Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Winner of our Online Drawing!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our drawing!!  You've been waiting patiently now for 3 weeks to know our winners.  

As I mentioned, there will be 2 winners, one for traditional fine art and the other for decorative art.  I'll be sending out Duets brushes and Black Gold brushes to the winners.  Just a refresher, Duets are some of our newer brushes, introduced earlier this year with unique tips on each end of the brush.  Black Gold brushes are our premier line of paint brushes, synthetic hairs created in a range of shapes and sizes to suit the style and medium.

Winning a full set of the Duets Brushes is Ann Patmore!  Ann is an all around artist who shares her work via her Facebook profile.  I won't give away some of her more special substrates, you'll have to check out her profile on your own! 

Winning an assortment of the Black Gold line is Helen Sturgeon, the Southern Cook.  Helen has an extensive background as a food editor and recipe tester, and she is just getting into watercolors.  Welcome to the art world and keep us posted on your paintings.  

Ladies, I will reach out to you via your websites to get your addresses and make arrangements to have the brushes sent your way. 

Thank you to all who shared our enthusiasm for good brushes, commented here in the blog and shared this with artist friends.  I look forward to having another drawing after the holidays, so stay tuned!

Keep Painting,

For more brush information, check out the Dynasty Brush website.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Artist Resources: Color Guides

Last week I had an artist contact me about mixing color.  The question prompted me to look more closely at the online resources for artists around mixing color, and I thought that putting together a list would be an ideal post for this blog.  

This is not yet comprehensive.  I'm still collecting resources, so if you know of one that needs to be listed, please let me know so that I can add it.  

Color Theory
  • Munsell Color:  Munsell is likely the leading expert on communicating color and color theory.  The site is filled with tools and guides explaining color.  Thorough and technical explanations on how to mix color for an artist:  Mixing Paint
  • Handprint:  Thorough explanations of color theory, color in design, color temperature and the color basics.
  • Gamblin Color:  Robert Gamblin's Navigating Color Space color theory.  An excellent tool and video for artists to get started in mixing color. 
  • Amien Forum Articles Amien is a website dedicated to helping artists understand art materials.  Contains two articles, one on color theory and the other on understanding color.  
  • Kremer Pigments Blog:  Technical article on primary color and color theory. 
  • Pigment Definitions:  Very complete resource for identifying pigments in paint hues along with chemical composition, CI name and number and historical name. 
  • Pigment Chart:  A catalogue of pigments, showing properties, historical notes and images.
Understanding Color Mixing

Keep Painting,

For more brush information, check out the Dynasty Brush website.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Paint Brush Highlights: Mongolian Sable

I have shared Faux Kolinsky sable  and Faux Sable with you, so this third brush is a completely unique brush on its own, made from real Mongolian Sable.  The hairs are shorter than the synthetic sables, and a different color, a soft gray with a dark tip.  The hairs, being natural, are also finer and softer than the other sables.  You couldn't get much softer unless you were going to paint with goose down.

Within Dynasty's line of brushes, this sable is a natural hair brush created using hair from the Mongolian sable, doing so in a sustainable way without harm to the animal or environment.  FM Brush supports the fight against animal testing and uses wood for the handles in all brushes from wood reforestation programs.

If you are looking for a brush with natural hair, soft and suitable for watercolor, gouache or casein and oil, this is your brush.  These brushes are all long handled, intended for the painter working on an easel or en plein air.  They work ideally with buttery oil paints or detailed watercolors, coming in brights, rounds, angles, fans and filberts.  I have found that the fan brush in particular is ideal for soft blending, similar to using a light badger hair brush.

For a complete look at the origin of sable and the animal itself, take a look at this 2011 post:  What is sable?

Keep Painting, 

For more brush information, check out the Dynasty Brush website.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Where to buy Dynasty Brushes

We receive hundreds of queries on where to buy our brushes, so I thought that I'd put all of that up front for you to make it easy for purchasing.  Since we don't sell directly to consumers, but rather through retailers, here they are listed below.  We are constantly driving to create new relationships with dealers nationally and internationally to make our products more available to you.  So, I will update this post as those new relationships are built.

In the meantime, I hope that one of these fine companies below can serve your needs.

