Thursday, 20 August 2009

Brushes....

I had to finally admit defeat and buy some more paintbrushes today. I don't know about any of you other artists out there, but I have certain little foibles regarding my painting, one of which is trying to use the same brushes for a whole project....a case of the quality of the work really coming from the brush not from me. Daft I know, but it keeps me happy! (Another one is trying to complete a project with NO second starts - I feel as if I have failed if I don't get it right first time...please don't judge me!)


However, after being my trusty servants for the duration of 60 potato pictures - and the book cover - I think it's time to put these brushes out to grass. Yesterday I would have been better off trying to paint with a clump of my own hair rather than these! By the way, if anyone knows where I can get hold of these, please let me know. I got them free with the Artists & Illustrators magazine last year but just cannot find them in the shops or on line. If you received them too and don't use them, I will gladly buy them off you as they were the best I've come across in a long while. They are Van Gogh Selected Filament by Royal Talens - the No.12 is the one I really want.

Those gloriously knobbly potatoes in the first picture are today's painting - they go by the fabulously descriptive name of Lumpers and were the potato that caused the Irish Potato Famine....see how knowledgeable I have become!

5 comments:

PG said...

I am not surprised you have worn your brushes out! I did a bit of a google and it looks as if they only come with painting sets. :( Unless you approach the manufacturers, who have a website.

Magpie Magic said...

What a bummer about the brushes! Hope the new ones work as well as the old ones.

Jo Sacker said...

Just going on a tangent here... have you tried a back issue request? http://www.artistsandillustrators.co.uk/page/back-issues

soggibottom said...

Try the "range" it's online, there is also one in Exeter. I'm always in there, as well as the soap shop!

Caroline B said...

Thanks for your suggestions - I've e-mailed the company, which I probably should have done in the first place. The promotion with A&I was to send off a coupon for them, so unfortunately getting a back issue won't work. However, I have to admit that the Cryla brushes I bought yesterday are a very, very good substitute - they seem to have improved them since last I bought one, so I'm happy enough to be going on with!