I would like to thank Rosemary Brush Company who has designed an outstanding brush with my name!
CHRIS DI DOMIZIO “DAB AND SMEAR”
The question is why this brush?
“DAB AND SMEAR” thats why! The best way to soften an edge is to use a fan brush (see future blog on “Sargent and the Fan Brush”). The DI DOMIZIO “DAB AND SMEAR” brush is made specifically for artist to leave the perfect amount of paint on medium/coarse linen. Too little paint does not allow blending and too much paint smears into each color into each other therefore destroying intensity and beauty of the color.
I first heard this art term while researching my favorite portrait artist…John S. Sargent and his academic studies in Paris. The term refers to a brush technique taught at Ecole des Beaux Arts during that time in the nineteenth century.
This technique is when you place a “DAB” of paint placed next another ”DAB” of paint while taking the brush to “SMEAR” the two edges of adjacent colors together. Hence the term “DAB AND SMEAR”.
I remember a day I had enlarged an image by Willam Bouguereau and noticed the “DAB AND SMEAR” technique.
From a distance His paintings have the appearance of over blended color.
But upon careful examination I noticed the “DAB AND SMEAR” application from one of the leaders of the Ecole des Beau Arts. Read my next blog called “DAB AND SMEAR and Translucent Color” for more on this topic.
In todays art, I believe the “DAB AND SMEAR” technique is best used for blending DABS of color also known as “broken color”. Monet and the Impressionist discovered that one color by itself could not make the color they desired. They recognized colors surrounding that one color influenced the perception of that color. The “interaction of color” and “simultaneous contrast” (a color’s perception is directly affected by it’s surrounding colors, temperatures, values and intensities) collectively have the ability to give the appearance of the actual color perceived i.e. Joseph Albers.
This“broken color technique” is great for impressionism, but how does the artist who is trying to paint realistically achieve the high degree of blending and yet the actual perception of color?
I believe it takes careful precision to get this effect. For example, what I believe creates beautiful flesh tones is to use broken color. The difficulty is maintaining the identity of the one local color while dabbing around it with many other colors yet without Dabbing additional colors there is no local flesh tone achieved. While knowing if you over blend you may loose the luminosity and richness of the color
The new “DAB AND SMEAR” brush allows me to load the perfect amount of paint on my brush to keep the separation of colors and over blending from hapening. Yet it allows me to blend for the representational art which is the direction I have always leaned toward ( though my wife has been nudging me toward a more contemporary painting techniques).
Its funny but I do not paint to be a famous artist. I paint to have a voice in the art community. I believe I have a calling to help people/artist step into their desire by equipping them with art tools for success.
This brush excels on Fredrick’s Oil Primed Linen Panels.
If the painting surface is too smooth than the bristle brush will not lay paint down. In that case I love Rosemary Brush Co’s Eclipse brushes and her Sables.
Keep an eye out for the following blog on where broken color and DAB AND SMEAR started for me.
CHRIS DIDOMIZIO FAVORITE BRUSH LIST:
Brush Holder :
American Journey Brush Holder AJBHB A14003 $26.99 short handle is a typo on their part This brush holder is the best holder for Rosemary Brushes Longer handles
Rosemary Company is definitely my favorite brush company
It appeared to be the #1 used brush in the Portrait Society of America International Show in Atlanta 2015:
All of the brushes seem to have a tip at the end of the stroke, could be the taper, but there is a new vocabulary for me. a brush stroke use to be measured by its length but know it also is used by its physical depth sticking out from the page. all of this is achieved by still allowing me to be in control of the brush stroke. there is a sensitivity to the stroke and the power and length at the same time.
On all rosemary brushes I believe you have a choice between short handle for watercolor and long handle oil paint brushes.
I prefer the long handle.
* Rosemary Ivory Egbert size size # 0. drawing with a paint brush.
*The Signet robert Simmons Egbert bristle size # 2,4 brush strokes out of control
*Ivory Filberts size # 0,1,2,,3,4 on Arches Huile Oil Paper for plein air painting
*Rosemary Long Eclipse size #0,1,2,3,4, detail work, on smooth linen and paper
*Rosemary Pure Sable 81. Sizes.# 1,2,4 detail work, fine blending
*Robert Simmons Signet #42 filbert. Sizes #1,2,4. Bristle brush work horse used for everything!
