Brush marks

My first job as an artist was in the studio of Philadelphia muralist Roger Steinhauer. The painting was done in casein, and the work was detailed, requiring a responsive brush. We were given the best Winsor & Newton sables to use. Roger also gave us the love and respect for tools that tradesmen know. If you dared leave a brush standing in water – there would be a shout from across the studio: “that’s coming out of your paycheck!”  I still have W&N’s from art school. Added to them are the rotund Isabeys and a growing assortment of house painting brushes, which are great for larger works.

Different brushes continued

Some of my favorite brushes were not bought at an art supplier. That black one is an antique, picked up at a flea market. A beautifully crafted varnish or carriage brush, each tuft of bristles stands clear of all the others giving a crunchy clear mark.

Different brushes, different marks

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