This was sooo much fun to paint. It was done on canvas using Matisse acrylic Paints, Brenda Harris mediums, Dynasty Brushes and Debbie Mitchell Stipplers. I recently purchased a barnwood frame handmade by
a neighbor which I think will go nicely with this piece.

The artist for this design has "slipped my mind" so will
research and list later.


For those who are jewelry, altered art designers etc......

Interested in handmade lampwork beads?

How about made in the good ole' USA top of the line quality spacer beads, charms, clasps, etc. By Tierra Cast mfgrd. in California?

Michelle ships to Canada and overseas.....and makes her own lampwork beads in her home studio shop in SunRiver, OR.

Go to

Paint Brush and Rubber Stamp Soap

Etsy Site:

On the site above is a paint brush and rubber stamp soap that is handmade and marketed as safe and non toxic and she has listed the ingredients.

For those who are super sensitive this might be an answer for you...... I have not ever used it so can't vouch for it. When I see a neat handmade item or product on Etsy I like to put their site up so others can "check it out".


Want to save even more money on your Dynasty brushes? Go to: and sign up for their newsletter. At the bottom of the page is a money saving coupon code which will enable you to save an additional % when purchasing. Great for todays' economy and a good way to try these wonderful brushes.

Linda Lover is the featured artist in the Newsletter this month with a great article that is chock full of good information.

Also. Did you know that Dynasty also has a line of wonderful MAKEUP BRUSHES? Go to: you can view and purchase there. Knowing painters we may just find a brush there we want to "try out" when we

JillyBean Fitzhenry, Cristy Hartman, Linda Lover, Kay Quist, Robyn Recca, Sharon Teal Coray, and Sue Hueln are all Dynasty FM Brush Designers.

Mountain Scenery in Oils

I sure do wish I could say "I painted this". A find at a local garage sale which will be enjoyed and has a wonderful new home in CA. I took a photo of it and will be trying to NOT duplicate, but use it as inspiration for me to do something similar, using Liquitex acrylics. I love the peeling bark of the tree, the sky and it will be fun to see what I can do...

Background Foliage Photo/Steps 1 and 2

This background foliage was done using the FM Dynasty Wave Foliage Brush that I have
provided information on in my previous blog. It is in the Decorator Line of Dynasty Brushes
and is Series 100.
Photo to the left is the first layer of foliage background. Vary the height of the trees. I paint
holding the brush ABOVE the middle towards the top of the brush and I tip my hand slightly
forward to tap in the tree line just with the tips of the bristles. Once the very top is in I come down a bit lower and begin tapping additional tree lines. I use a green, my sky color and white. I want these trees to appear very distant so I want them to blend in with the sky to a degree.
The 2nd stage of our background foliage (photo to the left) is done adding a darker shade of green to my dirty brush. I have the tops of the tree line different than the first layers and at
the top I progress downward towards the horizon line you want the color denser
and less airy. You should be seeing the start of NO background color coming through your green application.
Working darker as you come forward will provide depth to your painting. Dirty brush mixes
give a variety of greens which is what you see in nature.

Background Foliage Photo/Steps 3 and 4

Steps 3 (left side photo) is progressively darker than step 1 and 2. The darker colors as you come forward give depth to your painting. Notice now the tops of the trees are high and low, how the background sky shows through.
In Step 4 (right side photo) I have added some tree trunks and limbs, added some lighter green to the tops of some of the darkest bushes, and some clumps in the tree area. Once your background is done you can begin to do your front area of the photo.
Just FYI...the sky has been slipslapped as very little is showing and I have used an angle brush to accent the clouds I wanted to showcase...

