|Escoda Tadami Oil / Acrylic Brushes
Written by Cathy Stasko
Teacher, artist and traveler
|| Having painted with Escoda brushes before, I looked forward
to trying out the line which in Europe is referred to as the
"Magic brush" because it has been given a special treatment
that gives each brush head its own memory.
Armed with my acrylic paints, a large canvas and two Escoda
4060 filbert brushes, both "Magic" brushes", one size 6 and
the other a size 20, I felt compelled to try to paint a "magic"
picture. The result is "The Path" which to me is a symbol of
choices or decisions that we are faced with in life.
Sometimes we confront a task or challenge that is frightening
or difficult, but if we choose to listen, it is where our heart
leads us and it has the capacity to change our life. Many take
the easy way - a few follow their dreams and face their challenges.
Embedded with acrylic gel on the canvas is the line from Robert
Frost's poem -
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference"
used the small filbert to draw on the canvas. Its spring, resiliency
and versatility made it a pleasure to use. It took me where
it wanted to go. It responded to pressure - a sharp pointed
line with a sharp edge to a thicker line all with a twist of
the wrist and added pressure. With a swish in water and a change
of colour the original shape sprung back to begin again.
The larger filbert had even more spring and responded to twists
and turns of my wrist as I swirled on lights and darks in different
colours, using both the sides for wide areas and the point for
smaller areas. When all was dry I appreciated its substantial
body as I dry brushed colour over colour in the sky, the path
and the garden, yet it was soft enough to lightly glaze over
areas when I wanted to. I liked the "Magic brushes", their weight,
their quality, their gray handles, which don't distract you
when you are mixing colours and I liked how they responded to
me. Best of all, after cleaning, they looked like new as if
they were waiting to try their magic all over again.