Before and After

My tiny brushes- before and after

I get asked pretty often how I paint such small details.  I always tell people that I use small paintbrushes and work on one square inch area at a time, but I don’t think that really quite explains it.  Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words so I thought I should take a before and after of my brushes.  Now, these are actually in better condition than most since I’ve been working on small paintings lately.  Usually I use these on some larger canvases and those bad boys destroy the bristles.  Regardless, you get the idea.  The new brush is on the right- crisp, pristine and miniscule compared to a dime.  The group on the left are my “afters” with the bristles splayed out in different directions or completely curved which does not work very well for fine details.  I go through roughly a brush a day, sometimes I can eek out two days, depending on the painting.  Now just imagine taking that to a 30 inch tall painting:


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