Meeting Notes, Feb 1, 2018

At todays meeting: Eunice: Yong, Loretta U,  Genevere, Judith, Susan, Tim, Jeanie, Ken, Dotty, Khanh, Lisa, Diane, Jerry, Annie, Joanne T, Joanne K, Tracie, Loretta L, Eduardo, Becky and me, Celeste.

Todays suggested table topic, Favorite brushes (and advice about care of brushes)

Celeste: I just ordered the Cathleen Rehfeld set of brushes from Rosemary. Those long flats are new to me.  It seems smart to purchase a recommended set like this --- it takes some of the guesswork out of deciding what brushes are most favorable. Cathleen did the testing for us!  I am showing recent paintings from the Strada Challenge. (Yesterday was the final day).

Loretta U: Here is my brush for blush (laughter)! and here are my favorite W/N brushes for scrubbing. I also have brushes that I got way back when I first took up painting in Geneva, Switzerland.

Susan: My preference is Rosemary brushes. You do have to take care of your brushes, if you let them dry out it's a big problem. I use a product that has tea tree oil in it.

Tim: I discovered a brush that I really like. It is a watercolor brush with a point. I really like that brush and I use it (with other media besides watercolor). I am showing a plein air painting that it did that is small....and after that one I painted this one (Laughter)! (2nd painting much bigger)

Genevere: I came to one other meeting awhile back. I wanted to come to this meeting because I'd like to learn more about brushes and how others feel about what is a good brush! I am showing some of mine. I use cheap Jerry's artorama brushes and I prefer them to pricier brushes! I am showing a recent painting. My way to paint is photo-real. 

Ken: I have a friend who gave me a lot of brushes. I use those! Certainly size matters based on whatever it is that you are painting. I often use smaller brushes to get the effect I want. I am showing two paintings from my archives.

Dotty: My favorite brush is a Kolinsky watercolor brush that cost over $100. I bought it a long time ago and it is just a joy to use (when I am painting in water media). For oil painting I prefer Robert Simmons. I haven't been as satisfied with Rosemary. I like the W/N Lexington brush. I clean brushes first with Gamsol and then with vegetable oil. This method works great. I am showing paintings from the Strada Challenge.

Khanh: (Editor's note: welcome, back, Khanh!) I just started back to painting, having to take time off because of other commitments. I am showing some new paintings that I did on a surface that I want to share with you. It is a product that is similar to Dibond. I have it cut into sizes and I prime the surface with primer that I get at Home Depot. The Company I purchase from is Calsak Plastics. 6046 NE 112, building 3 The pregnant woman is a recent commissioned painting. I never clean my brushes! I like any brush with a point. I submerge them into Gamsol and just use them whenever I need them.

Tracie: Someone will influence me to buy a new brush...I'll do it based on their recommendation and then forget about it! (laughter)! I tend to use crummy brushes! I am showing recent Strada Challenge Daily paintings. 

Loretta L: I like Blick Masterstroke brushes. I am showing a painting I did in a Friday model session.

Joanne T: I am back from Scottsdale Art School...I took the Daniel Keys workshop. Oh my gosh...the other students were such accomplished floral painters! Daniel Keys is a wonderful instructor (but I don't mind telling you....I felt overwhelmed)!  Keys mixes a gray that is viridian, transparent brown and white. He will warm that with other colors. He paints "in his head" --(he has to see it in his mind before he'll start). He used a Rosemary "comber" brush to make this mark on my tulip! I actually met the *real* Rosemary herself while in Scottsdale. I really like Utrecht brushes. 209 and 202. I felt lucky I also got to watch another artist paint landscape at the Celebration of Arts nearby. I am showing paintings from the workshop. 

Lisa: I like W/N, Robert Simmons and I am a big fan of a brush called Connoisseur. It's not a widely known brush..but it is a favorite of mine. Jef Gunn gave me good advice --he told me to buy a new brush every time I purchased paint.  I am showing paintings from the Strada Easel Challenge. It was indeed a *challenge* for me to paint each and every day. On the final day (Day 31) I heard the Rocky theme in my head. (Laughter)!

Diane: Lisa introduced me to filberts and I think I like them better than flats. They seem to hold more paint. I am partial to 000 brushes...because I often paint in a very detailed manner. I like detail! I really liked Eduardo's demo on the Zorn palette (thank you, Eduardo!) I did this recent self portrait (from a photo) using the Zorn palette. I'm also showing this recent bird painting.

