Pastels and Watercolors (and a few other art media)

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(fixed the photos - I had an extra)

Also, I'll apologize - this was a quick three-minute drill.
 

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Thanks for this, Charlie! It's very helpful.

Trying to think about the brush sizes I found. One is really tiny, maybe a 2? They're both pretty cheap. I want to go get a small set of brushes good for watercolor so I can have some variety, and try some of this. :)
 
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Just like you don't need to cover every focal length, you can get by with a few brushes (and colors). For paints, pick a couple rounds, a couple flats and a mop. For the pencils, you could probably stick with the rounds.

Left to right: #4 round, #8 round, #10 flat, 1/2" flat. Alla re short-handles WC brushes, sythetic sable, store-brand; not very expensive. Tne top is #6 Grumbacher - the main one I used for pencils. Eventually I'll get better brushes but these (mostly) work for now.

Smaller (#2, riggers) are good for fine details, but I rarely use mine. I don't have a proiper mop (for laying down a lot of water) but have tried a makeup blush brush with mixed results. I'll pick up a mop the next time I get to the store.

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This is very educational for me! The little brushes I have (though I'm fairly certain there are more like these, still packed) are tiny - 000, 2 and a 3. They aren't sable, synthetic or otherwise - they're Loew-Cornell "golden nylon," whatever that is. With these pencils (and especially doing this particular little demo with the fine lines) they worked all right, as far as holding enough water to get the paint fluid. I just struggled to get any typical sweeps, or whatever you call it - like it usually seen with watercolors.

I've never heard of what you're calling a mop brush. If it's for laying down lots of water, not likely I would have picked one up since I don't do watercolor.

The pencils were fun! Easier for me to use and handle. I really doubt I'll ever try WC paints, as in the pans. But who knows? ;)

Thanks for showing me these brushes, Charlie!
 

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I originally balked at spending any money in brushes but it makes all the difference. The good ones hold a lot of water and paint and they really hold their shape making everything so much easier. I bought these and love them:



These are great for detail work but I don’t use them as often:



I order from Amazon - I find the Blick and Jerry’s websites to be so confusing.
 
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Mop (one variety)

The 1/2" flat is a Loew-Cornell; not sure of it's a golden nylon. They are an entry-level / student brand. I haven't bought any top-level brushed, only some paints.
 
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We are finishing up emptying the apartment and these were hiding in the closet. i don’t recall exact dates but I’d say about 1978 or 1979 for the miner, and 1977 for the firefighters and the landscape. The first was an ice breaker or opening prop for a speech class, the other two from an oil painting class. All three are oil; 18x24 for the smaller two, maybe 20x30 for the first one.

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Fantastic!!! Love the landscape especially but all are just wonderful. My compliments to the chef!
 

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Wow!!! These are wonderful! I love each of them - they're all so stylized, so unique. I have thought of your media as mostly watercolor and ink - now here are these exceptional oils on canvas. I am really taken with the landscape and the miner in particular.

What made you move away from oils? You're really good with them! Happy you posted these!
 

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