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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Reflections on a Sunset - 24x24 Oil Painting

Sunset over the lake oil painting
24"x24" oil painting on stretched canvas

"When all else is lost, the future still remains." - Christian Nestell Bovee

A question for my artist friends: I've been using Silver Grand Prix brand Chungking bristle brushes as my work horse lately, but they seem to wear down on me within a week or two of use. I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations for a longer lived but similar brand brush. I hate having to buy new ones every few weeks, but it might just be my abusive painting ways. Let me know if you know of a good alternative!

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Blogger Crystal Cook said...

Beautiful painting, I love the bits of blue you've worked into the sky. And as for your question, I'm afraid I'm no help because I paint in watercolor. Good luck with the hunt for a new brush!

8:01 PM  
Blogger Starr said...

this is lovely, and I'll tell you my first impression... although it's going to sound strange... it made me feel cuddled. :)

8:25 PM  
Blogger Claire Beadon Carnell said...

This is a most beautiful painting, Kerri. It is wonderful!
I have been using Robert Simmons Titanium brushes since last November, and with everyday abuse, they are holding up like champions - by far the sturdiest brushes I have found by far. I also like that they respond like a bristle, but have a nice flexibility.

9:30 PM  
Blogger Vern Schwarz said...

Gorgeous, rich looking painting Kerri. This one is well worth the cost of a new brush. I'm anxious to hear the responses to your problem, as I can relate.

9:57 PM  
Blogger Susan Roux said...

Kerri this painting is beautiful! The colors are striking and the scene so serene...

5:05 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth Seaver said...

The color in your painting is just breathtaking! Love it.

3:45 PM  
Blogger Becky Joy said...

Kerri, A beautiful sunset. Love skies. You did a good job on this one.

9:10 PM  
Blogger Kerri Settle said...

Thanks everyone! Starr, I love that comment.

Claire - I actually have a few Titanium brushes but I tend to use them more for sharper details since they have that nice edge. I do love those, though, and they are definitely long-lived. I tend to handle them a bit differently from the Grand Prix brushes.

10:34 PM  
Blogger Karen Bruson said...

Lovely painting. Very strong colors and values. Let me know if you find a brush that holds up better than the Silver Grand Prix because that is what I use, as well.

7:21 PM  
Blogger dacoop said...

Lovely Kerri, you can do those skys so beautifully!
I too, am curious about brushes.

6:23 PM  
Blogger Gwen Bell said...

Kerri, this one takes my breath away. Just gorgeous!

7:52 PM  
Anonymous SUSAN RODEN said...

Serene sunset... nice!

12:43 PM  
Blogger Carol Schiff Studio said...

Wow, Kerri! I don't know how I missed this one, but I am very glad that I found it! Beautiful.

10:21 AM  
Blogger eLIZabeth Floyd said...

nice painting !

I regard to your question, I use the DaVinci Maestro 2 brushes, the long filberts. The long filberts have a great springiness and last a long while {sometimes 2 months or more with daily use}. I do try and wash and condition them every night, as I have found this does prolong the longevity of the brushes. What is also wonderful about the long filberts is that when they wear down, I place a piece of tape around them to mark them for use when doing scumbling and other special affects that require a more stiff and worn brush... so essentially you get two brushes for the price of one and I have some older brushes that are over a year old that still get regular use in this category...

this comment got long, I hope it was helpful...

Have a good evening, Liz

9:04 PM  

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