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WORKS ON PAPER // coming Oct 12.

An 18x24" mixed media drawing on water color paper with raw edges

An 18x24" mixed media drawing on water color paper with raw edges

I have to admit, coming off of such an amazing, full, and busy Summer has been tough (not complaining though)! I had a wonderful time creating a body of work for my show in Cape Cod, making some drawings on panels for the first time, as well as creating the last body of work, my 30A series. As for my next "thing".. I've been feeling in a creative slump of sorts, second guessing my every move and wondering about this and that. Wondering about my color choices, compositions, style and mood... just getting a little too much "in my head" about it all. I needed to take a step back and consider WHY I do what I do, what I love, and why I love it. I began asking myself, "What would YOU want to put on the walls in your home, Brynn?" I came across this idea of creating a body of works on paper from my deep desire to explore mixed media (again) as I used to do before I dove headfirst into painting. Some of you may not know, my first love was drawing, painting came later. 

Detail of the above 18x24" drawing

Detail of the above 18x24" drawing

In the thick of my slump, feeling anxious and panicky every move I made, I picked up a book that I've read a few times over, "Scary Close" by Donald Miller. I opened up to a brilliant chapter, called "The Risk of Being Careful." Please take the time to read his words below. Here are a few excerpts that knocked my socks off-

"---Last year I read an article about an Australian nurse named Bronnie Ware, who spent the bulk of her career in palliative care, tending patients with twelve or fewer weeks to live. Not surprisingly most of her patients had joys and regrets. Bronnie said in the last few weeks of their lives, however, they were able to find a higher level of clarity about what mattered most. Remarkably, the most common regret of the dying was this: they wish they'd had the courage to live a life true  to themselves and not the life others expected of them. As I read about Bronnie's patients I wondered how many opinions I've wanted to share but held back for fear of criticism; what love I've wanted to express but stayed silent for fear of rejection; or the poems and stories (Brynn Casey insert: OR ARTWORK)  I've never released because I didn't think they were good enough for publication. 
---I told him I'd been having trouble writing and he said he'd noticed my writing had changed. "What do you mean, changed?" I asked. "I mean you're being careful now," he said. "Careful," I repeated out loud. The word sounded suspiciously true. "Careful," he said. "I mean, I've read a lot of your stuff and what used to be so fun about your writing is you were the guy willing to say things, willing to say what none of us were willing to say. True stuff, all the same, but stuff most of us hide away for fear of being known." I doubt he knew how much his words would serve me, but they did. He was right. I'd achieved a little success and suddenly there was something to lose. And there was an expectation to meet too. It was paralyzing. Suddenly there was a risk to just being myself....
---I knew I wouldn't be completely accepted. The risk of being known is also the decision to be criticized by some. There are judges behind every bush. But it didn't matter to me anymore. I couldn't afford to be afraid to write (Brynn Casey insert: OR paint) and my soul needed to be known and it couldn't be known in hiding....I wrote because I didn't make myself, God did. And I wrote like he'd invited me to share my true "self" with the world. 
---What happened next was surprising. My blog tripled in traffic and I nearly finished a tough draft of a book in only 4 months. Thats the fastest I'd written a book. The writers block was gone, and my career wasn't suffering for fear of being true and honest. The whole experience makes me wonder if the time we spend  trying to become somebody people will love isn't wasted because the most powerful, most attractive person who we can be is who we already are, an ever-changing being that is becoming and will never arrive, but has opinions about what is seen along the journey.
--William Blake said about Jesus that he was "all virtue and acted from impulse, not from rules." If we are to be like him, aren't we to speak and move and do, to act upon the world and take new ground from the forces that work against our unique genius and beauty? What if part of God's message to the world was you? The true and real you? 

(Written by Donald Miller, emphasis added by me).

This chapter just struck me at my CORE! How much of my work have I been hiding in my heart, for fear of being rejected? How much of the work that I've put out into the world has been out of this fear? Thinking back to my root original intentions- my business's CORE values... The entirety of my work is based on tackling fear in of itself. The entirety of my work is about walking on water and being brave and trusting in the unknown. The entirety of my work is based on encouraging others to do so. What in the world am I doing, then?? Making work that is out of fear... holy moly. I have a lot of work to do. Thus, the works on paper were born. 

Informing a new big body of canvas works (to come soon!!!), these pieces have been an exploration of mark making, mixing media, negative space, texture, and line. I love the way I can use just simple marks to let the viewer know what they're looking at. One swipe of my brush-that's a shoreline... a few dots of my pencil-those are bubbles...etc. It's been very enjoyable to work more intuitively, a little more "carefree".. and a little more gutsy. Working on paper is very unforgiving.. so I have to just trust myself and let it be what it is. There is no covering up my mistakes, as I can in a painting by just painting over it. 

