My darling husband hit the nail on the head this year on the birthday present front. He (with the help of Tara Bryan) tracked down some good watercolour brushes from what used to be M. Francis Kelly*and presented them to me yesterday, over a week before my actual birthday. Today I get a chance to play around with them a little bit and let them get to know me.
For a craftsperson or artist, getting new materials or tools is better than Christmas, really. New brushes aren’t like white paper. There is no intimidation factor. White paper stares at you defiantly and boldly states, “What you are about to create had better be worthy of destroying my perfection.”
Brushes are friendlier than that. With a brush or a tool, there’s more the sense of teamwork and of having to get to know each other’s strengths and foibles en route to a successful working arrangement. There is no destruction, as a good brush, well-cared for, actually benefits from use.