Tag Archive for brushes

Where am I?

I haven’t posted in a month and some readers might be wondering if anything is up. Nope.  A vacation mixed-in with some other business has kept me away from my brushes. Breaks can be good; we all need to recharge our batteries.  But I am not a vacation-type guy. The thought of spending a day–let…

Turpentine diaries 5/19/18

The morning session with Agamemnon and Orestes was slow and easy.  With a large painting like this (44″ x 60″), I use hog bristle brushes for most of the work.  Today I used 5s and 6s.  You can see some of them on the easel table.  I always dip my brushes in oil when I…

Dead brush

The poor old thing finally gave up the ghost.  I knocked the Pearl brand in my Brush Reference, but this old brush kept its usefulness for a long time.  The once mighty Pearl Paints has been gone for–what?–5 years. I placed the brush alone on the palette for this photo.  I was using it on the…

How I paint: mediums and thinners

This photo shows painting cups in front of my custom-made palette.  I always use this selection of mediums and solvents when I paint. In the left-most container is my medium.  My medium is very drying which means, among other things, that it is very rough on brush heads.  Not only does it dry out the brush hairs,…

Synthetic brushes

I wrote about my antipathy toward synthetic brushes. This photo illustrates the point I made in the linked post. The four synthetic brushes on the left are old and misshapen.  In my experience, synthetics quickly lose their shape and become good for little other than effects or glazes. The best thing about them, by far, is their cheap price. But this…

Oil brush update 1/30/15

I’ve bought brushes marketed as ‘Russian-made sables’ at different times and from different vendors. The actual manufacturer is obscure. Their only identifying marking is the distinctive logo, which you can see in the accompanying photo. In addition to the logo, the brushes have long, mahogany handles. They are excellent brushes for oil (I’ve never used…