In this case, small board (8x10inch), thick brushes, abstract landscape, well, there you go. It's not that I'm not happy with the results, it's just that I prefer not to be limited in scope by the medium. So I've been on the hunt.
First, I'm trying sizing up a notch, so I did buy myself some 9x12inch boards (what a leap in size!!!), once again from the wonderful folks at Schell Lumber, in Stouffville. $5.00 for 10 boards. I believe this is their "scraps" fee. If they find a shop scrap that will fit your request, they will give it to you for five bucks. Art supplies can't get better than that. I still have to sand and seal them though.
And above is a pic of my original collection of brushes. The thinnest (those acceptable for linework are either too short (won't hold much paint), to dog-eared (not enough bristles left to hold paint), or WAY to expensive to risk having acrylic paint gum them up (a lovely $65 long-sable).
So I asked around, and Michelle shared her expertise with me, even sending me pics. Below, in beautiful sparkly turquoise lie my two new acquisitions purchased yesterday. I can't wait to try them out, and the two together cost me MUCH less than $65. Thanks for your input Michelle.
Here's a link to her blog Artscapes, if you check it out, you'll see I was given some truly expert advice!
And by the way, one of my all time favourite brushes is the second one from the lower right. You just can't buy a brush like that, you need to work it, and work it, and wear it out to perfection. Hoping to have it a long time. It was a cheapo at the time, but is one of the very few things that get better with age.
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