My favorite brushes are all made by Winsor &Newton.
My two most favorite flat brushes are the 3/4 inch One Stroke and the 1 1/2 inch Wash Brush with the short house painter style handle.
I do plan on giving the 1 1/2 inch Series 680 red handled brush another go this summer. I have recommended it to my students as a lesser expensive alternative to the slightly pricier wash brush. As you may be able to tell by the photo, I haven't used the red brush all too much. The bristles are still practically white.
I do have my favorite standby brushes, but now is the time to set aside the old favorites and perhaps give the newer ones a chance.
I bet you are like me, you have a few brushes you've purchased but do not use all too much. You keep reaching for the old faithfuls. You bought new brushes, maybe you have never used them. Perhaps there's a special technique or flick of the wrist the new brush may perform better or differently than the old brush. You won't know if you don't give it a go.
Let's pull them out and get those new brushes wet and sticky with paint!
Every summer picnic or party should have a nicely carved watermelon fruit basket.
This is the start of one I carved for my nieces graduation party last weekend. I ended up carving two that were pretty much the same. I forgot to take pictures of both and pictures of the finished basket. The fruit salad was delicious!
Time to head to the grocery store and carve one for the Fourth of July.