Thursday, August 17, 2017

Dynasty Artist Sandy McTier at Splashes of Hope

If you missed the previous post about the Dynasty Brush Paint Night with Splashes of Hope, click here. 

Dynasty Artist Sandy McTier of Sandy McTier Designs recently spent some time in New York to teach a three day painting seminar with the Decorative Artists of Western Nassau (DAWN) and to attend Dynasty Brush Paint Night with Splashes of Hope. Here Sandy talks about her experience: 

I taught a three day painting seminar with the Decorative Artist of Western Nassau Chapter (DAWN) in Long Island, NY and invited Veronica Towey (Dynasty Brush Director of Marketing) over so that the painters could do some brush shopping! They scooped em up! They loved having Veronica there and enjoyed a pop-in visit from Greg Mink, Dynasty's Vice President of Sales.  

This was my first trip to NY and to the FM Brush Company and they made me feel right at home and part of the Brush Family!


I noticed immediately what a tight-knit family-run business FM Brush is! There is a genuine passion that can be felt in the building and in talking to the people in the office as well as the brush makers--to carry on the family business and make the absolute best brushes available. 

The factory tour was amazing! I got to see where and how the brushes were made. From loading the ferrule with the best bristle materials available, to the crimping of the ferrules on the handles--with a beautifully crafted antique crimping machine. it gave me that much more appreciation for the love and craftsmanship that goes into creating every single last brush! 

The DAWN ladies were invited to attend the Dynasty Splashes of Hope Event and we were all thrilled to see so many of them show up to help paint on the murals. Several ladies returned to continue working on the details of the murals which was AWESOME! 



The venue was spectacular! Who wouldn't want to have their studio spaces in a castle?? 
Tony, the videographer, taped some educational and informative brush tutorials with me and fellow Dynasty Artist Shar Sosh. Splashes of Hope Ambassador Ethan shared all of his special and favorite Dynasty brushes with Tony. Splashes of Hope Face Painter Sandy painted up faces using Dynasty Theatrix brushes.


The entertainment of a live one-man band performer set the mood for fun, fellowship and lots of paint slinging!

Thanks for sharing your experience with us, Sandy! If you want to see more about what Sandy is up to, be sure to follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you want to learn more about all of our Dynasty Artists, click here. And if you want to learn more about how you can support Splashes of Hope, visit their website

Looking to browse our vast selection of brushes? Check out our website!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Dynasty/Splashes of Hope Paint Night 2017

Last week the friends and family of Dynasty Brush got together with our friends at Splashes of Hope to take things from clinical to colorful at hospitals and medical clinics. You may remember from a previous post on the blog, that Splashes of Hope and Dynasty Brush have a very special relationship forged through the hearts of both Splashes of Hope founder Heather Buggee and FM Brush's late CEO Frederick V. Mink. 

We got together at the Splashes of Hope studio at the Suffolk County Park's historic Coindre Hall, on the grounds of West Neck Farm in Huntington, New York. Coindre Hall is a beautiful medieval French chateau-style mansion designed by architect Clarence Luce that overlooks Long Island Sound. It made for a lovely location for us to paint and create!

Coindre Hall
With the help of Dynasty Artists, FM Brush family and friends, Splashes of Hope painters, and members of the Decorative Artists of Western Nassau, we soon got to work painting all sorts of ceiling tiles and murals to be installed at the Northport VA Medical Center

Splashes of Hope's Heather Buggee (in pink), photo courtesy of Veronica Towey
 
 
Dynasty Artist-In-Residence Shar Sosh and Splashes of Hope Senior Mural Artist and Project Manager Sarah Baecher chat with Splashes Star Ethan Chang and his mom.

Dynasty Artist Sandy McTier "monkeys around" at the event!
 
FM Brush's Linda Mayer and her husband Kenny

Dynasty's web designer, Luke Tarnowski

Dynasty Artist Sandy McTier and members of Decorative Artists of Western Nassau (DAWN)

One of the hightlights of the evening was Dynasty Brush and FM Brush giving a special gift to Heather from Splashes of Hope to thank her for all of her hard work. Dynasty Brush's Director of Marketing Veronica Towey presented Heather with a Dynasty Brush "bouquet" made up of Heather's favorite brushes: Blue Ice and Orange Ice


Splashes of Hope's Heather Buggee with Dynasty's Director of Retail Sales Jacqueline Mink Cooper
Dynasty Brush would like to thank our sponsors FM Brush and Blick Art Materials, our Dynasty Artists Shar Sosh and Sandy McTier for all of their support, the Decorative Artists of Western Nassau, and of course Heather and Splashes of Hope for such a successful event! And a very special heart-felt thank you to Jacqueline Mink Cooper and Greg Mink for their father's spirit of giving alive in all of us 💓

Would you like to see more photos of the event? Check out the album on our Facebook page! 

