Three Common Artist Paint Brush Sizes

Here are three common artist paint brush sizes I use in my art studio. Whether I am painting a cityscape, a snowscape or a portrait I use the following brush style and no.:

Painting Brushes: Filberts no. 2, 8, and no. 2 Liner brush

Filbert 8-12 is used for larger color fields for the compositons initial shapes. The filbert brush with its sculpted rounded shape is a very efficient brush providing the option of thick or thin lines, as well as an added smaller tapered end for details. It even can replicate the use of a fan brush for blending.
Small filbert 2-4 for adding details with a thick or thin line,and the added smaller pointed end for details. Not as much area allowing for blending, but still allows for a variety of mark making.
Size 2 liner for smaller details, lines found in nature, architecture, hair, or great line control for signing your signature.
I use these three common artist paint brush sizes in that order as well. Large to small works best when creating a painting’s layers or wet into wet techniques.

All of these brushes provide dual purposes making it a wise purchase for a daily art making budget. My other brushes (pictured in the multi bin) have accumulated from various works over the years. Plus, it is convenient to have the same sizes at the ready too if editing a variety of colors.

Brush and organizing bin brands are available on this blog’s correlating instagram post.

Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Necessity is the mother of invention for this full time artist and art instructor.

When I could not find specific types of handouts needed to teach my art students, I wrote and created worksheets that have become great tools for myself and other art teachers across the nation.

These documents are inspired by my many years of gradutate work in art education, classwork and my recent Monday’s with Ms Mucha art lessons.

As we begin a new year, my hope for you is to be exposed to many situations that lead to a variety of unexpected ideas.

Wishing you a year full of inspiring events that spark your creativity.


“The Dog Days of Summer”

The Dog Days of Summer are here, and it is also the theme for this month’s Plano Art Wine Walk (click for event info).

Come check out my playful perspectives, and other local artist’s works at this July 11th event from 5:15pm-9pm.

I will be featuring my cooling windy rooftop perspectives, and of course my pet portraits during this canine friendly event.

Sandra Mucha Artwork, rooftop painting
“Water Tower on Rooftop” | Acrylic | 6 x 6 x 1.5 in | by Sandra Mucha”

The night’s stroll kicks off in the Event 1013 venue at 1013 15th street, Downtown Plano where event attendees may viee art and collect thier wine glass for the evening.

This exhibit is organized by the Plano Art Associations .

See you there! 🎨🍷🐾

Pet Portraits by Sandra Mucha Artwork
Rocky enjoying my air conditioned studio while finishing “Pumkin” | 8″x8″ | Acrylic | by Sandra Mucha

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How to Increase Productivity: Accountability

How to increase productivity? Try using accountability. We all need a gym buddy or friend to push us at some point in our lives. Try setting goals for your art to keep you on track too. Enter an art contest, exhibits, submit to art galleries, take a workshop, join an art association, or an online group to relate with other artist. You will forget how all this persistence takes courage, because your small actions have turned into habits.

Don’t worry if you art is not accepted. Rejection helps you as an artist too. Your role as an artist is not to be accepted to everything. There will be resistence, and there are many different venues or places to sore. One of my favorite quotes that motivated me at university and still to this day is,

“A kite rises against the wind, not with it.” -Winston Churchill

Towers in winter

Towers in Winter by Sandra Mucha | Acrylic | 24 x 18 x 1.5

So, your role is to create. To worry about “the verb” of making art verses “the noun” Your role is to keep making better work, and to speak your truth and share it. Not everyone is going to love or even like it. As I tell myself in the gym or on a long bike ride, “it is me against me.” Do not worry about the other guy!

One trick I like for motivation when creating is to set a timer for 25 mins. This will boost your adrenaline and sense of urgency. That usually turns into an hour or more for me, and eventually no use of a timer once in my creative flow.

So, during that time keep playing, creating, sculpting, painting, acting, writing or whatever is your creative outlet. Be sure to then log your time spent creating. This helps with planning projects in the future too. You never know when you might be ask to create a commissioned piece.

Remember, your art is not complete till your audience views it. So, keep exploring your craft. Before you know it you will be ready to take flight again ..and again.

“Lark in Flight” by Sandra Mucha | Acrylic| 9″x12″x1.5″

Feeling creatively blocked?. See my previous two posts as part of this three part series: play and journaling to increase our flow of ideas and productivity.

-Happy Creating!