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New Watercolor Brush

New Watercolor Brush

I made a purchase I thought I’d most likely regret.

But for $12.99 I was willing to take the risk!


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Watercolor Brush Holcroft Sapphire #2



Watercolor Brushes

I’ve been using and recommending the Rekab 320s #2 squirrel watercolor brush for 20+ years. Many of my Art Basics,  watercolor posts have the brush mentioned, frequently.



New Brush to Try

A local art store has just released a watercolor brush ‘Holcroft Sapphire synthetic’ watercolor brush.  (Riot Arts and Craft, in  Perth Australia)

I had a look. A second look. And decided to try it.

Perhaps it might be a useful brush if students wanted to wait a bit to purchase the $28- $30 Rekab.  It was worth a test. So I made the purchase.



Thoughts on Holcroft #2

After a few experiments with the new synthetic Holcroft I have a few thoughts!

  • For the $12.99 it is a decent brush.
  • The brush has quite a delicate fine tip, which I like.
  • Its carrying capacity, ability to hold lots of paint – is decent.
  • This means, there is NO ‘dobbing’ of the paint.
  • The paint brush stroke is Long, fluid and flowing.
  • I’m able to come close, to what I can achieve with the Rekab.
  • Not 100% but maybe 80% which is pretty good for a synthetic.
  • Its long handle, has a good feel – sensitive.
  • Not clunky.
  • Acrylics in a wet, fluid form can be used with the brush.
  • Make sure though, to keep the brush rinsed clean, constantly.



I can recommend this brush.

But, I honestly still…. prefer the lovely sensitivity of the Rekab 320s better.

Its great to have options.      $12.99   as a ‘tide me over’   and  $28 as a ‘special birthday gift’   Sounds reasonable to me!






Season of Love

Season of Love


It makes the world go round….

in every season.

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Love…..peace, joy, love     debiriley.com (c)


The Season



It is the spirit of peace that calls out to be heard and shared.



It is simply sharing a moment of goodness,  of something ‘lovely and precious.’




It is the Light that keeps us going, dark the night may be.







This is the 3rd year I’ve posted this oil painting during the Christmas Season.

I love the colors, the feeling, the Message!

Its great to start fun new traditions. Sharing this lovely blue oil painting each holiday seems like a wonderful one to continue.






A Way With Oils

  1. Painting with oils on a lovely rich and sturdy canvas is a delight.

2. The good canvas has a certain Responsiveness, a give, a ‘spring’ to it that those cheaper panels… don’t even come close to.


3. The Canvas grips and holds, your brushstroke.

4. Freezing in time, the feeling, the expression the artist was experiencing.


5. When I’ve used the panels they feel harsh, hard. There is no give, no spring. No responsiveness.   They feel slick, slippery.  Resistant. As if they’re made one way and will adamantly resist this freedom of expression.  This, is of course,  my own personal experience and thoughts.


6. I love the way good canvas feels, it is such a Joy!

7. It seems to respond and dialogue with the artist with each brush stroke. Expressing the mood and essence of the artist and subject – with greater ease.


8. The Materials we choose, should ‘help’ the artist. Not create battles and hindrances.


9. This particular canvas featured, I primed and stretched myself.

I don’t do that as a rule though! I normally am time poor, so will buy the professional grade wrap around edge canvas. (Knowing it Can be painted over, In OILS,  which makes the budget minded me, quite happy!)


10. My monochromatic and limited palette of colors used for this painting:  cobalt blue, indigo, white, cobalt teal blue




Brands of Oil Paints I like 


Old Holland

Winsor and Newton



Winsor and Newton Alkyds

The one I’d love to try, is Vasari. With its smooth, buttery softness. Sadly, its not available in Australia yet.


Sophie Ploeg’s post on oil paint brands makes a great read. Its very informative, listing several brands and their attributes.




I hope you have enjoyed The Season of Love with these snippets of oil painting information.

Cheers, Debi


Happy Artist’s Christmas List

Happy Artist’s Christmas List

Still looking for stocking stuffer ideas for the artist in your family?  If you’re the artist, you know it doesn’t take a lot to make you smile when you unwrap your treasures under the tree!  Perhaps a hint or two might be in order…..

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Artists’ List Ideas


For those of you who might still be looking for a quick stocking stuffer, I thought you might enjoy this List.  The Hake brush I’ve found at one shop for $1.99  amazing.  Some of these are under $5 and most are right around at the $10 range.   A few are in the pricier range, but hey,  it never hurts to put some of those on the list.


  • Small postcard sized art journal  and/or a slightly larger size
  • Sharpies, pens, markers – white, blue, brown, black, red; Varying widths
  • Tube of genuine cobalt blue pb28,   artist quality vs student range
  • Inktense pencils or blocks
  • Hake brush
  • Large, wide,  flat brush
  • Rekab 320s #2 squirrel   watercolor brush
  • 1  Palette knife   Pk#1008
  • Gift Voucher to a local art shop
  • Gift Certificate to online art shops,  ( i.e. Cheap Joes, Jerry’s Artarama, Dick Blick..)
  • 1 sheet of Fabriano Rough, or Arches Cold Press 300gsm watercolor paper
  • Drawing papers – newsprint, cartridge, Canson, white, beige, colored,  … lots of it!
  • Fancy Drawing paper –  perhaps Stonehenge paper,  Or  Fabriano Roma handmade paper
  • Niji  Japanese plastic  waterbrush pen,  water refillable type
  • Acrylic artists would LOVE  Any  paint from Golden –  (Indanthrone Blue is so cool)
  • Acrylic artists might like 1 good sized,  wrap around style canvas, with wide sides
  • Gloss, Satin acrylic mediums are extremely versatile for many media projects
  • Oil painters might … like  1 tube of Langridge oils or Vasari .. as a treat
  • Great “basic” colors: Winsor Lemon or Hansa Yellow Light;  Quinacridone Rose;  French Ultramarine;  Prussian Blue;  Cobalt BLUE -not HUE;    can’t go wrong with these!
  • Sensational, melting buttery,  oil pastels – Sennelier brand is lovely and soft and glides/blends easily –  They are Great!  can be used Over wc, oils, acrylics.



Happy shopping, painting and hinting!