Would you like to help Splashes of Hope #splashitforward? Go here to donate and go here to volunteer!

Our next blog post will feature Dynasty Artist Sandy McTier--stay tuned! 

As always, if you want to learn more about Dynasty Brush please visit our website

Photos in this post appear courtesy of Veronica Towey. Our Social Media Coordinator and Dynasty Blogger Lori would like to give a special thanks to Veronica and Sandy for all their info and photos.  

Friday, July 21, 2017

Meet Mastodon, Dynasty's Strong-as-an Elephant Line of Brushes


Need a strong brush that works well with a variety of media? Meet Mastodon, Dynasty's strong-as-an-elephant synthetic brush. Our Mastodon line of brushes are designed to stand up to thick, heavy-bodied paints as well as a multitude of surfaces--like ceramics, wood, rough paper, and canvas. 

Each brush is constructed with quality materials such as synthetic bristle and a seamless golden ferrule. And the strong, clear acrylic handle is formulated with anti-bacterial properties making them exceptional tools in a classroom where brushes are shared!

Part of the proceeds of the sales of our Mastodon brushes are donated to Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation, the world's first elephant hospital.  

Would you like to learn more about Mastodon, our other brushes, or the other social initiatives Dynasty supports? Visit our website



Thursday, July 6, 2017

Dynasty Orange Ice


Looking for a synthetic bristled brush with a perfect point and a perky personality? The Dynasty Orange Ice line of brushes fit the bill! Two different types of synthetic bristles are brought together in these brushes by way of a specialized manufacturing process. The tip of each brush consists of soft white synthetic bristles at the center surrounded by a layer of orange synthetic bristles--sort of resembling those orange ice pops with the creamy vanilla middle! The unique shape and combination of bristles provides the artist with a tool that allows for great control and fluidity of strokes. Orange Ice works best with watercolors, acrylics, inks, and water-soluble oil paints. 

Ready to refresh your work? Find out where you can find Orange Ice here

Friday, June 16, 2017

Dynasty Sky Brush

Need a big brush to do a big job? Then Dynasty's Sky Brushes are just what you need! 


Looking to gesso a canvas? Ready to lay in a large amount of color at once? Sky Brushes are perfect for quickly and effectively painting bigger surfaces. Made with strong nylon bristles secured into a natural wood handle, Sky Brushes are the work-horse of any studio--good for both prep-work and artistic painting. They can be used with a variety of media which means not only can they help you create a masterpiece mural in acrylics, they can also help you give a dazzling makeover to a piece of furniture with chalk or milk paint.  

Dynasty Sky Brushes are what every artist needs at their fingertips for big jobs. Want a set for yourself? You can find retailers on the Dynasty website! 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Dynasty's BIG MOP Watercolor Brushes


Some of the softest brushes in Dynasty's collection, our BIG MOP watercolor brushes get the job done! Available in small, medium, and large size, these brushes allow the painter to lay in large areas of watercolor with ease. The super soft black camel hair bristles set in an oval ferrule can hold a lot of paint, making wash application a snap. The clear lacquered white birch handles are sturdy and long to provide the artist with both comfort and control, especially when working on large scale projects. 

Ready to add a set of Dynasty BIG MOPS to your studio? Click here to find a retailer near you! 



Friday, May 19, 2017

Dynasty's Stencil and Textured Stencil brushes

Spring is here and for a lot of artists that means it is time for exciting new projects! Maybe you are looking to freshen things up around the house or in your canvas painting? Stencils are a fun, quick, and easy way to add pattern, color, and texture to a project.

Dynasty Brush carries two type of stencil brushes: our standard Stencil brush and our Textured Stencil brush. Both lines of brushes are crafted with quality white bristles and solid lacquered handles and can be used with both stencil paints and acrylic paints.



There are two clear differences between the standard Stencil and the Textured Stencil brushes. One is obviously the color of the handles. This allows for easy identification. When you are in the moment, busy creating your masterpiece, you can easily reach for the right tool based on color. The second difference is the configuration of the bristles. The Textured Stencil line has a patented two tier bristle shape which helps contain color inside the stencil space. 

If you are a crafter, a decorative artist, a mixed media artist, a scenic artist, or an artist looking for new ways to incorporate text or patterns into your work, these brushes would be a fine addition to your studio. 

