I'm preparing an oil painting class for CraftEdu and I'm anxious to make some progress! Given that I still had oil paints on my palette from finishing the fungus painting and that I had done a sketch on a new canvas, I began a rough in.
This is what I do to brushes!! Oil painting is hard on brushes and I learned a long time ago to buy good brushes, but not expensive brushes. I like a brush that can hold its edge. I prefer flats and brights to any of the other brush shapes. I have tried them at one time or another. Flats and brights work well for me. I've tried a lot of different brushes and when I find a brand that really suits me, I stock up! I can go through many brushes during the course of a whole painting. Pristine brushes, like the one on the right, are usually reserved for "serious painting", while brushes that have already been at work get down graded to "rough in" duty. When they start looking like the brush on the left, they will soon be tossed!