Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Studio Tools

I looked down this afternoon and noticed that many of my favorite oil painting tools were lined up on the table. The brush just to the right of the tube of Trans Sepia--a Grumbacher Gainsborough #6 bright--has been a workhorse for me since art school, and it's finally showing its age. I'm getting fond of Escoda Tadami synthetic mongoose brushes (the four gray-handled ones). The brights make a remarkable clean edge or thin line, and the filberts allow calligraphic drawing marks with thin paint as well as being all-round useful. The fattish handles are comfortable and have a nice balance. They are holding up very well so far. The Holbein scraper (top center between the Rublev lead white and the big tube of Michael Harding Cremnitz) gets used every day, sometimes even for a purpose other than clearing out a mistake. That's a rolling pin for chapatis on the right for squeezing tubes and threatening intruders. My pica rule (from a past life) is thin and lightweight for straightening an edge, and its various scales can come in handy to simplify mental arithmetic.

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