Tag: watercolor

“For me, a paint brush is the only tool I use extensively in my works, to push paint on canvas and conduct melodies.”
Shawn Lukas


Over the years, I’ve gone through a countless number of paintbrushes… testing and searching for the perfect tools; expensive and inexpensive, round and squared, synthetic and natural. These are a culmination of that research and my favorite brushes that I’ve continued to use over the past few years. Paintbrushes are, of course, unique to each user – depending on how they paint, their painting scale, and the type of medium they choose to work with. The few below are the ones that I enjoy working with the most for my watercolor and gouache pieces…

Princeton Mini Brush / Angular Shader 4 (synthetic hair)

I love these for their comfort and size. They have short mini matte coated handles, and I find them to be affordable and durable. I love working with angular brushes so I can achieve both wide strokes and thin detailed lines with one brush.





Escoda / Versatil Round 10 (synthetic hair)

This brush is incredible. It holds an amazing amount of water and paint, and is very easy to control, but glides effortlessly across the paper. I love this one for larger areas, but it’s still pointed enough to do some detail work.

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Escoda / Prado Tame Angular 8 (synthetic hair)

A combination of the two brushes above, this Escoda brush is a beautiful angular shader. It’s higher in quality than the Princeton mini brush, and has a longer handle to work with. The bristles stay well shaped over a long period of time.


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Escoda / Ultimo Mop 14 (synthetic hair)

This brush, like most Escodas, holds an incredible amount of paint within it’s bristles. It’s on the larger side and allows you to create washes and fill in larger areas nicely.




Winsor & Newton / Series 7 Pointed Round 4 (natural hair)

My favorite natural bristled brush! Because the hair is natural, the shape holds very well and is easier to reshape if it gets a bit beaten up over time. This one is wonderful for creating details and filling smaller areas.

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My summers spent studying and drawing the human figure at Interlochen were some of the best summers I’ve had in my life. I remember those summers surrounded by an incredible assortment of artists who lived and breathed the world of fine arts, music, and dance. It was another world tucked in the woods of northwestern Michigan between two lakes.

So many years have past since I’ve done much figure drawing, which is why I decided to try sketch night at the Society of Illustrators.

Spending an evening sketching models dressed in Natori hosted by the wonderful Bil Donovan, reminded me of my summers at Interlochen. The room was filled with this great passionate energy and incredible talent in every direction. It was fun to loosen up my stiffened drawing hand to capture fashion from a different perspective…

Here are my sketches from the night of 2 min, 5 min, 7 min, and 10 min drawings.

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As the New Year begins, it’s time to refresh things in my studio. When inspiration strikes, one must be prepared!

Click each link below to view in-depth shop-able guides to some of my favorite supplies! 

(Also checkout my guide to supplies for the beginning watercolorist!)

Gouache Paint

Travel Watercolor Sets


Paint Brushes

Art Palettes (Glass, wood, porcelain)

Guide to Gold Paint


Watercolor Paper

Artist Cleanup

See more tutorials and guides:

Artist Box / Gift Wrap / Best Sketchbooks / Traveling Artist Supply Favorites



   Arriving in a city I’ve never been, language unknown; It’s an odd feeling. Somewhere between excited, adventurous, and lonely. I was exhausted and jet lagged having arrived in Paris at 7am from New York City, but I fought through it with wide-eyed excitement to finally have arrived in a city I’ve so longed to explore.

After settling into an artsy Parisian AirBnb loft, I quickly set out to explore the city until my friend, Charlotte, arrived late that evening. I’m not much of an itinerary type when it comes to travel, so I picked the first place I knew I had to see, and I’d let that lead me to something else once I found it.

My first stop couldn’t have been anything other than Sennelier; The infamous art shop on the Left Bank of the River Seine. Past frequents of the shop being Picasso and Cezanne.

Henri Sennelier created the first oil pastels intended for professional artists at the specific request of Picasso in 1948. So now you can see why I had to stop in and see this 127 year old shop… and perhaps find a few things to bring home with me!

After wandering through the city, and getting lost for an hour (I did not have a map, which was a wonderful thing), I finally stumbled upon the shop. The inviting green exterior of the storefront displayed elegant golden letters “SENNELIER” above it’s door. The shop and it’s surroundings were as charming as I had imagined… but the inside was beyond. I pushed the door open, history in mind, and slipped inside the small entrance to a warm wooden interior filled from floor to ceiling with all the colors you could ever imagine.  It was quite busy at the time, two young students filling their art class supply list with the help of the staff, and an older man sorting through brushes to decide which he preferred.

Art shops are magical places. They, for one, are filled with the ingredients to visualize your greatest imaginations! I would much rather pour my money into art supplies than anything else… because if there’s something you can’t afford in the world, you can always draw it – it gives a sort of satisfaction! Secondly, art shops are filled with wonderful people. My mind always wonders what each customer is going home to create… it’s fun to dream up stories about people in art shops. My favorites are the older customers. I can only hope I’ll still be painting (and able to) when I reach an old age, because I can’t imagine doing anything else.

Paris, to be continued…