can narrow down your search in many different ways by picking categories. You will find super simple, crafty and a more advanced projects.
Louise Jackson, MDA
Louise has online classes! I love her use of color in her watercolor painting.
That's it for this month.  "See" you on Zoom!


WEBSITE - Melinda  Barnes

Society of Decorative Painters
New address:
7450 S Seneca St
Haysville, KS 67060
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Newsletter Compiler - Verlene Siska
Rocky Mountain Hi Chapter

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