Society of Decorative Painters -
1220 E. First St. Wichita, KS 67214
Phone: (316 ) 269-9300 Fax: (316) 269-9191
Hours of Operation: 8:30 - 4:30 Central Time, Monday - Friday
Contact list with Emails and Office Phone Extensions
Spring is almost upon us and soon all the snow and cold will be a distant memory. Time to think about those wonderful projects you can start. Don't forget that there is still time to paint projects to submit for teaching at Conference in Wichita for 2011. The deadline is June 16, 2010). For those of you who have never submitted to teach at Conference, why not do it this year? New and fresh projects are always sought after. Don't forget about teaching those beginners. Giving them a good base on which to build their painting skills is so important. By bringing in new students, you will grow as a teacher, the painting world will grow, and SDP will grow. As a teacher, you are a student's introduction to the painting world.
Don’t forget to exercise your right to vote! Complete info on the 2010 SDP Election is in the current issue of The Decorative Painter magazine. If you can’t attend Conference, be sure to vote by absentee ballot, which is also included in the issue. (You can copy the ballot, so you don’t have to cut it out of your magazine.) The postmark deadline for absentee ballots is April 10. Don’t let the time get away from you!
Are you teaching at the 38th Annual Conference in Wichita? If so, be sure to let your students know about your class and Conference. (Need Conference Specials for your non-member students? Email Shandi@decorativepainters.org and she’ll be happy to send you some.) Also, if you have a website, please post conference info there, too. You are more than welcome to link to the SDP site at www.decorativepainters.org. An email signature with the Conference theme, dates and location is another great way to help spread the word!
Enjoy this issue of Teacher's Happenings and please let me know if you have ideas for future issues.
Dear SDP Teacher:
I am really looking forward to seeing you at the 2010 SDP Conference in Wichita! To those of you who are teaching at Conference this year, registration has been going well and many classes have already filled to capacity.
If you are interested in receiving regular Conference updates, you might want to consider signing up for the SDP blog here.
I have been sending out Conference updates through the SDP blog. It’s a great way to keep updated about the classes at Conference and about things in general that are happening at SDP.
Conference teachers: If we haven’t already met, please make a point of introducing yourselves to me at the Class Sales booth in Wichita so I can put a face with your name.
To all of our SDP teachers: Please know that I am here to assist you with any questions or concerns. Let me know if I can help!
SDP Education Coordinator
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Dear SDP Friends:
I would like to extend an invitation to you to join us at Conference in Wichita on Tuesday, May 18, for "The Beginning Painter" (class #2000). I am thrilled to announce a delightful addition to this already exciting class: Chris Thornton-Deason has agreed to teach us a wonderful textured flower project that is ideal for motivating the beginner painter.
This is on top of our terrific line-up: Priscilla Hauser will be the main speaker in this class, Gretchen Cagle will present as well, and now Chris Thornton-Deason will be teaching a technique that may be NEW to some of us! We also have other surprises for you. We will be talking about the TDP program as well as discussing copyright laws. This four-hour session is filled with so much information and hands-on fun that you will not want to miss it. Go to the SDP website to sign up today and spread the word!
I look forward to seeing you there,
Georgia Magarrell, TDA
SDP Education Committee Chair
Join guest speakers Stan Clifford, President of DecoArt, Inc.; Marian Jackson MDA, President of PaintWebs, Inc.; and members of the SDP Business Committee for "New Strategies for Business Success." This class will take place from 6-10 p.m., Thursday, May 20 at SDP’s 38th Annual Conference and Expo in Wichita. They will cover a number of topics, including new strategies for moving your business forward, why it’s critical to have a web presence, new and exciting tools to achieve greater visibility, creative networking tools to educate and stimulate customers, new sales tools that will increase sales, and an opportunity to "Quiz the Panel" during an open discussion.
It is not necessary to register for Conference to attend this class. Business membership is not required although this class is free for any SDP Business member. The class fee is $35 for non-business members. Sign up for this class!(Back to Top)
We are as busy as bees getting ready for SDP’s Annual Conference and Expo in Wichita and it’s going to be a wonderful time! As you register for Conference, don’t forget to sign up for these exciting events:
Don’t delay. Register for SDP Conference today, and don't forget to sign up for these events, and plan to attend the many other fun events that are planned. We’ll see you there!(Back to Top)
By SDP President Nancy Genetti We all have deadlines for one thing or another—maybe to submit to a conference, magazine, or book or to teach at a seminar or chapter meeting.
What if the deadline is not met? What will that mean? First it will impact everyone involved in the finished project. If you do not meet the deadline to send a chapter the photos to advertise a seminar you are going to teach, the chapter may not have time to advertise the seminar properly, resulting in a canceled seminar. No one wants a canceled seminar. The chapter is embarrassed that they cannot fill a seminar of a well-know teacher, the teacher loses income and exposure, and the chapter members lose the chance to paint with this teacher. A lot of chapters only meet every month, so they need information early to have several meetings to advertise the seminar and take sign-ups.
