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Meet the Teacher Blog Series: Meet Marjorie Harris Clark

Registration for Oceans of Color, our 45th 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 learn about the projects they’ll be teaching and why you should register for their classes.

Today we meet Marjorie Harris Clark!

Marjorie will be teaching two classes: Old Fashioned Roses (class 402) and Southern Belle (class 508).

Join her on Friday, May 19 from 1-7pm and learn to paint this 10-petal rose in acrylics.

Then, join her again on Saturday, May 20 from 8am-2pm and learn her method for portrait painting.

Read our interview with Marjorie to learn more about her and why you should sign up for her classes in Daytona Beach!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hello, I’m Marjorie Harris Clark. I’m from Massachusetts, and currently live in Edgewater, Florida. I have always painted, and I painted commercially for six galleries from New Hampshire to Florida, as well as a number of murals for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. I paint portrait and mural commissions and do some travel-teaching.

In a few words, tell us about the class you’re teaching at Oceans of Color.

I’m teaching my “Southern Belle” acrylic project. The surface will be basecoated with a pattern applied, so I have time to teach my methods for painting a sweet expression as well as a pretty project. Students don’t need to have portrait experience. This is a good chance to learn how to create a face for other projects.

Why should someone take your class?

This is a good subject for people who would like to learn to paint a simple face for small projects as well as those who would enjoy learning my method for creating an endearing expression. With the use of the applied line drawing as well as a face worksheet, this is a doable, fun project.

What are you looking forward to the most at Oceans of Color?

I’m looking forward to meeting so many teachers who I have admired as well as new, local artists from my area. I’m thrilled to have a chance to attend a SDP Conference that is so close to my home!

What do you love most about the painting industry?

I love that the painting industry is a supportive network for people who want to learn to paint, and even progress to begin to teach. The industry makes it possible for anyone who wants to paint to find teachers and wonderful painting friends to paint with.

Register for Marjorie’s classes and our other classes and events at Oceans of Color. Stay tuned to meet another teacher soon right here on the SDP Blog!

Meet the Artist: Meet Elaine Law

Issue four of this year’s The Decorative Painter magazine is in production and will be mailed to all active SDP members in November. 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 Elaine Law CDA! law-elaine_mugTell us a little bit about yourself. I’m the proud mother of five very accomplished children and the grandmother of 10 grandchildren who (I’m so proud to say) are following the art field in graphic art, architecture, drafting, camera movie work, photography and computer game programming. Also, I have five great-grandchildren and hope to lead them onto art too. When did you start painting? I started painting when I was in grade school. Then, I went to college and received degrees in graphic art, interior design and fine art. Who is your favorite decorative painting teacher? Sherry Nelson MDA has been my mentor because of her expertise and my love of painting birds. How did you learn about SDP and how long have you been a member? I learned about SDP at my very first convention in the early1970s. I found SDP could offer great painting lessons for all calibers of painters. I believe I joined shortly after then. What do you love most about painting? I love how therapeutic it is, and the challenge offered by being able to paint whatever I see. What are your favorite medium and surface to paint? My favorite medium is acrylic paint because it dries so fast. I usually paint on canvas. Can you give us a preview of what readers will learn from your project in The Decorative Painter? I hope everyone will be able to learn how to paint realistically and truly enjoy my adaptation of birds. What value do you put on submitting projects to The Decorative Painter? It’s an opportunity to impart some knowledge to others about the joy and other benefits of painting. When you’re not painting, what can we find you doing? I like spending time with my family and attending garage sales looking for new surfaces. Sometimes, I go for rides and take pictures of the scenery and old barns. What is your best advice for beginner painters? Find a teacher whose work you like and enjoy the feeling of learning something new and exciting. Practice, practice, practice, and never give up. With an open mind, you will learn something new every time. Why did you pursue SDP’s Certification program? Why would you recommend a fellow artist get Certified? I pursued the Certification program to have a jury of my peers tell me whether I was on the right track in learning decorative art. When I got my Certification, it was really is a boost to my moral. I would recommend it to anyone for the same reason. Even a negative critic should not get you down; use it as a learning experience and motivation to excel. Not a SDP member? Click here to learn more about how to join SDP and how to receive access to four issues of The Decorative Painter each year! Stay tuned for Thursday’s blog post where we will meet Heleen Van der Haar!

Throwback To Conference: Learn What The Presidents Had To Say

What did President Wendy Watson and Past President Pat Marler takeaway from the Society of Decorative Painters’ (SDP) Conference & Expo last month? Read what they had to say below!

Wendy Watson, SDP President, 2015-2016

“I had so much fun that I didn’t want it to end. Chris Haughey’s mixed media art provided an exciting project that allowed attendees to combine the skills they already had with new ideas. It was great to see first-time exhibitors as well as many of our members’ favorites. The Expo floor had make it take it classes, which were so popular that some exhibitors had to start scheduling appointments! Plus, I saw several improvements from last year, which is a direct result of our partnership with the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA). SDP and CHA worked as one unit. I’m looking forward to growing a bigger industry presence for SDP through this partnership and the ton of new ideas our members are voicing.”
Pat Marler Past President, 2015-2016

Pat Marler, Past President, 2015-2016

“An event like this needs teachers who can stir enthusiasm to keep students interested; our Conference Artist Chris Haughey had that ability, as did several other teachers who taught classes. The Certification Committee sold a lot of 2016 design packets for our new, entry-level Accredited Decorative Painter (ADP) program. The ADP and the Family Fun Day Kids Zone are the initiatives that SDP is building upon to appeal to the next generation of painters. I want everyone in the creative world to know about these highlights and more. These are only some of the reasons why artists join and love SDP; these are only some of the benefits that will fuel our membership to grow.” Click here to relive your favorite SDP Conference & Expo moments. Visit the SDP Blog again next Thursday, June 11 to read the throwback to the 2015 Certification program!