Here’s my paintbrush quick list. What prompted this post? Pat, one of the members of our Master Oil Painting art community, contacted us Saturday with this email “I am going to ask for Rosemary brushes for Christmas. Which types and sizes would you recommend? I know you like the 279 Series.”
My first thought was “paintbrushes – what a fantastic Christmas gift idea!”
My second thought was (actually, Kristie suggested it before I even finished reading the email) “I need to simplify my brush list and send it out to everyone because we get this request all the time.”
So, instead of telling you all of the brushes I own and use occasionally, I thought I would give you a list of the brushes that are on my brush holder right now and that I use consistently.
If you want an explanation of why I use certain types of brushes like Flats instead of Brights read section 2 of the blog post ‘5 Oil Painting Tips for Beginners’.
If you want to learn what I discovered from my experiment with different brands of brushes look at ‘The Ultimate Paintbrush Experiment’.
Want to see a more complete list of all of the art supplies I use go to ‘Art Supply List – Updated’.
Paintbrushes I use Most of the Time
Here’s a list of what’s on my paintbrush holder right now. These are the paintbrushes I use most often:
- Rosemary & Co Classic Long Flat – sizes 8, 10 & 12 (a 6 is a go-to as well)
- Rosemary Classic Egbert – sizes 0, 2, 4, 6 (there are 2 each of sizes 2 & 6)
- Rosemary Series 279 Long Flat – sizes 4, 6
- Rosemary Series 274 Short Flat – sizes 3, 5
- Rosemary Series 278 Long Filbert – size 1
- Rosemary Series 272 Round – size 4
- Utrecht Series 233 White Nylon Sable – size 2 (this is my signature brush and I’ve been using the same exact brush for 25 years. The link I use is not for the Utrecht brush since I can no longer find it – it is for the Robert SimmonsWhite Sable Brush size 0 which is the closest I could find. If you want a Rosemary you might try the Shiraz Pointed Round or the Ivory Pointed Round size 0, 1, or 2)
- Utrecht Series 207F – size 6 (these are tough to find as individual brushes, so I no longer recommend them)
That’s it – that’s the quick list of the paintbrushes I used for the 3 paintings I recently worked on.
It’s important to keep in mind that my brush list varies from time to time. What I’ve listed though is what I’ve been using consistently for the past year or two.
I hope that helps. And Pat, I hope you have a fantastic Christmas this year. I especially pray that you and each of our members has a magical year of painting and plenty of joy-filled days ahead.
Thanks Bill, What a wonderful post and thanks Kristie for the advice!
I have been rather slow is using all of the resources you have provided, I am a new painter and sometimes feel inadequate, however I am working on it!
Love your paintings…
Don’t let your feelings get the best of you Sharonlee, we all feel inadequate at times. Painting is never easy – the challenge is what makes it such a worthwhile lifetime pursuit! As long as you keep moving forward you’ll accomplish amazing things as a painter and hopefully have a great time along the way.
Do you at anytime use hogs hair brushes?
Yes, I do Kathleen, they are some of my favorite and most used brushes. The Rosemary Classic and Ultimate Long Flats, and the Egberts are hog bristle brushes (the Classics are a hog/synthetic mix).
Fantastic Bill , I love the Rosemary brushes and use about 5 different ones. But I love the close up of your brush holder, I’ll be making one asap , I think that will help in keeping the mostly usefull brushes at finger tip and can easily be grabed. i have them in bottles now and knocked over a bottle the other day and I am still picking up pieces of glass. Great Idea…. Now all I need to make is a paper towel holder that is easily exccessable and close to my palette.
Painting up a storm
Bummer to hear about the jar Ed. The brush holder has been very convenient, no doubt. I have purchased some materials to make a newer one soon using a clear plastic produce tub. It will still hold my brushes the way it does now, but the ends of the brushes will sit in walnut or safflower oil so they keep from drying out between painting sessions. I will do a post showing how to make it when it’s done (if it turns out well that is).
Thanks Bill, the brush list is helpful!
You’re welcome, Earl! How are all the grandkids and painting doing?
HOW DO YOU GET IN TOUCH WITH THE ROSEMARY COMPANY TO PURCHASE BRUSHES? I HAVE HAD DIFFICULTY IN FINDING THIS CONTACT INFORMATION.. THANK YOU FOR ALL THE INFORMATION YOU SHARE AND THAT INCLUDES THE FINISHED PAINTINGS IN YOUR YOUTUBE DEMOS. YOU ARE THE BEST ARTIST AND A GREAT ENCOURAGER AND EXAMPLE FOR A BEGINNER LIKE ME!
Thank you Linda for your kind remarks. Sorry, this reply is late in coming. If you live in the U.S. you might start with Wind River Arts – the shipping is less expensive – https://www.windriverarts.com/Brushes.htm
If you want a complete list of links you can find most of my art supplies and links here: https://www.masteroilpainting.com/art-supply-list/