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July 2019 Newsletter

President's Message - Nancy Glassman

I hope you are  having a great summer and enjoyed the 4th of July fireworks and Bar BQ's!
Thank you Mary Steingesser for teaching Japanese Bird and Flowers.  Everyone had a great time. It is always fun to learn a new technique.
Congratulations Mary for your painting and sculpture displayed at the Fulgint's Gallery at Anchultz Medical Campus.
For the meeting July 15, 2019, Lisa Lewis will teach painting on a seasonal shovel. Check Lisa's article for more information and supply list.
See you at the meeting!

Vice President/Program Report - Lisa Lewis
Thank you to Mary Steingesser who so beautifully taught us how to transfer any image to create a picture, decoration, whatever our imagination desired. What an easy process! I’m still working on finishing mine – I decided to use watercolor pencil. I’d love to know what others have done.
Now for this month: July 15th
We will be painting a Two-Season Shovel; one side a ladybug and the other side a pumpkin to grace your garden or patio most of the year. We will be working without a printed pattern, practicing shading techniques that can bring an object dimension.

Supplies needed:

                An old shovel or spade – (Clean off any dirt and excess rust with a dry paper sack or newspaper before you come – it can be a messy job so it’s best done outside. A little rust adds to the patina and character of the project, so don’t remove all of it.) If you don’t already have one, Goodwill, ARC, etc. are great sources.
                Chalk for drawing
                Acrylic paints: (I personally prefer the cheap stuff in the big tubes; it is thicker
                                                and covers well)
Regular acrylic supplies – make sure you have at least a 1” flat and a larger round
                Hair Dryer (optional)
                Newspaper for protecting surfaces, including in the car!
     Remaining projects for 2019:
August 19 –  Deer at Sunset -  Instructor: Karon Sorensen
September – no Monday meeting due to Art Show
October 21 -  Snowman Spoon -  Instructor: Andrene Schmelzer
November 18 – Holiday Party
December – no meeting

2nd Vice President/ Membership Report - Debbie Poster

We have a new member.  Please welcome:

Crystal Doggett
14843 E Radcliff Pl
Aurora, CO 80015

This brings our membership to 36

Some of our members may have special coffee mugs with our chapter logo on them. It has come to my attention that some of our members do NOT have these mugs and would be interested in buying one.  The current price is $15.00, BUT we can get a discount if we buy them in a quantity of at least 20.  This will bring the price down to $11.00.  IF you do not have one of these and would like to be included in the opportunity to purchase one, PLEASE let me,  Debbie Poster,, know.  

Debbie Poster

Art  Show and Tea- Elissa McAlear/ Karon Sorensen
Gather your painting(s) to display at our Rocky Mountain Hi Chapter Annual Art Show and Tea, Friday, September 13th. Share your beautiful art work with fellow artists and guests. Be sure to have your name on your piece(s). There are no limits, ribbons or categories, just your creations. Bring easel(s), with your name on them, to better display your art.

This Art Show and Tea are always a fun and exciting opportunity to see what everyone is doing. We know from the auction in May that we are FULL of artists. Share your talent with all of us.

See the Invitation in this newsletter, or on our website, for more details about our special Tea.
PLEASE be sure to get your name and reservation(s) for you and your guest(s) to:

Karon Sorensen
23689 E. Otero Dr., Aurora, CO 80016
303.617.3490 h  303.523.4215 c
Art Show questions? Contact Elissa McAlear, 303.421.8714 or <> put ART SHOW in the subject line, PLEASE

The Rocky Mt Hi Painters Art Show & Tea
Friday September 13, 2019, from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

The High Tea will be catered by Food for Thought Caterers
at Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 E. Hampden Ave in the Fellowship Hall.

The cost per person is $25 and payment must be received by September 4, to give the cater a correct count of attendees. Checks must be received by this date made out to Rocky Mt Hi Chapter
and mailed to
Karon Sorensen, 23689 E. Otero Drive, Aurora, CO , 80016.

We are using the same caterer as last year that offered a wonderful array of delicious sandwiches and pastries.Start inviting your friends to this delightful event and decide what painted items you will be displaying.

