Monday, May 21, 2012

New Rosemary and Company Brushes

Today my new brushes arrived from Rosemary and Company in England.  I have been hearing excellent reviews of Rosemary Thompson's brushes and decided to test them. 

Rosemary Thompson is one of the last brushmakers to make all of her brushes by hand and somehow she manages to keep the cost extremely reasonable.  I purchased an array of mongoose filberts, flats, rounds, long filberts, and long flats. 

Many artists say these are the best artist brushes in the world, and after receiving mine, I have to say they are the nicest, most well-made brushes I have ever seen or held.  They feel amazing in your hand, and definitely live up to the hype.  These are exceptional tools which yield superior results in handling and workability. 

I highly recommend brushes from Rosemary and Company.

Here is a new work I will be using these brushes for.  Below is the piambura layer for "Mocking Beauty".  The piambura layer is a stage in the Verdaccio technique rediscovered by Adrian Gottlieb, portrait painter.  This will become the underpainting and the white will yield luminosity to the flesh tones of the figure.

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