Four days of out-of-town family; four days without painting. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Today, exhausted but back to usual, was able to squeeze in 4 hours of painting (plus 3 loads of laundry, an hour of design work, a business meeting, and a few errands). It felt so good! (Well, the painting at least.) But, nothing to show today. So in lieu of that...
I've had a couple bloggers ask what brushes I use for oils. I have to admit, I was always (and am) kind of a rebel when it came to brushes; always using some kind other than the 'right kind'. Here's a short list:
Rounds: An early job out of high school was at an art supply store where I had ample time to touch the brushes while stocking them; in an era where stiff hog bristle brights and flats were on every college art supply list, I gravitated towards the (then fairly new) round brushes in white nylon. These are still my mainstay and what 90% of my painting is done with. And yes, the white nylon will stain with strong colors in your palette; all brushes shown here are currently in use. For a good balance of price and quality, I prefer 'Pro Whites' available through Jerry's Artarama. Winsor Newton University is another brand. My favorite sizes are 2, 3, 4, & 6.
One Stroke: For backgrounds, or areas with square edges I use One Stroke brushes; these are a holdover from my days as a signpainter (when I used thick shiny sign enamel); sizes 1/4", 1/2", and 1". These are quite soft and lay paint down smoothly and not thickly. Technically these are lettering brushes, although I never knew another sign painter that used these besides me. Brands include Winsor Newton, Daler-Rowney, and Polar Flo.
Mop brushes: I'm pretty new to these but fell in love quickly. For the smoothy-smoother painters out there, these brushes knock down brush strokes and blend like nothing I've seen short of an airbush. They look, more than anything, like cosmetic blush brushes and work the same way; light repeated strokes (many ladies will know what I mean; men, ask your wife or girlfriend). These are about the only natural hair brushes I use and they do need extra care. Technically, these are watercolor brushes. Langnickel 1/2", 3/4", 1".
Detail brushes: Technically, some these are also watercolor brushes. I prefer the white nylon for cost and they keep a fairly tight point. Round water color brushes: Polar Flo, Winsor Newton, Princeton; in sizes 4 &2; and 1 (for signing paintings only).
For detail mops: Loew-Cornell natural hair 'mini-Mop' in 3/16" and 1/4".
And lastly, a brush I've carried around for 30 years and may have figured out how to use: The Super Cat's Tongue (and yes, I did buy it just for the name).
What's YOUR favorite brush??