Issue three of this year’s The Decorative Painter magazine is in production and will be mailed to all active SDP members in August. Over the next several weeks, we will get to know some of the artists whose projects will be featured in the upcoming issue. Throughout this series, you will learn about their art and inspiration, and what you can expect from their projects. This week, meet Anita Morin!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Today, I live in a small picturesque retirement community in Elliot Lake, Ontario. I’ve been married for 19 years to my husband, Luc, and we have two beautiful girls, Jessica and Jasmine.
When did you start painting?
I was introduced to decorative painting in the summer of 1997. After one painting lesson, I was hooked. I’ve taught myself different painting techniques over the years, practicing with methods and materials I found in magazines and online. I went from painting nonstop at my kitchen counter to a workstation complete with an area to paint and storage bins for my supplies. My art was first published in 2006. Now, you can find my work in many publications.
How did you learn about SDP?
I learned about SDP through the Internet. SDP was always discussed among members of the painting community.
Who is your favorite decorative painting teacher?
My favorite decorative painting teacher whose class I’ve taken is Debbie Cotton. Her paintings are always full of beautiful colors. She also uses a lot of dry brushing in her work.
What do you love most about painting?
Painting is full of different styles and techniques. I can paint anything, but I especially love to paint birds and during the holiday season. I haven’t adapted to a specific style, but rather a variety and mixture of painting techniques I’ve learned.
What is your favorite medium and surface to paint?
My favorite medium is acrylic. Medium-density fibreboard (MDF) is one of my favorite woods/surfaces to paint on, whether it’s plaques or ornaments. I like to seal the wood with DecoArt Wood Sealer. I can easily smooth the surface by sanding between basecoats. I also like to wet the surface with water or by using Americana Drying Time Extender when floating and highlighting.
Can you give us a preview of what readers will learn from your project in The Decorative Painter?
When working on my project, you will use different brushes, colors and techniques. At the same time, it will get you ready for autumn!
What value do you put on submitting projects to The Decorative Painter?
The Decorative Painter is an excellent source for feedback. I like to hear readers’ comments and suggestions about my project. It gives me an idea of what painters are interested in.
When you’re not painting, what can we find you doing?
Summertime is camping season. I enjoy spending time with my family outdoors. You’ll also find me reading books.
What is your best advice for beginner painters?
Always choose something simple and gradually work your way up to the point when you feel comfortable completing projects with more details.
Stay tuned for Thursday’s blog post where we will meet SDP member Janelle Johnson CDA, TDA!