Feb
26
2015

Experience the Softer Side with Black Swan Brushes

The Animal-Friendly Alternative to Red Sable Brushes

If you're looking for an animal-safe, synthetic brush that offers the same results as red sable fur, Black Swan Red Sable Synthetic Brushes are soft and resilient brushes that can be used with all wet media!

Created with finer synthetic filaments and stiffer filaments that are placed along the bottom of the brush to give it body, power and resiliency, the brush is strong and durable. Each brush features luscious, striking black synthetic bristles, seamless nickel-plated ferrules and durable matte-black wooden handles. The tip of each brush is dipped in high gloss black paint to make them easily recognizable among other brushes and highly iconic. 

Black Swan brushes stand above other synthetic oil and acrylic brushes because they can also be used in the effortless application of watercolors. See below how they offer solid, uniform delivery in all mediums.

Black Swan brushes also are available in a wide variety of sizes and styles like:

  • Angular (Sizes 4-14)
  • Fan (Sizes 2-8)
  • Filbert (Sizes 0-22)
  • Flat (Sizes 0-22)
  • Round (Sizes 0-20)

(Starting Left: Angular, Fan, Filbert, Flat and Round)

 Black Swan brushes are also available in 5 convenient sets including the Black Swan Brush Long Handle Set of 15 brushes!

You will see the real benefit of Black Swan brushes when you paint. They are perfect for glazing and creating the most minimal brush strokes. They are also superior in their blending capability and will provide fine detail work in each of your paintings. They are also excellent for portraiture and the fine details of trompe l'oeil which uses realistic imagery to create depicted objects that appear to exist in three dimensions. 

Black Swan Brushes in Action

So if you find yourself in need of an animal-friendly, cruelty free synthetic brush that can be used in all paint media that will deliver exceptional results every time, look no further than Black Swan Synthetic Brushes: Soft, resilient, sable-like synthetic hair brushes!

Feb
24
2015

Still Plenty of Time to Enter our 2015 Self Portrait Contest

Enter Now!

Last year we had over eleven hundred of people enter our Annual Self Portrait Contest with hundreds of great entries and 33 happy winners who walked away with a combined $4000 in prizes, the 1st place winner winning a $2,000 eGift card. We've had hundreds of entries so far this year and there is still plenty of time to enter your own self portrait!


So, up until April 5th, you can enter your own self portrait submission on our Jerry's Artarama Contest Entry Page. Our rules for the contest are simple: pick any wet or dry media (acrylics, oils, watercolors, colored pencils, pastels, you choose!), then paint or draw a picture of yourself and submit it to our Contest Entry Page. You can use any media as long as it is you!. Each contestant may submit one portrait apiece and the winners will be chosen from there. Voting will begin on April 6th and 30 finalists will be chosen by a community popular vote from our fans. 30 additional finalists will be chosen by a jury of artists.

All 60 finalists then will then be reviewed by a separate jury of professional artists who will decide the winners for First Place, Second Place, Third Place and 30 Honorable Mentions.

Last Year's First Place Winner

Outside Looking In by Daniel Vangeli 

All 33 Winners will be announced May 4th, 2015!

Contest Details

So enter today for your chance to win! For the full contest rules and details, check out our contest page. If you're looking for tips on how to create your own self portrait, check out this article: Tips for Drawing Self-Portraits

Feb
21
2015

Modern Art or CIA Weapon?

Was Art Weaponized During the Cold War?

It has been rumored for years, but recently its been proven that the CIA used artists such as Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and William de Kooning's art were exploited as propaganda for the U.S. during the Cold War with Russia.

Symbol of American Expression or CIA weapon?

Although it seems unlikely, the modern art movement was used heavily against the powers of the U.S.S.R. as a weapon of free expression against oppression. Although originally disliked among many Americans including President Harry S. Truman who described modern art as "If that's art, then I'm a hottentot ( a member of the Khoekhoe group of peoples.)", Modern art was the artistic trend of the 50's and 60's. Members of the FBI such as J Edgar Hoover and Joseph McCarthy had embarrassed America with it's watch over free thinking, accusing many artists of being communists and a denunciation of everything avant-garde.

The U.S. and FBI were faced with a crisis, so the CIA were appointed to be the saviors of free speech. Although the CIA were first intimidated by this role as the protectors of free speech and modern art and music, it made sense that they could use this form of art as a weapon of propaganda to fight the ways of communism. The CIA pushed the creators of "modern art" to greatness with a long leash of what they would help advertise to help America be seen as a country that had true freedom.

 

This Rothko toured around Europe to help share democracy's ideals.

The CIA even sponsored art exhibitions and tours in Europe during the 1950s such as "The New American Painting" exhibition that toured every European country in 1958-1959. Even Millionaire Nelson Rockefeller was called in to help with paying for the movement since he had helped fund the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Overall, the avant-garde movement was a large success overseas as a movement in part to the CIA, who helped showcase it. The art, which we all now appreciate, helped share America's ideals of free speech and spread the idea of what art can be to many different nations. Did it help bring down the U.S.S.R? Only the first hand accounts of Europeans can say whether it helped or not, but we like to think that free speech and artistic expression are what makes us who we are today.

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