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July 2020 Newsletter

President's Message - Lisa Lewis

Welcome to a very warm and dry July! Lest you think I have been “art-idle” and only focused on all things golf-related, here are two projects in progress. The first is my yet-to-be-completed tile project Mary Steingesser so beautifully led us through on Tuesday afternoon, July 7th. Those of you who were on the Zoom call with us will notice that I strayed from the pattern a bit, but hey! That’s art! Making it your own. Thank you Mary for that fun afternoon.

The second is painted from a photo a friend took in Minnesota. I have to finish the trees on the river bank and get the water finished. I love practicing my watercolor painting without a pattern and doing my best to make it come alive. There’s something special about having an empty canvas and adding color as my imagination takes me. I am a rule follower in most everything in my life except when it comes to my creative side where I can color outside the lines and make the sky pink and the grass blue!

We have been endeavoring to come up with some in-person and online offerings as we continue to maintain everyone’s safety during this time of health challenge. I thank you all for your ideas and perseverance. Read on for more of what is coming up. Don’t forget about the Judy Patti seminar at the end of this month!!!
Program Report - Debbie Poster

Tuesday, July 21, 9am – 11am   VIA ZOOM
A link will be sent a few days before the event.  Anyone wishing to paint in a small group may join Debbie Poster at her home.  Please call for more info and RSVP – 303-805-1509
This event will be used to promote the Rocky Mountain High Chapter.  After painting the rocks, we will distribute them in public places.  A small tag can be glued to the underneath side of the rocks with RMHi contact info (see below for the message), which you may copy and attach to your rocks.
                  More info: Debbie 303-805-1509
     Keep it, share it, or put it back for others to enjoy
I glued the label on the back of the rock before painting the design, using a thin craft glue that dries clear (ModPodge matte finish).  After it dries on the rock, coat over the label with the same glue and let it dry.
What will we paint?  Anything you want.  We’ve learned to do the Mandala Dot painting, which can be very fast and simple.  Pictured are a few rocks that my family did as a fun afternoon project.  I did 2 rocks adapting the flower design from the project Mary shared with us on July 7th ZOOM meeting.

ROCKS!!!  They should be smooth and flat/semi flat to make the painting easy.  Smaller rocks will paint up faster than large rocks.  A little larger than the size of a chicken egg (but flat) is good and the label should fit.  If using found rocks you must wash them very well.  You can buy small decorative rocks at craft stores in the floral section.
PRIMER – I like to apply a spray primer in Matte Black (or any color) but you can leave them natural.
CHALK/CHARCOAL PENCIL – to draw a design on the rock.  These wipe off very easily after painting or if you change your mind.
ACRYLIC PAINTS – any colors  
SPRAY SEALER – I like a gloss finish.  I’ve used several different brands.  The rocks should be sprayed several days after painting.  I spray the back side first, let dry for several days then spray the painted side.  I’m sure a brush on sealer/finish will work as well and in any finish gloss, matte, etc.  It’s important that the painted rock be durable and waterproof.
During the zoom event, I will demo a few different ideas that are quick.  Pinterest has lots of ideas as well!  Just have FUN and maybe learn a few things from each other.  These are to give away and promote the chapter at the same time.  Let’s bring a little fun into people’s lives!  Leave a little joy to be found…. 

Membership Report - Debbie Poster

Membership continues with 30 members.

Local Teacher Seminar Chair Report - Char Bucher

Remember the class is on  Saturday July 25 beginning at 9 a.m. or thereabout.You will want to print out these lovely reference pictures, but there is no need to trace anything, as we paint these free hand.  I look forward to seeing all of you

Travel Teacher Seminar Chair Report - Melinda Barnes

RMHi is co-sponsoring with High Plains Decorative Artists a seminar with Mark Polomchak. As you know this seminar was scheduled for August this year. It has been decided to postpone Mark's seminar until next year. I don't have any other details right now, but when I do I will share them with you.
Melinda Barnes
Rocky Mountain Hi Artists

Tole Chatter - Melinda Barnes

Exciting news from SDP
We have a new Executive Director, Dana Steffee.  Our Annual Meeting will be held August 26th this year at 6 PM CST via Zoom! I hope you all can attend the meeting.
Because of the Covid-19 virus most seminars and conventions have been canceled or postponed. There are so many wonderful and talented teachers teaching on Zoom right now there are too many to list. If you have a favorite teacher, in any medium, check their website to see if and when they are conducting their classes on Zoom. Zoom is the next best thing to being in the room with the teacher. Did I mention some of these Zoom classes are free?  
There are also many free classes, artist chats and demos available on Facebook too.
Many artists and designers and taking the extra time at home creating YouTube videos for you to learn from. Just go to YouTube and enter your favorite designer's name in the search box.... you be surprised and delighted at what you will find.
For those of you registered or thinking about attending the OKC Painting Palooza this October it has been postponed. The good news is there will be two Palooza conventions next year! One in May and the regularly schedule show in October. Be still my heart... I can't wait. May 1 - 8, 2021 will be the new date and all classes are remaining the same. You do need to let Darla Forman know if you want to carry your registration over to the new date,  The convention hotels have been bombarded with calls to change their room reservation so you will have to be patient.  .
Chris Thornton's Seminar has been rescheduled for March 19-20, 2021 in Grand Junction.
Mary Wiseman has always been one of my favorite designs, especially love her painting of fruit. I found her website the other day and hope you enjoy it too. This might be a site in progress.
For the first time in years I needed to purchase paintbrushes... you have to paint to wear them out! I am taking a class with Wendy Goldberg next month... you guessed it on Zoom! She is teaching a Holly Hanley design for fall. I've seen Holly's short video clips on how she paints on Facebook and her YouTube channel. The method is a bit similar to Rosemary West dry brushing the basecoat and I love it. Oh, anyway,  Holly uses Lunar Blenders manufactured by Princeton to accomplish this. I Googled the brushes to see what it looked like. <grin> I ended up purchasing the 3 brushes needed for the class on the Brushes and More website. Nice article for cleaning brushes and fantastic prices for those brushes!

Since many of you are working in your yard this year maybe more than ever I thought you might find this of interest. Cheryl Poulin is an artist from Canada, she was asked about the best way to seal a clay pot. She uses a sealer called Water Glass and Cheryl says it does the job exceptionally well. To use it as a sealer you just dilute it with water. If the pots are smaller than the container holding the sealer mixture, you could just dunk them in and let dry. You can then go ahead and paint them on the outside only. Once the pot is painted and varnished (exterior gloss varnish with UV protection) they should hold up to moist soil and will not be harmful to your herbs and plants.
If you are looking for almost any paint related product be sure and checkout Jerry's Artarama. You can sign up for their newsletter and hear about all their new products and sales.
Stay safe and well!
"Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art."
~ Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

WEBSITE and FACEBOOK - Melinda  Barnes

Society of Decorative Painters
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Newsletter Compiler - Verlene Siska

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