Rediscovering a brushPosted: August 20, 2014
There’s an interesting feature in the October issue of Watercolor magazine called “Brushing Up: five artists share their go-to brushes for achieving their signature looks.” I love reading articles like this and it made me dust off some brushes in my studio that I use infrequently. In the process I discovered a little gem — a 1″ Grumbacher Aquarelle flat that I don’t remember buying and that I haven’t used in years but that works like a gem. It’s so nice, in fact, that I had to do a little research to find out more about it. Turns out it’s a sable brush, one of the best ever made by them. I do have other flats of the same size but the secret with this one is how much wash it holds and what a sharp edge you can get with it. You can paint a whole painting with just this brush, except for possibly the tiniest of details. If you are interested in something similar (this one has been discontinued), have a look at the Richeson Series 6229. It’s the closest I could find to this one.