Meet the Exhibitor Blog Series: Meet Bear With Us!

Who is exhibiting at Oceans of Color, the 45th Annual Society of Decorative Painters International Conference & Expo in Daytona Beach in May? We’ll be featuring the companies that are exhibiting right here on the SDP Blog! Make sure you get an Expo ticket so you can see their latest products and shop their Expo specials, May 16-20, 2017 at the Ocean Center Convention Center.

Today we’re featuring Bear With Us, who will be in booth #114! Read on and learn why you should plan to visit their booth.

Why should attendees stop by your booth?

Attendees should stop by our booth because of the diversity that we have. We carry over 50 different artists designs. These range from the "big brushes" to the artist who is starting out. Along with the pattern packet, we have the original piece that is designed and painted for you to look at. We then have the wood or material that you need to complete the project. We will have 500 square feet at the Expo. We have the different "doo dahs" that you're looking for to complete that project that you've set aside waiting to find just the right piece!!

What product(s) are you most excited about featuring at the SDP Expo?

We will have new designs and wood pieces from artists such as Jamie Mills-Price, Sandy LeFlore and Rosemary West just to name a few. We will also have JW Etc. varnishes.

Can you give us a preview of what you’re planning at your booth?

We will work as hard and fast as we possibly can to take care of you when you're shopping in our booths!

What is something that our attendees might not know about your company?

We have been in business since 1983. The first 27 years were spent in Missouri. We then moved to the Sunshine State and have been in Florida for seven years now and absolutely love it. We open up our warehouse for shoppers, have open houses and love to do special events for SDP chapters. For any SDP chapter interested, please give us a call!

Is there anything else you want us to promote to our attendees?

Besides wood cutouts, turned wood, and laser cut pieces, we also have varnish, RocLon, Quikwood, brass charms and a friendly smile for you when you come shopping with us!

Not registered yet? Click here to sign up for our conference class and/or an expo ticket!

Meet the Teacher Blog Series: Meet Cynthia Estes

Registration for Oceans of Color, our 45th Annual SDP International Conference & Expo, is open! For the past several weeks, we’ve introduced 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 Cynthia Estes!

Read our interview with Cynthia to learn more about her background and her mixed media class, Brickyard Poppies at Oceans of Color!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a retired Flight Data Communication Specialist. I have four grown children and six grandchildren. I live in Indiana and love to garden and grow my own vegetables. I am an avid reader and news addict!

I learned to paint in the mid-1980s. I learned “disco” painting…disco here, disco there, don’t worry about why! I soon branched out and was self-taught for years but still just followed instructions without knowing why I did what I did. Then in 2007 I started taking classes from Gaby Hunter and Sue Pruett and I learned how to understand color and make it work for me.

I began teaching the Traditions Education Program online to more than 70 students around the world. Since 2012, I’ve been designing and working with mixed media. That is where I found my muse. I have now taught at several SDP Chapters, including my own, Indy Decorative Artists, and at three large conventions. My designs are available for purchase on ArtApprenticeOnline.com or by contacting me directly at cindi3021@yahoo.com.

Another part of my artist life is that I am a face painter. The company that I own with my partner Donna Harcourt is called Artistic Colors and we do our state fair, county fair, and corporate and private parties. It’s an entirely different mode of painting and your “canvas” is different on every one of your customers. We do children and adults alike. You build your design from the bottom up!

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

Brickyard Poppies is a design that grew out of my love for teaching color relationships and for painting mixed media techniques. In this design you will learn how to manipulate textures for realism, how to use different mediums to enhance your structures, and how to make color work for you and your vision.

Why should someone take your class?

If you think color is mysterious, this is the class that will open up a new understanding about how to use color. If you like mixed media but wonder how to “start”, this class will give you a good foundation.

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

Getting to teach again! I love teaching. I will also be glad to see friends I haven’t seen in a few years.

What do you love most about the painting industry?

I love the creativity and never-ending flow of people who are open to sharing and inspiring new and beautiful things to create.

Register for Cynthia's class and our other classes and events at Oceans of Color.

Thank you for tuning into our Meet the Teachers blog series. Relive the entire series here, and make sure you are signed up for all the classes you want to take at Oceans of Color in Daytona Beach in May!

Meet the Teacher Blog Series: Meet Cheri Rol MDA

Registration for Oceans of Color, our 45th Annual SDP International Conference & Expo, is open! Over the past several weeks, we’ve introduced 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 Cheri Rol MDA! Read our interview with Cheri to learn more about her and why you should sign up for her four classes in Daytona Beach!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’ve been in the arts for a while now, first as a fine artist and then a decorative artist. I grew up in California but I’ve lived many different places - each of which inspires different subject matter.

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

In my first class, The Beach Bum, Sherry C. Nelson MDA, TDA and I will share our talents and styles of oil painting. This painting will be a “forever” memory of Daytona Beach!

In A Perfect Pair, you’ll paint this delightful duo and learn many different techniques!

The painting you’ll make in A Single Tomato has a contemporary look. We’ll explore how a light from behind works and how it makes the tomato glow.

I will also be teaching Advancing Your Skills, a skills workshop geared toward skills needed to enter the Certification Program. I am passionate about the Certification Program because you grow in knowledge and in skills that advance your art. These techniques apply to fine art, folk art, landscape, portraits, and more.

Why should someone take your classes?

You’ll learn why you are using the colors, values and intensities to achieve the best end results.

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

I love teaching and look forward to reconnecting with past students and friends.

What do you love most about the painting industry?

I love the fact that there are no limits! Colors, styles, surfaces – all the possibilities.

Register for Cheri’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!