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Meet the Teacher: Meet Prudy Vannier CDA

Registration for An Artful Journey, the 44th Annual SDP International Conference & Expo, is open! Over the next several weeks, we’ll be introducing you to some of our class teachers so you can read about their live classes and what you can expect to learn from them.

This week we meet Prudy Vannier CDA! Watch this video to learn about Prudy and which of the three classes she is most excited about teaching you in San Diego. (Hint: The class will take your painting to the next level!)

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Design & Composition (0105)
Tuesday, June 7 – 6-10p.m.

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Delivering Holiday Spirit (0225)
Thursday, June 9 – 12-4p.m.

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Nativity Puzzle (0300)
Friday, June 10 – 9a.m.-4p.m.

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Register to take these classes and our other Conference programs before they sell out! Stay tuned on the SDP Blog next week when we will meet Sue Pruett MDA!

Meet the Artist: Meet Barbara Bunsey

The first issue of this year’s The Decorative Painter magazine is in production and will be mailed to all active SDP members in February. Over the next few 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 Barbara Bunsey!

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We first met Barbara in October in learning about Fruits of the Spirit – Strawberries, one of her original designs in her “Fruits of the Spirit” series, which appeared in Issue #4 of last year’s magazine. Here’s a preview of the next design in her series that you will be able to try yourself later this month!

“I am passionate about keeping history alive. When I interpret a historic design, I feel the hands of those who went before us on mine, helping me keep this art form alive. Layering thin glazes of color helps bring about a more realistic look to a painting. Is this the way this piece was painted in the 19 century? Probably not, but I want to bring it to you in the 21 century.

Capture‘Fruits of the Spirit – Basket’ is my interpretation of a motif originally done on watercolor paper in Boston, circa 1810. The original line drawing shows a container holding the fruit. I decided to interpret it as a basket. If some of the fruit sizes seem a bit odd, it’s because I chose to copy this exactly as it had been done in the 19 century.

This is the latest design in my ‘Fruits of the Spirit’ series. The ‘Fruits of the Spirit’ are peace, love and joy. May you be blessed with these today and always.”

Stay tuned for the next issue of The Decorative Painter magazine, mailing soon, plus another blog post in this series later this week when we will meet Ginko Otaka MDA, TDA!

Meet the Teacher Blog Series: Meet Ann Kullberg

Registration for An Artful Journey, the 44th Annual SDP International Conference & Expo, is open! Over the next several weeks, we’ll be introducing you to some of our class teachers so you can read about their live classes and what you can expect to learn from them.

This week we meet Ann Kullberg, the founder of COLOR magazine!

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Ann will be teaching Special Event 1030, Baby Soft Portraitsa must-attend class for colored pencil enthusiasts!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Way back in 1987, I discovered premium grade colored pencils, fell madly in love with them, and haven’t looked back since! As the mother of two very young children, it turned out to be the perfect medium. I could work in tiny increments of time since there was no set-up, no mess, and no clean up required. Plus, I could draw all those lovely details that I so love!

Soon enough, I was off creating my own technique for drawing portraits. Over the years, I’ve written numerous books, founded COLOR, the first monthly magazine for colored pencil artists, created loads of instructional materials and have held portrait workshops throughout the world – Canada, Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom, on 24 cruises and in 44 of the United States. It’s been a wonderful ride and it’s not over yet!

How many years have you participated in the SDP International Conference & Expo?
It’s brand new to me! This will be the first year that I get to experience the Conference and I’m looking forward to it!

Why should someone take your class?
Even more than art and colored pencils, teaching is my utter passion. I enjoy every minute of conducting a workshop, and I love the feeling that I’ve taught someone as much as I possibly can during our time together. It’s thrilling to see people learn and improve right before my eyes. I teach to all levels, and no matter your skill level there is no question you’ll leave my class with a ton of new knowledge, techniques and enthusiasm.

Be prepared to laugh at lot in my workshop. If we’re not having a grand time together, then I’m doing something wrong!

How does your class relate to emerging trends in painting?
Colored pencils are all the rage, thanks in huge part to the recent gain in popularity of adult coloring books. Folks are discovering this versatile medium and many are moving on from coloring books to project kits to fine art. It’s an exciting time for colored pencils!

Also, as realism continues to gain in popularity, those who pine for the ability to draw every detail soon become enthralled with colored pencils. Nothing gives you more control than the tiny point of a well-sharpened pencil.

What do you love most about the painting industry?
Over the years, my involvement with art has led me to meet so many beautiful people, travel to so many beautiful places and see so much beautiful art. I can say that beauty of all kinds – emotional, spiritual and physical – is what I love the most about being part of the wonderfully wide world of art. I feel very honored and excited to finally be stepping into this new-to-me-world of decorative painters!

Register to take this special event class and our other Conference programs before they sell out! Stay tuned on the SDP Blog next week when we will meet Prudy Vannier CDA!