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My Favorite Brushes for Oil Painting

If you've ever wondered what brushes I use in my art and that I would recommend, this is the blog post for you! These are the ones I pick up over and over again. For me, it's brushes from Rosemary & Co.!

I was first introduced to Rosemary & Co. Brushes back in 2016 when I attended the Palette Project at the Scottsdale Artists' School. Students were generously gifted some of their brushes and I haven't looked back since! I've tried other brushes, but the quality of Rosemary brushes is outmatched for me.

Here are my current top picks from Rosemary. Please note that this page includes affiliate links, which means that I may earn a commission if you purchase from any of these links (at no additional cost to you). This is a really great way to support me, especially if you are already needing to buy some new brushes! :)


My absolute favorite brush to use is an evergreen long flat. I love the "snap" it has and how versatile it is. You can get clean broad strokes or turn it to use the edge for sharp lines. The bristles are not too soft, and not too stiff. All of the sizes of these are great, but I have a size 4 that I use over and over in all of my paintings. Oh, and a note on handle length: I recommend the 11", it gives you distance between yourself and the painting and it just has a good feel to it. If you haven't given the evergreen series a shot, here's your sign!


Just as the longer bristled evergreen is great, so too is the shorter bristled one! These are really good for broad strokes and the "blocking in" stage.


I love the softness, snap and precision of this brush. I prefer using the size 16. When the evergreen is too stiff, the golden synthetic is perfect.


Now this is a really cool brush I've just started using. It's perfect for softening edges in your painting or creating a "raked" texture. I use the size 3/4". Here you can see how I used the brush in this painting of a creek to create the effect of moving water:


That's it for now for my favorites! I'm still experimenting with other brushes- different types, sizes, shapes, etc. to figure out what I like. I will update this list as I find new favorites. Thanks for reading!

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