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Tip: Brush Care

After painting lay your brushes flat or at a “slight angle” tip down to allow the excess water to drain off.
Cleaning your brush     I simply rinse my brush with clean water. Washing them with too much soap can damage and dry the hair making it brittle. If you still feel that you really need to wash your brush use a mild soap, such as ivory, baby soap or brush soap, which is specifically designed for washing brushes. Put a little soap in the palm of your hand and work it into the hair of the brush. Repeat as needed.Shape To reshape your brush, wet the tip then flick your wrist in a downward motion to remove the excess water to reshape the point. If you prefer not to flick your brush remove the excess water on a terry towel then gently reshape it back to a point and let dry.

Storage In between paintings place your clean dry brushes handle down in a heavy clay, stone jar or pot, keep the ferrule (tip) side up in the air to dry. Avoid storing brushes in direct sunlight.If you are not going to…

Iowa Watercolor Society Workshop 2013

I am really enjoying Iowa, I'm here for the IWS yearly meeting, doing two workshops, judging their show and  demonstrating.
The roads here are very straight where I live the roads are all very windy. Corn, corn, corn and soybeans everywhere. There is a real beauty in the simplicity of the landscape, old barns. and big sky.

The Cicada's are VERY noisy, they sound like little laser guns the kind from the really old Sci-fi movies, they have many different tones. 
I'm finding the farm reports very interesting (love the dancing corn on tv). I now have a better understanding of how to prevent cross pollination, nitrogen and and how complicated it can be to balance the soil reports to the crop.

I'm looking forward to our next session.