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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 Margot 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 Margot Clark!

Margot Clark Headshot In Margot’s class, Texture Painting and Color, you’ll create a background using acrylics in a watercolor technique and then add a painting of texture over the painted background. Margot Clark Class

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

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a multiple mediums artist. My favorites are MUD Texture Medium, fused glass, acrylics watercolor and colored pencil.

I’ve been doing art in some form for most of my life. I have two businesses in the art world: Margot A Clark LLC for my personal art work and supplies, and I am part owner of Unique Glass Colors, which manufactures kiln fired glass colors and MUD.

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

I am teaching Texture Painting and Color, which incorporates acrylics used as watercolors for the underpainting and a floral texture design created with MUD over the underpainting and then color added to enhance the MUD texture painting.

Why should someone take your class?

Take my class to learn more about painting with MUD texture medium and how to add color to your designs.

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

I am looking forward to having a booth and interacting with everyone who stops by!

What do you love most about the painting industry?

Enthusiasm of my students!

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