Brushes, Palettes & Painting Accessories
Brushes are possibly the most important investment an artist can make, because the quality of the brush used has almost as much power to damage or beautify a work as the artist himself. Although certain brushes are recommended for specific types of media, brush selection should be based on personal choice.
Long handle brushes are generally good for oil and acrylic painting as one may stand farther from the upright work in progress and short handle brushes are generally best for watercolor as the painting is probably positioned more horizontally and the artist will be closer to the work.
Brush filaments are available in many varieties of natural hair - including Kolinsky Sable, Squirrel, Goat, Pony, Hog and others – and synthetic fibers in many varieties and ever increasing quality.
Artist brushes also come in myriad shapes to enable the artist to accomplish the full range of visual representation. The various shapes include Round, Flat, Bright (a shorter flat), Filbert (shaped like a cat’s tongue), Fan, Liners and others.
Brush construction is an intricate process that, unlike many products today, still is and must be done by hand by skilled craftsmen.