continued “I like the camaraderie,” she said. “We’re all interested in crafting and we all have different ideas. Everybody does it a little bit differently and they all have something to add to the meeting.”
Liliya Lifanova, of North Syracuse, had been doing watercolor painting her whole life before she ever heard about decorative painting. She loves being part of the group because she thinks the techniques that she learns at meetings help her to become a more well-rounded artist.
“In fine art, realism is my favorite. And when I saw these [decorative] paintings, I could relate to the realism,” Lifanova said. “What I love about the group is that it’s not only about patterns, it’s about painting techniques.”
At a typical meeting, a guest artist (some have come from as far away as the Midwest) will come in to teach a new kind of brush stroke or technique to the group, and they all have the opportunity to try it out and bring back what they’ve learned to their own work at home. Other times, the group will work on a community project together — and, according to Guidera, “Anything we can do for the community is nice. We’re always looking to do something for our community.”
Every year, the group paints something to benefit the greater CNY community. In the past, they’ve painted canvas bags for the women of Vera House, caps for cancer patients at the Hematology Oncology Associates of Central New York and ornaments at the Camp Good Days and Special Times Christmas party for the families. And this year, they’re doing a unique project to help the environment.
‘Save the Rain’
The CNY Decorative Artists was one of 16 groups selected to be a part of the “Save the Rain” rain barrel painting contest, which is a part of the educational outreach section of Onondaga County Executive’s award-winning Save the Rain program.