We begin this blog with a collection. I love the variety of these brushes, used for cooking, painting, basting, priming and cleaning. I have collected them over the years from so many different places, and feel like they gain importance and beauty as a group. I like when you go to an estate sale and people run down to the basement in search of the most valuable tools. I go downstairs and look for the interesting brush, with it's shape, color, age, texture, whatever works.
I know of a few artists who have used the brush as art- Jasper Johns with his famous "Savarin" painting, and Claus Oldenburg made a sculpture of a paint brush that resembles a torch that stands tall in Philadelphia. There is also an artist named Jeffery Jenkins who had an installation at Mildred's Lane in Narrowsburg, NY, of a phenomonal brush collection all hanging on a white wall. It becomes object as art. It is inspiring.