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Meet the Artist: Meet Ginko Otaka MDA, TDA

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!

ginkootakaTell 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.

take a little breakCan 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!

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.

0105 Design & Composition-001

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

0225 Delivering Holiday Spirit-001

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!

Barbara Bunsey

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!