The Menu:

Mini Muffins
Mini Quiches

Tea Sandwiches:
Cucumber with Seasoned Cream Cheese
Egg Salad Triangles
Chicken Salad in Croissants
Seafood Salad in Patty Shells

Scones with Lemon Curd and Devonshire Cream
Fresh Fruit
Community Outreach - Ginny Sparlin

Hi All,
Hope you're all having a great Summer!
I'm checking around for groups to donate our painted back packs to. I have had several suggestions. Police and fire department, social services, battered women's shelters, etc. I'll get info on whether they'd rather have them empty or filled. We were thinking toiletries and or school supplies. Will let you all know what I find out, and we'll either do a drive or collect money to purchase supplies.
We're also sponsoring a 4-H Art student at the Douglas County Fair in August.
That's it for now, if anyone has an idea for me for community outreach, please call me. (303-693-0771)

Ginny Sparlin

Local Teacher Seminar Chair Report - Char Bucher

Just a reminder for all of you that signed up for the Judy Patti Class.   It is scheduled at Judy's studio on July  27 and will run from 9 to 4.  Bring your own lunch and all your usual watercolor supplies.  We still need to collect payment from a couple of the ladies,  There is a picture of the unit on the website.  If you have not signed up yet, and still wish to do so, we have space for a couple more.


Travel Teacher Seminar Chair Report - Melinda Barnes

We took a vote of the membership and the seminar project will be changed to a "Christmas Tea Pot". The seminar is October 5th at the Garden Plaza from 9 AM to 4 PM. Price for members is $55.00 and $65.00 for non-members... this includes your lunch.
If you can't attend our next meeting contact me so you don't miss this amazing class.
Melinda Barnes
Tole Chatter - Melinda Barnes

Artists Club
If you haven't already heard Artists Club is going out of business. The announcement came on Facebook and there are many people saddened by this news. There is a new catalog that just came out now with plans to have one last one in the near future. They plan to close their business by the end of this year. If there are any free patterns you haven't downloaded yet I recommend you do so very soon. If you are not on their mailing list like me you can keep any eye on their website for future sales to reduce their inventory. Currently there is a 20% off sale sitewide with a coupon code SAVE20. This sale lasts until July 21st.

Our member, Mary Steingesser...
Mary has a painting and a sculpture at the Fulginiti Gallery at the Anschutz Medical Campus. They are on display until August 14th.
Mary also has a painting “Playing Cards” which is in the book “AcrylicWorks 6” by Artists Network. They sell the book for $45 on their website. Actually, when I looked a day or two ago the book is on sale! You can see a photo of Mary's card painting on our website, it is awesome!

Badger Paint Mixer
Thoroughly mixes all types of paint. Evenly disperses pigment to assure consistent viscosity of paint from top of the bottle to the bottom. (Requires 2 AA Batteries, not included.) Tool fits in a 2 oz. bottle of acrylic paints. Priced at $8.99. Product #BADR0121.

Here is an article from Golden Artist Color titled "Vegan and Animal-Free Paints & Art Materials". I think you will find the article an interesting read.
Another interesting article for watercolor painting is "Testing for Sensitivity".
Golden has two new products for color pouring. The two new mediums are Gloss and Matte.

TIPS: Here are some useful tips from Peggy Harris, used with permission.
1. Long-handled brushes are for working on a vertical surface (such as an easel, where you stand back from the painting). Short-handled brushes are for working on horizontal surfaces (laid flat, where you are close to the painting). Therefore, watercolor brushes and decorative painting brushes have short handles.
2. The cellular structure of natural hair (scaled cuticles with hollow strands) allows it to absorb and release much more moisture (and paint) than synthetic fiber. For this reason, natural-hair brushes are the preferred choice for watercolor work.
3. Acrylic paint is the opposite pH of watercolor paint. This, and its quick-drying trait, makes it very rough on natural-hair brushes. Thus, synthetic-hair brushes are a good choice for working on acrylic mediums.
4. Use your softest brushes for base painting and undercoating. Stiff brushes tend to pick up as much paint as they deposit. Also, always use as large a brush as possible for the space.
5. Do not use turpentine to clean synthetic-hair brushes. It breaks down the filaments. Always use artists-grade odorless thinner.
6. After cleaning, shape and place brushes flat on the table to dry. Standing them in a container too soon allows water to gather in the ferrule and damages the brush. When taking a class, place rinsed brushes in a zip-top bag with brush cleaner until you can clean them well at home.
7. Above all, to avoid spending mountains of money on brushes, care for them properly. Brushes are your "allies" in your work.
Peggy's Website:

SDP -- Are you ready to be an Early Bird and renew your membership for the 2020 year!
EARLY BIRD will start July 1st and go through August 30th 2019!
You will receive THREE FREE e-packets for renewing your membership early and some amazing benefits for being a member all year long!
Make sure you check out the Members only Educational Library on their website. You will find demos, tips and tricks and even full projects!

After the 4th of July you can celebrate National Blueberry Day on the 8th. July 15th is Cow Appreciation Day.

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. Also you will find many photos taken at our meetings and seminars.
We are also on Facebook. Please visit our chapter page and "like" us! This helps our chapter to be more visible to members and possible new members.

Newsletter Compiler - Verlene Siska
Rocky Mountain Hi Chapter

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