Want to know where you can find Dynasty brushes near you? Click here!


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Come see us in Daytona for Oceans of Color!

Dynasty Brush, along with our parent company FM Brush, is excited to be part of Oceans of Color: the 45th annual international conference and expo of the Society of Decorative Painters. This year's conference takes place May 16 through May 20 in Daytona Beach, Florida at the Ocean Center. Register for this year's event here

FM Brush will be located at booth 411 on the Expo Floor and will feature demonstrations by Dynasty Artists Deb Antonick, Jill Fitzhenry, Tracy Moreau, and Sandy Warner McTier

Conference artist Judy Westegaard-Jenkins will be teaching on opening day of the conference from 2:00 to 8:00pm.

Dynasty's own Tracy Weinzapfel will be teaching at the Dare 2 Create event on Thursday, May 18 along with artist Andy Skinner.

So join us in Florida for some sun and painting fun! You won't want to miss this!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Scenic Fitch XL in Action!

Just last month I introduced you to one of our newest brushes--the Dynasty Scenic Fitch XL. It is just like our other line of scenic fitch brushes--made with strong, triple boiled white bristles secured into an oval ferrule on a kiln-dried white birch handle--with one BIG difference. The XL part of its name stands for eXtra Long handle!

Some of these brushes are already in the hands of professional and apprentice scenic artists alike. I thought I would share some photos of these brushes in the hands of the people who use them most. 


Scenic Artist Taryn Pasco, photo appears courtesy of Kristian Perry.


In the photo above, Taryn Pascoe, a Scenic Art Apprentice at Point Park University's Pittsburgh Playhouse, paints a piece of scenery for the show Pinkalicious: The Musical. Under direction from Scenic Charge Artist Kristian Perry, Taryn applies paint following the artist's rendering provided by scenic designer Tucker Topel. 

Because scenic artists paint on such a large scale, the extended wooden handle allows the painter to work at a comfortable distance away from the scenery while still maintaining control. If you stand too closely to the large unit you are painting, you risk getting caught up in details that won't be seen by the audience or working too "tight". That is not good for the art you are creating and it hinders productivity. The Dynasty Scenic Fitch XL provides space needed to give the artist perspective to see the big picture--literally!

Do you have a photo of you or a fellow artist using our Scenic Fitch XLs or any other Dynasty brush? We'd love to see it! Share it with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram

And as always, if you want to learn more about our vast array of quality artist tools please head over to our website

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Artist Spotlight: Craig Stanley

In this installment of Artist Spotlight, I'd like you introduce you to painter Craig Stanley. Not only is Craig a seasoned scenic artist for film and television, but he is also a podcaster, instructor, and entrepreneur. I asked Craig a series of questions and his responses are listed below. All photographs appear courtesy of the artist. 
Craig Stanley and a backdrop he painting for Brooks and Dunn in 2005,

Eagle abstract in studio (acrylic)

How long have you been an artist?
"I’ve been working at my artistry since I was 7, but I have been a professional artist since 1992.  In 1998 I started working in film production as a scenic artist."

Are you solely a painter or do you work in other media as well?
"As a scenic artist I use paint 95% of the time, but I have been known to use pastels and chalk to complete a few jobs."

Do you work in oil, acrylic, watercolor? Mixed media?"I work in all of these, but acrylic is probably the most versatile media I use."

Do you have favorite subject matter?"I have to say women would have to be my favorite subject to paint.  Women are beautiful, what can I say."
Gorilla in progress (acrylic)
  
Do you have favorite brushes or tools?"I have a large variety of surfaces I’m required to paint on so my tools of choice depends many times on that. I have been pleasantly surprised with and love the dynasty brush line. The Black Gold brush has been amazing to work with. I’ve used oils, acrylic, and gouche paints with these brushes and at the end of each day all the brush hairs lay back down perfectly like brand new. Very impressed! Then If I have to spray paint, hands down my weapon of choice would be the Anest /Iwata brand of airbrushes and spray guns.  I’ve been apart of the Iwata family since about 2001."

Faux painted brick, pipes, and concrete for the CW network (acrylic, Structo-lite)
What keeps you happy in the studio? "Music is everything to me in my studio!  I recently went to South Africa and I found a lot of amazing deejays there that play and mix a type of house music that now gets non stop rotation in my studio."How is your workspace set up? "My home studio/workspace is set up with waist height benches that line two of my 4 walls along with built in cabinets to store most of my paints. I also have a ventilation system installed to pull out any spray fumes, considering how often I use an airbrush to produce my work."

