|The Blond Kid still in progress, (side of her nose was still wet when photographed).|
I fell in love today with the brushes Vyonna Szabo recommended for her workshop this last summer. They were synthetic and inexpensive. I had only used one of the three I bought. The details I wanted to paint today made me use all three. I got them from Utrecht, a local art store and one that's online. They are priced at four dollars through eight depending on the size you need. I'm using filberts size 2, 6 and 8. They handled beautifully this morning. and went back to their original shape just like that with cleaning.
|Two and a quarter inches are needed to allow|
total access to a canvas panel.
I also got rid of my phony,cutting corners, cheaper than Silicoil, brush cleaning jar, albeit 'tank,' with the mesh insert. It was really gross. It was also killing my brushes. The coil is meant to part the bristles to thoroughly clean between them. The one I had, had a piece of rough screening material in it and frazzled the bristles; they lost their shape almost immediately. Cheap is cheap. Why would I use a cheap cleaning tank when I have found wonderful brushes? As you can tell, I am getting very serious with regards to the quality of my materials.
To accommodate the canvas board this little girl is painted on, I had to fluff up my easel. Prior to her, I was painting 8 x 10s mostly while I held them in my left hand. This stopped backing up as much as necessary and having one hand free to hold a mahl stick to steady detail strokes. It took a boxed roll of freezer paper and three 8 x 10 x 1/2" stretched canvases plus my 3/4" piece of plywood to bring that canvas board up front leaving its bottom accessible for an uninterrupted (by easel ledge) brushstroke.
Construction know-how definitely facilitates the life of this artist.