Monday, June 29, 2009


Core 1-7b class

Core 1-5b class

Core 1-6 class

Just a quick update note to include the new pictures above that have been released. These are pictures of some of the classes from the New Heritage Educational Program. NICE!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Painting, now back to work.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


BIG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BIG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now this is really BIG news from Global Art Supply. It was recently announced that those waiting and wanting to order the NEW Heritage MultiMedia Arcylics do not have to wait any longer. You can now visit Global Arts Supply or one of the Heritage Team member's websites to order the 12 Color set. Order now for shipping in August. NOW THAT IS BIG NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Visit Global Art Supply for further information and ordering at the following link:

I have already placed my order so do not hesitate, Order Now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Painting.................................................

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

More Pictures From the SDP Convention

David Jansen painting a floral design

Bobbi Koelsch working in the Jansen Art booth

Paul Seymour teaches stroke roses (make and take project)

Members of the Heritage Team

Jessica mans the Jansen Art booth

The Jansen Art booth

Happy Painting.........................................

Sunday, June 21, 2009


Mark's Roses (did not remove the lines)

Hi all. I just got home from the Society of Decorative Painters convention in Peoria and thought I would write a little about my trip. This was my very first decorative painting convention so I really did not know what to expect so let's see if I can give you a little run down on what actually occurred.

David's Roses (Paul Seymour's Class)

We (Mark and I) arrived in Peoria on Thursday, June 18th after a fairly uneventful flight from Washington Dulles through Chicago and on to Peoria. We grabbed our luggage, picked up the rental car, and off to the hotel we drove. I guess we arrived at the hotel in about half an hour as it was only about 7 miles from the airport to the hotel. After parking the car and dragging the luggage to the room, we where off to the convention center. The first stop was the registration booth where we picked up our conference badges and other associated goody bag materials.

Now here comes the strange part. We left the registration booth and walked into the the convention expo floor where all the vendors were located. I bet I did not walk 50 feet when I heard someone say "DAVID"? When I turned around it was Paul Seymour and his wife Cathy. Here we were about 2 1/2 hours from DC and someone knows me. The funny part was that Paul recognized me from my picture on my Pampered Palette blog. We had never met. We chatted a while and the we were off to find the Jansen Art booth. There, after many hours of communicating with the Heritage members via email and blog, I finally met David and Martha Jansen, Georgia and Blake Dawbon, Hazel Anthony (from Australia), and Bobbie Koelsch. What a great group of artists. I feel very honored to have met each artist and they made Mark and I feel so welcome. Trying not to wear out our welcome or come across like groupies.......ha., Mark and I hung out at the booth for a while talking about the NEW HERITAGE TRAINING PROGRAM, which will be released some time, we are told, around the fall. We even got to look at pictures of the training manual. I CAN'T WAIT.......................................BRING IT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NOW, let's look at day two of the convention. Early in the morning we headed over to the expo floor and actually participated in a "Make and Take" stroke roses project with the one and only PAUL SEYMOUR. We had a great time there and our roses did not look bad at all. I was shocked..................that they actually looked like roses. Paul was a great instructor but I have to tell you that Mark and I gave him such a hard time during the lesson that I he may actually consider retirement................just kidding Paul. We had a great time.

From the stroke roses class we were off for our very first ever SDP course. Mark and I had signed up for a class with Maureen McNaughton. I was a little uneasy entering the class as we both had only completed maybe 4 to 5 pieces since beginning decorative painting a few months ago. We walked into the class and we were two in a class of 60................A little scary I must say. In fact, we were the only two men in the class. I walked up to Maureen and mentioned to her that Mark and I were newbies and we had a few concerns about taking the class. Maureen and her staff immediately made us feel very welcome and in fact Maureen said we would do fine, not to worry. And you know what? She was right. We are very pleased with the pieces that we painted. Everyone one in the class was very helpful and made us feel so welcome. WE LOVED IT!!!!! The class ended around 5 pm so that was it for the day.

David's Tulips (Maureen's Class)

Saturday morning right off the bat we were off to take another Maureen McNaughton class (different piece/technique). This time we are much more relaxed so the class was somewhat easier or we were just a lot more at ease. Both days we were the only two men in the class but we did our best. We met some great people like Sandy Scales, Sally McAloon, and four other great artist that unfortunately I do not remember their names. I know, that is bad for me not to remember someone's name but I met so many impressive individuals this weekend that I am feeling a little overwhelmed. However, I am going to HOOT and have signed up with several Maureen classes so hopefully I see them all there (and remember the names this time.....).

David's (Maureen's Class)

Well, we had two great classes with Maureen (neither piece is completed yet). We would recommend a Maureen class to anyone. Now I don't want to leave Paul out as we had a great time with him. In fact, Mark and I are planning to the new HERITAGE classes from Paul and get ready Georgia as we plan to pay you a visit as well.

I guess I should stop babbling and just say that we had a great time. We would like to thank everyone for making us feel so welcome. It was really great meeting each of you. Everyone was so friendly and helpful.

PS................I was in AWE watching David paint.

Thanks everyone, HAPPY PAINTING.....................................

David and Mark

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

PEORIA -- HERE WE COME!!!!!!!!!!

Well, it has been a really long time since I added any information to my blog. That is mainly because I have been absolutely swamped at work with many really big software demos to some very important customers. In order for me to get ready for my demos, it requires many hours of research, demo software configuration and build, and finally just prepping for the demo itself. In the past few weeks I have been so busy with demo build/prep that I have not even been able to pick up a brush. However, that is all going to change tomorrow.

Tomorrow morning I get on a plane for Peoria where I will attend the Society of Decorative Painters conference. This is a big deal for me as I have never ever attended a decorative painting conference and many of the people that I communicate via email quiet frequently like David and Martha Jansen, Paul Seymour, Georgia, etc. I have never met. This will be the time that I get to meet all those people and hopefully more. So guys -- get ready because I am on my way.

I wanted mainly to see what goes on at the conference especially on the Expo floor. I am a shopper from way back so I hope they have lots of "stuff" to buy. In an effort to take advantage of my time there, I decided to book two classes. Friday and Saturday I have a class with Maureen McNaughton so I am hoping that I do not feel totally lost. That feeling could be because I am still very new to decordative painting and the fact that for the last few weeks I am been unable to paint (like 4 weeks). Even though I am new, I plan to sit in the back of the room and obsorb as much information as I can during the class.

Today I am have taken a vacation day from work so that I can get ready for the big plane ride tomorrow. That is why I am able to take the time to post something work to worry about today. Hopefully, I can get back into the swing to painting and continue to move forward with my training.

HEY PAUL......Mark and I are planning to come up to your place one day for a class. Hopefully, that will be really soon. The next few months will be a little rough though as we will be in Peoria this week, then off to Hawaii in July, London in September and Las Vegas in November. Even though it will be a little hectic, I intend to find time to get to Paul's for a class especially for the NEW training program.

Anyway, I am going to run as I do need to start pulling things together for tomorrow. I am looking forward to the convention/conference and meeting all kinds of people..............have a great day and keep painting..................I guess I should take my own advice and keep painting.........