Do you have any advice for those who want to be professional artists?"Absolutely!  If you are still in grades K-12, take every free art class available to you, so you can learn the basics of art. Most of my life I have felt like I had to try harder to draw and paint as well as other artists around me. The artist that excels the most is the one who tries the hardest.  It’s not just about natural talent. If you don’t consistently practice, your natural abilities will subside. My advice is to draw everyday, those core skills will be used no matter what type of art you are creating. Continue to build on those core skills, never stop learning and applying what you learn. Never stop having fun."
Faux painted marble on set at Tyler Perry Studios (acrylic)


A little about me:
"Since 1998 I have had the pleasure to work in the Atlanta film industry, producing artwork for award winning T.V. shows, commercials, movies, music videos, and stage productions.  Currently my wife and I are also co-hosting a podcast together called This Miserable Job. It is dedicated to helping new and seasoned entrepreneurs to navigate this constantly changing business world, so that we can all be more successful at it.  My newest project is my online course called ”Hollywood Scenics”. I want to take my almost 20 yrs in this film industry and share these very quietly kept Hollywood secrets with the world.  This will be the only online course available (that I’m aware of) to not only train creatives to be scenic artists, but to actually show you how to break into the film industry and start receiving substantial income.  To find out how to become a Hollywood Scenic click here."

Craig Stanley working on  faux brick details on the set of the television show "Containment"
Additional photos of Craig's work:



"Pride" (oil) by Craig Stanley

Tyler Perry portrait 9" x 12" (acrylic)
"Joy" (acrylic) by Craig Stanley 
If you would like to check out more of Craig's work, you can follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. For an extensive list of his film credits, you can find him on IMDB and be sure to check out his website at cstanleyart.com.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Big Jobs Need Big Brushes: Introducing Scenic Fitch XL

If you read the last blog post, you may know that Dynasty is rolling out some new products. There is still a new line of brushes I have not told you about. They are sure to have a big impact.  

Emphasis on big

Perhaps you are familiar with our line of Scenic Fitch brushes. These large brushes are especially designed for large-scale work. The long handles provide more control and allow for the brushes to fit into an extension pole when necessary. Scenic artists in the theatre and entertainment industry use them to paint life-size scenery and backdrops. Often large scenic pieces and backdrops are painted on the floor. Instead of getting on their hands and knees, scenic artists put their brushes into bamboo poles so they can stand up while painting at floor level. (This is much better for the back and knees!) 

With comfort and ease of reach in mind, Dynasty Brush has released an additional line of Scenic Fitches with an extra long handle, aptly named Scenic Fitch XL.


When I received the email from our main office saying that this new product was coming out, I was excited but I still did not grasp just how extra these extra long brushes were going to be. I have been a scenic artist for 16 years, so I was looking forward to another tool for my colleagues and me to work with. I did not really understand the magnitude of these brushes until I was sent a set to try. 

When the box of brushes arrived at my door, I could not believe what I was seeing. These are some seriously big brushes!


My daughter is nearly four years old and these brushes are about 3/4 her size! 

Since I do not have a large scale painting project lined up right now, I have put some XL fitches in the hands of some scenic artists in my area. I am hoping that in a future blog post, I will have some excellent photos of these big beauties in action! Stay tuned!

For more info about both of our lines of Scenic Fitches, go here. To find out where to buy, go here

Friday, February 17, 2017

Recent Travels and New Products

Representatives from FM Brush Company and Dynasty Brush often attend trade shows and conferences around the world. These events allow us to meet artists and educators, connect with distributors, and learn more about the fine folks who use and sell our products.

In January we traveled to Phoenix, Arizona for Creativation 2017, a trade show organized by the Association For Creative Industries. Artists, crafters, retailers, educators, and art/craft industry giants all come together at this yearly event. 


Shortly thereafter the FM Brush/Dynasty teams traveled to Frankfurt, Germany for Creativeworld 2017. This show brought together FM Brush employees from our New York headquarters and our Thailand location. Traveling to Frankfurt from New York was President and CEO Jeffrey Mink, Vice President of Sales, Gregory Mink, and Director of Operations Michael Mink. Coming in from our Thailand office was Managing Director of FM Brush Thailand Napat Wongsai, and Sales staff members Ratchakorn Changpradit and Sirinat Phongthong. Guests from over 25 different countries stopped by our booth on the trade show floor to learn more about our products. 


And speaking of products, we have new brushes to share with you! 