*Rosemary DI DOMIZIO DAB AND SMEAR BRUSH My brush is the bestest Favorite bristle brush. For all paintings 16:x20” and smaller. Used on Fridricks Oil Primed Linen Panels.
*Silver Company Grand prix 1003 filbert bristle size #0 brush smaller paintings
*Silver Company Renaissance 7102 bright, red sable, size # 2 this smaller sable is for eyes if you do not have any Rosemary sable brushes
*Signet Bristle fan brush size # 3
My drawing in brush: A lot of the portrait painters I have watch demo will start with this brush to hope to leave brush strokes in the beginning of the painting than refine with other brushes while leaving these early brush strokes “ artsy” marks.
This brush has synthetic hair and excels with different mediums,my preference is Natural Pigments Oleo Gel. Loading this brush with a lot of medium is where it shines.
Strokes which show confidence and command, action and spontaneity.
1.Starting the painting with a gel product either Oleo Gel or Walnut Oil and thin paint You feel like you are John S. Sargent and drawing with a paint brush. The hair is long enough to draw with , like a piece of willow charcoal, very artsy feel,
2. With any size you can make incredibly longer marks than any brush i have used on the market, 6-8 inch strokes, the larger brushes will make a 12’ or longer mark.
I do not like the bristle version “Classic Egbert” and do not see a difference between Rosemary and Robert Simmons Signet “Egbert”. this loads so much paint and can leave a texture depth unachievable than any other brush, this is in brail for the blind.
I Need a little control. and they load more paint than I can handle, it may be just me. I do plan on practicing with it…
Rosemary Co “Ivory Filbert”
Plein Air laying in brush
It is so similar to the Princeton 6300Fb size 4 but:
Leaves a little longer brush length to fill in the canvas area just a little faster with the same amount of paint, brushes are so similar but …not, just a little longer stroke length. I use both brush companies, i believe it too leaves a hint of a brush mark behind at the tail end of the mark.
Rosemary Co “Eclipse Long Filbert”
Is a wonderful blending brush. Detail finishing.
Allows a longer stroke before losing its paint. other synthetics lose their paint sooner.
The Hairs seem to have a blend of firmness which at the tail end of the brush stroke it leaves a small hint of a very light “ bristle “ look, just barely but enough to give a visual language to the brush. I do not know what John .S Sargent used on his painting of Lady Agnew on her leaves but this brush reproduces these marks.
it is a blending brush and it leaves textures at the same time when wanted.
works for softening edges like hair
the key to the brush is the tail end of the stroke, it finishes the end of the stroke well, just a hint of texture if you want it
works well with walnut Oil Gel and thinking out, a true pleasure to use when you need a certain mark
Rosemary Co “Filbert SER 276”
i only use the smaller sizes, softer detail brush with a little different look than the sable line
Rosemary Co “Pure Red Sable SER 81”
For a sable brush there is nothing like this.
blends like no brush, leaving just enough paint to blend with a fan brush with out ruining the color from the fan brush. it blends so well i do not need the fan brush.
it also has that same ability to leave a brush stroke at the tail end oof the stroke. leaving a thiner level of texture. I do not know a portrait painter who does not use this sable brush. period.
enough spring but not too mush.
when the brush is stiff it pulls off paint or make too short a length of stroke. the way the ends of the hairs with the taper allows the soft finishing stroke giving me control to leave or not leave a mark it also has a hint of a point when i rotate the brush while I movie it.
Rosemary Company Kolinski Sable Brushes SER 66 sizes # 0,2. Detail brush highly small refining has a slight point on it.
