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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Brush addiction

Artist Betsy Levels with many paintbrushes

 I bought a few paintbrushes yesterday.

Well, actually, about sixteen.  I couldn't help it.  Paintbrushes are vital to creating paintings.  They wear out.  These were on the clearance rack.  No-brainer, right?

After all, I need large brushes, small brushes, flat and round brushes, fan brushes, rake and comb brushes, spotter brushes, and all manner of other specialty brushes handy at all times.  Just can't do those beards on big yard gnomes without a huge comb brush.  Plus a smaller one for the detailed areas, with multiple sizes of script liners for touch ups.

And then there's the inevitable jar of "scruffy" brushes.  In all sizes and shapes.  You never know when one of those thoroughly disreputable, splayed-out old brushes will be just perfect for foliage. Or something. Better keep them all.

I have discovered that those carousel type holders for kitchen utensils make a super brush holder for on your painting table.  They hold a lot and turn for easy access.  On top of that you can usually pick them up dirt cheap at garage sales.  I am up to three of them on my painting table currently. That doesn't include the four shoeboxes of yet unused brushes on the shelf.

But enough of that.  I have a busy day ahead of me.  And I just got an email from  Seems they have a big sale...


  1. wuujuuu!!!
    Let's create some art with that many brushes!
    and way to go with your holders!!!
    Best of knowledge to create the infinite!!!


    1. Thanks Melanie... I'm actually having a blast painting a huge picture of my husband and youngest daughter fishing, from a 20-year-old sketch! Guess I just can't throw anything out!


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