Rediscovering a brush

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.


14 Comments on “Rediscovering a brush”

  1. Beautiful painting and so great to discover a tool you haven’t used in a while. It’s like opening a surprise present!


    • It was! I discovered it sitting upright in a mug, all alone…
      It was the first thing I saw when I got to my studio yesterday and as soon as I started using it, it felt right. Like the paint was finally going on the right way.


  2. Hey Shari, hope you know that Richard Johnson said some deservedly nice things about your art in his piece in the Washington Post. I somehow got to it on facebook post by him, in urban sketchers maybe.


  3. donmcn says:

    Oh, I see now that was on July 25, I may be old, but I’m slow.


  4. tmikeporter says:

    Serendipity, indeed, to find an old treasure. And for me to find out about this art supply house. I have been shopping only at Cheap Joes’s but this gives me more to choose from, thanks!


  5. Shari,
    Is this a green handled brush? I think I have it too and a friend of mine also has it from college days. That is when I bough mine. I think I should start to use it. I didn’t know it was sable but though it might be because of the color of the hairs. Nice watercolor!


  6. natella111 says:

    What a beautiful watercolor! I love these flowers! And thank you for suggesting a good alternative for your awesome brush. I’m looking to stock up on some brushes, so I came across your post in a right time! 🙂


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