These works will be offered in 4 sizes- 5x7", 8x10", 11x14", and 18x24". You will have the option to purchase the piece with a beautiful white frame (mounted with conservation glass- making the piece slightly larger as a whole), or unframed- your choice! Some of the smaller pieces (photos coming soon) will even be on handmade paper from Farmette Press in beautiful earthy colors. I really, realllllly, REALLY can't wait to show you.

SO, all of that being said, mark your calendars, because I believe that some of my best work is yet to come. These pieces will release on October 12, 2017 at 11:00 am eastern time (giving my west coast people a chance to prepare as well!)

As always, thank you so much for your support. I can't wait to show you this body of work as well as the many canvas pieces it is informing (coming late November/early December in time for the Holidays!!) 

Be Fearless , Brynn Casey 

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30A Series

30A S E R I E S Coming August 11

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Friends!! I am so excited to be doing a fresh new series. It is one that I feel perfectly suits this summer season, so it's been really inspiring and easy to work on. I am playing with colors that I've never used before- warms and cools are bouncing off the canvas in ways that are really exciting!! Textures are introducing themselves to me in new ways that I never thought possible, and I'm loving every minute. I can't wait to show you the completed 30A series.

what is 30A, you ask?

GOOD QUESTION!! I am silly to assume that everyone would just "know" what I mean when I say "#30ASERIES" on all of my instagram posts. 30A is a 24 mile long state road in South Walton, FL off of Highway 98. It is the "scenic route" where different unique beach communities lie, celebrating small town beach living. Its become an international brand through distributing free bumper stickers (over 1,200,000, to be exact), and has its own website listed here https://30a.com. I have grown up traveling to the various beaches there for spring breaks with friends and family. It is the ultimate destination for most of us southerners during the Spring and Summer (..okay and Fall and Winter too). White sandy beaches, pure turquoise water, and bright sunny skies make for the ideal beach weather.


Beach town charm lines the streets of the different towns along 30A, one of my favorite towns being Seaside! I had the privilege to travel to Seaside earlier in May this year, and I’m not kidding when I say I took over 1,000 photos of the water.. Haha! I took photos at all different times of the day- morning, sunny daytime, afternoon overcast, and breezy sunset. It was so fun. Whenever I’d walk away, I never felt like I had enough photos to suffice for the beauty!

Here are a few snapshots of the pieces I've been working on in the studio- in progress!

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I will be making a good amount of paintings for this series, and for that reason I will be releasing (on my website shop)  August 11th, giving myself plenty of time to work on the pieces in the detail and giving them the time they will demand. Here are a few sizes I am planning on offering- 

6x6"s, 8x8"s, 8x10"s, 11x14"s, 24x24"s, 24x30"s, 30x30"s, 24x36"s, and 36x36"s..maybe more? 

To keep up with the series, please follow my instagram page at @brynnwcasey.art for the latest photos and updates! Email me at hello@brynnwcasey.com with any questions :)

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SOLO SHOW // Cape Cod // Opening June 2nd 2017

Happy Spring, friends! I can't believe how quickly this season has sprung upon us. Time is passing by rather quickly this year. Maybe that is because of all of the fun things we've had going on around here! Aside from moving studios, Patrick and I have moved homes as well. We are living much closer to his (new) job and my (new) studio now, and are finally settling into our new normal. 

On top of moving and job changes, I am excited to announce an amazing opportunity I've been preparing for with some new friends, Dani and Meghan, co-owners of The Captain's Daughters. Their seaside shop is opening up in Provincetown, along the northern tip of Cape Cod. I will be showcasing my work there in June at a solo show! I couldn't come up with a more perfect location to showcase my work than right on the coast. Although I've never been to Cape Cod, I am SO excited to go up for the opening! 


SOME DETAILS

ADDRESS- 384 Commercial Street Provincetown, MA, 02657

 

 The show will be opening the evening of June 2nd, 2017 (my birthday, YAY). This will be the first Friday of the month, conveniently the night of the local "gallery walk" in town. Such a fun evening to pop into the local galleries (and tea shops!) and check out some beautiful artwork. I will be present for the opening night, I would be absolutely delighted to meet you there! 

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- The artwork will be up in the shop for the entirery of the month of June, so if you can't make it to the opening, be sure to stop by the shop during the month. There will be around 15-20 (ish) original pieces of all sizes, as well as prints too! I hope you can make it.

