From time to time I'd like to share information about equipment that I particularly like. There's nothing like having the right tool for the job. It just makes working that much more pleasant and rewarding.When I started painting in oils again, I had a pretty good collection of brushes left over from my college days. But as I got into it a bit, I discovered that there were a few sizes I was missing, and that some of my brushes were getting a bit past their useful prime. Not a difficult problem to solve, right? Except for one thing. As of about a year ago, I am a vegetarian. To keep consistent, I also don't buy leather or other animal products like squirrel-hair brushes. And I realized, as I looked at my collection of paint brushes, that the only ones I ever used were the natural-hair sort. I had some synthetic brushes but found them almost impossible to work with. They were too soft and just generally not responsive to the way I paint. I had to come up with a solution. My natural response to the realization that I must replace some item with a "vegetarian" version is to go on a research and spending spree. (I did this to excess with my favorite weakness, shoes, and found some wonderful resources like MooShoes and Bourgeois Boheme.)
[singlepic=111,320,240,,left]For the brushes, I didn't have to look far. An online search led me to the Escoda Tadami Synthetic Mongoose Long Handle Brush. I ordered one (I found mine at Dick Blick) and fell in love. Not only are these brushes far superior to any synthetic that I have used, they are now my favorite brushes, period. As you can see in the photo below, I have started a small collection. They are not cheap, but they are worth it, so I add a few sizes whenever I buy supplies. Highly recommended!