Sunday, 15 April 2012

Brush Buddies

The theme for the Monthly Painters Challenge for March
was 12 brush strokes
which immediately got me thinking of my favourite brushes  
Other members of the group have done paintings using just 12 brush strokes
but of course I didn't think of that
and maybe I am influenced by 
the fact that I have been drawing some of my supplies for Sunday Sketches
but I couldn't get past the idea of drawing and painting my brush buddies

I know exactly what stroke each one will make
which ones like watercolour, and which prefer acrylic
and I know all their strengths and weaknesses
They are just like old friends really...

These two are two of my oldest friends
left over from my days at University
they are both getting a bit rough around the edges
and they seem to both have permanent bad hair days
but I know exactly where each stray hair is
and can work around them
they have stood by me
despite the fact that I have abused them horribly
and left them in the water jar for way too long
let paint dry on them
I have dragged them from place to place
and have trimmed them
without regard for fashion or how they will look
too many times to count
and yet somehow they keep coming back for more

These three are my  dependable friends
they are used all the time, and despite the fact that the black one
has a weird stray hair that sticks out at a right angle
and the fat one has peeling paint on the handle
they are my go to brushes
they never let me down
they are a bit boring
but appreciated none the less

These four are the cheeky buggers
they provide all the fun stuff
and mean I can do all the loose line work that I love
They range from very very cheap
to gloriously expensive
but they are just fun
they mean I can draw with a brush
and I love that

I am now off to turn this into a pendant
I have been having a great time lately turning my Sunday Sketches
into pendants
and this way I can have my brush buddies
 with me where ever I go...xx


earthen-magic said...

...greetings dear neighbor! ~ yoU are one awesome chic! ~ blessed be on this sunday sketches and oh sO many other bits of whimsy! ~ along with this beautiful (southern hemispheric autumnal) kind of day!...

Anonymous said...

I love your brush talk, I love my brushes , as friends, we have been through so much together and they never let me down, you made me smile, I understand this post so well.
Your pendants are beautiful as is your brush work!

Lynn Cohen said...

I love the jewelry with the arty art pieces embedded within! Such a statement!

Jennifer McLean said...

aaawww look at all your beloved friends. All of my brushes are boringly new as I've only been painting for two years (after 25 year hiatus after high school). I hope my friends, i mean brushes end up looking that loved.

Speaking of love, that last necklace is DA BOMB, I'm guessing that some budding artist is gonna snap that up right quick when you put it in the shop!

Unknown said...

That must be your posse :)
I have brushes in varying degrees of stiffness from glue - but I can't bear to toss them - they still have jobs to do

Great portrait! Love the pendants too - especially the bottom one!

Joni Nickrent said...

LOVE the brushes and the pendants are amazing too! Always fun to see what you've been creating! AWESOME!

Unknown said...

Loooove your brushes!!!
And look at those pendants! So unique!

Unknown said... your brush buddies... My favourite ones even have their own pot..I see it as either "how sad is that" or "wow, I'm so organised"... Love your pendants.. have a great weekend :)

Valerie-Jael said...

Great idea with the brushes, wonderful work! Any sign of your balls? I got a letter from the customs that your letter is waiting for me there, so I can collect it tomorrow! Hugs, Valerie

Belinda Basson said...

Now I would never have thought of actually painting the brushes... genius I tell you, pure genius!

manomij said...

Gosh you never stop to amaze me. You have the wow factor girl.Today I am catching up with all your last posts because I don't always have time these last months.
I am delighted to see you doing the Mess with Lisa

WrightStuff said...

I love these! What a great idea. So, did you paint the stroke or the brush first??!!

Your handles look very clean! Mine are multicoloured. My poor brushes take such abuse...

Helen said...

Such a fabulous painting of your brushes. We all have our favourite brushes don't we......they really are like old friends.

I love your pendants too - great idea. Happy SS x

Heather said...

LOVE this post. your brushes are beautiful...and yes, some of them are like dear old friends! :)
I really love the pendants too!

Carmen said...

FOUND YOU! After our last chat ages ago about zombie punk Barnie's I promptly emptied my emails and thus forgot your blog name. It was only today (yes, head of mush!) that I remembered you commented on one of my rare WOYWW's and maybe I could find your blog that way! Duh!

Anyway. I am still in the process of getting to know my brushes but I love this.

I'm going to leave the blog open now so I can have a catch up later today. And FOLLOW YOU!

Christine said...

such fabulous detail on your brushes, you're so talented. Lovely pendant ideas too.

Victoria said...!! Your brushes are totally sublime..gorgeous!! and wow..I love your pendants..absolutely magical.always a joy visiting your creative world..BEAUTIFUL!!

carol l mckenna said...

Love your brush buddies ~ awesome ~ and your pendants ~ excellent ~ what a great idea ^_^ ~thanks, namaste, ^_^

Rita said...

I can see why your mind would go there. Enjoyed meeting your friends. Love that you also turn your paintings into jewelry, too. You are so clever and talented, lady!! :):)

m7 said...

i love what u did for 12 brush strokes, drawing ur brushes! and the pendants r cool! :)

Alexandra MacVean said...

Too funny...I thought these were real brushes when I first clicked on your page. Whoa. NICE! And how sweet, turning your SS art into pendants. That's so cool!! :)

Hugs and happy SS!

Tammie Lee said...


we really do have an intimate relationship with our brushes, they help us express ourselves in our paintings.
so fun to read your thoughts about your relationship with your brushes.
Love your brush art.

i wonder if Golden would be interested in your pendants somehow?

Lorinda.C.F said...

So love that you call them brush buddies!! xx

Bethie Engstrom said...

Really love this!

Carolyn Dube said...

Love how your pendants are turning out! It's like a souvenir of your brushes.

Renee! said...

I love your pendants!!!! I love my brushes too and the thought of having them on a pendant is such a fabulous ides!
Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment!
Happy creating...

Nora MacPhail said...

Awesome necklaces! I love that! Also, very imaginative and pioneering approach to the challenge.

Sunshineshelle said...

How cool! Those pendants rock - love the transformation of sketches into wearable art :)

kat said...

Hello Tracey, your brushes look so real, at first I thought they were photos! Such a touching little piece with the story of all your brushes, love this, you are such a creative soul! Thanks for you lovely comment, so happy you liked her. xx

Joanne Osband said...

You are one clever lady!!! The pendants are a fabulous idea and look fantastic! I really enjoyed meeting your brush friends. Your realistic renditions and stories made me feel well acquainted. THANKS!

Teri said...

Great job on the brushes and love those pendants!!!

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

wow.. great job. I had to look twice to see if they were painted or real. I have a hard time finding brushes I like in our small town. I have sent for some but I like to handle them first and see how they feel in my hand.

Terrie said...

I'm inspired by your brush drawings! Truly FAB! I've missed the last few posts of yours so caught up on your happenings the last few days; busy stuff. Cute drawing of Mr Tea for Sinus and I'm off to check out the Mess project....doesn't that suit most of us?

Liz Powley said...

Absolutely fantastic. You have my like over on Facebook. Fantab interpetation of the challenge. Best of luck!