The paintings are taking a well deserved Thanksgiving break. So I am going to write about my paint brushes instead.
Once, I Googled what type of paint brush did Van Gogh use for his signature brushstroke - the thick, dash-like strokes often seen in his skies and ground. I did not find a definitive answer. Experimenting on my own, I think it is the "round." I was able to mimic the swirls and dashes a lot better with the round brushes. I wonder, why did he lay on the paint so thickly? Paint was expensive back then. And he was broke. Maybe for the effect? Well, I digress.
I clean my brushes every time after use. Because I paint with water mixable oil paint, the clean up is easy. Taking care of the brushes is a discipline. I use the Mona Lisa's Pink Soap Brush Cleaner and Preserver and The Master's Hand Soap.