Monthly Archives: April 2012

Focus on Education with Sue Jacobs

Zentangle has arrived! This new method of teaching drawing is creating new artists out of people who never thought they could draw, and giving existing artists a way to practice their art in a fun, fast, and portable way. You will discover Zentangle's method increases creativity, focus, and self-esteem while providing relaxation and improving well-being. Maria Thomas, a calligrapher, and Rick Robert, a former monk, founded Zentangle together. They discovered the method together one night after Maria had been drawing background patterns on a manuscript. As she did so she told Rick about her feelings of timelessness, freedom, and well-being and complete focus on what she was doing with no thought or worry about anything else. "You're describing meditation," Rick said. They then developed the patterns into what is now known as Zentangle. Decorative painters will love this method of drawing. As with many decorative painting techniques, it is taught in a step-by-step manner that leads to a finished product that you will be proud of. One great thing about a Zentangle is that it can be easily completed in a single sitting. Those of us with multiple UFOs (unfinished objects) will appreciate this immensely! The supplies needed are minimal. A piece of good-quality paper, a fine-point technical pen, and a pencil are all you need to do your first Zentangle tile. The costs to get started are very reasonable. And with minimal supplies, this is the type of project you can carry with you and do anyplace. Zentangle can take many shapes and forms. Once you learn the basics, you can expand to decorate many other surfaces, you can even add color to the surface or the line. There are no rules in Zentangle-and no mistakes! You can find a plethora of information about Zentangle on the web. Start with If you look on the blog page you will find links to multiple blogs. These blogs will take you in all sorts of directions into the Zentagle community. My blog, Sue's Tangle Tripsis one of those listed. As a decorative painter, I use Zentangle along with the things I’ve learned through decorative painting classes to give my art its own touch. I also teach Zentangle in the Chicago area and will travel. There are Certified Zentangle Teachers (CZT), throughout the country and the world.Listings can be found on the Zentangle website. Try a class with a CZT. You will love it! Sue Jacobs

Focus on Education-Painting Details with Jean Archer MDA

Attention to good detail is important whether you are painting realistic floral arrangements, fruit, vegetables, sharp focus still life, landscapes, animals, or portraits. The glint of light in an eye or on a water drop, pollen, tiny stamens in a flower center or bug bites on a leaf; good details give your paintings life and a spark of realism. Details in the Center of Interest Whether a detail is major or minor is dictated by its location in the painting. When painting the details in the center of interest area, they are developed to the fullest extent as the center of interest has the brightest and warmest colors, strongest value contrast and sharp focus. These attributes will help attract the viewer’s eye to the center of interest area. As details on objects move further away from the center of interest area and into the supporting areas or background, contrast is less, details are not as sharp-focused and therefore developed to a lesser degree to keep them softer and make them less eye catching. Details in the Supporting Areas In the supporting areas away from the center of interest, details should be calm, quiet, soft and subdued. Softer means less noticeable but not poorly painted; they should be neatly and carefully executed. Control of value, temperature and intensity are the important factors in keeping details quiet in the supporting areas. Line work and Brush Control Detail line-work should have graceful flow and clean edges. Detail and liner brushes in excellent condition are important tools. Paint must be the proper consistency in order to make perfect lines. Detail strokes should be executed with one continuous flowing stroke and not be over-painted, overworked or have cleaned up edges. It has been said many times that practice is the key. Practice is the only way to achieve good technical skills and brush control. Skillful and beautifully painted details will give your painting a professional touch. Find out more about solving problem areas of painting and learn about finishing touches that are vital to improving your skills at Advancing Your Skills class - Friday, May 18, 1-5 PM – SDP Conference in Wichita. Visit my web site at Read or subscribe to my free blog about painting at

Conference Registration Ends Sunday

REMINDER: Advance Conference registration ends this Sunday, April 8, 2012. After this date, registration, classes and/or events must be purchased on site during Conference. This is your last opportunity to register in advance for classes and events. Review the classes that are available in the Class Selection section of the website. For those whose time is limited, you may want to consider the one-day registration ($45) which can be purchased on-site. Expo admission is free Thursday through Saturday. If you haven’t been to the SDP website lately, for an update on the classes available for the Wichita Conference, you may want to take a look. There are 11 classes that are sold out and others are very close to being filled. The list of classes that are filled are: 0030, 0040, 0050, 0145, 0175, 0200, 0205, 0290, 0295, 0385, and 0445. If you originally asked to be on the wait list for any of the above-listed classes, come to Class Sales when you arrive. Review the Class Resale board to see if anyone is selling your requested classes. For your convenience, the Class Sales booth will be open on Monday evening from 6-8pm. At that time, you can purchase additional classes or resell one of your own classes. Join us for a light dinner and multi-faceted evening at the Chapters & Members Gathering designed to motivate and inspire members on Tuesday, May 15, from 6-9pm. You do not have to register for Conference to attend the Gathering, but you must pre-register for this event. All SDP members are welcome to attend whether or not they are affiliated with a chapter. Also, don’t forget to register for the 40th Anniversary Party and get ready to start off another forty years of great decorative painting. Enjoy a delicious dinner, dancing, and lots of door prizes and drawings. Order your anniversary party ticket here: Cost $40 See you soon in Wichita!