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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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My Story.

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My Story.

Well HI! I'm so glad you've stumbled on this post, no matter what brought you here. With all of the many things that I'm sure are on your mental to-do list, I'm really honored you stopped by. I mean it! 

I have been active on this website/blog for over a year now and I realized that I've never truly shared my story as an artist and how I came to be where I am at now. If you're interested, here's a (kind-of, not so) shortened version of my story. Maybe it will help you understand or connect with my work a little more!

Always been a lover of the beach

Always been a lover of the beach

Tiny Painter

Tiny Painter

Growing up I always loved art and being creative. I have an amazingly talented and creative mom who teaches kindergarten. She likes for all things she does in her classroom, our home, and everything else she touches to be "different" from the norm. I love that about her! Following her tradition of being different, every year she designed our Christmas cards using a drawing that I made. It started out as scribbles, but over time, this card became sort of my responsibility. We were sending a piece of my artwork to everyone we knew, and I took that pretty seriously! 

I began to like the feeling I got when making a finished piece of art. From the challenge of making it, to finally making my last marks. I felt a sense of accomplishment with each piece. I went on to take some serious art classes in high school, teach painting classes at a local studio in town, and finally go on to receive my BFA in drawing and painting from the University of Georgia (Lamar Dodd School of Art). 
At UGA, I learned A LOT. While I DID glean knowledge about the technical skills an artist requires, the hours of practice and dedication it takes to be an artist, and how expensive art supplies are, I think the most important things I learned were lessons about myself. I learned that unfortunately, I am a serial people pleaser and can't STAND to be rejected or confronted (um hello 1,000 art school critiques). Fear of failure absolutely crippled me. I learned that this quality directly poured into my artwork, as my works were tightly wound, picture perfect, photorealistic pieces that made the people say "ooh, aah!" Of course I loved that. It was super comfortable to be in my little perfect bubble of happiness.. Until that bubble popped in the best way possible. 

I had a professor, Joseph Norman, who changed everything. One day he looked at my work and asked, "So is this it? Is this all you're gonna do?" I was kind of confused and gave him a yes/no/maybe nod. We chatted later on about how ALL the artists I admired and studied were abstract expressionists and impressionists. Great. Exactly the opposite of who I was as a human and artist. I remember his words, "Brynn.. we all have this artistic tool belt on. You have this (perfectionist draftsman) tool in your belt , and its time to add different tools." (cue me crying in his office and immediately thinking of the imminent failure I was doomed for). He basically told me that in his class, the only failure would be the failure to not try/grow. Oh, Okay.

I was forced to do ink drawings (as unpredictable and unforgiving as possible) and just see where it took me. At the time, I was listening to a new song that had just come out over and over again titled Oceans by Hillsong United. Although you should definitely open that link in a new window and finish reading this post with that song in the background, I will summarize it by saying that it is a song about bravery, stepping out in faith, and blind trust in God. I will also say that in my own personal life, I was going through a lot of personal conflict and was at a kind of crossroads in my life. My art was at stake, and so was very much of my personal life. One night in the studio, I made the decision from that moment forward to attack the fear that crippled me day in and day out. No longer would I live for the pleasing of others first. It was God first and no turning back. That happened to be the first night I EVER made an ocean drawing. It was moody with layers of ink, charcoal, gesso, and graphite. I went on to make 4 more of these drawings to round out that semester. Professor Norman saw the collection and even claimed it was "heroic"... I will NEVER forget that moment. (Photographed below were some of these aforementioned drawings).

my first ocean drawings

my first ocean drawings

I noticed a lot of my peers found personal connection to the "water works".. whether through a consideration of their own fears, their love of the water, or their love for the song Oceans. I liked being able to share a part of my story with others through the work and then welcome them to share their own. Art is so cool that way. I brought the water with me throughout the rest of my collegiate career and finished off my last semester with my biggest piece yet, Healing (shown below). (Fun fact- this piece was made using salt water I collected from the coast of Savannah). 

my exit show piece, Healing. 

my exit show piece, Healing. 

After graduation, I began working as a studio assistant in Atlanta for an abstract artist, Britt Bass Turner (she is the bomb in so many ways). She quickly became more than a friend/boss to me. She was a mentor, a business inspiration, and the picture of what creative freedom looked (still does) like to me. She expressed freely in all areas of her business with the way she painted, packaged, photographed, collaborated, and lived. It was SO refreshing to be around. Aside from her creative presence, she also taught me the important ins-and-outs of creative business owning that I SO needed to know before ever considering going out on my own. 

After some time, Britt and I decided that I was ready to go for it! In Brynn fashion, I took the blind step of faith onto the water and just walked. To this day, I'm still walking that same path of unknown but just following my gut. It is equally as fun as it is terrifying. 

My husband, Patrick, our dog Samson, and I in my studio. (photo by Minoo Bassery)

My husband, Patrick, our dog Samson, and I in my studio. (photo by Minoo Bassery)

In between then and now, I've married my best friend from high school, gained a fluffy best friend (also known as a puppy), and continued to learn what it looks like for me to be a full time fine artist. I have ups and downs, as we all do in our jobs. Not every day is sunshine and dancing in my studio singing while I paint 100 paintings (well not ANY day, let me be clear). Some days, I feel like I legitimately forgot how to paint. Other days, I feel sore, uninspired, and mad at my artwork. Some days are full of packaging tape and shipping, and some are full of photographing artwork and editing website listings. It isn't as glamorous as maybe instagram or society makes it out to be, but it is so worth it. At the end of the day, I am SO grateful that God has created me to create. It is an honor to be an artist. Most days, I can't believe that this is my career. It wouldn't be possible without you, my faithful friends, family, and collectors from all over. I'm overwhelmed with gratitude that we connect on such a beautiful combination of nature, God, water, fear, courage, peace, and power. I pray that as long as I am on this path that I will make many more connections with amazing people.

 

 

 

 

 

Live full, live brave, and as one of my favorite authors says, live loved. xoxo-

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