Over the years I have tried a number of brushes, and I have amassed quite a collection. I use different brushes for different purposes, sometimes the task calls for a synthetic brush and sometimes, a natural hair brush. I go over all these nuances in the workshops I teach.
I have a number of Escoda brushes from their various lines, The Barroco, The Prado and The Versatil. My favorite is the Perla. Iain Stewart turned me on to this one. My go to is the number 14. It has the perfect snap, and point and holds the right amount of water for me. I really don't need any other size, with the point on this I can get really fine lines. However, when I was at the Florida Watercolor Society Convention & Trade Show, this last fall, I spotted a travel brush set of Perlas.
It was a treat yourself moment, I got them because at times I don't want to drag my whole plein air kit, but just put a few things in my purse, or tote bag. They even came with a handy leather case! So I have Perlas in more sizes to use, sketching, plein air painting and in the studio! If you are interested in getting some Escoda Perla Brushes, Dick Blick carries them on line. Unfortunately, I have never seen them sold in any retail art stores I have been to. If you have been good this year maybe Santa will put one or two in your stocking!
Stay tuned my next post will be a Favorite Things Bonus, just in time for the holidays!