How to get started into Plein Air Painting on a Budget!
think of it as buying and learning on a payment plan
PLEIN AIR DRAWING FIRST: SUPPLIES NEEDED $35.00
- 1 Sketch Pad 9”x12” Canson Classic or Arches Pads in :Drawing in Sketch, Drawing or Creme
- graphite pencil F, 3b
- Powdered Graphite and store it in a small make up container for travel screw on top/ leak proof
- ArtBin Twisterz 3.9oz large short container great to store dry products-powdered charcoal
- Paper Towel 1 sheet to smear the graphite
- stump and Tortillions $4.91
- kneaded eraser
- Kum Pencil Sharpener $11.76
- Clear Mesh Bag with Zipper 5ish”x8ish” for drawing supplies
All the basic art principles taught in our art program in Atlanta in the drawing classes and painting classes: LEARN TO MEASURE FORM LIFE, DRAW SIMPLE FLAT SHAPES, FIGURE GROUND RELATIONSHIPS drawing form life is hard enough than having to deal with the paint issues.
Bring Your Own Chair
Camp Time Roll a Chair $49.99 amazon
travels and packs up well, I love the back support and the height off the floor for my legs.
buy a back pack:
Back pack to carry everything, water, food, bug spray, and art supplies
Redwing Back Pack 44 or 50 if you plan on painting later I recommend one of these back packs and it is depending on the amount of stuff you pack
with the Couture Compact all you need is the 44, the Standard Couture requires the Redwing 50
GETTING READY TO PAINT
oil/ watercolor/ draw using an easel
TRIPOD your own tripod is free! and the palettes all connect to all easels
Tripod for any paint box will work, start with your own tripod. if you do not have a tripod you might want a lighter and smaller one for transportation
Silk F740 economy Tripod $49.95 closed size 21 to 58 inches 2.8lbs
Silk 8000 Tripod 49.00 Closed size 23” to 59” to 3.6lbs
has a slight more stability but is taller when packing airplane flights each item your bag gets another lb heavier and it adds up.
Guerrilla Painter No. 17 Flex Easel $73.78
great canvas/ drawing pad/ watercolor/ panel holder
attaches to any tripod,
Weather Stripping $5.65
I add Frost king EPDM Rubber Weatherseal 5/16 x1/4 weather stripping to the inside of the holder reduce the lip over hanging my art work
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Guerrilla Metal panel holder and Coulter Standard Easel
PLEIN AIR PAINTING IN OIL:
Easel Plein Air form Art Box and Panel COULTER EASEL
Standard size $145 is great when you are not hiking, my favorite,
Perfect for mixing the Triadic Circle Palette amazing harmonies
Compact Easel $135 travels well, just a great size
Newton Air Tight Deluxe Brush Washer $39.00
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2 Clear Bag with Mesh 7″x11″ is for paints and supplies
Raymar Wet Canvas Carrier for Panels 9″x12″ or 12″x16″ $24.05
Brass Hook $4.00 from Open Box M
hooks to my Couture Palette to hang my turpentine wash tank
clear mesh bag for supplies
Paper Towel Holder $20.00 Open Box M Open Box M paper towel holder
Saw tooth Picture Hangers $1.94
attach the picture hanger to the wood front right side or right panel to hold the brass hook
Really works Paper Towels Cleaners by case only $90 / 6 containers / 90 towels in a container
unfortunately sold by the case find a friend and share
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Paint and Brushes
Rosemary Brush Co. Ivory Filbert for use with arches Huile Paper sizes 2-5
Robert Simmons Signet Fan Brush size 3 bristle
Robert Simmons Signet Bristle Filbert Brushes 1,2,4 works great on all other canvases other than Arches Huile
Plein Air Painting requires you the artist to focus on all the art tools which you have learned in the art classes and painting classes. at first it can be difficult simplifying and focusing. The first drawing class rule which is repeated in the painting classes 1. Breathing is good. 2. focus on the message. if rule two fails revert to rule 1. Breath
1st. Place at the Bob Jones National High School National Art Competition!
Congratulations to our High School Student Maggie Frick!
Maggie Frick WON: 1st Place in Painting!
First Place in Drawing!
Best of Show!
Sorry I do not have her winning drawing of ‘The Apples” and her winning drawing “the Harnet”. Since this is about Maggie the person I am hoping you will forgive me, I have requested the images.
diDomizio Arts Center is proud of our own student Maggie Frick.
Maggie has worked diligently on each art exercise. Learning not just how to do the exercise but also the concepts behind the art principle., learning when to use the principle and when not to use the same principle. Turning the principle into “ART TOOLZ TODAY”!