Jerry: I use anything! I use Utrecht, Blicks, and Princeton. I used Princeton thinking that I might paint like a prince if I did (Laughter)! I am going to paint a painting using only 40 strokes. That is my next project! I am showing you (in pictures) my brush cleaning station at my studio. I use a funnel and Saffola oil to clean my brushes. I will at times also use Master soap to clean my brushes (but not every time). When you are painting you might think of calligraphy--think about using your whole arm and think about the "elegant swirl" that you see in calligraphy and writing. I am showing these Trekell brand brushes. 

Annie: I have questions instead of answers! People will tell you to buy 2,4, 6 and 8--but when I go to get these I notice that different manufacturers think of these numbers in wildly differing ways. Why do some artists hold several brushes in one hand?

Eduardo: There are a lot of good brands. I just pay attention to how it feels in my hand. I do like the Trekell brushes and a favorite is the egbert brush. It has a lot of bend and you can get a very expressive looking mark with it. I am showing more of my "celebrity" practice paintings and a master copy.

Yong: I am not a "picky eater" --I will use anything! I do have calligraphy brushes that I have had for years that I feel comfortable using, but I could as easily use anything! It's important to not get too distracted  by supplies and materials. For oil painting I use synthetic or bristle. I make whatever I have work for me. I don't clean my oil brushes...(although I do rinse out watercolors brushes). I'm back from New York. I painted outside every day while there...and it was cold! We don't know what cold is here, is much much colder back there! 

Joanne K: I *am* a picky I care a lot about brushes! (Laughter)! I like Rosemary Ivories...but they aren't to be confused with bristle. Aimee Erickson uses Ivories and I told her I think Maroger medium may compromise her Ivory brushes.  Her response was: "Brushes wear out and need to be replaced anyway" (so some artists are willing to just invest in tools, knowing full well that they will not last long). I am showing recent paintings and a gouache painting from my archives. 

Judith: Pass.

Becky: I have been very disappointed while brush shopping in the stores. Some brushes seem to have such poor quality. One of my favorite brush brands is Escoda. It is very spring-y. I am showing a recent painting.


First Thursday Henk Pander Augen Gallery Feb 1

Artist Talk Henk Pander: Saturday, Feb 10 at Noon Augen

First Friday Art on the Boulevard Emily Schultz-McNeil Feb 2

Guenevere Schwien is a finalist in the 13th Art Renewal Center Salon Competition. Congratulations, Guenevere!

Yong Hong Zhong Solo Show Reception:

Experience Nature, Zhong’s plein air exhibit is on display at the Walters Cultural Arts Center from February 6 – March 26. Meet Zhong at the first Tuesday receptions on February 6 and March 6 from 5 – 6:30 pm. Special Artist Walk & Talk on February 6 and Artist Demo on March 6.

Joe Paquet workshop registration email Joe Paquet (begins Feb 17) at OSA

Saturday Feb 17
Large Painting Workshop
Saturday February 17th Morning Lecture- 9-12  $75.00 Full Day with afternoon Demo - Underpainting  $175.00

The lecture will be a combined introduction of the Prismatic Palette both history and application (underpainting, atmospheric progression, freezing an effect of light). 
I will also discuss Design and sound pictorial construction principals as well as the importance of subjective choice-making and ultimately creating a more personal visual statement.
Reserve a spot by emailing

Max Ginsburg 2 spots left contact OSA for registration

Max Ginsburg Demo Feb 4 (free to workshop attendees, $50.00 others)

Susan Kuznitsky classes

Eduardo Fernandez is new classes in drawing and painting

Jeanie Bates Reception Feb 4, 2-4pm West Linn Library

Expressive Portraiture at Oregon Society of Artists FRIDAY MORNINGS (next one Feb 2) 9:30am-12:30pm (Joanne will also offer guidance on surface preparation)
Joanne Radmilovich Kollman, instructor
drop-ins: $30 with RSVP
classroom: upstairs studio 
for details: Joanne Radmilovich Kollman,, 503-752-3708 

Paint the figure Friday ("Fine Art Friday") at OSA Feb 2 1-4pm  with Joanne.
The model is Amy $20 drop ins are welcome.

Come paint with 
EXPRESSIVE OIL PAINTING & FRESH FLOWER SATURDAY (Drop Ins welcome) Saturday, Feb 3 1:30-4:30 pmwith artist Joanne Radmilovich Kollman$25 Questions? If you need assistance, instruction or help with supplies don't hesitate to ask, contact Joanne KollmanEmail or phone RSVP is helpful but Drop-ins are welcome. 503.752.3708

Next Meeting: Feb 8, 9am O'Connors suggested table topic: Threes! Thinking in threes can help artists make better paintings. Do you think in threes? How do you think in threes? Why is three considered a good number for artists? What is your experience? Let's Discuss!

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