Meet the Artist:Meet Shirley Nan Ruchong CDA

Issue #3 of the 2016 The Decorative Painter magazine is in the mail! Over the next few weeks, we’ll introduce you to the artists in the current issue and share the inspiration behind their finished projects.

This week, meet Shirley Nan Ruchong CDA!

Shirley Nan Ruchong CDA

Shirley Nan Ruchong CDA had her first painting class in 1979 and that began a lifelong love affair with art! From 1985 to 2012, Donna Mays and Shirley owned a tole shop that operated as a walk-in store and eventually was relocated to Shirley’s home studio. Classes are still being taught there – it will probably never close!

Shirley has been a member of SDP for over 35 years and has served on many SDP Committees as well as serving on the SDP Board of Directors for two years as a Board Member-at-Large.

Oils are Shirley’s medium of choice; although, she also teaches in acrylics and watercolor. Her project in this issue, “Playing In Ink” uses alcohol ink. Here’s a preview of her project, in Shirley’s own words.

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“Welcome to a wonderful adventure with a fun painting medium – alcohol ink! This is such a great product and you can do so many things with it. If you are so inclined you can do abstract renderings or paint flowers, landscapes, animals, or a myriad of other subjects. I find that I enjoy playing in the ink when I need to loosen up from my realism oil paintings.

Abstract can be very relaxing! Since this is the holiday edition (of The Decorative Painter) I have included a poinsettia design that will make a great gift, as will tiles with the other designs. Even if you use the same palette everyone’s gift will be one of a kind!”

Log in to the member only section of the website today and complete the project in the digital version of the magazine.

Meet the Artist: Meet Margit Hartl

Issue #3 of the 2016 The Decorative Painter magazine is in the mail! Over the next few weeks, we’ll introduce you to the artists in the current issue and share the inspiration behind their finished projects.

This week, meet Margit Hartl!

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In 1980, Margit Hartl walked into her town’s library to look at a collection of painted items. Never before had she seen a decorated peach basket. Then she saw a cut and pierce technique lampshade and discovered theorem art, styles totally new to her.

She had a friend who collected fine art, and when she saw a new abstract piece of art in his office, Margit asked what made him purchase it. He answered, “It startled my mind and I just had to have it.” That is what happened to her when she saw the collection of painted items in the library. She just had to have it!

Over the years, Margit has had much fun since her first encounter with painting. She combined her fine art background with decorative art, had the pleasure to study with many fine teachers, and has taught at every Conference at least once in the United States.

Now, she hopes her project, “Ornamental Showcase”, will give you something to think about. Her friend paid $40,000 for his abstract mind startler. In the case of this design in her favorite painting magazine, The Decorative Painter, the price is right.

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Meet the Artist: Meet Cindy Harrison

Issue #3 of the 2016 The Decorative Painter magazine is in the mail! Over the next few weeks, we’ll introduce you to the artists in the upcoming issue and share the inspiration behind their finished projects.

This week, meet Cindy Harrison!

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Cindy Harrison has been an art enthusiast all her life. She teaches in her home studio, several shops around southern New Hampshire and at local SDP Chapters. She has also taught at conventions throughout the United States. Cindy is currently sponsoring several artists through a Purely Acrylics e-course located at purelyacrylics.com. Additionally, she hosts a free weekly live interactive art class online.

Her project, “Christmas Tags”, is an inexpensive mixed media painting project that will fill you with the holiday spirit! Add these tags to gifts or hang them on your Christmas tree!

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Log in to the member only section of the website today and complete the project in the digital version of the magazine.