Kalel: With more than four years of research and development, Kalel is the world's most advanced synthetic fiber. Kalel's super synthetic fill material shares many properties of found in animal hair bristles. 



Faux Squirrel--Long Handle: One of our best-selling brush lines has been expanded. Our customers have been asking for a longer handled Faux Squirrel for a long time. These new, long-handled models will help make easel painting much more comfortable. 


New York Sable: For nearly 90 years, FM Brush has been hand-crafting fine artist brushes in New York. To honor the home of this craftsmanship and artistic excellence, we have named our newest line of natural hair brushes after our own New York. These pure red sable brushes are long-handled for table ease in painting at your easel. 

And as always, if you would like more information our our brushes, please go to the Dynasty website!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Space Where You Create

In our last blog post we talked about inspiration, but in this entry we are exploring space--as in the space where you create. The environment in which you set up to do your work has a serious impact on your ability to get things done. So let's explore your what is in your work space!

Our Social Media Coordinator Lori shares a work in progress in her guest room studio.
What's in a name?:
What do you call the place where you paint? Is it the studio? Your workshop? The Room Where It Happens? I simply call my space my office.

Where is it?
Is your painting space? Do you paint at home in the basement? Have a workshop in the garage or shed in your yard? Do you rent a studio space in a warehouse downtown? Do you do all of your painting at a community center or a collaborative shared space? My "office" is in a the guest bedroom on the second floor of my Pittsburgh home.

What's in it?
How do you set up your space to enhance your productivity? What do you keep around you to help you create? Do you like a sparse environment or one that is full of lots of things you love? I have a big bookcase full of art books and supplies as well as fun knickknacks that I love. I hang lots of inspirational things on the walls: poems, posters, lots of art made by my kids, artwork given to me by friends. Besides an easel, I also have a desk and rolling chair. And since it is a guest room, I also have a bed in there which is where you are likely to find one of my kids or one of my cats hanging out if I am trying to get work done. They like to keep me company!

Ambiance?
What's is the lighting like in your studio? Do you listen to podcasts? Light candles? Watch movies while you work? Paint to the sound of your own thoughts? My office has three windows and has the best natural light in the house which is why I love that space so much. I usually have to listen to something while I work. Sometimes it is music, sometimes it is NPR or a podcast. It really depends on my mood. But I definitely don't work in silence--I need some background noise.

Work Habits
Do you work at an easel? Standing up? Sitting down? At a desk? A drafting table? Do you pin your work up to the wall? Early bird? Night Owl? For large pieces, I prefer standing at an easel. For smaller work, I sit at my desk. And I definitely work best in the morning or afternoon. As soon as the light is gone, I'm done. I am not nearly as productive when it is dark outside.

I would LOVE hear all about where you paint and how your studios are set up! Please tell me all about it in the comments or over on our Facebook page.

And as always, for more brush information, check out the Dynasty Brush website.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Inspiration and Where to Find It

As I talked about in the last blog post, my resolution for 2017 is to reconnect with my own creativity, my own artistic vision, my own painting. After years of painting projects for other people, I am once again yearning to make art for me again.  For some inspiration, I am reading In The Company of Women by Grace Bonney which is a compilation of interviews with 100 different women who are artists and makers. I am only half way through the book and I am currently really enjoying learning about how other artists deal with artistic roadblocks.

For so many of the women in the book, travel is how these artists find the inspiration that pushes them forward. I find travel inspiring too. A change of scenery can do wonders for one's spirit and can rejuvenate the creative spark . However, I do not have the luxury of dropping everything and heading to Paris for a quick getaway. So how does one get inspired when you can't just hop in a car and go?

For convenient inspiration, I have turned to the internet--more specifically, Instagram. I love Instagram because it is based on sharing a visual image. I follow all sorts of accounts--artists and craftspeople, museums and galleries, designers and educators. I really enjoy seeing works in progress. It reminds me that art doesn't happen overnight--art is the act of doing, of making. It's a process--a process that isn't perfect and takes time.

I also feel inspired by art in my community. I am lucky to live in Pittsburgh, PA where we have a thriving arts scene complete with museums, galleries, and theatres, but I find the art of people who do not necessarily think of themselves as artists most inspiring. Artwork created by children is my favorite. Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” There is a freedom in kids' art that is hard to duplicate once you become an adult, I feel. 

Those are just a few examples of where I turn to help inspire me when I need it. What inspires you? Where do you turn when you need help getting your creativity to surface? 

Looking for info about our brushes, you can find all of that HERE

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 off 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!