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 Ginko Otaka MDA, TDA!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Right now, I am seriously studying photography. I am observing the original photographs of my art designs to get started. I am taking pictures of my final artwork too. I am both a decorative painting artist and photo creator!
When did you start painting?
I started painting about 26 years ago and joined SDP shortly afterwards. My teacher in Japan told me about the Society of Decorative Painters, which is why I became a member.
Who is your favorite decorative painting teacher?
My favorite teacher is Gayle Oram MDA.
What do you love most about painting?
Painting is part of my daily lifestyle. One can paint on anything – household items, décor and etc. I find joy from painting on items that I see and use every day.
What is your favorite medium?
I can’t pick one! I love oil, acrylic and porcelain paints.
What is your favorite surface to paint?
My favorite surface is enamel products, including kettles, coffee pots, plates, cups and canisters.
Can you give us a preview of what readers will learn from your project in The Decorative Painter?
My project will show you that porcelain painting is not as difficult as you may think. If you have your image of stroke, you will be able to adjust from mine. Don’t be afraid to customize my project to your taste or try something different. There is no such thing as a mistake!
What value do you put on submitting projects to The Decorative Painter?
I always design painting projects with the person who loves to paint in mind. I imagine that the person will find joy and be happy to decorate and use my art.
When you’re not painting, what can we find you doing?
Taking photographs! I love to coordinate my two hobbies: painting and photography.
What is your best advice for beginner painters?
Try SDP’s Certification program. You will learn so much about painting. It will help you become a better painter and be proud of the art you make.
Why did you pursue SDP’s Certification program and why would you recommend a fellow artist get Certified?
If you want to enjoy your own design or paint style, SDP’s Certification program is the best way to learn. It does not matter if you are a hobbyist, a beginner or an advanced painter. Beginners will absorb all the information shared like a sponge. Advanced artists will gain more confidence as well as learn a little bit about painting their own designs. Every skill level will take away new knowledge or a new perspective about the decorative art form.
Stay tuned for the next issue of The Decorative Painter magazine, mailing soon, plus another blog post in this series next week when we will meet Patricia de Torres from Colombia!