What if you do not meet the deadline of a magazine or book publisher after your project is accepted? If the deadline is not met, the project could be pulled from that issue. If the publisher accepts a delayed deadline it could impact the whole process of getting the magazine out in time. The publisher has to spend more time asking for information that is beyond the deadline, it upsets the timeline for getting it to the printer, sometimes employees need to be pulled off of other projects to work on projects coming in after the deadline. If many people do not meet the deadline, you can see what impact this could have.
If you are submitting to a conference and miss the deadline, is it really fair to ask the class selection committee to take a late submission? That committee chair works long and hard putting all the photos in an order so that the committee can look at and choose the best projects for their conference. If they are asked to add someone's submissions, it could mean rearranging all the photos or perhaps the committee has already met. Is this really fair to those that submitted on time or to the selection committee?
So, how Important are deadlines?
As you can see above they are very important and can impact many people if not met. All of us are very busy and it is very easy for deadlines to creep up on us. Keeping a "deadline calendar" could be one solution. Put every deadline on a calendar, with a date a week or two prior as a reminder when the next deadline is due, then look at the calendar daily! Put a reminder on your computer calendar that pops up and lets you know. Everyone has their own way of reminding themselves. When working on projects, please remember how many people are impacted if you are not on time.(Back to Top)
Business members DecoArt and Royal & Langnickel brush company want to help us recruit new members to SDP. With this in mind, they have generously offered to give a Decorative Painting for Everyone New Member Kit to every new SDP member. This will help all of us encourage new members to join our beloved Society! Each new SDP member will receive a coupon in their membership packet good for one kit.
The FREE Decorative Painting for Everyone Kit includes:
Warmest thanks to DecoArt and Royal & Langnickel! Imagine how much easier this will make recruiting new members. Now, let’s all get out there and spread the word to our students and newbies about SDP and this fun offer!(Back to Top)
By Sharon Teal-Coray It has been one of those days … one of many in a row. You get up with a lot of passion for your art and then for some reason you stop. I am sure if you have been an artist for any amount of time you have had this happen. You ask yourself what is the matter? Why can’t I get stated? Sometimes it seems that everything little thing that you can do to not paint gets in the way.
Why do we put things off? Now I can understand why we put the things off that are pure drudgery—things that bore us to tears, things that will take lots of our time, or might actually be a challenge to us. Why do we, however, put off the most wonderful things in life we can do, such as painting?
Maybe some of us are afraid of failure, so if we don’t do it then we won’t fail. For me painting is an outlet that is so rewarding, so why is it that I find myself in my studio just puttering around?
While investigating this problem I have found some interesting aspects of procrastination.
Everyone procrastinates. That is nice to know. It’s not just me! Many of us just put things off because we don’t want to do them. Some people just have too many other things on their plates. Putting things off is part of being human. Some of us are really bothered by this and others just seem to thrive on it!
What is the saddest thing is that we actually sabotage ourselves. We put obstacles in our own path, and, in reality, choose paths that hurt our performance. Have you ever met a person who doesn't pay bills on time, doesn't cash gift certificates or checks, files income tax returns late, misses opportunities to do things they want to do, and shops for Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve?
Procrastinators are liars….they lie to themselves! Some of their favorite lies are: “I will feel like doing this tomorrow” or “I will wait because I know I will work better under pressure because I am more creative under pressure.” Or even, “these things really aren’t important to me”.
Have a serious problem with self regulation
Be made not born
Procrastinators are not lazy or inefficient.
Procrastinators' views of time tend to be fairly unrealistic
For some, procrastination is a lifestyle.
How We Do It I don’t know how others do it, but I do know how I do it. I will often just try to ignore my project. Maybe it will go away. I will ruminate for days about how hard it will be and how long it will take, often overestimating these two things. Next I will often substitute something unimportant for something really important, for example: cleaning out the drawers when I should be painting.
Often I tell myself that I deserve a day off, and then one day off turns into a week!
Then there is the time I spend researching a subject I want to paint, getting more and more info until I am so confused that I just give up.
Of course there is the computer looming there … just calling me! I wish I could just not turn it on one day. I have found that simple task, however, to be impossible!
So why do we do it?
Here are some reasons:
One of the greatest reasons is FEAR!!! Fear of failure, fear of success, fear of actually succeeding and then what? All can be a reason for us to procrastinate.
What if the painting isn’t good? What if I can’t do it? What if I spend hours on it and no one likes it?
What if it turns out really good and then I will become successful and become a workaholic never seeing my family or friends, becoming a hermit in my studio. If I get better, then other people’s expectations of me will increase and I will have more stress and pressure. Do I really want that?
These fears may be a conscious or subconscious part of us, either way they will paralyze us and keep us from doing what we love. If the anxiety becomes too much and overwhelms us, then if we don’t force ourselves to take action we just may give up altogether!
There is another aspect of procrastination, it is perfectionism. Often perfectionists think that it is better to give an apathetic effort and maintain the belief that we could have painted the great masterpiece than to give a full effort and risk painting a run-of-the-mill painting. If we procrastinate, then we can maintain our belief that we could maybe have excelled if we only tried harder.