Since joining Our art program this last year last year, I have watch Maggie take diligent notes during the class lectures each day as well as during the explanation of the exercises. For each drawing exercise in the art drawing program Maggie has been a pleasure to teach and help. Now just starting to paint here in this photograph with her third painting she continues to flourish as she paints her way through the painting classes.
Her desire to learn and apply the art toolz she has learned have already yielded tremendous fruit.
Maggie Frick ,working on her 3rd painting, color exercise: painting with transparent oil paint colors.
I have seen Maggie with an openness to learn, to be TEACHABLE, To take an attitude toward doing everything she does to the best of her ability, a habit to make Excellence a way of life, I see this in her in every aspect of her life.
It is not something she can turn on or off.
Can you imagine what our life could start to be when we open our eyes and heart into avenues we never could image?
Maggie’s entire family seems to appear to have the same outlook on life as I have watched her older sister drive Maggie to art class with a smile and a heart to help each week as she carries Maggie’s art supplies into class
Regardless of what Maggie chooses I believe this outstanding young lady will succeed in anything she choses because of the amazing job her parents have done instilling such wonderful work ethic and attitude in life to be open to learn and see things in different ways
. during a social time when entitlement and self centered attitudes seem to prevail.
I see Maggie succeeding in any avenue she choses to follow. This week I mentioned another previous high school art student in class who is also talented like Maggie, Christina Flores.
( Here with her Painting while in High School) after John S. Sargent’s “Breakfast Table”. ( one of the last paintings in our painting program) I saw the same attributes in Christina.
Here is Christina Completing her oil Painting after John S Sargent. Amazing job!
I have not held it against Christina when she decided to go to Princeton to study Pre- Med instead of art.
These young people are examples of what we all could strive to be. I have complete confidence that both Maggie and Christina will succeed in anything they chose to pursue, because I have seen their work ethic.
It is and has been a pleasure teaching students like both Maggie Frick and Christina Flores, they give me a desire to do a better job teaching and to look for more things to teach in new ways.
In my conclusion I say to their parents and to the students,
THANK YOU for allowing me to be part of your lives.
diDomizio arts center
My list is from someone who wishes to enjoy the day and not have it be WORK. My goal is to use this time to refine my drawing skills by applying the 19c.French Academy’s dot to dot – in our art program in the art classes and in the painting classes we call ” Touch-Point-Drawing concepts of site drawing. As our goal in all of our art classes we are to refine our seeing and drawing of shapes both positive and negative shapes. To take the classroom art school exercises and to use them in the ousted classroom To look for figure ground relationships, To capture the Essence of my senses are experiencing. To look beyond any preconceived ideas of what to paint and allow a soaking in to experience the moment. To refine and map out a my storyline based on that discovery. Just as you are taught in our art program through our art courses So, here is my list of Art Tools:
Chris diDomizio working in Oil Paint and Dylan Scott Pierce working in Watercolor
- Camp Time Roll-a-Chair sold at amazon (1st to remember to enjoy the day)
- Coulter Plein Air Easel from Art Box and Panel ( I use the Standard size but my wife uses the Compact size and it looks very appealing to me, I just ordered the Compact for myself – hiking and for flights. I like the box only not the kit. $135-$145. I lean toward the Compact if you are buying One.
- Geurrilla offers a metal panel ( canvas Holder) Guerrilla Painter Guerrilla No.17 Flex Easel $75.00 ( –amazon gorilla link) which is great for drawing, watercolor, and oil painting. I would strongly consider ordering the box from Coulter and the canvas holder from Guerrilla and use your own easel.
- I have different Plein Air Boxes they are all great, I like Coulter because the Standard size has twice the palette space of the other Plein Air boxes and it allows me to mix the Triadic Circle!
- I love Arches Huile Oil Primed Paper 9×12 favorite size) or 12×16 and tape it to a piece of 12″x16″x⅛” hardboard – the hard boards after cut : I find that sanding the edges and a water based poly urethane to cover the back side and edges keeps the hardboard flakes from falling on my wet paintings while in the wet canvas carrier. try doing 2-4 paintings on a single 12×16 panel, this way you spend 40 minutes a painting
- Paper Towel Holder by Open Box M $20.00
- Raymar Art – Wet Painting Carrier I like 9×12 but if you paint larger the 12×16 is largest I would go. I love using the 12×16 and dividing it into 4 different studies on the same page. Great for travels abroad when having wet carrier space is limited when you can have 4 paintings on a single page..
