Monday, April 23, 2012

"Brushes"

I finally got my new brushes in the mail yesterday and had to show them off. These five cost only $39.00 + $10 for shipping. I ordered them from Hofcraft. The excitement i felt in waiting for the mailman reminded me of when i had ordered a Jon Gnagy learn to draw kit which amazingly are still available. (Now i am dating myself.) But i learned a lot with that little kit.

I got the idea for these brushes from a wonderful blog by Carl Purcell who so freely shares much of what he has learned. He has many more valuable tips there for a budding watercolor artist. His paintings are so amazing too!

I do have a good selection of Kolinsky brushes which are by far the best ever. You just cannot beat them for the amount of water they hold and the beautiful point possible.  But i find i am reaching for a workhorse brush like these most often, saving the Kolinsky for larger areas and the fun stuff.  Another fine brush for the money can be purchased at Opus. It is called "Capella' and i quite like them as well. It is my excuse to make a trip to Vancouver just so i can visit the Opus store downtown and the wonderful cafes' and beaches too of course.
Hope all are having a wonderful painting day.

5 comments:

  1. Too much, I bought a Jon Gnagy learn to draw kit many years ago too. Am amazed they are still available.

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    1. I know hey? I'm going to order one again! Can't wait for it to come in the mail! Thanks for dropping by Terry.

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  2. Great informational post, Ross. I went to all the links you included. Thanks!

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    1. Your most welcome Elizabeth. Hope them to be helpful. I did try the new brushes yesterday and was most impressed. The point on the Lowell Cornell rounds is as good as any i have tried and so lovely to work with. For the price i am most pleased...

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  3. LOL! your not the only one who remembers Jon Gnagy!
    I'm an art supply junkie , love , love waiting for them to come in the mail.. I have another obsession with making and buying small w/c palettes.. the tiniest one I have is about
    2"x 3" .. I'm sure you've seen them.. Well, enjoy your brushes Ross, and STOP giving me ideas!! LOL hugs, BJ

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