Dynasty Foliage Wave Brush

Landscapes, Scenerys, grasses, foilage, trees, bushes, etc.
Brush is angled with shorter bristles at the heel of the brush and longer at the toe (front) of the brush. Within the bristles, as you can see from the photo, there are long and short bristles...this is what helps you get that wonderful foliage-y look. The bristles on this brush are stiff which is exactly what is needed for the effect you are looking for.
The foliage wave brush is available in 4 different sizes and I would recommend the purchase of all 4. 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, and 1.
The first thing that I did when I got this brush was to give it a bath. Tepid water and a good brush brushcleaner. I then dried the brush on a nubby face towel briskly to remove any stray hairs and also to splay the brush out a bit. This is one of those brushes which "performs" better over time...there is NO wearing this brush out unless if falls apart and with an FM brush this is very unlikely. The quality is top of the line. Lay your brush(es) on the towel to dry and then stand bristles up in your brush caddy/jar.
I always soak the bristles of these brushes in tepid water for at least 5 preferably 10 minutes before beginning to paint. This helps to soften the bristles which is "a good thing". The next step is to gently/but briskly dry your brush to "damp" on a nubby towel and following the vertical picture above you want to splay th e brush by pressing the heel of the brush on a hard suface and twist the brush every so slightly to spread the bristles out. This is what gives you the airy look to the foliage. HINT: When painting trees you do not want it to look rounded. You want it to look natural, and airy with the sky showing through and different areas of negative space for a more realistic look.
If you want a very distant watercolor effect for your background...just a hint of color; you
would leave your brush wetter than normal, almost "drippy" and I load my entire brush with
color or colors.
OIL PAINT EFFECT: If you want to "leave" color behind on your painted piece you would load a little heavier than normal ... loading only the tips of the toe of the brush/
NORMAL ACYRLIC LOOK: Load the toe of your brush lightly with color.
With all three of these effects your touch to your surface is soft and quick pounces with just the toe of the brush. This pounce IS NOT the same pressure of pounce you use when stenciling. You want the touch to be gentle. Move your hand in different directions as you pounce on your
foliage so that you don't get a solid oval shape to your tree which is unnatural and unattractive.
With bushes, foliage, trees, etc. you will normally use 3 different colors or shades of color so that you get depth to your tree starting with dark and ending with your lightest color. Also establish your light source and this side will be the lightest of your tree.
CLEANING YOUR BRUSH: I use one of the brushy basins which is shown on my blogsite and clean my brush as I go so I don't have dried paint to contend with at the end of my session. When doing a final clean I use one of nubby heart scrubbers and my brush cleaner. When done
I once again rub briskly on a nubby towel, lay on the towel flat to dry (NO need to condition/shape these brushes) then stand bristles up in a brush caddy/jar when dry.
Shortly I will paint some foliage photos showing the effects of using this wonderful brush.
Happy Daze,

My Favorite Brushes.....

I have brushes which are my ultimate favorites and they consist of several manufacturers or artist specialty brushes. Starting at the far left from left to right. All of the brushes are by FM Dynasty/Black Gold. Round, Dagger, Feather Edge Flat, Flat Shader, Oval Wash White Tip, and Dry Brush.

Middle Photo Photo left to right:
Dauber by: Nancy Kinney (artist) , Mop by: Maxine Thomas (artist), Rake/Comb by: Royal Aqualon, Stipplers by: Debbie Mitchell, Supreme Script by: Scharff ( AKA Pregnant Liner
Right Photo Photo left to right
All of the Photos are FM Black Gold:
Filbert Wave, Angle Wave, Angle, Flat, Micron Pointed Flat, Micron Liner, and the 3 last brushes are the ** Eye of the Tiger Line.
**I love the Eye of the Tiger line for painting on Ceramics and a great inexpensive HIGH quality
line of brushes for beginners.
I CANNOT BELIEVE that I did not take a picture of my ultimate TOP favorite brush which is also by RM Dynasty and it is the Foliage Wave brushes. I could not paint a good landscape/scenery with out this brush and I use all of the sizes.
All of the brushes I have listed come in different sizes. I recommend that you buy every other size or if you paint small the smaller sizes, if you paint large the larger sizes. Once again it depends on YOU the artist but these are the brushes I have found to be the best for me.
I paint small and I am a panty folder....


Freezing fog on a pine tree bough.