- Rosemary Brush Company “Ivory Filbert” sizes 2,3,4,5. is really the only brushes I need outside.
- Rosemary Eclipse Long filbert size 1,2
- Bristle fan brush size 3, Signet bristle brushes 2,4,. will not work on Arches Huile paper but is great for other surfaces.
- I will try the Rosemary brush co Ivory long Filbert shortly and let you know.
- Brush washer tank for plein air which seal closed to prevent leakage, I like the size close to 20 ounces.” Newton Air-Tight Deluxe Brush Washer”.
- Mechanical pencil and eraser but, I draw with a brush
- Gamasol cleaner, when I fly I will mail –U.P.S. Gamasol to the hotel in advance ( even to bellagio, Italy next may 2016)
- Bestbrella umbrella for keeping light off both my canvas and palette, this is a must for me, I like the air vents which allows the air to pass through. I purchased cheap quick Clips from Home Depot to attach the backpack to the center of the easel for wind.
- Kelty back pack size is based on the Coulter box I use, my wife’s Compact uses Kelty 44, the Standard size Coulter Easel uses Kelty 50.
- I tone my palette under my glass with a sheet of canvas pad. 4 parts Ivory black and 1 part raw umber and thin it out with Gamasol and wipe off till smooth and making a medium dark value. I then cut glass to go over the toned canvas for a neutral grey back ground, the reddish wood color can make it difficult for me to see the greenish and reddish colors accurately. When home I paint in the morning before work I will keep a sheet of glass with my colors premixed and stored in the freezer so I am ourt the door and painting the lake in painting in 3 minutes. I use diamond tip brads from our frame shop to hold the glass in place.
- Bubble wrap under the glass and toned canvas paper.
- I tone the wood palette a neutral grey by using linseed oil with my grey paint mix ( without white) to seal the wood. This would allow me to not have to use a glass palette anymore. By using linseed oil 3-5 coats ( wipe off extra oil between coats) will saturate the wood with oil which will keep the wood from absorbing the oil in the paint while the paint is sitting mixed on the wood palette, keeping my palette wet longer. I dislike cleaning the paint off the wood and having oil paint all over me, toxic, so the tone is a back up if the glass breaks, it has not broken yet.
- When I cannot freeze my paint while traveling, I scrape my paint daily. Since I am limited to how many Raymar Wet Painting Carriers I can pack, I use Walnut Oil Alkyd from M. Graham to help dry the painting dry over night! My thought is by the end of the trip I could stack some of the dry painting sheets and reserve my Wet canvas carrier for just that, wet canvases.
- Really Works Hand Wipes, but, i put them in a baby wipe rectangular box. the round tube the art wipes from different art companies top keeps coming off when in the back pack.
- Small Items: drinking water with a top which does not spill!, paper towels!!!!!, snacks, small plastic garbage bags!!!! , Hat, bug spray, suntan lotion Warning: if it does not fit in the back pack you might rethink bringing it. Our first trip we / I carried / a cooler on a ½ plus mile hike. Never again.
- I store my paints in the Art Bin 429048 , fits in my back pack, protects from punctures and travels on flights well.
- small 2 oz. metal “painting medium” cup
- iPhone because who is kidding whom when a bird lands in your scene – it is gone in seconds, or a gondolier shows up…( ok I knew he would show up) where are the rules which say you cannot capture and add? This is about my time, my day, to enjoy and step into something I have been called to do and enjoy doing it.
Chris diDomizio Plein Air Study “Grand Teton’s Jackson Hole”
Chris diDomizio, Venice Plein Air Study plus an Iphone “Hotel Cavaletto”
Chris diDomizio Plein Air plus an iphone
Chris diDomizio Plein Air Study ” Autumn on the Davidson River, N.C.
If we do our job teaching the art program through all the drawing and painting classes in our art program this step into plein air painting will gradually become a desire fulfilled. Happy painting as the painting classes head outside..