Friday, August 17, 2012

WOW it ready dose work!!!!!

If you are like me y’all would rather paint than sit and really give ur brushes a good cleaning. In my early years as an artist and crafter I would spend what seem like hours cleaning and reshaping my brushes. But now that I work in acrylic I am a little ruff with them and spend every little time clean my brushes. So then have some miles on them and a lot of paint build up in the bristles. I was planning on throwing away these brushes but I have to say that I really did not want to do that only because they are apart of my hand now.

What to do?

Well a few months ago I was reading a blog by who I can not remember but they gave a little side note about how Murphy's Oil Soap real can clean brushes.

I put this on the back burner of my mind but it keep creeping up every now and then so before I would blog about it I what’d to test it out for my self. So a week of so ago while I was at the super market I pick me up a bottle of Murphy's Oil Soap and try it out.

Here is what I did…

1. Found an old glass jar with a lid

2. Place about two – three inches of water in the jar

3. Place about other three –four inches of Murphy's Oil Soap in the jar with the water

4. Place paint bushes in the jar and let set for 24 hrs to 36 hrs depending on how bad ur brushes are. (Mind was bad)

5. Then I set the jar where know one would mess with it.

6. When ready to clean I place a glove on my hand or ya can use a large toy tennis ball such as ya might buy for a dog toy. Y’all can use this to scrub ur brushes in instead of ur hand. Cut the tennis ball in half, and place the half ball in the palm of ur hand, Note: The ball has the same shape as your cupped hand. Now scrub ur brushes in the ball to clean…y’all will fine that the half tennis ball is a lot more durable. Plus, the paint dissolved (Oil or Acrylic) won't go into ur skin and get into ur body.

As I clean my brushes I found that it really dose work and it also condition you brushes as will. But one thing y’all will fine out that the longer the metal part of ur brushes stay in Murphy's Oil Soap it may turn black. That is the only draw back that I have found so far.

So don’t be like me but take a little time after each painting and clean ur brushes with a little Murphy's Oil Soap. Ur brushes with love ya for it.

Until next time Happy Creating

J.D. Fields of Art Work by Lady Bug
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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Been calling some art show...

I have been calling some art show to see if I can get into them for next year 2013. One of then I try to see if I could get into the show this year but they are fill up and I would need to go into a waiting list plus the lady ask me to send some photos of my work for her to see. I did and a few weeks later I got this e-mail…
Hi J.D.,

I found you in my spam. Your work is just wonderful and the eggery is different from anything we have. What kind of eggs do you use? You are definitely on the list for next year with all things being equal. If perchance a space opens up between now and October, I will call you. Thank you. I hope you can come to our show.

Looking forward to meeting you,

WOW! I could not believe it. If ya don’t ask y’all well never know what the answer will now will ya.

 Plus I called the art show call Red Dirt in Redlands, Ca and they are going to send me an appt for the show too.

People are right, never give up on ur dream it mite take ya a little longer than some people but if ya hang in there and keep dreaming ur dreams will come true…

I hope y’all are staying cool summer.

Until next time Happy Creating

J.D. Fields of Art Work by Lady Bug

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Would I do this show again?

Well I told y’all that I would write about the 1st Annual Edward Dean Museum Art Show in Cherry Valley, Ca.

It was a BIG HIT!

They had half of the show in doors and the other half out doors. I was one of the lucky one to have been place indoors for I had paid my registration early. I was so glad for that because two days before it had rain day and the day of the show it was in the med 90’s with humidity as well. (I don’t do humidity any more)

Inside we all got an 8-foot table and two chairs and the outdoor vendors got a 12X12 spot plus art the end of the show the Museum 10% of the sale. Not bad…

As I said I was inside and I set up my table with small works of art, prints, some eggery and my son writing pens. The artist next to me was a hoot, she kept me laughing all day long and I got to net work with other artist (which is always a plus) and I did a little bit of work for VisionQuest as well.
I was told for being the Museum 1st Annual Art show and Sales (now remember this show was on a Sunday) we had over 400 people come though. My son sold some of his pen and I sold some of my prints which was not bad. The vendors out side did fair them selves. I have found that people are still not ready to part with their money to by large original works of art but they will buy prints, cards, bookmakers, cups, etc of the printed art work.   
I also found that most of the customers were buying prints, small works of art, etc for the grandmother, Aunt, or a sick friend and they felt that this would help cheer them up.
Over all the show was a good one and I met some new artist friends to net work with. Would I do this show again YES!!!
Will I hope y’all are staying cool and dry in the funny summer year.
Until next time Happy Creating
J.D. Fields of Art Work by Lady Bug
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