Here is one of my favorite studies from the summer sessions at the Atelier in the Garage in Leesburg, VA (https://atelierinthegarage.com) . This a 9×12 oil on panel of a lady enjoying some peaceful summer reading. The painting has been professionally framed and is available for purchase via my Etsy shop here.
I’m super excited to share news of my acceptance into the Virginia Equine Artists Association! The group consists of equine artists and photographers from all across the state of Virginia. I’m looking forward to joining them for exhibitions, paint outs, and networking events.
I’ll post with a link to my page on their site once it’s live. Here’s a link to their site so you can check out other artists’ work.
Yet again, I found myself with about a dozen brushes in my left hand. While working, I had absentmindedly accumulated brush after brush in my non-dominate hand and now they were completely disorganized.
What to do?
I needed a brush holder which could hold a variety of brush sizes, keep them organized, is portable, and cheap. I glanced around my studio and saw the perfect solution: binder clips! I clipped the smaller ones onto my glass palette and the larger ones onto the sides of my easel.
It was perfect for plein air and open studio painting too. With a few clipped to the sides of my palette, I always had the right brush handy.
Westmoore, a luxury townhouse community located in Ashburn Virginia, partnered with local artists for a potential homebuyers event on Saturday, October 7th. An original piece of art was raffled off as part of the event. I’m proud to say that my piece, The Black Beauty of Ballina Farm, was purchased by Westmore for the raffle. I’m incredibly grateful for their patronage and look forward to partnering with them again for future events.
Coffee Mugs and Dry Beans
How do I keep my brushes organized when working? If they don’t fit into my binder clip holders, where do they end up? What about mixing up clean and dirty brushes?
Solution: Two coffee mugs and dry beans
Mugs: the wider the better and best if they don’t match
Beans: best are larger varieties such as kidney. Smaller ones tend to bounce out of the mug
One mug is for clean, unused brushes, after they become part of the biting session, they move to the dirty mug. By having 2 distinctively different ones you help avoid accidentally mixing them when painting.
I jokingly call my mugs “tombstones of previous employment”. The Perdomo mug was a gift from my time as the in-house designer with an e-commerce retailer. The Elephant mug is near and dear to me, as it was given to me by my old boss from a coffee shop I worked at during my early 20’s. I loved my time there, quite possibly my favorite place of employment ever. I was so sad when I accidentally dropped it one day and while I tried to glue it back together, it was never safe for beverage consumption again. After filling it with dried beans, it got a second lease on life as my “Clean Brush” Caddy. Now I can’t help but smile whenever I reach for a new brush.