Monday, February 25, 2013

Creative Painting

Creative Painting has started!  This week in Las Vegas, the Creative Painting Convention and show opened and will run through the end of the week.  Creative Painting brings together fine artists, decorative artists and all types of painting media for a full week of classes and art material demos. 
Jill Fitzhenry

FM Brush is going to be there all week with several artists working at the expo booth and several other artists running their own workshops.   

Jill Fitzhenry will both be at the FM booth, demonstrating Black Gold brushes and their talent as decorative artists.  Jill, or Jillybean, has been drawing all her life, and her love of painting is evident in her workshops.  She makes painting accessible and enjoyable to all skill levels.  

Glenice Moore is a gifted wildlife artist who is running a booth of her own at the show.  Besides her own painting and teaching, Glenice has an international reputation for working with the Diane Fossey Foundation for the awareness of the people and gorillas in the Congo.

Glenice Moore
Bill Bayer is also a fan and user of Dynasty Brushes and will be running his own booth this week.  Bill studied with Bob Ross and became a certified instructor in his teaching, leading him to his own style of painting and a number of instructional painting DVDs. 

Tracy Moreau is another Dynasty Artist who will be working in Mary Owens Booth. Tracy has recently been featured in Interactive Artist Magazine with a project on silk painting. As well as her decorative painting work, Tracy does faux finish and interior work.  She has several DVDs and books out on her techniques.

Tracy Moreau
As you can see, the skill and instructional value of this group of artists is unmatched, and they will all be at Creative Painting this year -- this week!! 

To see a video of last year's highlights, click on the link below:
Creative Painting 2012

There are numerous Dynasty Artists on our website, with bios, galleries, videos and downloadable projects.   These artists are experienced in the Dynasty Brush line and especially the patented Black Gold brushes.  They are an excellent resource for understanding the technique and ease of using these brushes. If you're able to drop by their booths this week, all the better.  If not, you can reach them through our website or the links to their work in this post!

Keep Painting,

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

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Black Gold Brush Winner Helen Sturgeon

Helen Sturgeon was our winner a few months back, receiving a dozen Black Gold brushes to support her work as a watercolor artist.  Since then she has been painting with them regularly in her floral watercolors.  Helen shares that the rounds hold water nicely and the angular flats are ideal for painting veins in leaves.  

Since Helen started her work a few years back, she has been drawn to painting in a "romantic realist" style, working primarily on flowers.  Her inspiration is drawn from a grandmother with a beautiful flower garden, those memories being revived as she works from flowers now.  Helen has been able to take workshops in the North Carolina area with Elly Hobgood and at the John C. Campbell Folkschool.  

Thank you for sharing your work with us, Helen.

Keep Painting, 

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

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Artist Spotlight: Susan Lyon

Basket from Guatemala
"My style is realistic with as much impressionistic color as possible. I like to combine wide brushes for sweeping strokes in the background with small, soft brushes for subtle details in my center of interest." ~Susan Lyon

Susan Lyon is one of the most recognized representational painters of our time.  Her work is in premier galleries internationally and her workshops are booked months in advance.  She and artist husband, Scott Burdick, travel extensively capturing the beauty of other cultures in landscapes, portraits, and video.  Yet, graciously, Susan has taken the time to share a bit with us about her brushwork.

Veiled Beauty
Susan's interest in art and painting were inspired by a television show on Georgia O'Keefe where she connected emotionally with the art for the first time.  She went on to study painting at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and the Palette and Chisel Club where she met Scott.  Susan works wet on wet in oils and then wet on dry for the finishing details, thinning her paints if needed to obtain scratchy brushwork against the opaque lighter strokes.  She uses mostly flats and filberts in natural bristle and mongoose, but sometimes uses sable brushes for fine detail.  Even in her drawing, Susan will often use a brush to soften edges.  

Yellow Hat
Susan is very specific about the materials she uses and instructs her students to use what she uses in order to obtain the best results.  "Papers, canvases and paints all have a different feel to them; you must know what kind of effect you want and use the right materials to get that."

I was privileged enough to get to work with Susan in person as she created a DVD that I produced a few years ago, Mastering Portrait DrawingIf you think her work is beautiful here or in person, you should watch her paint.  Click here to reach more of her videos and lessons as well as the DVD mentioned above.  You can see a preview demo of Susan's upcoming online video lesson below.

Susan's work will be in a group exhibit at the Maxwell Alexander Gallery opening this coming Friday in Culver City, California.  If you're anywhere close, the exhibit has a number of fabulous artists participating and a preview can be seen on the Gallery website:

If you are interested in studying with Susan, she will be teaching a workshop in portraiture this coming September in Taos, New Mexico at the E.L. Blumenschein Home.  You can find out more details at her website:  Blumenschein

To see more of Susan's work, you can visit numerous galleries around the country that hold her in their collections or you can visit her website.

Keep Painting,

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