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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 Sherry Nelson MDA TDA

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 Sherry Nelson MDA TDA!

Sherry is teaching three projects at Oceans of Color that embody Florida’s climate and wildlife. Read our interview with Sherry to learn more about why you should sign up for her classes!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I took my first painting lessons in 1971. I needed a babysitter for my kids when I went to class and my neighbor was willing. But she wanted to learn what I was learning. So, I took the class on Monday morning and taught it to her and two other friends on Wednesday evenings. One of those ladies still paints with me today and we have been best friends for 44 years! And that's what painting and teaching is all about…the friends we make, and the knowledge we share.

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

I wanted to design some pieces that would entice painters to explore our convention, to come experience the uniqueness of Florida and to learn something related to that. So I found myself thinking first of birds that frequent the shore, and the marshlands of Florida.

The White Ibis project (class 313) I’m teaching is one of Florida’s dramatic backyard birds.

The Beach Bum (class 102) is the exciting painting for my oil special event co-taught by Cheri Rol MDA and features the spiffy Common Tern. It tells the story of a sandy Florida beach and what you might find there to inspire your brush.

I’m also teaching Tangled Butterfly (class 201), which is a unique contemporary piece using oils, pen and ink.

I hope lots of painters join me to experience a bit of what makes Florida special.

Why should someone take your class?

My students always leave my classes with extensive knowledge about the subject, a grasp of the essentials of my favorite medium, oils, and a set of logically-created instructions written in such a way that anyone can follow and learn from them. When I teach even the most entry level painters, I am always prepared to share my enthusiasm in such a way that the students can without exception learn and grow and find success in doing so.

Every teacher you take from brings a little extra bit of knowledge to your bag of painting tricks. It's all part of the big picture and even if you never take from them again you've likely learned something that could impact your painting world in a huge way. So come on – sign up for classes at Conference and be inspired! Come to create, to do something fresh and exciting to jumpstart your approach to art.

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

A new city, a fresh location, and meeting painters who have never taken my classes before. Every single one of SDP’s Conferences is exciting and unique. I’ve never missed a conference in the 43 years since the first convention I attended in Tulsa, OK in 1975. Sure wouldn’t want to lose out on all the fun coming up in Daytona Beach at Oceans of Color!

What do you love most about the painting industry?

My students! Their creativity and excitement about taking new classes and learning all they can enliven the upcoming show.

Register for Sherry’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 Teacher Blog Series: Meet Sandy McTier

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 Sandy McTier!

Sandy will be teaching two classes at our Conference this May: Fleurs Parfumerie (class 216) and Ruby Red Hibiscus (class 307).

Join her on Wednesday, May 17 from 1-5pm for Fleurs Parfumerie and create this elegant, mixed media glass perfume bottle and rose.

Then, join her again on Thursday, May 18 from 1-7pm for Ruby Red Hibiscus and paint this vibrant, tropical, ruby red hibiscus using water soluble oils.

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

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m blessed to be the wife of an Air Force Veteran – he’s my biggest cheerleader – and the mom of three wonderful sons, all currently in college or graduate school. For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved creating things, and in 2011 took the leap of faith, starting Sandy McTier Designs. I absolutely love the process of designing something and watching that design come to life in the form of a painting, stencil or stamp. It’s hard to define my art and style or limiting it to one medium or subject as I really enjoy designing and creating a wide variety of art. I travel teach around the world, sharing my love for painting and creating!

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

I’m excited to be teaching two classes at Conference this year… a beautiful hibiscus, using water soluble oil colors and a mixed media class, painting a beautiful perfume bottle and rose.

Why should someone take your classes?

If you want to learn something new, you’ll want to take my classes! I’ll teach you techniques that you’ll be able to use in all aspects of your creative journey.

If you find yourself stuck in a creative rut, you’ll want to take my classes! We’ll concentrate on how to loosen up, create and watch things happen!

If you’ve never tried oils or have been forced to change mediums due to harsh chemicals and odors, you’ll want to take my Ruby Red Hibiscus class! We’ll paint with water soluble oils (wOils), and we’ll only be using water to thin the paint. Clean up is as easy as soap and water.

If you want to learn mixed media techniques using stencils, stamps, mediums and paints to enhance your decorative painting or to stretch yourself as an artist, you’ll want to take my Fleurs Parfumerie class!

Plus, I teach my classes in such a way that, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned painter, you’ll learn something new… and I bring CHOCOLATE!

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

I always love meeting new artists and rekindling the ties I have with my creative friends!

I’m also looking forward to being on the trade show floor with some of my favorite people and Dynasty Artists! I hope you’ll come by our booth and say hi!

What do you love most about the painting industry?

Oh my, there are too many things to list, but the top three are what I call the three Ps – the People, the Products and the Possibilities! I so enjoy meeting all of the students, teachers, distributors, manufacturers and everyone tied to the industry. The people are who make it ALL worthwhile! The products in this industry are incredible, and I’m always ready for the new paint colors, mediums, stencils and more to hit the market! The possibilities are truly endless! There is something for everyone, whether you want to learn how to paint or create, start designing your own designs, create your own products and more. It’s all available to everyone! It does take some hard work and dedication, but there’s a lot of fun too! I’m so honored to be a part of this community.

Register for Sandy’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!