If you would like to search by zip code or map locale, click the page below:
Dynasty Distributors

Below are the brick and mortar stores:

United States:

Art Systems of Florida, Winter Park, FL
Artisan, Santa Fe, NM, Delray Beach, FL
Braun Brush, Albertson, NY
C and R Ceramics, Ocala, FL
Ceramics & Crafts Supply, San Francisco, CA
Creative Crafts, Baton Rouge, LA
Cupboard Distributing, Urbana, OH 
Daniel Smith Fine Art, Bellevue, WA & Seattle, WA
Dove Brushes, Tarpon Springs, FL
Hyatt's All Things Creative, Buffalo, NY
Mister Art, Inc., Houston, TX 
Nasco Outlet, Fort Atkinson, WI 
Nasco Outlet, Modesto, CA
Pearl Paint, Paramus, NJ
Sax Art, Appleton, WI
Triarco Arts & Crafts, Plymouth, MN 
Wet Paint Art, Minneapolis, MN

United Art & Education in the midwest
Castleton, IN 
Calumet City, IL
Centerville, OH
Hilliard, OH
Indianapolis, IN
Merrillville, IN
Mishawaka, MI 
Sharonville, OH

University Art in California
Palo Alto, CA 
The Annex, Palo Alto, CA
Midtown, Sacremento, CA
North, Sacremento, CA 
San Jose, CA
San Francisco, CA

Utrecht Art Supplies by City
Atlanta, GA 
Baltimore, MD 
Berkeley, CA
Boston, MA
Cambridge, MA 
Carle Place, NY
Chicago, IL
Cleveland Heights, OH 
Columbus, OH
Cranbury, NJ
Detroit, MI
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Fort Wayne, IN
Kansas City, KS
Los Angeles, CA
Manhattan, NY (2)
Miami, FL 
Milwaukee, WI (2)
Minneapolis, MN
Philadelphia, PA (2)
Pittsburgh, PA
Portland, OR
Providence, RI
Royal Oak, MI
Sacremento, CA
Salt Lake City, UT
San Francisco, CA (4)
Savannah, GA
Seattle, WA
Tallahasse, FL
Tempe, AZ
Washington, DC 


Omer DeSerres by city
Faubourg Boisbriand, Boisbriand, Quebec
Brossard Quartier Dix30, Brossard, Quebec
Chicoutimi, Quebec
East Vancouver
West Edmonton Mall, Edmonton, Quebec
Les galeries Gatineau, Gatineau, Quebec
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Laval, Quebec, Quebec
Marché central Montréal, Communauté-Urbaine-de-Montréal, Quebec
Place Montréal Trust, Communauté-Urbaine-de-Montréal, Quebec
Saint-Léonard, Quebec, Quebec
Saint Catherine, Communauté-Urbaine-de-Montréal, Quebec
Université Concordia, Communauté-Urbaine-de-Montréal, Quebec
Hyde Park Gate, Oakville, Ontario, Ontario
Centre Saint-Laurent, Ottawa, Ontario
Méga Centre Des Sources (Pointe-Claire), Quebec, Quebec
Galeries de la capitale, Québec, Quebec
Saint-Hubert, Quebec, Quebec
Place Sainte-Foy, Place Sainte-Foy, Quebec
Sherbrooke, Quebec, Quebec
Downtown Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
Toronto East, Ontario, Ontario
Uptown, Ontario, Ontario
Trois-Riviéres, Trois-Riviéres, Quebec
Broadway (Vancouver), Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia
Main Street (British Columbia), British Columbia, British Columbia
Vaughan Mills Mall, Vaughan, Ontario

Currys by city
Barrie, Ontario
Kitchener, Ontario
London, Ontario 
Markham, Ontario
Mississauga, Ontario
Dundas Store, Toronto, Ontario
Queen Store, Toronto, Ontario
Yonge Store, Toronto, Ontario
Whitby, Ontario

Artists Emporium
Winnipeg, Manitoba

United Kingdom:
The complete list of countries include:
United Kingom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland, Portugal, Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Sweden.

Below are the online stores for ordering: 
Curry's Art Store (serving Canada) 
Cupboard Distributing
Sax Arts & Crafts
Triarco Arts & Crafts
United Art and Education

Keep Painting, 

For more brush information, check out the Dynasty Brush website.