I confess, I am addicted to paint brushes. I love each and every one and cannot help but click “buy” every-time I see a new one on a website. Here is a picture of my rapidly growing collection and a link to types of brushes and their uses.
I have the exotic, like this “cat’s tongue” brush. I read some of the old Masters used this and I just tried it today and love it.
And then there is the old paintbrush from who knows where that I found in a drawer. It’s very useful when you want to lop a lot of paint on for a ground. I usually underpaint most of my paintings with one color or another. Blue if I am doing snow, yellow if I am trying to be impressionistic and so forth.
And who could forget the fan brushes for delicately putting on layers of glaze.
I do have a ritual for cleaning all my brushes involving wiping, turpentine and soap and water but they get worn with use. I think I like them better when they are a little broken in.
I have a dagger brush on order, well backorder (the dastards!) that I am awaiting.
If you have a brush or three you love, let me know. After all you can never have too many brushes!