**All artwork will be posted to a new tab on my website Saturday, June 3rd with images, sizes, and prices with information if you'd like to contact The Captains Daughters after our opening and purchase a piece from the show directly though them. The work will be shipped from them to you directly. 

PS- ALL remaining artwork will be available on my website in July. It is going to be a fun Summer!! 

 

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My Fave Materials

Hey hey my fellow makers! I have gotten a few questions regarding the types of paints, brushes, etc that I use recently,  so I thought I'd make a short blog post to help my fellow artists out there who like to use new materials. For starters- the "medium" an artist uses is the actual material in their hands (i.e. paint, charcoal, watercolor etc) and the "substrate" is the material an artist works on (i.e. canvas, paper, wooden panel etc). I paint with acrylic paints on canvas, which are water soluble paints made with pigment suspended in acrylic polymer emulsion. I was trained in oils, but I struggle with chronic migraines and the different paint thinners and solvents used with oil paints really aggravate my migraines! For now, acrylic paint gets the job done and I am enjoying mastering it. 

PAINTS

I will use this post to talk about the different types of paint that I use, and maybe later on I will do one regarding the drawing materials I use as well. As far as paints go, I am obsessed with Golden fluid acrylics. I have pictured two bottles of them here (left photo and third photo). They have the same pigment levels as the heavy body acrylics, but have a viscosity of heavy cream. I linked them here. (bonus- my favorite color besides the titanium white is paynes grey). My favorite white to use is the Winsor and Newton galleria acrylic (right photo). A friend of mine recommended it to me and I love using this paint as a heavier alternative to my fluid acrylics. I use this white to make my chunky wave textures and to mix with other colors to make thick tints. Lastly, I have really enjoyed playing with the Liquitex soft body acrylic paints. Although they've discontinued ALL my favorite colors (I'm a little bitter about it...but its okay! I'm on the hunt for more fun colors!) With a satin finish, these HIGHLY pigmented paints go a LONG way. I take a penny sized amount and use that for an entire days worth of painting! It is fun to add different mediums to it and spread the pigment out. 

BRUSHES

I love a good paint brush. I really do. But I honestly have found anything I like more than the classic synthetic Blick scholastic wonder brushes photographed here on the two left pictures. I like them because they're good enough quality that they last me months with me using and abusing them daily, and they maintain their shape really nicely. I wash my brushes with paint brush moisturizing soap about once a week to keep them in relatively good shape. I also really love the Blick mega brushes for the same reason. I own 3 biggies and have never needed to buy a replacement. They're wonderful for BIG bold statement marks. I use a plastic utility bucket to store my paints in their "paint water" and a plastic muffin pan looking palette to mix different washes, and colors in.

PAINT CART

You guys! I will forever recommend getting a cart to roll around the studio with you when you are painting. I have this one from Ikea that is plenty big enough for me and even has shelves underneath it for paint storage. The wheels are also really good quality (that matters to me. I roll this thing around a lot). Ha! 

 

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First Collection Of 2017!

Photo by Minoo Bassery

After a long break for the holidays, I was nervous, excited, energized, and hopeful to get back into my studio. After a few speed bumps, hard days, and extra effort, I finally started to pull together a new collection. Without a certain "color scheme" to follow, mood, or theme, I kind of just began painting what interested me. Some days, that was shorelines, and some days that was colorful waterscapes. I tried out a few new color schemes that peaked my interest and I fell in love. I can't wait to try more spontaneous colors as the year progresses! Though the pieces are each very different, I see a common thread running through them. I just can't put my finger on it yet! I hope that you find as special of a connection with the pieces as I have.

I will be releasing a few paintings this time, mostly larger works. You can expect to see these canvas sizes in the shop on Friday, February 10th at noon EST- (1) 18x18", (1) 20x20", (1) 24x24", (4) 24x30", (1) 30x30", (1) 36x36", and (1) 30x40". Those numbers may change a little...but we will see where I get :) 

RELEASING COLLECTION FEB 10TH AT NOON EST

Here are a few sneak peek photos of the paintings! 

"Consistency" 24x30" acrylic on canvas 

"Consistency" 24x30" acrylic on canvas 

"Water Folds" 30x40" acrylic on canvas

"Water Folds" 30x40" acrylic on canvas

"A New Creation" 18x18" acrylic on canvas

"A New Creation" 18x18" acrylic on canvas

Grouping of shoreline pieces- Left are each 24x30" and right is 36x36" acrylic on canvas

Grouping of shoreline pieces- Left are each 24x30" and right is 36x36" acrylic on canvas

 

 

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