Thursday, January 5, 2017

New Year, New Paintings

Happy New Year!

We are only a few days in to 2017. Did you make any resolutions this year? Are you starting 2017 with a blank canvas--figuratively and/or literally?

I always make some sort of resolution. I love the feeling of a fresh start and I think there is always something that I could be working on to improve myself or my life. It is true that I do not always carry my resolution through the whole year, but I really do start of excited and strong--that has to count for something, right? 😇

This year I am focusing on reconnecting with my own creativity. For 15 years I have made a living painting projects for other people. It has always been a gift to be paid for drawing and painting as a scenic artist. It truly has been a joy to pass along the tricks of the trade to students and to paint larger-than-life scenery for loads theatrical productions, but I have really missed creating my own work. For years I have put all of my own painting and artistic vision on the backburner, often because painting all day doesn't really make me want to paint when I get home. This year I want to find my own artistic voice again. I don't know where this artistic adventure will take me but I am excited to get started. And you bet that my Dynasty brushes will be right there on the journey with me!

So, where to start? Well, I was given a lovely 3' x 3' stretched gallery wrapped canvas for Christmas so I guess I will be starting there! I was also given the book In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney and I think that will be a great companion and source of inspiration to this first project. Notice that I just said first--yes, I want this resolution to lay the groundwork for my creativity throughout 2017 and for years to come!

Readers: Have you made any art-related resolutions? If so, please share--let's support each other's new artistic efforts!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Splashes of Hope Remembers Frederick V. Mink

As we come together with family and friends in the spirit of the holidays, I wanted to tell you about a very special project that is near and dear to the heart of Dynasty Brush and The FM Brush Company.

Splashes of Hope, based in Huntington, NY and founded by Heather Buggee, is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to bringing art to life in places that could use a little cheering up--hospitals, shelters, veteran care facilities, just to name a few examples. The company designs and paints murals to brighten environments and improve the quality of experience for patients, visitors and workers alike.

In 2013 Mr. Frederick Mink, CEO of FM Brush, read a news article featuring Splashes and Hope. Mr. Mink was so inspired by their mission that he contacted the organization, wanting to help the artists that bring those murals to life. FM Brush began donating brushes to Splashes of Hope, Heather and Fred became friends, and a wonderful bond was born. Last year Splashes of Hope made Mr. Mink "Man of the Year" at their annual fundraising gala.

Mr. Mink passed away in 2015 due to complications with lung cancer. He spent his final days in the care of those oat Glen Cove hospital. This summer on the anniversary of the passing of Mr. Mink, Ms. Buggee and Mr. Mink's daughter and FM Brush's Director of Cosmetic and Retail Sales Ms. Jacqueline Mink Cooper got together at Glen Cove hospital. It was there that the planning of a mural in honor of Mr. Mink began.

The mural was designed by Joe Gyurcsak of Utrecht Artist Supplies and contains lots of things that were enjoyed by Mr. Mink's: heart-shaped clouds that represent Mr. Mink's siblings, Northport Marina, tulips, the family dog Barney, close friends, and the FM Brush logo. Once the design was approved by the hospital, Splashes of Hope got to work bringing the mural to life. Working nights and weekends, it took two artists seven nights of painting to complete the piece--all with Dynasty/FM brushes.

The mural in the Northwell Health Rehabilitation gym at Glen Cove hospital was officially dedicated on December 5 and featured a moving speech by Jacqueline Mink Cooper. Not only is it a beautiful work of art, but it is a beautiful way to honor the spirit of someone so loved by Splashes of Hope and FM Brush Company.

Mural wall: BEFORE

Mural wall: IN PROGRESS

Mural wall: FINISHED!
Thank you so much to Splashes of Hope for all of their hard work and for Glen Cove Hospital for allowing the mural to be part of their facilities.

On a personal note, I'd like to thank Heather Buggee, Jacqueline Mink Cooper, and Veronica Towey for all of their help with this post. All photos appear courtesy of  Heather Buggee and Splashes of Hope.  If you are looking for a way to give back this holiday season, please consider "making a splash" with this truly special organization. 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Dynasty Holiday Gift Guide

Looking to spread a little holiday cheer? Wondering what to get for the creative-types in your life? Consider giving Dynasty Brushes! With so many varieties to choose from and with brushes for every budget, Dynasty has something sure to please the artists and crafters on your gift list!

For the art teachers:

Consider giving those artists educating the Rembrandts of Tomorrow one of our Composition Assortments. With short, smooth wood handles and a variety of bristle types and shapes to choose from, a Composition Assortment is sure to be a great addition to any school's art room.

For your crafty relative who does a little bit of everything:

Do you have a cousin who likes to decoupage sketchbook covers? Or an aunt who loves to turn her flea-market finds into "shabby chic"? Or a mother who does both of those things--and more? Then consider giving your loved one some of our Blue Ice brushes. The durable blue and white bristles are strong enough to stand up to heavy mediums--like acrylic gels, white glue, chalk, milk and latex paints--while still allowing excellent control. I've used Blue Ice brushes on all sorts of project like painting a door in my house with latex paint and painting a shirt with fabric paint for my son's Halloween costume. My three year old even has used these brushes to "paint" on our sidewalk with water, but you wouldn't know it because these bristles are so tough! If you are looking for a multi-purpose brush that can stand up to anything, Blue Ice is it!

For the artist that paints the finest of details:


Do you have that one friend who elegantly hand paints their Christmas cards every year? Or maybe a friend who creates beautiful ornaments? For those who paint in the smallest of details, Dynasty offers the Micron collection. The finest synthetic hair bristles are secured into a smooth ferrule that rests on a specially-shaped handle designed for ultimate control and comfort.

Check out all of these brushes and more on our website. Wanna know where to buy? Click here to find a retailer near you. I won't tell if you want to pick up a few brushes for yourself this holiday season! 😊