Tuesday, May 22, 2012

R.I.P. Mr. Brush

Mr. Brush 2007 - 2012 
"Do not go gentle into that good night"

I  finally admit that my beloved Windsor & Newton Series 7 #2 miniature brush had to be put down forever. Five years old is quite an age for a brush, at least in my experience. I tried to deny the signs. "Oh, he just doesn't have the spring of a new brush; but he's fine!", or, "That lacquer was just getting in the way. No worries!"  But most damning of all, "You're just as good as ever with half the hairs remaining in your ferrule. This is great!"

Mr. Brush had a good life. I only ever use one brush when painting, unless I'm painting something big. Mr. Brush painted hundreds of figures over hundreds of hours.  There was a time when Mr Brush's hairs formed a point so sharp I used to paint and dot eyes on my 28mm figs with him.

As you can tell, I have a love affair with Windsor & Newton Series 7 brushes.  But I'm speaking specifically to the miniature brushes.  The shorter hairs give you great control over the paint.  You do trade some capacity to load up the bristles. But you shouldn't be spending money on W&N brushes if you're glopping paint.  That's not what these brushes are for!

I've moved on now that Mr. Brush is dead.  Here's my new painting partner at Mr. Brush's wake. Notice the family resemblance.

Maybe in another five years, Mr. Brush II will be on his deathbed.  But for now, I look forward to working with him.


Da Green Skins said...

I am sorry to hear about your loss. It is hard to let go of the ones we love. If you need any help please feel free to call me. I am there for you buddy.

Jerry said...

Thanks man! Grief counseling may be in order.

Scott said...

LOL, I can sympethise with your feelings!
I too love this range of brushes, and keep their finest ones for fine detail work, and fiddly bits...

Tim Kulinski said...


My WN#7's mourn with you, they are sorry for your loss.

Jerry said...

Thanks Tim & Scott. It has been a rough few days, but I'm already working with my new brush.