Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Paint Brush Highlights: Orange Ice

Orange Ice brushes are aptly named for their cool creamy colored tuft and soft orange handle.  They come in a range of round sizes and feel comfortable, solid and smooth in the hand.

Since these brushes are produced in larger round sizes, they are great for specific types of decorative work, like mural painting and faux finish blending, but they are also great for the large scale modern artist.  I find that with these brushes, the synthetic tufts are springy enough to hold my heavy bodied acrylics well, even mixing in mediums.  The fibers are similar to the faux squirrel or faux sable brushes, so they are suitable for paints with body but are also wonderful for watercolor.  They can hold a large quantity of fluid for a watercolor artist, especially the extra large rounds.   

If you're looking for a brush that has a softer price range, but durable for the wear and tear of heavy painting, blending and washes, then look no further.

Keep Painting, 

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

Friday, March 22, 2013

Spring Brush Giveaway!

Win a set of Palmer Brushes!

People have been asking, so here it is!  The contest is simple, and runs on Twitter this time.

To enter, follow us on Twitter @dynastybrush.  Then write a tweet as to why you want to win free brushes from Dynasty.  Your tweet must include the hashtag #freebrushes and @dynastybrush.  

For example:  "I want to win #free brushes from @dynastybrush so that I can paint all the time!"

That is it!  We'll select one winner at random on April 4th and contact them via DM on Twitter.  

Good luck to all!  

Keep Painting, 

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

Friday, March 15, 2013

Creative Painting Review from Jill Fitzhenry

Me!  Jillybean Fitzhenry
Our previous post on Creative Painting and our last eNewsletter mentioned Phyllis Gibbs' presence at the show in our booth.  Sadly, Phyllis was unable to attend at the last minute.  We missed her greatly and send our best to her.

We just returned from the Las Vegas Creative Painting Convention. It was so great to see many of you there. It was a very busy show with lots of demonstrating and classes going one. 

When I, Jillybean Fitzhenry, was demostrating, people most wanted to see how to use the Black Gold Fan-Dango brush for Santa beards and feathers, Whale's Tail brushes for palm trees and Glass Art Brushes for painting on wine glasses. Angle wave brushes for Zebra fur and pine needles were also of great interest. 

Deb Antonick demonstrating Palmers
Mark your calendar for next years Creative Painting Convention held at the Tropicana Las Vegas, NV and join in on all the fun. Information at: www.vegaspaint.com

Also of note, Dynasty's new Palmer brushes were a big hit when demonstrated by Deb Antonick in the FM Brush booth in Vegas. People loved the way she used the Bristle Palmers to do her quick and easy backgrounds as well as stippling snow and snowmen. 

Palmer Brushes are available in both Bristle and Synthetic, 1" and 2" and in a variety of styles. You'll love the way they fit so comfortably in your hand. Watch a short film clip on You Tube for more information.

Thank you to all the wonderful teachers that used Dynasty Brushes in their classes at the Vegas convention: Glenice Moore, Bill Bayer, and Christine Taylor-Leonard just to name a few! Glenice is shown here with her son Tim proudly holding her 1st place and best of show ribbons from a previous convention.

Glenice Moore & her son Tim
If you are a convention or travel teacher and would like to join our Dynansty family of artists, please contact me, Jillybean, for more information. (Click on my name below.)  We can help you with special teacher discounts on brushes for your classes and Pay for Publication articles. 


Friday, March 8, 2013

Artist Resources: Art Material Books

For all you art material lovers out there, I've recorded a list of Art Material books.  There may be more, so please do comment on which ones are your favorites.  These are not instruction books on how to make art, but rather books on understanding materials.

I have not listed books on Pigments or Color Theory as there are numerous volumes of each, but that will be an upcoming post. ;)

Artists Beware by Michael McCann
An Artist's Handbook: Materials & Techniques by Margaret Krug
The Artist's Complete Health and Safety Guide by Monona Rossol
The Artist's Handbook by Ray Smith
The Artist's Handbook of Materials and Techniques by Ralph Mayer
An Artist's Notebook by Bernard Chaet
Brushes:  A Handbook for Artists and Artisans by Jacques Turner
The Craftsmans Handbook "Il Libro dell' Arte" by Cennini
Health Hazards Manual for Artists by Michael McCann
The Materials and Techniques of Medieval Painting by Thompson
The Materials of the Artist & their Use in Painting by Max Doerner
Methods and Materials of Painting of the Great Schools & Masters by Eastlake
Oil Painting Techniques and Materials by Harold Speed
The Painter's Companion by Reed Kay
The Painter's Craft by Ralph Mayer
Painter's Handbook by Mark Gottsegen
Painting Materials:  A Short Encyclopedia by Gettens and Stout
The Painter's Methods and Materials by A. P. Laurie
The Practice of Tempera Painting:  Materials and Methods by Thompson

Please note:  I am not suggesting that you purchase from Amazon, however, in order for you to read reviews, see covers and excerpts, it is the most comprehensive book site to reference.

Keep Painting, 

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