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A podcast about passing on drawing skills to the next generation. Principles and practices of Charlotte Mason. Always exploring The Art of Seeing.

Bestowing The Brush Bestowing The Brush

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    • 4.8 • 33 Ratings

A podcast about passing on drawing skills to the next generation. Principles and practices of Charlotte Mason. Always exploring The Art of Seeing.

    Christmas Special 2022

    Christmas Special 2022

    Sing with me: O Come All Ye Faithful, The Glance by George Herbert, Liturgy for Seasons of Illness, A kind review and thank you, Drawing board question, Tea recommendations, Color Connections full video course update, A.D.E. At Home Conference is on February 3rd- I’m doing a tutorial on the color PINK, Affirmations for you going forward with a creative endeavor, It’s a lie to believe that you’re not creative, Go play!

    Music Bed Licenses for this episode:

    Homecoming- Judah Earl

    O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles) by Jesse Brown

    Good Days by KENA

    Christmas Style by Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors




    Extra vocals by: Dallas Nachtigall


    EVERY MOMENT HOLY, VOL. 1 by Douglas Kaine McElvey
    Waiting on the Word by Malcolm Guite

    • 25 min
    Color Connections: Color Theory for Beginners

    Color Connections: Color Theory for Beginners

    You need a color theory course, right? Listen up!

    (NOTE: This course is currently in pre-sale. If you buy today, you will get the first 9 videos, and the remaining 12-15 will automatically become available in the fall once they are fully edited and uploaded).

    Take advantage of the current pre-sale and lowest prices that all of my courses will ever be at from now until August 14th, midnight CT:


    Color Connections: Color Theory for Beginners

    See all courses on Gumroad

    Sample the 9 free videos in this course on YouTube!

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    * The best place to get the real exclusive stuff is my twice a month newsletter, The Brush Club. Scroll down and plunk your email in that box. There, I give you content first, exclusive discounts on courses, encouragement, and art lesson ideas!

    Happy Drawing!

    • 2 min
    Wrapping Up My Presence

    Wrapping Up My Presence

    Today's topics:

    When your Mind’s Eye is Blind
    When You’re Totally Distracted
    When The Glory Is Too Much
    What To Expect This Year from BTB
    The Lamp Post submissions to Adele:

    Submit to: the.lamp.post.newspaper@gmail.com

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    Mentioned this episode:

    Book: Deep Work by Cal Newport

    Article 1: The art of Aphantasia: how ‘mind blind’ artists create without being able to visualise

    Article 2: When The Mind's Eye Is Blind

    Article 3: The First Artwork Made in Space


    Music: Dansu- All You Got, MusicBed

    • 45 min
    Work In Progress with Clara Lieu

    Work In Progress with Clara Lieu

    Need some serious encouragement today? Listen to this conversation I had with with Clara Lieu. She is the founder of Art Prof, which is a free online resource for learning visual arts! She was an adjunct professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she taught in the departments of Foundation Studies, Printmaking, Painting, and Illustration. She’s done many other things in the “art world,” but now she and her team create a huge online library of instructional materials for anyone who wants to learn how to draw, paint, illustrate, sculpt, and more!

    We touch on some really helpful points, like:

    Being intellectually diverse
    Giving yourself “little sandboxes” to play in
    Scoffers and snobs
    Being willing to learn, over and over again
    You don’t have to have it all figured out
    The importance of getting good feedback early in your process
    Failure is critical–bad drawings are REQUIRED
    “Imposter Syndrome” and other unhelpful mindsets

    Clara’s thoughts on these matters are so heartening. You’ll keep coming back to this episode when you are feeling down about your art practice or skills.

    Art Prof’s Curricula & Resources

    Artists mentioned:

    Stephen Hillenburg - Spongebob illustrator

    Robert Lang - Turned from science to origami


    Episode intro/outro music: Dansu- All You Got, MusicBed

    • 57 min
    The Newsless Newspaper: The Lamp Post with Adele Handfield

    The Newsless Newspaper: The Lamp Post with Adele Handfield

    Adele is a 13-year-old Charlotte Mason style student from Alton Bay, NH. She's created a new publication called The Lamp Post. I had the privilege of subscribing to the very first issue and was so surprised, entertained, and positively stirred by the articles and calls for entries! It’s such a rich and diverse collaboration paper, and I think you and your family will really enjoy this debut issue. But, mostly you'll enjoy all the other issues that you can help create!

    Send your entry here: the.lamp.post.newspaper@gmail.com

    Bestowing The Brush 20% off SALE! Enter code: btbthanks2021 at checkout for 20% off any of my digital courses, even group courses! Think of your homeschool or your co-op who wants to learn drawing and painting. Offer ends midnight November 30th, 2021. * Does not apply to physical products, like picture planes. *

    Registration for A.D.E. At Home, A Delectable Education's second virtual conference! (I'll be providing a charcoal lesson demonstration.)

    Podcast mood music:

    Dansu - "All You Got" - Courtesy MusicBed

    • 29 min
    How We Met

    How We Met

    This week’s episode is kinda personal. I took questions from you on Instagram a couple of weeks ago asking what you’d like for me to discuss with my dear husband on air. I thought Caleb (Nachtigall) would make a perfect guest, because he was homeschooled K-12! If there was ever a person who embodied education being “an atmosphere, a discipline, and a life,” it’s him.

    This episode covers more intimate topics (that I have honestly had a hard time publishing):

    How we met
    Our testimonies of faith in Christ
    We beatbox duet for 8 seconds--so you have to stick around until the end
    His beard care routine

    Hopefully, you enjoy our banter and our answers to the frequently asked “personal” questions in the wrap-up to this series. Find Caleb @kingsfelldice, or at kingsfell.com.


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    Episode intro/outro music: Dansu- All You Got, MusicBed

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

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Like listening to a wise old friend

I’ve enjoyed listening to Dallas’s candid and humble thoughts on implementing Charlette Mason education in her and her family’s life. I love the details of techniques that she includes to excel at drawing, even for beginners.

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