Lesson Learned: see the results

I was picking up some acrylic paint supplies as I am launching a real effort with this medium (I can’t resist trying acrylic on canvas for some upcoming Blue sky + clouds paintings), and I saw a package of wide brushes for the low-low price of $4.99.

Here are the bargain brushes..

Brushes that shed

I knew there would likely be some shedding of bristles onto the canvas, and so I tried to remove lose fibers before I started painting the canvas with gesso. And yet it was a terrible cascade of fibers in the gesso and I found myself becoming quite the finger-painter as I plucked them out as best I could.

Naively, I imagined that the brush would eventually shed-down to a set of bristles held in place and I’d reach a point of effectiveness with them, and so I began experimenting with actual painting using the same brush.

I soon realized that there was no hope with these brushes and so stopped my futile attempts to remove fibers from the painted canvas — I let it dry and decided I’d photograph the mess and make this blog post.

Behold what low prices sometimes get you…

Brush hairs in paint1

Brush hairs in paint2

The next day I bought a brush from a paint store — the kind you’d use to paint the wall of a living room, not an artist’s brush, and oh how well it works! ┬áIn one of the instructional videos I later watched, it was mentioned that Bob Ross used such brushes and so there we have it: use what works and throw away the rest.