Recently I have been guilty of using brushes that are well past their best and I think this has made my paint handling rather sloppy. I decided to try some handmade brushes from Rosemary and Co which came highly recommended. Even so I was surprised. I ordered some of their lowest price oil brushes ( those that know me will not be surprised!). They were firm and springy, but not as firm as hog, with a clean sharp edge. The handles were shorter that I expected but this has advantages when working fast outside. I would pay the extra for longer handles for studio work. We will see how these brushes last with hard use; I am doing at least a painting a day at the moment. As I think you can see below it has made me work with a very “square brush” technique which I enjoy when working quickly. This painting took just over hour although I will do some more work on it back home. Looking at the photo I notice that my painting is much cooler than the landscape. This is partly because the light had changed but I need to think about working more warm colours in when I next go out.