I procrastinate because I know that as a designer after the painting is done I have to write instructions for the project which is not my favorite part of being a designer!
So if I procrastinate, I avoid doing something I don’t like and I can do something I enjoy, thus escaping the dreaded chore.
So now how on earth can we conquer this? There are many strategies for tackling procrastination, so we need to find the ones that will work for us. If one does not do the trick, try another one until you find the right fit!
Our first step is to do what I have done here, and that is to identify how you procrastinate. Figuring out exactly when and how you procrastinate can help you stop the behavior. Once you understand how you procrastinate, you will be able to catch yourself when you are doing it. I sometimes don’t even realize I am doing it until I have wasted a whole day.
In order to really get something painted you need to have the right space in which to work. Your kitchen may not be the place where your creative energy will flow. It has to be someplace where you are most productive and creative. I have found that I need a room where I can listen to soft music or an audio book. This helps me immensely.
On the other hand, I can take this to the extreme by spending hours cleaning my creative space, and this just sabotages me! (Not that it isn’t a good thing to do, but if you never get to the real thing that is your true passion—which is painting—then why clean your creative area?)
As you experiment with strategies for working differently and exploring why you procrastinate don't expect an overnight renovation. It took you a long time to develop the procrastination habit. You aren't going to stop overnight, but you can change the behavior, little by little, step by step.
Instead of putting yourself down when you procrastinate, you might want to start rewarding yourself for your small successes.
Procrastination can be crushed through some simple tips. First you need to improve the situation by becoming more aware of the self-defeating thoughts you’re constantly telling yourself about painting—and by becoming more organized. Although these tips are easy, putting them into use takes practice and repetition.
One problem we often face is that we really don’t have any idea of how long it takes to do something. We imagine it will take much longer than it actually does. So we need to keep track of the actual time it does take to finish a project. Never wait for the “right moment.” You will be no better motivated in the future than you are right now, at this very moment—so get started. Your mood has nothing to do with your success.
Maybe it is a good idea to use a “to do” list in an organizer. Some people hate them, some people can’t live without them, but for the procrastinator, they can go a long way toward keeping your procrastination under control.
At the beginning of every day, make it a habit to turn to that day in your organizer and review not only that day’s tasks or appointments, but those for the entire week. Make sure you don’t have any deadlines. Simply cross things off that are done, add things you need to do in the future, and rewrite the list once a week! The real trick with using an organizer is that you need to make sure you keep it current.
You take back control of your life when you fight procrastination. This can be so very empowering. Just think if you never did what you really want to do in this life. Would you feel joy for the rest of your life or regret?
Look around at all the people who are great examples of lives well lived and time well spent. We need to copy the actions of those we admire and whose successes you would like to emulate. Allow the passion for who you really are show up in all of what you do. Surround yourself with winners. Plan your life so it will inspire you to stay on the path of your natural passions. Don’t ever lose your passion … it is who you are as an artist! Visit Sharon's blog for other art related articles:(Back to Top)
by Linda Biedermann TDA First the Disclaimer: I am not an attorney and this is not legal advice.
Most of your questions about copyright can be answered by the U.S. Copyright Office's website at: http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/
This is a summary of the basics. An original work, whether it is art, music, writing, etc., is automatically copyright protected at the moment it is completed. It is not okay to copy something just because you don't see a copyright symbol on it. You need to have permission from the person who owns the rights to the work. The owner may give you limited use of their pattern, but not full use. For example, authors of decorative art books and packets may state that you may paint for your own use, to give as gifts, or paint the designs to sell on a limited basis. However, this does not give you the right to photocopy anything in the book or packet. It also does not give you permission to rewrite their instructions and then copy what you wrote. You have to get their permission to do that, too. And you need to get their permission in writing.
Many people think that if they change something about a design or painting, it then belongs to them. A common rumor is that if you change three things, then it is now your design. This is not correct. If you use a part of the original design, the original designer still owns it and you have to have their permission to copy the modified version.
Photographs are also copyrighted. A design that is made from a photo you did not take does not belong to you. You need permission from the owner of the photo before basing your design on the photo.
Some common situations where you might think you don't need permission, but you DO:
Unless it is your original design, get permission before putting your paintings on an internet webpage. A chapter including a design or photo of a painting in their newsletter or on their webpage needs permission. You are sharing a pattern to help a group paint for a charity cause. Decorative painting teachers who teach other's designs need to use caution. Often they ask a designer if they can teach their design and are told they can. The problem is that they have not asked the correct question. Allowing someone to teach does not necessarily mean that they allow that person to photocopy, rewrite, or anything else needed to teach that lesson. You need to be specific and ask each designer if she requires that you buy her packet or book for each student or if she has a discount arrangement she makes with teachers. Get the specifics to avoid problems and do so in writing. In a pinch, email will suffice.
So, bottom line, how do you make it ok to use someone else's design? Read their copyright notice and do only what it gives you permission to do. If what you want to do is not listed, ASK in writing, then follow their requirements. It is their property and you can use it only as they allow you to. Do not be afraid to contact a designer. Most will be very generous about working out an arrangement with you.(Back to Top)